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Library Manager and Information Specialist at IMI Institute for Research and Development Ltd., the Israel Chemicals Ltd. corporate research centre in Haifa Bay Israel. Educated at Millfield School and Pembroke College, Oxford University reading chemistry.


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comment In what case can a wine made from the “Fruit of the Vine” be kosher but not acceptable for kiddush?
@NoachmiFrankfurt - Some finings certainly are treif, and although they don't impart flavour, they do improve the product and are added deliberately for this purpose, so I am not sure that all would agree on them being batel b'rov.
Nov
16
comment Can a Chazan silently or aloud say Yom Kippur piyutim in English?
Many of the piyutim are beautiful poetry in Hebrew with a very large number of references to other verses etc. I feel that an English translation would probably not do justice to them if used as a primary version (and not just as an aid to understanding)
Nov
16
comment What bracha do you make on zucchini flowers or the curly “lettuce” used for garnish?
Best policy would be to make a brachah on something there is no doubt about with intention to include the doubtful items, or shehakol because that's the catch-all brachah.
Nov
16
comment Do you make a bracha achrona if the food you ate was bad?
Can you define "bad"? If the food was spoiled to that extent it would surely remove itself from the classification of "food" and so not require an afterbrachah. If it's just not to your taste, then I suppose a brachah is in order.
Nov
11
comment Who says Barchu at the end of davening?
@Scimonster Indeed. Our Rav (nusach sfarad) allows only 1 (although with a mixed congregation it doesn't always succeed)
Nov
11
comment Who says Barchu at the end of davening?
Edot Hamizrach have the custom for all those who said Kaddish to say Barchu.
Nov
10
comment Inserting a paper with one's request in between the stones of the western wall
Any prayer is meaningful to the person who prays sincerely. Hashem hears prayer - all types.
Nov
5
comment Why is a “classicly” printed Sefer Torah not kosher?
If I understand the process correctly, the carving must be done in reverse so that the printed sheet comes out correctly. This strikes me as pasul from the start because the shapes of the letters are stricly defined and a reversed letter is invalid (except of course for nun hafucha in Beha'alotcha)
Nov
4
comment Reform Shul- going?
@msh210 - I see a big big difference between a ham sandwich (forbidden by Torah - with no dispute) and going to a reform synagogue (not desirable perhaps, and perhaps forbidden by the Rabbis, but I don't see it as forbidden by Torah)
Nov
3
comment Reform Shul- going?
One important factor (to my view) is whether anyone would be offended if you didn't go. Whilst going to a Reform service may not be ideal, it is nowhere near as bad as hurting someone's feelings.
Oct
30
comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Of course Chabad are there, but 1) they are specifically there to bring forces of kedushah and provide some Yiddishkeit to the tourists to prevent them hv"h turning aside 2) they are sufficiently committed in their beliefs to be able to do this.
Oct
29
comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
The question was edited. Maybe it would be better unedited.
Oct
29
comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
OK if you feel that way. Nevertheless it's an item very relevant at he moment.
Oct
29
comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Personally I feel that these areas are unsuitable for observant Jews. Of course there is free will but I was interested to raise the subject for discussion.
Oct
29
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Oct
29
comment If a Niddah spits on you are you Impure?
I don't think it's that relevant re Temple Mount since everyone is Tamei Met (corpse impurity) and cannot be purified.
Oct
28
comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Both questions are valid, but I was aiming more at should.
Oct
27
comment Blessings on Birthdays
I have heard two conflicting stories re birthdays. 1 - Since is commemorates the minute that the Torah was forgotten (midrash?) and the entry into the world of tum'ah and sin, it should not be celebrated. 2 - Since it commemorates the entry into Olam Ha'asiyah in which there is an opportunity to perform mitzvot and serve Hashem, then there is cause for celebration.
Oct
27
comment Is it permissible to play with cards?
It just goes to show that you can "prove" almost anything and its opposite if you really want to. And perhaps there are more elevated uses for "klaf" than "klafim". It looks as though it was a justification for discouraging a practice that it was felt was "not appropriate" for a shomer mitzvot.
Oct
22
comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Hashkafah. Halacha gets more complicated.