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Sep
7
comment Waking up in the middle of the night
Chaim, I think it has to do with how much of an interruption it is (and if it's a big interruption, then it's time to make a bracha), not the obligation of bracha per se. The only similar distinction that comes to mind is if you excuse yourself in the middle of a (bread-based) meal, defecation requires you to wash (RRLL) and make a new al netilas yadayim before returning to your meal.
Sep
7
comment Do you have to close your blog / website on shabbos?
Do I have to worry that my blog will cause more surfing on shabbos? A.) is more surfing (once the computer's on) deoraysa or derabanan (or less than that)? B.) Is it lifnei iver (enabling shabbos violation? He couldn't have surfed the web without me?) or the lesser mesayea (facilitating)? C.) Much discussion if mesayea applies to those who don't usually keep the mitzva anyhow. D.) Mesayea may only be actively helping him do the violation; here we're talking passive at best.
Sep
7
comment Tish'im - mi yodeya?
While on the topic: Ksav Ari has the heads of the Tzadi facing away from each other; Ksav Beis Yosef has them facing each other. Heard from R' Hershel Shachter, machlokes mekubalim if the separate faces before Adam/Chava split were facing or separate, philosophical disagreement if it's "each for himself" (even before the first sin) or harmonious.
Sep
7
accepted What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
Sep
7
comment What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
If you haven't guessed by now -- I started thinking about this because many places sell plucots, dinosaur eggs, etc. as new fruit for Rosh Hashanah!
Sep
7
comment What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
So what about, say, someone else did plum X apricot; can that product now be hybridized with a plum? With an apricot? I recall seeing halachos about animal breedings, e.g. can a wolf-dog hybrid be bred with wolf or dog, but what about plants?
Sep
7
comment What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
Rambam kilayim 3:6 says almond x peach is prohibited. (See actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=470_26) Acc. to wikipedia, scientifically, almond and peach are cousins; plum and apricot are cousins; the two pairs are more distant from one another, so I'd assume no peach x plum. Probably not plum x apricot either. (See hort.purdue.edu/ext/senior/fruits/plum3.htm and hort.purdue.edu/ext/senior/fruits/apricot3.htm).
Sep
7
comment What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
Woops my mistake about nectarines! If a nectarine is really just a kind of peach that would be okay.
Sep
6
asked What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
Sep
5
comment Apples and Rubia
@mekubal, yes the questions of what you can eat before hamotzee and still have covered by Birkat HaMazon are rather complicated.
Sep
3
comment Do you have to close your blog / website on shabbos?
E-commerce is a question. But you're not shipping the product till after shabbos. [Hm, what if it's fully electronic and instant, like selling e-cards or online-redeemable gift certificates?] As I said, Rabbi Heinemann first was machmir then reconsidered and was matir. Pay-per-click is an interesting one.
Sep
3
accepted What's wrong with using “Adoshem” for the name of G-d when singing?
Sep
3
comment Which rabbi was it who checked a person's identity by asking where he sat in shul?
Thanks Alex. Hence my question.
Sep
3
comment What is a good way to make one's website inaccessible on Shabbat?
In theory, a "continue at your own risk" button could mean some people now will do one extra click to view your website. But I don't think that's a problem. (There are rabbis who have given a lost driver exact directions on Shabbos, "so he doesn't drive around any extra.")
Sep
3
comment Using Eiruv Tavshilin to Cook for a Gentile Shabbos Guest
Are you actually cooking something just for the one non-Jewish guest? Or merely making a slightly bigger soup for 1 more person?
Sep
3
comment Which rabbi was it who checked a person's identity by asking where he sat in shul?
Though it's about the rabbi's wisdom and insight rather than his piety per se.
Sep
3
accepted Which rabbi was it who checked a person's identity by asking where he sat in shul?
Sep
3
comment Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?
Doesn't the Gemara ask that question (what kind of honey is the land flowing with?) with regards to the question if bee honey is kosher?
Sep
3
comment Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?
@mekubal, my impression was otherwise. (Acc. to wikipedia, beet sugar didn't happen until the 1500s.) I'm not sure what they were doing with dates in the time of the Talmud (paste? Juice?). But there's a reason that the word "sugar" in Hebrew is its Latin cognate -- ancient Hebrew had no word for it, only "dvash" for anything sweet.
Sep
3
comment Apples and Rubia
@mekubal, you mean people aren't saying a bracha rishona on them? That's really weird. Or they say bracha rishona on them before hamotzi, then assume they'll be covered by birkat hamazon.