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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
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
Oct
6
comment Does anyone know where this prayer comes from?
BTW, the Hebrew text is on the odd numbered pages of the link
Oct
3
answered Shliah Tzibbur's Repetition of Lines of Kedushah
Sep
16
comment Acronym for ה׳תש״ע
Anyone can make up an acronym based on the year letters. 5773 ended with a situation suited to תגע"ש and 5774 can be written שתד"ע - however, whether there is any real meaning to this only Hashem knows.
Sep
12
comment Must one pay for the esrog and arovos before succot
And if so, does it have to be cash or can it be a credit card or cheque (delayed payment)?
Aug
25
comment Vehu Rachum and Selach Lanu for Maariv after Yom Kippur
What's the problem? I heard (I don't recall the source) that in general you don't hit your breast at Slach lanu avinu ki Chatanu at Maariv (Chabad maybe) but davka motzei YK you do. Even though you emerged from YK with a clean slate, the nature of humans is such that maybe you had an improper thought in those few minutes.
Aug
13
awarded  Yearling
Aug
13
answered Laughing in this world
Aug
7
comment Said Chatzi Kadish in error - can it be corrected?
HaRav Avraham Yosef says to rely on Kaddish Titkabel of Musaf to be effective also for Shaharit.
Aug
7
answered Said Chatzi Kadish in error - can it be corrected?