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reviewed No Action Needed Do any various “orthodox” groups forbid marriage to other groups?
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comment Four Zakef-groups in one half-verse
I like that one a lot! Mostly because it reminds me of the time I volunteered to help a self-taught-coder friend of mine with his start-up idea...
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comment Four Zakef-groups in one half-verse
Care to share the script? Sounds kind of involved.
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comment May one ballpark the traditional wait between eating meat and dairy?
P.S. this rabbi is not a posek.
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comment May one ballpark the traditional wait between eating meat and dairy?
I have voted to close this as asking for psak halacha. At the risk of sounding like I am giving halachic advice, I will tell you what a local rabbi told me. The Rambam says to wait "כשש שעות" which means around six hours. The Mechaber leaves out the prefix "כ", meaning exactly six hours. So he said that really you should wait the full six hours, but if the pizza arrives 10 minutes early and it's going to get cold, there could be some room for leniency. It's definitely not something that one should do regularly. Please don't do it at all based only on my comment. Ask a rabbi.
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comment How do we know what the truth about Israel really is?
@cham How do you know? Maybe they could give it back to the UN.
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comment How do we know what the truth about Israel really is?
That's not true. Satmar would oppose the state even if it was a completely halacha-abiding state
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comment How do we know what the truth about Israel really is?
I don't think "Which side in XYZ ongoing machlokes is correct?" is really an answerable question. After all, there must be people who hold each position, otherwise there wouldn't be a machlokes to begin with.
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comment Can Eruv Tavshilin be done for a Yom Tov rather than for shabbat?
Basically, when it's the first day of yom tov, you can't do any preparation for the second day of yom tov or chol. And during the second day of yom tov, you can't do any preparation for chol. The same applies if chol hamoed falls after yom tov. Eruv tavshilin is an exception that allows cooking during yom tov for shabbat. The reason this is allowed is because cooking is not permitted on shabbat, so preparations must be done ahead of time. Since cooking is permitted on yom tov, there is no reason for an exception to allow cooking ahead of time, since you can just do it on yom tov.
May
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comment Tzar balei Chaim mouse traps
I think the sticky tape actually causes the mouse to rip itself apart trying to escape. Probably even worse than starving.
May
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comment What do I do when asked to “open the Aron” or “take out the Torah”?
There are also three scrolls when parashat hachodesh falls out on rosh chodesh Nisan. Or when parashat shekalim falls out on rosh chodesh Adar.
May
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comment How to enter an apartment that has to enter a code to through call box on shabbat?
We don't know. You're the only one of us who has been there!
May
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comment Does a wedding on Yom Yerushalayim exempt the couple from fasting?
Is fasting before the wedding obligatory?
May
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comment Leaving a mate behind in egypt
@Scimonster A bunch of them died before leaving, but I don't know if that's really what the OP is really asking about
May
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comment Do any various “orthodox” groups forbid marriage to other groups?
@mefaresh no, but I edited it. Please revert if you don't think the edit is within your intentions.
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comment Do any various “orthodox” groups forbid marriage to other groups?
I believe you have implied that there is a prohibition to marry people who are not part of a "subset of legitimate orthodoxy."
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comment Do any various “orthodox” groups forbid marriage to other groups?
Is there a prohibition on marrying non-orthodox Jews? I have never heard of such a prohibition.
May
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comment Why does patrilineal descent determine who is royalty?
I think that's a קושיא on the question more than on the answer.
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