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Apr
30
comment Can one aquire regular objects through biya?
+1. I'm guessing that someone downvoted possibly because you didn't explicitly say that objects cannot be acquired through bi'ah. But they didn't comment, so who knows?
Apr
30
comment Can one destroy a bird's nest if the noise bothers him?
@user6591 Also, R' Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe, CM II 47:1) holds that צער בעלי חיים applies to sh'ratzim.
Apr
30
comment Can one destroy a bird's nest if the noise bothers him?
@user6591 loewian is correct. See the Chinuch §451: "ועוד נאמר בטעם השחיטה מן הצואר ובסכין בדוק כדי שלא נצער בעלי החיים יותר מדאי כי התורה התירן לאדם למעלתו ליזון מהם ולכל צרכיו לא לצערן חינם וכבר דברו חכמים הרבה באיסור צער בעלי חיים... והעלו לפי הדומה שאסור מדאוריתא". See also Sho'el uMeishiv II 3:65, who rules like the Chinuch that צער בעלי חיים does apply when killing animals.
Apr
30
comment Does Judaism recognize other religions?
R' Netanel Beirav Fayyumi was correct that nothing prevented sending true non-Jewish prophets to the nations. In practice, however, Christianity or Islam clearly contradict the Torah, even if Muhammad had theoretically preached a message in line with the Torah. As far as R' Emden, he viewed early Christianity, which in his view excluded messianic and trinitarian ideas at that time, as a positive movement. This merely speaks to R' Emden's idea of the nature of early Christianity, as opposed to a positive judgment of the more mainstream understanding of early Christianity.
Apr
30
comment Does Judaism recognize other religions?
@ray Ma nafshach. If he didn't mean to equate Judaism with other religions in terms of validity, these quotes are so easily misconstrued as to make this answer useless. If he did mean to say that Judaism is no more valid or true than other (contradictory) religions, then these quotes are pretty damning and reflect quite negatively on Rabbi Sacks' religious weltanschauung from the standpoint of Jewish theology. In which case this answer is also useless. -1.
Apr
30
comment Why did the son of the Egyptian and Jew have to convert?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/26066
Apr
30
comment IF many poor people ask at once, must one give tzedaka to each one
possible duplicate of Giving charity to someone about whom the giver knows nothing?
Apr
30
comment King David conquering bandits/troops (literally, גדוד) to get money for Jews in need
I question the premise that גדוד refers to bandits here. The usage of this term in Tanach suggests that it generally refers to an expeditionary force of enemy troops. See, for example, Radak on II Sh'muel 3:22: "ולא סיפר מאיזה גדוד ומאין הביאו השלל ומן הנראה כי מארץ פלשתים היה אולי יצא גדוד פלשתים בארץ ישראל להלחם או לפשוט ויואב עם עבדי דוד יצאו אליהם ועתה שב מהגדוד ההוא והביאו שלל רב".
Apr
29
comment Who composed Ka Keili?
@AdamMosheh It is a piyut customarily recited before Musaf on Yom Tov (specifically, after the Haftara and before Ashrei), unless Yizkor is recited. It is found at least as far back as in the siddur of the Shlah.
Apr
29
comment Who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem on the three Regalim?
See also Tosafos on P'sachim (3b, s.v. מאליה), who indicates that someone who doesn't own land in Israel is not obligated to travel to make a pilgrimage for the shalosh r'galim (though there are various subtle differences in how to understand that Tosafos; see Chevel Nachalato 8:11).
Apr
29
comment What is the ruling for a bracha's usage being extended across different food forms?
Also see Shulchan Aruch OC 206:5 (and MB ad loc.).
Apr
29
comment What is the ruling for a bracha's usage being extended across different food forms?
What I meant to clarify by my question in the first comment is that the time you start to eat the second item is irrelevant with respect to when you remove the first item. What matters is the time you bring the second item to the table: If the second item was brought to the table while some of the first item is still there, and the two items are from the same category, and the second item is less "important" than the first item, there are some poskim who say that the original blessing covers the second item even though you did not originally have specific intention to eat the second item.
Apr
29
comment What is the ruling for a bracha's usage being extended across different food forms?
Also, see MB 211:32 on the topic of bringing a second item of the same type to the table after the first item is gone; due to a machlokes haposkim, it's best to avoid this situation by having specific intent in advance to cover the second item.
Apr
29
comment What is the ruling for a bracha's usage being extended across different food forms?
When you say "the original food item is gone," do you mean that the second item (e.g. the drink) was only brought to the table after the food was removed? (Though this is likely a moot point, as kavana would allow the blessing on the food to cover the drink, and lack of kavana may prevent the blessing from covering the drink even if the drink was on the table from the onset. See the first section in this answer).
Apr
27
comment 3 steps forward after Shmona Esrei of Maariv
@Danno The all-Hebrew Artscroll siddur does mention this after the ma'ariv amida, though.
Apr
26
comment Are there any instances of someone other than Eliyahu Hanavi who built a mizbeach after the beit hamikdash was built?
Well then, @cham, allow me to welcome you to Mi Yodeya! Thanks for your contributions here thus far. You can familiarize yourself with this site by taking the tour, and, more specifically, reading the page on how best to answer questions here. Answers should ideally answer the precise question being asked. This answer is interesting, but, if it were me, I'd post it as a comment or include it in a more expanded answer since it doesn't precisely answer the question on its own.
Apr
26
comment Rebbe Akivah's background
I don't know if "religious in observance but ignorant of Torah knowledge" is the best or most complete characterization of Rabbi Akiva's prior status as an 'am ha'aretz. See P'sachim 49b: "Rabbi Akiva said: 'When I was an 'am ha'aretz, I said, "Who will give me a Torah scholar, that I may bite him like a donkey!"'"
Apr
26
comment Are there any instances of someone other than Eliyahu Hanavi who built a mizbeach after the beit hamikdash was built?
The OP asked for "good characters," and Chonyo's character was ambiguous at best. See the opinions of Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Yehuda in M'nachos 109b.
Apr
14
comment What is wrong if a wife rebukes her husband and(/or) does not watch over him
@loewian True, that's an interesting diyuk and a good point. On the other hand, the context there (EH 154:3) perhaps suggests that the Rama is referring to where her conduct is unprovoked in both cases. The equivalence of the two cases might be further supported by the Rama in EH 115:4.
Apr
13
comment What is wrong if a wife rebukes her husband and(/or) does not watch over him
@hazoriz It's regarding the previously mentioned things; this is a case where a wife gratuitously curses her husband unprovoked or disparages his parents unprovoked, and he tells her not to do that but she disregards him and continues her aforementioned conduct.