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Sep
27
revised Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
Fleshed out better for this case
Sep
27
comment G'dolim or Rabbis Owning Pets
And the famous comment, "how do we know he was putting the saucer out for the cat, maybe the photo caught him as he was taking it away ..."
Sep
27
answered Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
Sep
27
comment Eating Rice without a Sukkah
Do you know where that's written? (Yalkut Yosef, Yechaveh Da'at, ?)
Sep
26
revised Is B'rich Shmei said while the Torah sits in the Aron, or as it's held (by whom?)
more explanation
Sep
26
asked Is B'rich Shmei said while the Torah sits in the Aron, or as it's held (by whom?)
Sep
26
asked Is there a source for inverting the lulav while shaking it in different directions?
Sep
26
asked Is it “mechayei meisim UHTTuh” or “mechayeh meisim atTUH” (rav lehoshia) in shmoneh esrei?
Sep
22
revised Meya - mi yodeya?
added answer -- okay it's a stretch.
Sep
22
answered Meya - mi yodeya?
Sep
21
answered Tish'a Vetishim - mi yodeya?
Sep
21
comment How do I do the car-door-sukkah trick?
YDK, thanks for sharing. You appear to be correct, but I'd like to read/think it over some more.
Sep
21
comment Differences of Opinion in the Order of the Ushpizin
"Shlach na b'yad tishlach" -- Aharon had actually started a prophetic career before Moshe, but again, we're focusing on the story as we know it (not the implied backstory).
Sep
21
comment Why does Nusach Sefard kneel for the Se'ir LaShem in yom kippur mussaf?
Alex you're correct; but I assume whenever they heard and said Baruch Shem Kvod Malchuso, kneeling was part of the process too.
Sep
21
accepted Which Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was it who was martyred?
Sep
21
comment Which Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was it who was martyred?
I guess another possibility is that Raban Shimon fled to Yavneh with his son Gamliel, and upon arriving in Yavneh, retired and gave the post to Gamliel. If so, when Raban Yochanan ben Zakai asked for Raban Gamliel, did he imply "and his retired father", or did he feel he could only ask for one person, so he chose the current nasi? The period was filled with difficult questions.
Sep
21
comment In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
R' Yahu, some Chasidim don't accept R' Moshe's heter as halacha, and some are machmir as chumra. (Am I mistaken?) My impression was that basically all Litvaks in America accept the heter at some level, just often demand to be machmir as a chumra. Have you heard otherwise? I occasionally hear of those who require chalav yisrael dishes too, but this seems rare enough. Regardless: in practice, the rabbinates of the UK and the Netherlands feel that the heter applies there as well (at least if you're in a pinch).
Sep
21
accepted What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Sep
21
comment What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Yahu, I like the Google bookclip! Alex, neat idea just taking the jpg! I've added in the Hebrew text here (sans vowels) to make it more searchable; but I think all three ways to do it are good.
Sep
21
comment What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Woops. Psalms 42:6, see for instance mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt2642.htm