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answered Fruit Leather in Gemara Sukkah
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comment Moral Culpability in the Garden
@curiosfellow daas = "knowledge", emes = "truth", sheker = "falsehood", "tov" = good, "ra" = bad/evil
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is the “pursuit of happiness” mentioned in the U.S. Declaration of Independence really a right “endowed by the Creator”?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Tanning on Shabbos
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comment Must one follow a community's candle-lighting time?
@Kordovero See Sh"A (OC 263:12, based on the Mordechai): "If the majority of the community accepted Shabbos upon themselves, the minority are compulsorily drawn after them." When the majority of the community prays at home, or if there are multiple synagogues in the community, this does not apply (K'nesses HaG'dolah OC Beit Yoseif 263, citing R' Yosef (?) Nachmias).
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comment Moral Culpability in the Garden
Related answer: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/25877
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comment When is a Minhag no longer a Minhag?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3647
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comment When is a Minhag no longer a Minhag?
Perhaps related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/40533
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comment Must one follow a community's candle-lighting time?
Do you have reason to believe that the community actually accepts Shabbos at "candle-lighting time...or by 18 minutes after perhaps"? Usually the community is presumed to accept Shabbos at a certain point during the prayers (e.g. Bar'chu, Mizmor Shir, or the end of L'cha Dodi; see Mishna B'rura 261:31).
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comment At what point do we reject a minhag?
Piskei Ria"z (P'sachim, ch. Makom She'nahagu 1:7, cited in the Shiltei Giborim) invalidates customs involving even a trace of sin: כלל אומר כל מנהג שנהגו לכבוד שמים ואין בו נדנוד עבירה חייבין לעמוד במנהגם ואם יש בו נדנוד עבירה אין עומדין במנהגם. The examples he gives are avoiding fishing on chol hamo'ed (it can minimize simchas haregel) and avoiding eating meat during bein hamitzarim on Shabbos (it diminishes the honor of Shabbos).
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comment Which witness testifies about a blasphemer?
It's not a matter of volunteering. The task is given to the גדול שבעדים (Hil. Avodas Kochavim 2:8).
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Chazan and Tefillah
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comment Tzitzit while sitting at home
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12366 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/170 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/29482
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comment Chazan and Tefillah
That's a fine edit, as it points out the context of the Mishna B'rura. But "שצריך לראות האיך יקרא" still seems to be a direct reference to the gemara in Shabbos. The Mishna B'rura appears to be mentioning this as an afterthought to explain the origin of the term "חזן" and that it is the same as ש"ץ. This doesn't seem to be directly relevant to his reading from the sidur.
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comment Chazan and Tefillah
@user6633 They share a root.
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comment Chazan and Tefillah
I'm not sure this is the correct translation of the Mishna B'rura. I think what he means by "שצריך לראות האיך יקרא" is that he has to see where the correct spot is for the Torah reading (see Shabbos 11a, and Rashi s.v. החזן).
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comment Chazan and Tefillah
Aside from being the cantor, the חזן הכנסת ("overseer of the congregation") had a function like a modern gabai and a town crier. See the Aruch, who notes the chazan's requirement to oversee the services and compares the usage to חזני מתא (Bava M'tzi'a 93b), night watchmen of the city.
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on What does “shachar” in “alos hashachar” mean?