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In general, anything I quote verbatim from the Talmud Bavli is copied and pasted from ויקיטקסט, and my English translations are mostly adaptations of Soncino's, which can be found online at http://halakhah.com.


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Mar
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comment Is Halal Meat Kosher?
I would say @Daniel is correct. According to the Rambam (Shechita 4:11) a non Jew's shechita is problematic only mid'rabbanan if he is not an idol worshipper. Therefore, although Halal meat is not exactly shechita, one is slightly more likely to miss out on a biblical prohibition with Halal meat than with regular non-kosher meat, even though neither are actually kosher.
Feb
17
comment Jews allowed to pray and join Muslim congregation in Mosques and Experiences
@Fred There aren't "many opposing views." There is a Tzitz Eliezer which disagrees with R' Ovadia but as far as I know no one agrees with him l'halacha, and I do not believe he is correct either. Your first point is well taken though.
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Feb
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comment Did the Rambam say it's OK for a Jew to convert to Islam?
@IsaacMoses I didn't quote that passage, the questioner did. The Rambam in Iggeres HaShmad is referring to Jews.
Feb
17
answered Jews allowed to pray and join Muslim congregation in Mosques and Experiences
Feb
17
comment Did the Rambam say it's OK for a Jew to convert to Islam?
@IsaacMoses I am not sure what distinction you refer to. The Rambam was referring to Jews.
Feb
17
comment What are signs of a prophet mentioned in Tanach
Why the downvote? There is nothing wrong with this question.
Feb
17
answered Did the Rambam say it's OK for a Jew to convert to Islam?
Feb
17
comment May the prayer leader drink water (to lubricate his voice) during the weekday prayers?
Something is stuck in his throat. Umtza is a raw piece of meat, something that was common to eat back then. So "the umtza is choking him." (Obviously this is a colloquial usage of the word choking; if someone were actually choking there is no doubt he is not obligated to recite a bracha before saving his life...)
Feb
17
answered May the prayer leader drink water (to lubricate his voice) during the weekday prayers?
Feb
11
comment How does Kavush work?
@Michoel See the Aruch Hashulchan I cited who explains that the Rema is talking about significant, not slight residue.
Feb
11
comment How does Kavush work?
@SethJ I said "the rule that after 24 hours flavor becomes pagum is reserved..." You were asking about the rule. Of course, anything which you know is pagum, is pagum. Shnasty curdling milk included. This is YD 103:1. But this has nothing to do with the 24 hour rule, which is when you don't have something totally shnasty in front of you.
Feb
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answered How does Kavush work?
Jan
21
comment Mah Nafshach - Is hair part of the human body or not?
@SethJ For the record I didn't downvote.
Jan
20
comment Mah Nafshach - Is hair part of the human body or not?
Again, it's because there are halachicly significant differences. In the case of carrying the person, it's because of the principle that a person carries his own weight; חי נושא את עצמו. Simply that it seems so different doesn't carry much weight.