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answered What's a common blessing given to people at a brit milah?
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answered Could a Cohen burn a body to escape the impurity?
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revised Is idolatry and adultery the same thing, spiritually?
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answered Is idolatry and adultery the same thing, spiritually?
Feb
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comment Can Aluminum be Mekabel Tumah?
IIRC Rav Moshe says "you'd have to check what airplanes today are made of, if it's not on the six-metal list" ... at the time that responsum was written, the 747 was already in service, and it's aluminum. (Now we have the composite 787, which is a different question!)
Feb
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comment Seemingly, my Dad was adopted out of a Jewish family into a protestant family just before World War 2. Why would this happen?
Sadly it was not uncommon. There were Jewish parents who asked Christians to take care of their children ... and often the adoptive parents baptised the child. (Pope John Paul, as a young priest, actually refused to do so.) Many children were allowed to be brought from Germany to England, but as not enough British Jewish families would take them, many were raised non-Jewish. There were complicated pressures on British Jews at the time too.
Feb
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comment Can Jews eat non-Kosher meat?
@Dude in an older-fashioned system, yes; as I said, if it's "packaged in a tamper-proof container" it goes untouched from, say, the Empire factory to Bob's Supermarket.
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revised What does the word נחירה mean
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comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
@SethJ generally the Shach is considered sharper than the Taz (Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveichik used to comment about how sharp the Shach was), and he had the chance to respond to the Taz's comments. In an "even fight" between the two, I learned the tendency is to follow the Shach. Now if many more Achronim endorse the Taz on a given opinion, or if on a particular issue the Taz's arguments make a lot more sense, that's a different story.
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comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
@DoubleAA my guess (yes I'm putting words in Danny's mouth) is Sanhedrin 102b: רב אשי אוקי אשלשה מלכים אמר למחר נפתח בחברין אתא מנשה איתחזי ליה בחלמיה אמר חברך וחבירי דאבוך קרית לן?! מהיכא בעית למישרא המוציא אמר ליה לא ידענא א"ל מהיכא דבעית למישרא המוציא לא גמירת וחברך קרית לן א"ל אגמריה לי ולמחר דרישנא ליה משמך בפירקא א"ל מהיכא דקרים בישולא א"ל מאחר דחכימתו כולי האי מאי טעמא קא פלחיתו <לעבודת כוכבים> {לעבודה זרה} א"ל אי הות התם הות נקיטנא בשיפולי גלימא ורהטת אבתראי למחר אמר להו לרבנן נפתח ברבוותא
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comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
@DannySchoemann chas v'shalom I would call the Shach my buddy. I refer to him as Taz's "buddy" in a colloquial sense as he is the Taz's contemporary, peer, and baal plugta. Rabbi Zeira referred to Rabba's Golem as being "of chavrai"; Rashi says of the Biblical root chover chaver, "sorcery." But others translate: "you were made by our peers [lit.: pals]!"
Jan
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comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
This is the Rashba's opinion. It's a good chumra but not the base halacha for most of us today.
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answered Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
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comment Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim
Gerrer was the #1 mainstream Chassidic movement (at least by population) in Poland. So today's "generic chassidic" practices will be very close to Ger. The siddur text is "Nusach Sfard." Ari is actually a version of Nusach Sfard with kabbalistic tweaks. (So they're very close.) Definitely black stripes on the Tallis, with a gold "crown" for the shabbos Tallis. Ksav is Ksav Ari; Tefillin wind "sefard style", i.e. inward.
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answered Because of forgetfulness, I caused other Jews to eat dairy after meat. What can I do to atone?
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