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comment When does a מעריב-misser say תחנון?
On days with Torah reading, another question would be whether the person should go straight from tachanun to ashrei to the tashlumin, skipping the Torah reading.
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comment Saying “thank you” before taking a bite
@DoubleAA It may also be a case where it's forbidden l'chatchila but is not considered a hefseik after the fact.
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comment Is Leviticus 19:16 a negative commandment?
Yes, I meant "spiritual danger" along the same lines as the Chafetz Chayim you cited, i.e. danger to the soul from not following the Torah. However, R' Elchanan was talking about something a bit different (and the Chafetz Chayim also mentioned this at the end of the piece): physical danger that can result from spiritual deficiencies. See here. @YEZ
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comment Does learning Torah or doing Mitzvos protect others from enemies?
R' Elchanan Wasserman wrote a letter to the Tz'irei Yisrael youth group in the Spring of 1939 indicating that Torah study provides protection from physical harm and therefore involves lo sa'amod al dam rei'echa (see the introduction to Koveitz Shi'urim): במכתב... הוא מבאר כי סיבת הסיבות של כל הצרות הבאות עלינו היא שכחת התורה ושלכן חיזוק לימוד התורה הוא הצלה גם במובן גשמי ושהעמידה מרחוק בענין הזה יש בו משום לא תעמוד על דם רעך כפשוטו.
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comment Is Leviticus 19:16 a negative commandment?
I've seen this extended to spiritual danger, too, though I don't recall a source offhand. (Though R' Elchanan Wasserman wrote a letter to the Tz'irei Yisrael youth group in 1939 indicating that Torah study provides protection from physical harm and therefore involves לא תעמוד).
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comment Is Leviticus 19:16 a negative commandment?
This is a case where avoiding a לאו requires action.
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comment Sephardi Minhag of Boy Taking Maftir at Age 9
...For more on the age of chinuch in general, see here and here.
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comment Sephardi Minhag of Boy Taking Maftir at Age 9
@Larry A translation of the Mishna B'rura (284:7) can be found here. The MB doesn't elaborate on the exact age necessary, though. Regarding the age of chinuch in general, see Gitin (59a), Yoma (82a), Rashi (Arachin 2b, s.v. שהגיע לחינוך), and Tosafos (ibid.).
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comment Asking someone to do melacha for you
An answer here: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/14606 . Perhaps that question, though more general, is a duplicate. Also related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13513
Jul
18
comment Welcoming non-Jewish guests
Special case: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27094
Jul
18
comment Unclean — Consequences
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25714
Jul
18
comment Tefillin and Knots
@ChiddusheiTorah Siman 27, as mentioned by Roaming Bear in #1.
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
The Orchos Tzadikim (Sha'ar haSimcha) has an interesting discussion on the vices and virtues of drinking.
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
Regarding the Rambam's position on Purim, see this comment and the subsequent comments. Additionally, there are plenty of other opinions that hold one should not get drunk on Purim (see this comment and the following one).
Jul
18
comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
@YEZ Could be. Although Rabbeinu Yonah, the Rosh, and the Tur understand that the reason to avoid drunkenness on the Seder night is so that people will be able to continue expounding on y'tzi'as Mitzrayim.
Jul
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comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
Whoops. Yes, I meant to ping @RaMMaS . Thanks for catching that, YEZ. All I meant in my comment is that chazal included rules in the arba kosos to minimize drunkenness.
Jul
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comment Being intoxicated a Sin?
The idea behind the four cups is not to get drunk. According to the Y'rushalmi (P'sachim 10:6), the Sages instituted the rule against drinking between the third and fourth cups to forestall drunkenness: למה? בשביל שלא ישתכר. כבר משוכר הוא! מה בין יין שבתוך המזון מה בין יין של אחר המזון? יין של אחר המזון משכר שבתוך המזון אינו משכר
Jul
18
comment Crying on Shabbos
More directly, see Rama (OC 288:2): וכן מי שיש לו עונג אם יבכה כדי שילך הצער מלבו מותר לבכות בשבת.
Jul
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comment Crying on Shabbos
See R' Daniel Travis' Shabbos: Tasting Eternity (section beginning p. 192‌​).
Jul
18
comment Burial in Space
Aside from the site cited in Tatpurusha's answer, see this article.