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comment Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
@shmuel for shevach (and hoda'ah as well) I do not say what I have added out loud.
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answered Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
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comment Why believe in the revelation at Sinai other than the “Kuzari mesora” argument?
Actually, if we edit out the @DoubleAA -specific content from this question, I think it's actually really just a dupe of the linked question. WhoKnows, perhaps consider offering a bounty on that question?
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revised Why believe in the revelation at Sinai other than the “Kuzari mesora” argument?
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comment Learning while the Chazzan recites piyutim
I'm quite certain that the "I'm a Rosh yeshiva" exception to halacha does not exist :)
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reviewed Close Is there really evidence that the Rabbis changed the day's beginning from sunrise to sunset?
Oct
22
comment Is there really evidence that the Rabbis changed the day's beginning from sunrise to sunset?
Rejecting the premise of the question has always been considered a legitimate form of answer here.
Oct
22
comment Age of Universe and Shabbat
I don't understand the question. Why does keeping Shabbat on the seventh day imply a completely literal reading of the creation story?
Oct
22
comment Should or may a non-Jew light candles at Shabbat service?
Also, this quote from Chabad is not really discussing the case you are talking about. That is an after-the-fact situation where the Jewish person forgot to light the candles before Shabbat started, not the situation where the non-Jew is asked to light the candles ahead of time.
Oct
20
comment V'kara zeh el zeh v'amar - When does who bow left then right here?
I've heard my rabbi say explicitly that bowing here is wrong and likely the result of some yeshiva bachur seeing his rebbe finish davening right as the sha"tz reached this point. This also could explain the unsourced "custom" of rising three times to the tows at the end of shmoneh esrei... The rabbi finished at v'amar and then proceeded to reply to the kadosh of kedusha
Oct
19
comment Yeshiva Bochurim and Seforim
A lot of Gemara
Oct
19
comment Saying Kaddish Yatom with Permission from Living Parents
Who are you saying it for?
Oct
19
comment Is it permissible to post photos of pages of a siddur (containing YHVH) online?
If there's any difference between photos and Unicode representations of the name (which I doubt there is) I think photos are more likely to be acceptable because one could say that the binary representation is like writing the name
Oct
19
comment (When) should skipped parts of davening be made up?
@Matt I don't think he made it up himself (although the part about underwear might have been his own editorializing). You're right that different nusachim put pesukei dezimra in different orders and I don't know how to answer that although it doesn't necessarily contradict this idea.
Oct
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comment (When) should skipped parts of davening be made up?
I have a distinct memory from when I was in yeshiva of one of my rabbis quoting someone as saying something to the effect of saying pesukei dezimra out of order is like putting your cloths on out of order and consequently if you had to skip part of it, you don't say it later. It would be like putting your underwear on over your pants. Unfortunately I don't remember who he was quoting.
Oct
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comment Can I use a Mikvah if I am not Jewish?
It is a bigger chiddush that non Jews are allowed to go into a pool of rainwater than that they are not? I think you've got it backwards.
Oct
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comment Is it permissible for a man to be seen without a shirt?
@DovidBenizri Maybe it's night time. In any case, tzitzis is a mitzvah kiyumis so it is easily arguable that there is no obligation that one wear them at all times.
Oct
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comment Minhagim for removing tefilin on chol hamoed
@msh210 fair enough. Tag removed