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Sep
21
comment Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
"Lo suchal lizboach es hapesach", and Onkelos translates "leis lach reshu" ...
Sep
21
comment Which Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was it who was martyred?
Fascinating; though when I hear that Rabbi Yishmael uttered the Name and ascended to Heaven, I'd assume that was the Rabbi Yishmael who had served in the Temple. But not necessarily.
Sep
21
asked If the “ten martyrs” didn't happen together, did the punishment-for-Joseph story happen? When?
Sep
21
comment How important is it for everyone to revolve the bima 7 times on Simchas Torah?
Or maybe it was just vis-a-vis hoshana rabba? I'll see if I can find the mp3 blineder.
Sep
20
asked Which Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was it who was martyred?
Sep
20
comment Sleeping Tumah Transfers
I think the Rambam is quoted as saying we wash when waking up to a day of service of Hashem, just as kohanim wash when starting their Temple service. Again, wouldn't transmit tumah.
Sep
20
comment What should a chazan do if he has theological problems with the congregation's text?
That was my impression; anyone have any sources or other material on this?
Sep
20
asked How important is it for everyone to revolve the bima 7 times on Simchas Torah?
Sep
20
asked What should a chazan do if he has theological problems with the congregation's text?
Sep
20
asked What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Sep
20
comment Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
Of course, the Starbucks actually has a hechsher on their mix. I'd still be curious if there's anyplace vegan enough you could rely on an "unhechshered" chocolate; but YDK's answer gives me only 11,000 locations in the USA ... nebuch ...
Sep
20
accepted Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
Sep
20
comment Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
Wow, talk about too easy ...
Sep
20
accepted Why does Nusach Sefard kneel for the Se'ir LaShem in yom kippur mussaf?
Sep
20
comment Why does Nusach Sefard kneel for the Se'ir LaShem in yom kippur mussaf?
Right; even in Nusach Ashkenaz it says "the people heard and said baruch shem kvod malchuso", so we acknowledge that THEY kneeled for "lashem Chatas"; I suppose it's a question of whether WE kneel only for confessions, or for all mentionings of the Name. (I think the shiur I'd heard suggested al pi drush/mussar that even the declaration "lashem chatas" is introspective too.)
Sep
20
comment Mikveh fees as Ma'aser
If I recall from Rabbi Breitowitz, if there's only one shul in your neighborhood, you might be obligated to join it (and thus dues would be non-maaserable). If there's more than one shul, you can't be obligated at any given shul, and thus all dues count from maaser.
Sep
19
comment Sukkos Yom Kippur Connection
Sorry, I don't recall in whose name I heard it. I'll ask around b'n.
Sep
19
comment How do I do the car-door-sukkah trick?
But we're getting complicated enough ("yeshivish"!) as is. Yeah, maybe stick with sedans.
Sep
19
comment How do I do the car-door-sukkah trick?
Oh right forgot about the sliding door. (Well on most minivans.) If the ground-to-door height (what's that called?) is too great, you could bring a couple of bricks or something to put on the ground.
Sep
19
answered Priorities: Mincha Ketana vs Mincha Gedola