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Apr
17
comment How to say Mi Yodeya's version of Echad Mi Yodeya in hebrew
The gender of the numbers should be consistent: ארבעה עשר. Also it seems to me that technically 19 is שנות המחזור הקטן - there are several cycles in the calendar. Also חוט הסקרא - and maybe גובה or מפלס. I don't think עלייה is very clear. And the best of luck if you want to reach the end before זמן קריאת שמע של שחרית.
Apr
14
comment My observant boyfriend is forcing me to convert? Many Questions?
I agree with @ShimonbM that this is off topic, but being an orthodox Jew in an isolated area without community is tough at the best of times. Try to locate a nearby community rabbi that you can connect with and try to talk over the situation with him. If you have a question on Jewish law that your BF finds hard to answer, go online, together, and find an answer. There are plenty of "ask the rabbi" sites around and maybe you can find an ear to the other issues there as well. All the best and I hope you find happiness.
Apr
5
comment What should you do if your cat brings Chametz into your house?
I remember learning (I think in Mishnah Brurah) that there are clear halachot re chametz brought in by animals, including what to do if it is brought in on the chag itself. In general, IIRC, you get rid of it, preferably by burning, but not on chag/shabbat of course. On shabbat/chag you cover it and burn it at the earliest opportunity.
Mar
30
comment Wearing the Kittel
I learnt (source unknown) that for the Seder you should be dressed as if ready to go outside on a journey - i.e. outdoor shoes and "properly" dressed. How you define "properly" is a personal matter.
Mar
27
comment Is it true that on Shabbat Purim, one holds a mock service instead of a real one?
I have heard of a custom however that on Purim the Hazan mixes up the tunes from the whole year, but the tefillah itself is regular.
Mar
3
comment Hearing kiddush from someone who mumbles
Mumbling or saying things too fast is a common problem, not just kiddush.
Mar
2
comment What word is in the middle of the Torah?
@Gabe12 - Which is why I put is as a comment and not an answer.
Mar
1
comment What word is in the middle of the Torah?
You might like to have a look at chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1883118/jewish/…
Feb
14
comment What's a common blessing given to people at a brit milah?
Does the OP refer to a general blessing or to the custom that people approach the Sandaq so that he can bless them. If so, I don't remember ever having seen a formal text for the Sandaq to say. Does anyone know of one?
Dec
16
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
8
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
7
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
1
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.