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Born in New Jersey, educated in Philadelphia, attained Semikha from Rabbinut in 2003, went on to become a Sofer, Mohel and Shochet. Currently studying Dayyanut and Kabbalah at Yeshivat HaMekubalim Nahar Shalom and Yeshivat HaMekubalim Beit El. Husband and father of four(for now).


May
21
comment food containers - why is hechser needed?
@DoubleAA Once upon a time I sat at a Mashgiach conference for a certain Heksher where they laughed at another Hekhsher(and implied that they were less than honest) for hekshering bottled water and bleach. Then in the midst of the year, they were offered contracts with competing bleach and water companies. The following year they were telling us how they are necessary. I'm sorry but it is about $$$ and nothing else.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@joshwaxman Since when did the answers here have to be universally accepted by all opinions?
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
let us continue this discussion in chat
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@joshwaxman That is why he ruled that you change the word to this bride. Tomorrow I will find the source in Yabia Omer, but he dealt explicity with that, and ended up with it was inappropriate and that one should change the words as given in his quoted psak above.
May
8
comment Seeing dam due to relations and the halachos of vests
@Yehoshua You should specify whether she felt pain at the time of relations or not, as the halakha varies widely with the answer.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@joshwaxman Then why don't you write an answer with those sources. I have never seen the Ketubah signed beforehand. We always sign under the Chuppa. This may come as a surprise but not everyone in the world holds according to Rav Schachter, some of us prefer Rav Ovadia.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@Shalom I was mesader Kiddushin for a wedding in which we used Kalta, because the bride was really a din Zonah. I took the Ketubah to Rav Ovadiah to have him check it, and explained to him the details. He had no problem with either the language or the sum($55K USD) so long as the groom agreed to it. My understanding is that the difference comes down in a Get. A m'd'oraitta sum(technically) must be paid, a m'd'rabbanan sum... that can be more easily disposed of to grease the wheels to get the Get.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@msh210 Good point. I will, bli neder get to that when I get home from Yeshiva. Essentially you can't, because the reading of the Ketuba was instituted so that the husband understands what is written in the shtar.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@DoubleAA Never said that he did. Just saying that the answer needs some work before it will get my upvote.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@DoubleAA I don't see how that helps. Is there sourcing for this? No.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@DoubleAA Yes the Teshuva of RMF says that however the answer itself exceeds the Teshuva of RMF and says"The questions come up when it's not widely known that the bride was divorced, widowed (very unlikely), converted, or had a non-Jewish boyfriend at some point." Without any sourcing whatsoever. If he stayed just with the words of RMF I wouldn't have a problem. However he didn't.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
@DoubleAA I agree with Shulem. The problem becomes that if the woman is later widowed, the Ketubah is what will be relied upon if she wants to marry a Kohen ect... There are several d'oraittas that one will be over for acting as though she is a Betulah when she is not.
May
8
comment Misreading a k'suva
I will try to find more sources.
May
6
comment Eating bread on Shabbos
Yeah just realized that... but I don't like messing with other people's questions.
May
6
comment Eating bread on Shabbos
@msh210 While I can't remove anything, I do think that they are three separate questions. Each one could receive a detailed answer with sources in halakha books, and touch on areas of minhag as well.
May
6
comment Ari Zal and Sefira
HOw do you deal with the Pri Eitz Chaim specifically stating that the reason for not cutting hair is in rememberance of Rabbi Akiva's students that died?
May
6
comment Ari Zal and Sefira
@Yehoshua I might be able to find them online. However the Haghaot and Biurim on the same page(ot Bet) says at the end ולכן לפי שמתו תלמידיו אסור להסתפר בימים אלו כו' עכ"ל So after giving the reason al pi sod, it gives the reason al pi pshat, which is that we are mourning for Rabbi Akiva's students.
May
5
comment Ari Zal and Sefira
@Michoel I don't see that. Kabbalists don't do weddings on Lag B'Omer either. It is more a matter of him not easing the restriction of haircuts on Lag B'Omer for Kabbalistic reasons. What you are positing cannot be backed up by sources, either within the text or amongst the Kabbalists that followed. What I am positing can.
May
5
comment Ari Zal and Sefira
That doesn't follow. Especially since he cut his son's hair against the ruling of the Beit Yosef.
May
5
comment Ari Zal and Sefira
What is your source for saying that cutting hair is not related to mourning?