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Oct
25
comment Paying a Shadchan
"So what do you do for a living?" "Oh I'm a brass-door breacher. Know any singles?"
Oct
25
revised Paying a Shadchan
Added Star-K info.
Oct
24
answered Paying a Shadchan
Oct
22
comment Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
Isaac: done! Good idea.
Oct
22
revised Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
Incorporated starting points
Oct
22
comment Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
For a start on the halachic discussion, see Rabbi J David Bleich's article: torahmusings.com/2010/06/new-periodical-tradition-431.html and surrounding discussion regarding shooting a hijacked airplane. Rabbi Bleich concludes that it's prohibited; a.) not sure everyone agrees b.) not sure if he's taking into account the halachic distinction for war c.) not sure if that case is completely analogous to ours [can't put my finger on it yet].
Oct
22
comment Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
Gershon, this article discusses an international-law perspective, not one of halacha.
Oct
22
comment Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
Gershon, please give us the link and a brief summary, not copy-pasting the whole article.
Oct
22
asked Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
Oct
22
comment Chickpeas (Arbes) at a Shalom Zachor
The sefer Edut L'Avraham -- Sheruta D'tzaluta, a collection of (pre-WWII Hassidic?) customs on lifecycle events, sounds like it's lentils not chickpeas. Anyone ever heard that?
Oct
22
answered Chickpeas (Arbes) at a Shalom Zachor
Oct
22
comment Is watching via webcam valid for cholov yisroel?
Again -- some Israeli hechsherim today allow it. Currently the American ones don't.
Oct
22
answered The Names of the Rulers of Sedom
Oct
21
answered Tish'a Umeya - mi yodeya?
Oct
21
comment Yissachar - Zevulin Torah business partnership
Same author as Shu"t Yaskil Avdi?
Oct
21
comment How does paying a Mohel work?
Probably a combination of exchange rates, and rabbi supply and rabbi demand.
Oct
21
comment How does paying a Mohel work?
I would read it as: "it would be despicable for a mohel, if he is the only one available, to refuse to render his services because of lack of payment; in fact, any decent mohel would go out of his way to render his services. Should the father be unable to pay and the mohel refuse to render his services, the obligation would fall upon society, in which case society could compel the mohel." (Though who would want someone operating on their infant only doing so out of societal compulsion?) Sounds like the attitude should be: "I'm a mohel because it's a mitzva, but I would like to be paid."
Oct
21
comment When would you have a Seudas Bris by the Friday night Seuda?
I think he means "even in an ideal situation" ...
Oct
20
comment Echad Ushmonim - mi yodeya?
Using this (unvowelized, uncantillated, unstressed) text, as it would appear in a scroll: mechon-mamre.org/i/t/x/x0.htm Words are demarcated by spaces or hyphens. I make no promises that this is the way; just the way I did it.
Oct
20
revised Primacy of Rash"i
Edited -- thanks WAF!