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Jun
24
comment Is modesty a positive or negative commandment?
@Jake, that's certainly the source of the prohibition on affectionate touching. You could interpret it as "don't even come close", and let common-sense dictate what's a safe zone, but I don't recall seeing that verse listed as a direct prohibition for anything else. RM"C Luzzato writes that Hazal learned from Nazir to apply protective fences around other mitzvas, to prevent slippery-sloping. Similar quotes from Proverbs, e.g. "stay far away from a house of ill-repute", which is codifed by Rambam.
Jun
24
answered Can Whole Fruits or Vegetables Have Non-Kosher Additives?
Jun
24
answered What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
Jun
23
answered Congregational official pronunciation scheme
Jun
23
revised Melacha on Shabbat - At which stage of removal does something become legal?
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Jun
23
comment Can one use a water butt(s) as a keli mikvah?
@YDK, likely you're correct, I was hearing this all second-hand.
Jun
23
comment Can one use a water butt(s) as a keli mikvah?
And Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky famously commented that you need to know Hebrew grammar. There was a place that Rabbi Miller miscalculated the required volume of a mikva because he confused "arba amot" with "arba'ah tefachim" (which would be like measuring in yards instead of feet).
Jun
22
comment Taking a Shower after the Mikvah
Hm. The reason given for the preference (not prohibition) for not showering immediately afterwards is that people may think it's the shower, not the mikva, that did the purification. This would be funny with regards to men, as for a men's mikva the concept is tevilat Ezra, which actually can be fulfilled by a shower! My guess is there's no need to add what's only a preference for Ashkenazic women, on top of the meritorious-but-unrequired practice of men using the mikva, especially as the reason doesn't apply.
Jun
21
answered Melacha on Shabbat - At which stage of removal does something become legal?
Jun
21
comment Is there a problem with women wearing red clothing?
As the Chasam Sofer wrote, I have no business dealing with the mystical; but see Proverbs 31:21, which some translate as "her whole household wears red wool." I also heard from Rabbi Berel Wein that the normal colors for a Jewish man in medieval France were red, maroon, or brown.
Jun
21
answered Is modesty a positive or negative commandment?
Jun
20
comment What is the Gorel Hagra?
@Menachem, thanks. Done.
Jun
20
revised What is the Gorel Hagra?
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Jun
20
asked What is the typical retirement plan for a Chabad-Lubavitch shliach (emissary)?
Jun
20
answered Wearing photo gray glasses on Shabbos
Jun
20
awarded  kashrut-kosher
Jun
17
revised Eating before leaning on Esther
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Jun
16
awarded  shabbat
Jun
15
comment May a man pull out the white hairs from his beard/hair?
The question here really is: what elements of "a man shall not adopt a woman's garb" are objective, and what are culturally relative? And if culturally relative, what are today's realities?
Jun
15
answered Shabbat in the arctic