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Jul
19
comment Liability of substitute
When the babysitter agreed to the arrangement, were they aware of the possible financial loss involved for you if they didn't show up or didn't show up on time?
Jul
19
comment Where in tanach are the months named
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14830
Jul
19
comment השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers
If someone feels weak or unwell, and he must eat something more than water or coffee/tea before praying, he should first recite (at least the first section of) the Sh'ma' to accept the kingship of Heaven (M"B 89:22) and possibly also (some if not all of) birchos hashachar (gloss on Sh"A 89:3, though T'rumas HaDeshen §18 cited there indicates that doesn't suffice in the case discussed). (While the Sh"A HaRav indicates that one can even eat otherwise "haughty" food in order to give him the strength to focus on his prayers, I suspect he also should say Sh'ma' first).
Jul
19
comment Recommendation for learning Hilchos Shabbos with family
+1. It is an entertaining and wonderfully compact resource. It does often mention the reasons in brief (e.g. "Torah prohibition of קוצר: A flower pot with holes is considered attached to the ground; therefore lifting it is detaching"). Also, there's a handy reference page in the back with over 200 reference notes for the many examples in the book (the most frequently cited sources are Kitzur Hilchos Shabbos by R' Y.Y. Posen, Sh'miras Shabbos K'Hilchasah, and Chayei Adam).
Jul
19
revised השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers
fixed sp. in title, too
Jul
19
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Jul
19
comment השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers
Also, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/20661. (I'm starting to think this question may be too broad, but maybe an answer could summarize the major points broadly).
Jul
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
19
comment השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/61301. Also: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/52629, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/53388, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/43304, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37920, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7909, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9954, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/53623, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9958, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/21867, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/21875, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/46059, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1248, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/32164.
Jul
19
revised השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers
fn. and sp.
Jul
19
comment Blowing bubbles on Shabbos
@Yahu Although I do find occasional halachic statements or reasoning that I disagree with (in those instances, the sefer is usually more strict then I think is justified), I find the rulings to be sound and well supported the great majority of the time. I don't think your statement that he will certainly choose a chumrah from the Chazon Ish... is quite accurate. Of course, you should CYLOR for halachic rulings, but, if you can review the footnotes and evaluate the cited sources yourself you should be able to get a good grasp of the halacha in the overwhelming majority of cases.
Jul
19
comment Wrong ברכת הנהנין during הבדלה: what now?
Not orange juice? :)
Jul
19
revised Use a sink sprayer on Shabas?
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Jul
19
answered Use a sink sprayer on Shabas?
Jul
19
comment Wrong ברכת הנהנין during הבדלה: what now?
@DoubleAA Relatedly, see the dispute between Beis Hillel and Beis Shamai in the mishna on P'sachim 114a about the order in kiddush.
Jul
19
comment Wrong ברכת הנהנין during הבדלה: what now?
There is the opinion of R' Yehoshua ben Chananya (P'sachim 103a) that the hagafen can follow the havdala blessing (he says to do נהי"ק instead of יקנה"ז), and perhaps we follow the underlying principle that the order is not m'akeiv b'di'avad. | Also, since this comment disappeared, I'll reiterate that the MB says that the Shulchan Aruch there (s'if 1) is overwhelmingly rejected by most poskim, and that the hagafen would not count for the beer. @DoubleAA
Jul
18
comment Can one eat meat on erev shabbos in the 9 days for the mitzvah of טאמאה?
I don't think it is necessarily a duplicate since Rosh Chodesh is a special case that could be more lenient. (See here).
Jul
18
comment Tasting the meaty Shabbos food on erev Shabbos Chazon: can one swallow?
See the note there where the SSK indicates that when Rosh Chodesh falls on Erev Shabbos (like this year, 5775), it should be fine to swallow the food.
Jul
17
comment Lashon Hara about one of a group
One reason this is a bad idea is because speculation is likely to run wild (at least in people's minds), and innocent people may be unfairly suspected. So it becomes אבק מוציא שם רע about many people.
Jul
17
revised Salvation of Hashem
note about rhyme