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Apr
11
comment Cigarette on Pesach
@Yahu, for argument's sake let's say it's chol hamoed.
Apr
11
comment Why isn't “Adam” a traditional Hebrew name?
Question: Is Rabbi Mintz's Hebrew name "Adam"? Or Aharon or Avraham or something? The only pronounced-as-in-Hebrew "Adams" I know are baalei teshuva. msh210, good thinking to check wikipedia for rabbis' names! For contemporary names, maybe try onlysimchas?
Apr
10
asked Why isn't “Adam” a traditional Hebrew name?
Apr
6
asked When/how was the controversy regarding stainless-steel blades for shechitah resolved?
Apr
6
comment Is there a higher standard of kashrut for chicken analogous to “chalak beit yosef” for beef?
@Avraham, yes and no. For Ashkenazim it's a chumra. Even for Sefardim, the actual language of maran is "if an adhesion is k'sidran it's okay, if not k'sidran, it's ever okay." Current chalak beit yosef practice is to assume nothing today is "k'sidran." (Heard from OU's Rabbi Mandel mp3 on shechita).
Apr
5
accepted If no one else was available, could a mohel ride a bicycle on shabbos to perform a circumcision?
Apr
4
comment If no one else was available, could a mohel ride a bicycle on shabbos to perform a circumcision?
@Isaac, correct. What prohibitions can a mohel do? And how prohibited is bike-riding?
Apr
4
asked If no one else was available, could a mohel ride a bicycle on shabbos to perform a circumcision?
Apr
4
comment Is there a higher standard of kashrut for chicken analogous to “chalak beit yosef” for beef?
@msh210, Beis Yosef glatt was an example of a chumra that's fairly straightforward to identify and label. I'm curious regarding any such chumras for chicken.
Apr
4
asked Is there a higher standard of kashrut for chicken analogous to “chalak beit yosef” for beef?
Apr
1
accepted Does cooking kitniyot in a pot render it non-kosher-for-Passover for Ashkenazic Jews? If so, why?
Apr
1
comment Does cooking kitniyot in a pot render it non-kosher-for-Passover for Ashkenazic Jews? If so, why?
Thanks Barzilai. So it's a "mevatlin issur lechatchila" issue more or less to use the pot?
Apr
1
answered Birth Bracha Question
Mar
31
comment Does cooking kitniyot in a pot render it non-kosher-for-Passover for Ashkenazic Jews? If so, why?
The problem is the halacha clearly states that kitniyos is batel b'rov.
Mar
31
comment Does cooking kitniyot in a pot render it non-kosher-for-Passover for Ashkenazic Jews? If so, why?
So you're saying effectively, if I understand correctly: "Even though Mr. Sefardi is certain there's no wheat in his rice, I have to behave as if there is", therefore minuscule amounts would be a problem; and not "Mr. Sefardi's rice is wheat-free, but my custom is not to eat rice" (in which case minuscule amounts wouldn't be).
Mar
31
revised How do you obtain Dole/Fresh Express bagged romaine lettuce with a Star-K on it?
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Mar
31
asked Does cooking kitniyot in a pot render it non-kosher-for-Passover for Ashkenazic Jews? If so, why?
Mar
31
comment Why read about Rashb"i's death at a memorial ceremony?
Can you describe the passage? Is there something that most people would find meaningful about life or death? For instance, the passages in the Talmud regarding Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi's death, for instance, are important for understanding end-of-life care issues, but not particularly meaningful to be read at a memorial.
Mar
31
comment Where are Bilhah and Zilpa buried?
Some of these are easier to swallow than others. Avigayil is certainly possible as King David could have had her buried in Tiberias (though why I don't know). Bilhah and Zilpah most likely died in Israel (Genesis 46 sounds like they didn't come down to Egypt), but hadn't they been living in the South part of the country, not anywhere near Tiberias? Yocheved was born and presumably died in Egypt. Tzipporah ("the missing matriarch") ... did she outlive Moshe and make it into Israel? I don't think we know. Elisheva -- see notes on Tzipporah.
Mar
30
comment Biting your cheek
@Barry, how do we rule regarding "mekalkel b'chabura"? All great points; as I said, "it could be a problem" (could be not); but if there's no bruising or bleeding, there's nothing to talk about here. Not every m.y question is so complicated.