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May
6
answered Who asked Rav Moshe about capital punishment?
Apr
21
answered children's Tylenol on Pesach
Apr
13
comment Tzlach - source of name?
"Tziun l'nefesh chaya" means: "a signpost for a living soul." Rabbi Yechezkel Landau dedicated the book to his mother's memory, whose name was Chaya. (Just as his responsa, Noda BiHuda ("known in Judah") was dedicated to the memory of his father, Yehudah.)
Apr
12
answered Glow sticks on Shabbos
Apr
12
comment Are Cigarettes on Yomtov a Davar Hashaveh Lechol Nefesh?
I suspect there are elements here of Shomer Psaim Hashem (which is relative to a given time, place, and culture); and Mutav sheyihyu shogegin. It takes many smokers a tremendous amount of sacrifice to go for 25 hours without a cigarette on Shabbos; an extra 25, 49, or 73 hours may be nearly impossible. (Again, best thing is just to never smoke in the first place ...)
Apr
11
answered Is tobbaco Kitniyos?
Apr
11
answered Acceptable marror species
Apr
11
comment very different Pesach cleaning practices
To a large extent, yes the former is halacha and the latter is what some people do; rabbis have long acknowledged it as "that's what some women choose to do, okay" (not even a "minhag" per se). You haven't heard the story with R' Levi Yitzchak Berdichever? His wife was scrubbing furiously at the chairs -- "Chana, enough! Shulchan Aruch says that's not needed." "You [men] and your shulchan aruch! - Between the two, we'd be eating bread on Pesach!"
Apr
11
revised Are Cigarettes on Yomtov a Davar Hashaveh Lechol Nefesh?
Linked prohibition on smoking -- ever
Apr
11
revised Are Cigarettes on Yomtov a Davar Hashaveh Lechol Nefesh?
fixed?
Apr
11
answered Are Cigarettes on Yomtov a Davar Hashaveh Lechol Nefesh?
Apr
11
revised Things we do not do because of Danger
Is fish-and-meat in Rambam?
Apr
11
answered Cigarette on Pesach
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?