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Aug
27
comment Can I say kiddush levana during daylight hours if the moon is visible?
@YDK The Machatzis HaShekel ad loc. indicates that the time when the moon is shining brightly probably equates exactly to after tzeis (when three medium stars are visible).
Aug
22
comment Cashier error - is it my responsibility to go back?
Note that the question does not ask about a non-Jewish owner of the store who made a mistake at his own expense. It asks about a cashier (presumably not the owner) who made a mistake at the expense of the owner of the store.
Aug
22
comment What does one do if he makes a mistake in Brachos before Birkas HaTorah?
@DoubleAA The general recommendation to conclude with למדני חוקיך, as mentioned by the Ritva (Ta'anis 3b, in the name of Rabbeinu Yonah) and Rabbeinu Yerucham (Toldos Adam v'Chava 16:2) and as cited by later poskim such as the Chayei Adam (1:24:6,8), suggests that it is a problem.
Aug
22
comment If masturbation is so bad, why is it not in list of 613 Mitzvos?
@Yishai The literal interpretation of that gemara (א"ר יוחנן כל המוציא שכבת זרע לבטלה חייב מיתה) is not the only one. The gemara may have used "death penalty" non-literally to express the severity of the sin (along the lines of this answer).
Aug
21
comment What does one do if he makes a mistake in Brachos before Birkas HaTorah?
@DoubleAA True, assuming he doesn't continue. He would still be מוציא שם שמים לבטלה though.
Jul
25
comment Davening and Krias Shema with a sore on the lip or throat
@YEZ It's a noun meaning "things that are needed or wanted". It's the plural of desideratum.
Jul
24
comment Is there any reason to deny aliens?
Highly related:judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9197
Jul
24
comment When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?
If he did end up saying "למנצח" and "ובא לציון", he should then repeat "אשרי", since one should recite the amida amidst "דברי תנחומין של תורה" (i.e. "אשרי" when "סמיכת גאולה לתפילה" is not an option, see Shulchan Aruch 93:2).
Jul
24
comment Rav Moshe on mechitzah and kalus rosh
In responsum #41, as well as in #39 earlier, R' Moshe indicates that m'chitzos are required to avoid kalus rosh where there are large and necessary gatherings of men and women. In responsum #41, he indicates that weddings are likely different (based on an inference from P'sachim 86b). It seems the rationale is that crowds are not halachically required to gather at weddings as they are for prayer at a shul. Further, if the reason to prevent kalus rosh is due to מורא מקדש (which applies e.g. to prayer and Torah study in a shul), that would not apply at a wedding.
Jul
24
comment Kosher flavored beer without certification on the bottle?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4935
Jul
23
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.
Jul
23
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.
Jul
23
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
Jul
22
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.
Jul
22
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).
Jul
22
comment Is Leviticus 19:16 a negative commandment?
This is a case where avoiding a לאו requires action.
Jul
22
comment Sephardi Minhag of Boy Taking Maftir at Age 9
...For more on the age of chinuch in general, see here and here.
Jul
22
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.).
Jul
21
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