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Sep
16
comment Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
See my pontification below; the interpretation of that verse is debated by Jewish thinkers.
Sep
16
comment Tachanun without a Sefer Torah
Not debating anything below, but just pointing out that Rabbi Artscroll Siddur says not to lean, and I suspect that's caused that practice to win out in much of America.
Sep
16
answered In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
Sep
16
asked In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
Sep
16
asked Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
Sep
16
comment Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
"Negative teshuva" is Rabbi Breitowitz's translation for "tohei al harishonos", someone who regrets (G-d forbid) performing mitzvas. There's an interesting piece from R' Elchanan Wasserman on that concept; from the title of your question, I thought that was your topic.
Sep
16
answered Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
Sep
15
comment What exactly do you do and say when you fall Korim?
I recall hearing in ... shul or yeshiva? ... that it's the HEAD that's important to have covering, not the knees. Anyone back me up here?
Sep
15
comment Chamisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
Hadn't thought about that. Just making sure I understand your answer; 95 actual dunks (not "several dunks over 95 days"). Wow that's a lot! But good point about the beat.
Sep
15
comment How Kabbalistically accurate is the golem-making procedure described in “Niflaos Maharal”?
Just curious, assuming Niflaos Maharal was fiction written by R' Yudel Rosenberg, what texts he was working off for the kabalistic bits.
Sep
15
accepted How Kabbalistically accurate is the golem-making procedure described in “Niflaos Maharal”?
Sep
15
comment Chamisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
95 dunks in the mikvah?
Sep
15
accepted Do you do a hataras nidui (rescinding of excommunication) before Rosh HaShanah?
Sep
15
comment Can a convert (ger tzedek) serve on a beis din to annul a non-convert's vows?
I've since seen the newly-published Aruch HaShulchan in Hilchos Nedarim who says relatives can be on a panel for hataras nedarim too.
Sep
15
accepted How do you pronounce the הוי״ה in hataras nedarim (annulment of vows) before Rosh HaShanah?
Sep
15
answered Chamisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
Sep
15
comment Chamisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
Of these, HaMelech is by far the most common (appears nearly twice as often in Tanach as all others combined); it's seasonally appropriate; and it's textually interesting because in the Book of Esther, we're encouraged to tease out when it's Achashverosh and when it's G-d.
Sep
15
comment How Kabbalistically accurate is the golem-making procedure described in “Niflaos Maharal”?
See my additional question above -- does the four-element people thing appear in any of these sources?
Sep
14
comment Waking up in the middle of the night
Barry, when/if you and I get sources, let's please put them in here.
Sep
14
answered Is a covered sukkah wall counted as a wall?