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Jan
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Jan
8
comment Why was שמאי holding a ruler?
@user6591 This question?
Jan
8
answered Where does Chassam Soffer say Hillel needed a job
Jan
7
comment driving non-hybrid cars
@MonicaCellio +1 to your comment. But interestingly, the RCA does support increasing CAFE standards (according to this answer), which itself is likely to influence the market to provide cars that are smaller and therefore less safe on average (ceteris paribus), or produce a more dangerous mismatch between large and small vehicles.
Jan
7
comment Scaring someone to teach them a lesson
Are you talking about a case of bona fide danger, like someone texting while illegally jaywalking where there might be traffic? Or are you talking about a much more nebulous concern of danger, like not wearing a sweater outside or texting while crossing in a crosswalk with a group of people? (In the latter case, I imagine that the danger from startling someone is probably greater than the danger you are trying to prevent).
Jan
7
comment Does one violate the Torah prohibition of tormenting a widow if she has remarried?
@DoubleAA That's just what I was thinking. See Rambam (Hil. Issurei Bi'ah 17:8‌​-10, and specifically halacha 9), who notes that ain issur chal 'al issur does not apply in that case since the prohibition against marrying a divorcee applies more broadly than the prohibition against marrying a widow. Had she been divorced first, then widowed, the Kohen Gadol would only be liable for one set of lashes.
Jan
7
comment Is sarcasm a violation of the 9th commandment?
@DoubleAA But there are opinions that it also applies more broadly. See this comment. The Shulchan Aruch also cites this verse for the prohibition against lying (YD 402:12).
Jan
7
comment Is the commandment 'You shall not murder' the most important commandment in Judaism?
The excerpt from the Rambam can stand on it's own. Your summary at the end oversimplifies the passage, especially in light of the Rambam's remark in 1:4 that "there is nothing else that the Torah is as strict about as murder" ("ואין לך דבר שהקפידה תורה עליו כשפיכות דמים"); in that sense, at least, it stands above all other rules in Judaism. So while in one sense, for example, you could say that idolatry rather than murder is the worst sin in the Torah (Hil. Avodas Kochavim 2:4), in another sense you could easily say that murder is the worst sin.
Jan
7
comment Is the commandment 'You shall not murder' the most important commandment in Judaism?
... Unfortunately, it is difficult to provide a clear answer to your question, because "the most important commandment" and "stand above all other rules" could be interpreted in various ways. By some metric, for example, you could say that Torah study is the most important commandment (Pe'ah 1:1). By another metric, you could say that avoiding slander is the most important commandment (Rambam, Hil. Dei'os 7:4). Or charity (Shabbos 139a).
Jan
7
comment Is the commandment 'You shall not murder' the most important commandment in Judaism?
See DoubleAA's answer here regarding the extreme severity of murder in Judaism. See especially the quotes from the Rambam there, which suggest that 'You shall not murder' is the most important commandment in Judaism in a certain sense.
Jan
7
comment Why can't a woman demand a divorce?
@Aaron A translation of that (10th century?) k'suba can be found in Mordechai Friedman's 1969 article Termination of the Marriage upon the Wife's Request: A Palestinian Ketubba Stipulation (p. 37). He also produces a somewhat similar k'suba from the year 1023 (p. 38).
Jan
7
comment Is there a halachic time limit for sending an organization its charity box money?
+1, but I get the sense I have seen this question before on Mi Yodeya.
Jan
6
comment Why can't a woman demand a divorce?
@DoubleAA Since it is even mentioned in the k'suba at all, I strongly suspect that it's just a monetary issue (seemingly this is precisely a case of what is mentioned in Y'rushalmi K'subos 5:8, "אמר רבי יוסה אילין דכתבין אין שנא אין שנאת תניי ממון ותניין קיים"), and mentioning that the beis din would compel the husband to serve his wife with a get ("go out by authorization of the court") is just a reference to a halacha that applies regardless of terms in the k'suba.
Jan
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comment Why can't a woman demand a divorce?
@Daniel The clause still requires the man to give her a get. It allows the wife to initiate on the basis that she hates her husband or no longer wishes to be married to him (possibly, the court would have to determine that she is not motivated by interest in some specific man other than her husband). That's not so different from the ruling of the Rambam in Ishus 14:8, except the Rambam there is talking about a case where she says she finds him repulsive, and there's no need for a special clause in the k'tuba.
Jan
6
comment Minor placing the Parshios of the Tefilin into the Batim
@mbloch Comments can be helpful. :) But I think the final sentence in your answer addresses the question directly enough (see also my comment on the question above). +1.
Jan
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comment Minor placing the Parshios of the Tefilin into the Batim
Aside from the comment on that page ("ומ"מ נ"ל דקטן בן י"ג שנה שלא ידעינן אם הביא ב' שערות אין להחמיר בו בדיעבד לענין חפוי ותפירה"), see the continued Bei'ur Halacha on the following page: "ונ"ל דאין להחמיר בזה בקטן שהוא בן י"ג שנה אם גדול עומד על גביו ומצויהו לעשות לשמה אף שלא ידעינן שהביא ב"ש דבלא"ה יש הרבה מקילין בזה, וכנ"ל. וגם לדברי התוספות שבת ס"ב ע"א ד"ה שי"ן עי"ש אין מקום לזה וכ"ש דא"צ להחמיר הקטן הזה לעצמו בזה דאם לא הביא ב"ש ואינו חייב במצות רק מדרבנן הלא גם בתפילין אין חייב רק מדרבנן, אך הקשר שעשה הקטן הזה לעצמו קודם שנעשה בן י"ג נ"ל דצריך להתירו לאחר שנעשה בן י"ג ולחזור לעשותו".
Jan
6
comment what is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?
@user6591 The one cited by the Bach? I assume it's on the same siman, but I didn't see it directly. The first one I mentioned from Yam Shel Sh'lomo? Chullin 7:16. The discussion starts here and runs into the following page (which is where the phrase I quoted is, highlighted here).
Jan
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Jan
6
revised Wine made/handled by non-religious Jews
added note discussing background a halachic point