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Aug
17
revised Whose semicha (ordination) was the last one signed/granted by Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik? By Rabbi Moshe Feinstein?
Reworded source phrase from earlier revision
Aug
17
comment Is a mechitza required for dancing at Jewish weddings? Why?
Of course, the more concerned you are that some guests might try mixed dancing, the more need for a mechitza. But thank you, that's quite interesting.
Aug
17
comment Is a mechitza required for dancing at Jewish weddings? Why?
"the simple rule that a man can't see women dancing" -- really? Where is this simple rule? The Gemara about Tu B'av at the end of Taanis seems to think otherwise. I agree, men shouldn't be gawking (especially the married ones at anyone other than their wives), but I'm unaware of "the simple prohibition."
Aug
17
comment Whose semicha (ordination) was the last one signed/granted by Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik? By Rabbi Moshe Feinstein?
What year was Rabbi Lax ordained? Was it a private or institutional (RIETS) semicha? This bio says he was ordained by RM"F, but I take it RYBS too? kashrusmagazine.com/ksg/Old%20and%20deleted/ksg_bios.html
Aug
17
accepted Whose semicha (ordination) was the last one signed/granted by Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik? By Rabbi Moshe Feinstein?
Aug
16
asked Is a mechitza required for dancing at Jewish weddings? Why?
Aug
16
comment Is downloading pirated music stealing?
See [this discussion of intellectual property in Jewish law][1]. [1]: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1579/patents-in-halacha
Aug
16
comment Reliable Ask-a-Rabbi Websites
Personally I've had trouble understanding the English in some of their replies in the past; maybe it's a lost-in-translation thing.
Aug
15
comment What bracha do you make on Martini
@Zaq, if I recall correctly (and please look this up before relying on it), it has to do with however Kedem makes their wines and grape juices; he said it applied to all of them.
Aug
15
comment What is “chad gadya” really all about?
I've also heard Rabbi Benjamin Blech state his feeling that "and then came the Angel of Death" was certainly 1939-1945, so we're waiting for the final act now. Make of it what you will.
Aug
15
comment What is “chad gadya” really all about?
It appears (among other places) in the Artscroll Illustrated Children's Haggadah. IIRC: Brothers' jealousy of Joseph was "catty"; all the tribes were afflicted by the dog of Egypt, which was stricken by the stick of plagues, which ushered in an era of miracles that ended when the flame of desire caused too much sin. The Men of the Great Assembly doused that flame (water), but their legacy was halted by the Roman exile (ox). The messiah (butcher) will end the exile, but will eventually die (angel of death); at some point after that, G-d will eliminate death.
Aug
15
comment What bracha do you make on Martini
@zaq, the question is how diluted. If I recall correctly, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen in "The Radiance of Shabbos" says he spoke with someone at Kedem and concluded you could still make borei pri hagefen if you added 7.99 ounces of water to 8 ounces of their grape juice; but no further.
Aug
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answered What bracha do you make on Martini
Aug
15
comment What is “chad gadya” really all about?
This is very similar to the Vilna Gaon's reading.
Aug
12
comment What are the main source texts for the chavruta and teacher-student models in Jewish learning?
@WAF, the context seems to be (IIRC) that Choni walks into the study hall and no one will talk with him. Learn whatever lesson you like from there.
Aug
12
comment Where is there a good online source to check how often a word appears in Tanach?
Technologically it wouldn't be hard for someone to host a website using some simple scripts against mechon-mamre's text, assuming that doesn't run afoul of their copyright.
Aug
12
comment Where is there a good online source to check how often a word appears in Tanach?
I'd tell you to go buy Even-Shoshan's concordance.
Aug
12
answered What are the main source texts for the chavruta and teacher-student models in Jewish learning?
Aug
12
answered Why do tzitzit have fabric-squares on the corners of the garment?
Aug
12
comment Why do accidental killers sent to arei miklat go free after the Kohen Gadol dies?
@msh210, well said! There's fresh, and then there's inedible!