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asked Hebrew names of G-d written in English letters
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asked Do pages of ketuvim and navi'im need to be buried?
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comment Oops, you said Boruch Atta Hashem Elokeinu in error
Not posting this as an answer (because I'm not sure), but couldn't you say "Baruch Hu, u'Varuch shemo"?
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comment Should women kiss the Torah with their hand or with a prayer book?
@Shokhet I assume you're talking about the men's side? You're saying that some men kiss the Torah cover directly instead of using their talleisim/tzitzis?
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comment Should you bow and take steps back during a prayer you are not reciting?
@SZH So that is not considered interrupting your Amidah? What if, practically speaking, it does interrupt your kavanah and concentration? Do you still have to do it?
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accepted When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
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comment When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
@Loewian Thanks for your addition. Can you just clarify: if someone makes a blessing on the whole bowl of food, but only eats part of the food, is his blessing not in vain? Why not?
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comment When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
@DoubleAA Of course you're right. Still interested in the answer to my question... "Are we making a blessing ON the whole bowl of food?" I think the bracha levatala issue is relevant.
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comment What if you undo a shabbat melacha?
Really? Does "mechalel Shabbos" also refer only to Biblical? ....If so, how do we refer to rabbinical violations of Shabbat? Thanks
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comment Loshon hara against non-Jews?
No; things can be chillul Hashem that aren't technically violations of mitzvot
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accepted What is the difference between kosher and permitted food?
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comment Should women kiss the Torah with their hand or with a prayer book?
@DoubleAA --OK, sorry. Perhaps you meant "having the scroll be ritually impure [would be] degrading to the Torah"?
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comment Should women kiss the Torah with their hand or with a prayer book?
@DoubleAA ...And what of "degrading to women"??
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comment Should women kiss the Torah with their hand or with a prayer book?
@DoubleAA I agree with your last comment. But as for "degrading to the Torah"--what on earth could that/would that mean? And why would it "seem to be" the primary concern? I can't imagine that being a serious concern in any but the most fanatical communities.
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comment Should women kiss the Torah with their hand or with a prayer book?
@DanF "...if your heart is healthy enough for handshaking"
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comment When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
Thank you. But when we make a bracha, it's important to know what food we are blessing--so are we technically blessing the whole bowl of food with that first bracha? And wouldn't that make others' brachas on their food from the bowl levatala??
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comment What if you undo a shabbat melacha?
Maybe you aren't liable--but the action is still rabbinically prohibited, right?
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comment What if you undo a shabbat melacha?
@DoubleAA But turning off a light is still rabbinically prohibited (as a melacha sh'eino tzarich legufo, like you said). So maybe you haven't transgressed a melacha, but you still aren't allowed to do it (turn the light on or off). I wish the question were broader to include the issue of rabbinic prohibitions.
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comment What if you undo a shabbat melacha?
"In the case of putting something into the oven, the food has to reach "ochel Ben deurso". Which is about 1/3 cooked in order to violate shabbos. " =d'rabanan or d'oraita?/ "If your intent was to take it out before it sprouted roots, then you wouldn't be obligated to bring a sin offering (meaning it's only a rabbinical prohibition which is under not doing half melachos.)"--What is the rabbinical prohibition besides muktzeh?/ "however If your intention was for it to sprout roots then you WOULD have indeed been mechallel shabbos." =Biblically?