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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.


Sep
15
comment Kedushah and Chazaras HaShatz
If the person is acceptable as sha"tz then his pronunciation is surely acceptable. If his pronunciation is not acceptable to you, then you perhaps should find another minyan.
Sep
11
comment Closed caskets for Jewish burials
In Israel the deceased is buried without a coffin (except for military funerals where a coffin is always used). As I understand it, this is connected with the holiness of the land of Israel.
Sep
11
comment Why God refers to Deer and Gazelle on Eating without sacrificing?
If I remember correctly there was an undergraduate at Magdalen College Oxford, that has a deer park, who organized a shochet etc for kosher venison for the College Ball.
Sep
4
comment If water accidentally spilled on my laining sheet and rubbed out the ink, is it still shaimos?
I get the impression that it's a printed sheet with water soluble ink, not a photocopy.
Aug
26
comment Voodoo and benefiting from idol worsphip
If you don't believe in the avodah zarah, it cannot affect you, so you don't need to combat it (same goes for your friend). I can't see where apearance of benefit comes into it either, OK, she has sprinkled oil etc. - so what. One thing you/he could, and perhaps even should do it to check the mezuzot for kashrut, and possibly spend a few minutes (extra?) reading tehillim or learning. A kosher mezuzah, and of course other mitzvot, are the Jew's protection, not a hamsah.
Aug
26
comment Return item at supermarket (consumer's fault?)
Agree with Double AA - Opened items are normally not returnable unless defective, but many places see customer service as top of the priority list and so are willing to accept returns, even of opened items. The question becomes whether you are allowed to benefit from the store's generous policy. Presumably this would only be acceptable on a one-off basis. To exploit the policy on a frequent basis strikes me as being dubious.
Aug
26
comment Is there any halachic problem with an ark having a “lazy susan” for the Sifrei Torah?
I seem to remember having seen this used somewhere, but I can't remember where. Why should there be a problem, assuming all precautions are taken to secure the Sifrei Torah and the Aron Hakodesh is deep enough.
Aug
25
comment Is the blessing after food determined by the blessing before it?
There are two possibilities that don't seem to be clearly distinguished here. 1) Makes boreh pri hagefen on the wine, sips it, so there is no question about the correct bracha before, then dilutes. 2) Makes boreh pri hagefen and then dilutes before drinking - there seems to be a doubt re the correctness of the boreh pri hagefen - is this levatalah or not? It appears that the kavannah was to dilute, so maybe it was wrong from the start. Actually there could be another case where the kavannah was to drink undiluted wine, but then by accident (child poured water into wine?) the wine got diluted.
Jul
29
comment Praying after chatzot– which tefilot?
IIRC Musaf can be said all day. If on Yom Kippur, you finish Shaharit so late that the time for Mincha has arrived, you have to say Mincha first and afterwards Musaf. For that reason, the Shat"z is instructed not to drag things out that much and make sure he starts Musaf well before the time for Mincha.
Jul
8
comment Good idea to fast on the day of conversion?
It sounds like a logical comparison and basically answers your own question. Whilst there may be no compulsion or custom to fast, I see no reason why a person shouldn't fast voluntarily if he feels it's appropriate.
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".