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Dec
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comment Jewish communities west of London
I would think that Reading or Oxford are about the only possibilities. I doubt if either have much in terms of formal Jewish education though. Maybe Bournemouth, but it's a long distance for a commute.
Dec
16
comment What should be done if the Torah reader goes past the designated ending for the weekday / Shabbat mincha Torah reading?
@IsaacKotlicky - Is this a typo for Rosh Hodesh?
Dec
13
answered Hydroponics – Allowed on Seventh Year?
Dec
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comment Are there any halachic problems with visiting a secular museum?
Probably so @DanF . After all there are even roads Cohanim are prohibited from using (halachawise of course)
Dec
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comment Are there any halachic problems with visiting a secular museum?
Another consideration (for a Cohen) would be whether there are bodies/bones on display or even stored away - and in most museums there are.
Nov
27
comment Two groups split into 2 cars and eat bread while travelling. What type of zimun do they make after rejoining?
I learnt (can't source offhand) that this is a limit for a meal with bread without actually eating during which you can bentch.
Nov
26
comment Must hand washing be done with pure (fresh) water?
I would guess that water containing chametz during pesach would be forbidden since chametz is not batel beshishim and is forbidden for hana'ah.
Nov
26
comment Two groups split into 2 cars and eat bread while travelling. What type of zimun do they make after rejoining?
Could get complicated. "About" an hour - more or less than 72 minutes? Could they (still within the time limit of "seudah") share a small piece of bread and then make a minyan zimmum? Would it be sufficient to share any food?
Nov
10
comment Is someone stealing (halachically) if he re-uses a coupon code intended for single use?
@DavidKenner - You can't identify a card by name alone. There is more than one John Smith with a card. In a country that requires the entry of an ID number associated with the card (like Israel), that could trigger a warning flag. In any case, I side with Danno, and anyway don't see the point in setting up another card just for this. There are too many cards in most peoples pockets as it is.
Nov
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comment Bracha levatalah vs waiting between meat and milk
As I understand the situation, the precise time to wait after eating meat before you may eat milky is a matter of custom, as long as there is a definite gap (birkat hamazon, a short wait) after the meat. Some have the custom to wait 6 hours, others until the sixth hour (i.e 5), some 3 and some 1 hour. In that case, it would be breaking minhag, not even derabbanan and so preferable to brachah levatalah.
Nov
1
comment Is a birthday cake celebration forbidden as a non-Jewish custom?
@Loewian I've heard it even re matches used to light shabbat/chanukah/havdalah candles
Oct
29
comment What exactly does the 'blue rainbow' refer to?
Two possibilities come to mind. Firstly, a secondary rainbow. The colours are faint and under some circumstances maybe blue could be dominant. Secondly a halo round the moon, which has a bluish tinge.
Oct
29
comment Is a birthday cake celebration forbidden as a non-Jewish custom?
I believe there is a custom (possibly from kabbalah) not to blow a flame out with your breath.
Oct
29
answered Bracha on Genetically Mixed fruit
Oct
28
comment Is there an Android Tikkun App that has sound?
Rustybrick seem to have an Android app at rustybrick.com/android-tikun.php
Sep
17
comment Sponja on Shabbos - May one do it?
The problem of schita is with the smartut rizpah (coarse floor cloth) that is wrapped around the rubber bit and does the actual work of soaking up the water. It needs squeezing out to remove excess water. I suppose you could concievably find a solution for Shabbat, but the dividing line between permitted and forbidden could be so fine that in the end it would probably be forbidden. You also have nowadays one-time "cloths" with liquid in them. That could be a line to follow re Shabbat because there is no squeezing involved, just wiping over a surface.
Sep
17
comment Must Rosh HaShannah Simanim be Eaten in a Certain Order?
@msh210 The advantage of the practice of doing the simanim before hamotzi is that there is no question re brachot. It also gives a more formal framework. If the simanim are served with the meal, without an additional bracha (but maybe with a "yehi ratzon"), then their symbolic effect is diminished. If they are cooked as part of a dish, then they are even less prominent.
Sep
16
comment Must Rosh HaShannah Simanim be Eaten in a Certain Order?
There are siddurim and "Simanim cards" that quite specifically specify ha'adamah and shehakol. This is after kiddush and before hamotzi.
Sep
16
answered Must Rosh HaShannah Simanim be Eaten in a Certain Order?