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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.


Feb
23
comment How should a werewolf celebrate Pesach?
If the full moon falls on leil haseder and the person involved has already eaten the Afikoman, is he then allowed to drink the Benny's Bane afterwards, and if not, does the ptror from Kriyat Shma still hold?
Feb
18
comment How does one say kaddish if he is in the middle of amidah?
I got the impression that @NS23 is referring to a mourner who is late and should say kaddish, not just respond. AFAIK, the answer is that he can't interrupt the Amidah to say kaddish. If he has finished and said yiyhiu ratzon, but not yet stepped back and said Oseh shalom, there may well be grounds to permit him to say kaddish since he is in the same state as the Shat"z, and his steps back at the end of kaddish serve also for the Amidah.
Feb
15
comment Should one make a bracha on seeing geological arches, hoodoos or balanced rocks?
If in doubt then say "oseh maaseh bereshit" without Shem and Malchut.
Feb
15
comment Is it okay to sing Zemirot for Shabbas day on Shabbas night?
Surely the nights are longer in winter and shorter in summer, whilst the day is longer in summer whereas in winter there is hardly time for a rest before seudah shlishit
Feb
3
comment Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?
@Fred - The machine we bought recently beeps at the end of the run and you have to select off or open the lid to stop it. That's what made me mention it - Shabbat full of beeping ........
Feb
2
comment Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?
It also has to be assumed that the machine is not one that needs actual turning off and that the act of opening the lid will not cause a melacha. Also, is opening the lid preparation from Shabbat to Hol and are you (under suitable circumstances) allowed to hang the washing? So the washing has to stay in until Motsash? Is there any point?
Feb
1
comment Was the noise from the Temple really that loud?
How does the Ra'avad reconcile the lack of mountains as obstructions with "Yerushalayim harim saviv lah"?
Jan
22
comment Kashering frozen meat
Frozen meat that had not been salted was imported to Israel under Rabbanut hechsher, but in recent years the meat has been salted before import (presumably before freezing).
Jan
15
comment Would there be any maaser derabbanan on hydroponically grown plants?
AFAIK hydroponically grown produce is not covered by Shemitta restirctions. Logically, therefore, I would expect that there is no requirement for maaser.
Jan
15
comment Is there any halachic problem with an ark having a “lazy susan” for the Sifrei Torah?
Perhaps I should elaborate. I think it was in an Edot Hamizrach Bet Knesset where the Sifrei Torah are free-standing as per custom.
Jan
7
comment Bar Mitzvah Meal Before Becoming 13
There is also the related question of celebrating an event before it actually takes place (e.g. birthday) connected to ayin hara (evil eye).
Dec
28
comment How to bentch in a hotel room/vacation house?
I remember learning that this section is flexible and should be adapted according to circumstances. If you wish to include the owner of the hotel, you may, but since you aren't really a guest but are part of a business transaction, it's not essential since the owner in fact is making a profit out of you, and not allowing you to eat from his table.
Dec
18
comment Where can I get this tallit?
They have an about us page at myshofar.com/myshofar-about.html and are in Bnei Brak. You will also see there that MyShofar and ajudaica are the same group
Dec
16
comment Where in US can I go for sanctuary to repent of my intermarriage?
Just add on that we believe in confession to G-d who is a forgiving G-d. According to the Jewish view any Jew can "return to the fold" regardless (almost) of what he did previously. All that is required is sincerity.
Dec
10
comment Writing the name chaya
I have heard of the custom (Chabad IIRC) to separate the yud and the hey with an apostrophe or a hyphen
Nov
24
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)