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comment Origin of the common M'chalkel niggun
Argh! Now I can't get it out of my head!
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answered how is a Jewish war leader dedicated?
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answered Should Ya'akov have married Rachel?
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comment Source for guest bed in Sedom as a parable for education
No I'm not the firsthand source. I've heard it quoted as such from both Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz and Rabbi Eli Fischer, if it helps. Would have to check with some talmidim or the like.
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comment If a Cohen slept with non-Jews, may he marry a Jewish woman who has done the same?
Yup, Cohen status is something you're stuck with, you can't choose to relinquish it.
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comment Rav Shlomo Wolbe and children
Not quite the same, but R' Yaakov Kaminetsky pointed to the Gemara about the "guest bed" in Sodom, where if you were too short they stretched you; too tall, they cut off your limbs; he said this was the state of our educational system. And R' Ephraim KiTov has an essay called "al chet shechatanu lefenecha bechinuch habanim" about shoving Gemara at kids who aren't ready for it.
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answered May Conversative man “up-convert” to marry Orthodox girl?
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awarded  Nice Question
Nov
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awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
25
revised arachin: dependance on age and sex
Added my vort on bar/bat mitzva
Nov
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answered Which Tachanun should I say when davening in a minyan with a different Nusach?
Nov
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answered In what case can a wine made from the “Fruit of the Vine” be kosher but not acceptable for kiddush?
Nov
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awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
21
revised Excommunication in Judaism
clarified wording
Nov
21
revised Excommunication in Judaism
grammar
Nov
21
answered Excommunication in Judaism
Nov
21
answered Why are the laws of honoring parents in Hilchos Mamrim?
Nov
20
comment How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
@BruceJames R' Ellinson wrote to Rav Moshe that as Rav Moshe discourages cross-gendered handshakes, he should say the same for cross-gendered mass-transit rides as well. Rav Moshe replied that handshakes could in some circumstances be "derech chiba"; mass transit is definitely not. (More broadly, some poskim say all touching is prohibited, not limiting it to "derech chiba." R Moshe seems to have a middle ground, if I'm reading it correctly; avoid types of touching that could reasonably be misconstrued as derech chiba.
Nov
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comment Can one do Nisuyin through a shliach?
@user6591 Rabbi Rakeffet tells the story of some bochur who asked that to numerous teachers, who threw him out of the classroom. He answered the kid respectfully -- in fact, R' Chaim Brisker suggests that kessef and shtar are general mechanisms that effect all sorts of halachic statuses; thus the proxy clause goes along with them. Biah is a halachic mechanism unique to marriage, so the general rule of proxies does not apply.
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answered Does a convert who goes off the derek have to go to the mikvah again upon making tshuvah?