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Sep
12
answered Sofer STA"M who stole money
Sep
11
revised What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
Better naming convention for ref
Sep
11
comment Do surgically removed body parts require Kevurah?
For internal organs -- as I said it's debated by contemporary poskim, I'm quoting an instance I was aware of; no I don't know the exact reasoning behind their sources beyond that.
Sep
11
comment Do surgically removed body parts require Kevurah?
For the former -- it says Yiftach was buried "in the cities of Gilad", medrish says his limbs fell off one by one and were buried in various cities.
Sep
11
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
@Menachem. Akeidas Yitzchak; his essay in Parshas VaYeira on what exactly Sodom was all about.
Sep
11
answered Do surgically removed body parts require Kevurah?
Sep
11
answered Name of adoptive father in the Ketubah
Sep
11
comment Does Down Syndrome make one a Shoteh?
Yes more or less; the Adam HaRishon was R' Moshe's explanation for the nakedness. The "enough intelligence for money" per se doesn't appear there; simply that R' Moshe spent several hours arguing with the fellow and offering him a large sum of money, and felt that he was generally competent. And that some think he was really sane, just pulling this shtick to avoid a divorce ...
Sep
9
revised Does Down Syndrome make one a Shoteh?
fix mistake
Sep
9
comment Does Down Syndrome make one a Shoteh?
@msh210: I've seen it cited as Even HaEzer 120 (may have been renumbered when broken into volumes); afraid I don't have the pdf handy. It's a lengthy piece pertaining to the similar case of someone who is normal in most aspects but shoteh in one of them -- can't testify, but not generally exempt from mitzvas. (The count of 50-something is something I did digitally, R' Moshe just says "Rambam wrote it a lot already")
Sep
9
comment May a woman freeze her ova?
@Chalutzhanal That would be my conclusion, based on the halachic literature I've read on sperm banking; Rabbi Feinstein's responsum on faith vs. medical tests; and the observation that halachic questions of IVF tend not to concern themselves much with the egg-harvesting portion of it.
Sep
9
answered Does Down Syndrome make one a Shoteh?
Sep
9
comment Who were the Magharians?
Where is that name used?
Sep
9
answered May a woman freeze her ova?
Sep
8
awarded  Revival
Sep
8
answered Answering others' sh'elos
Sep
8
comment How do you get your money from your home tzedaka box to your favorite charity?
@jutky, suppose my favorite tzedaka doesn't accept coins, or it's not feasible to mail a bunch of coins.
Sep
6
comment Mappik in Kaddish
I refer to this as "the rule of one increased feminization" from Hebrew to Aramaic. In Hebrew, masculine nouns don't end with a vowel (usually) and feminines end in "a"; in Aramaic, masculines are "a" and feminines are "ta". And so on.
Sep
6
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Sep
6
comment Limits to Dina Dmalchusa Dina
@JXG, that's the example in Bava Kama. Another case is in Kilayim where it's talking about wearing extra clothes to smuggle them to avoid paying taxes on them; the Gemara objects that it would violate dina d'malchusa dina.