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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.


Jul
3
answered Why didn't Eliyahu Hanavi reveal himself to me?
May
21
answered looking for recording of shacharit prayer - nusach chabad
May
15
comment Is a Torah that does NOT have the (rabbati) large and small letters (keti'ah) still kosher?
IIRC, Ketuah is the vav in shalom near the beginning of parshat Pinhas where there is a tradition to write it with a gap.
May
13
comment Is a Torah that does NOT have the (rabbati) large and small letters (keti'ah) still kosher?
The small letters are "ze'irah"
Apr
3
comment May one be mafsik during hallel at the seder?
Hallel at the Seder is without a brachah. I seem to remember having learnt that the prohibition on hefsek is basically only on full Hallel with brachah. Half Hallel (even with brachah where said) is less strict.
Mar
17
comment When the חזן has finished and a mourner is saying קדיש, at what point is it correct for the חזן to leave the עמוד?
Personal view - no sources - Since the Hazan should be concentrating on the responses (esp Yhei Shmei Rabba.....) it strikes me that he should not be engaged in taking off hos tallit, switching the amud light off etc. until after the end of Kaddish. Maybe he should turn aside and face the mourner so as to transfer the focus of attention to him.
Mar
10
comment What is this medallion?
@YEZ - I agree, it doesn't look gold, but online photos are notoriously poor at colour accuracy. All it needs is overcompression...
Mar
6
comment What is this medallion?
I have checked israelmint.com/?section=449&product=4352&lineItem=2905 - if it is gold it seems to be priced at NIS 1968, although the version in the photo does not have a pendant pearl attached. It does seem to be an official issue though.
Mar
6
comment What is this medallion?
Trinket may not be appropriate. It may well be issued by the Israel Coins and Medals Corporation. You would have to consult an expert to assess its value as a collectable.
Feb
9
comment contact solution on shabbat
This looks very much like a CYLOR question. There are several melachot that could be involved. As soon as you have a chemical reaction you are creating and destroying and heating/cooling, even if only at the theoretical level.
Feb
5
comment Orlah safek (doubt regarding status) in Israel
Pitaya is mentioned in both the "safe" and the "requiring hechsher" sections
Jan
29
comment Can Jews standing naval watches take their shabbat in shifts?
This happens every Shabbat in the Israeli Navy - Shabbat is Shabbat for everyone. There is no "personal shabbat".
Jan
12
comment Is the last name Logan Jewish?
This reminds me of the well known story of Sean Ferguson - who said, when the Ellis Island immigration officer asked his name "ich schoen vergessen" (I have completely forgotten). As Gershon Gold says, however, Jewishness is via the maternal line, whereas surnames are normally through the paternal line, so there is no real connection.
Dec
25
comment How should a tallit gadol be washed?
As far as I know the best way is a delicate hand wash in cold water with a careful drying procedure. I would think that dry cleaning could be OK but there could be a problem with the tzitziot in the machines.
Dec
25
comment Making a Bracha on pleasurable things
This seems to lead to another question - Does a Bracha have to be a formally formatted thing or is it sufficient to say (for example) "Thank G-d that I can play hockey today" in order to comply with the spirit of the quotation?
Dec
24
comment Scraping fish with a finger nail?
Sounds like a way of checking if the fish has scales or not. If it has scales (and of course fins) is is kosher. However, the fact that it has been cut with a probably non-kosher knife is a problem.
Dec
24
comment Woman with 2 wombs in regards to pidyon haben
I think the OP is basing himself on the phrase "peter rechem", so there is a valid doubt.
Nov
10
comment Birthday Card on Shabbat
@Menachem Maybe its value (after being written) is less than a prutah? That would probably mean that there is no kinyan (acqusition) which would be a problem with a present of value.
Nov
3
comment Kashrus of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
@Michael Most fish are relatively easy to tell if they are kosher - both fins and scales - kosher - otherwise not.
Oct
29
answered Katan (child) opening up the aron kodesh