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Jun
28
comment What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?
sweating is a measure that the action being done is work. Exceptions would be cases like walking to synagogue in a hot climate area, or enjoying marital relations.
Jun
21
comment What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?
That sounds like a fair but of work, and may cause one to sweat, no?
Apr
25
comment Using water filter/purification system on Shabbos
Here is a link that describes the same: 'filters' that work by surface contact with water, not as a screen. When they say 'surface contact' you can understand that, at a very fine level, the surface is very rough and water flows into all these craggy fissures and contaminants get stuck in the 'sharp corners', then the cleaned water flows back out.
Apr
25
comment Using water filter/purification system on Shabbos
White balls of the sort your mention are generally for the removal of chlorine and some other chemicals. They are not a screen that water passes through, though in both cases something that was previously in the water is left behind. A third kind of filter uses carbon in a similar way to the white balls, but leaving more. Some filters involve a UV light, which I think is more complex even when always-on: in this case the light destroys microorganism by cutting them into smaller bits. The cut bits may remain ('benignly') in the water that you drink.
Apr
19
revised Is idolatrous belief forbidden for Jews, or just idolatrous practices?
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Apr
19
comment Is idolatrous belief forbidden for Jews, or just idolatrous practices?
I agree with @Ariel's source. I think that if there is room to further split this hair, it is not worth contemplating unless someone has been put before the specifics of the situation and one is deeply-rooted in the bases of the law.
Apr
19
comment Is idolatrous belief forbidden for Jews, or just idolatrous practices?
I am saying that if one thinks of those other gods in the way we consider Hashem, then it would be idolarity. To consider them gods in some sense like 'supernatural forces that grant insight / real things to those others that worship them' - there would seem to be no transgression. But without a source to cite for this kind of interpretation, I answer only to give you the direction of my study.
Apr
19
answered Is idolatrous belief forbidden for Jews, or just idolatrous practices?
Apr
16
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
I wonder that Satmar rov reb yoel is saying the choice of words here is not a minhag, but that to use the name of thing thus עֲשִׂיתֶֽם, but maybe if you don't use the name then it is like a prayer that Hashem may עָשָׂ֔הוּ otherwise.
Apr
16
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
Alzheimers and Parkinsons can't disappear
Apr
16
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
@Dave if I knew the name of every person I passed on the street then I (maybe nefesh or ruach) would be more consumed with the attention; but not knowing their names, I can allow the crowd to pass by.
Dec
25
revised When did hashem stop the sun?
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Dec
25
comment When did hashem stop the sun?
sorry, still building the rest of the list. My copy of World's in Collision is in a storage, where other references are readily indexed. Please excue the half-answer in the meantime.
Dec
25
revised When did hashem stop the sun?
added Velikovsky note
Dec
25
answered When did hashem stop the sun?
Dec
11
comment tap water on Pesach
Some discussion on kavush from the OU
Dec
11
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Dec
11
revised Pharoh's privacy at the Nile
punctuation
Dec
11
suggested approved edit on Pharoh's privacy at the Nile
Nov
11
revised Is a Ger first or almost last for assistance?
Attempted a better question