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Feb
16
asked How exactly was extinguishing used constructively to build the Mishkan/Tabernacle?
Feb
16
comment Egel- Why EILEH is Plural
Agreed we treat it as chol; "elohecha"; even if it reads "these are your gods."
Feb
16
revised Mixed Minyan in a Shiva House
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Feb
16
answered Tannis Esther reason
Feb
16
comment Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?
Beat me to it, thanks!
Feb
16
answered Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?
Feb
15
comment Does a home megilla reading require separate seating (or a mechitza) between men and women?
Two questions, actually. A.) As you're indicating, is Megillah reading more analogous to davening at a shiva house, or attending a parsha class? B.) In the davening case, R' Moshe didn't indicate whether completely-mixed seating would be a deal-breaker if the women insisted on sitting in the middle of the men. I don't know how he'd hold there. But this is great background, thanks!
Feb
15
comment Does a home megilla reading require separate seating (or a mechitza) between men and women?
Hm. So if I'm reading Rav Moshe correctly: for davening at a private event, no mechitza is required but they should sit separately, "for better concentration." As far as mixed seating at a parsha class, "it is discouraged, but I'm not getting into that now." So R' Moshe would recommend separate (non-mechitza) seating for megilla reading, no worse than a parsha class. Would he absolutely require it?
Feb
15
revised Mixed Minyan in a Shiva House
Added Rav Moshe
Feb
15
accepted Does a home megilla reading require separate seating (or a mechitza) between men and women?
Feb
14
asked Does a home megilla reading require separate seating (or a mechitza) between men and women?
Feb
13
comment Lighting Sabbath Candles as “Pharisee Propaganda”
Right; the hot-food-on-Shabbos (could be as simple as a hot water pot, no?) to counter the Karaites; that concept is attributed to ... I want to say Rav Saadiah Gaon? Is that right, Alex?
Feb
13
comment Blind and Marriage
Alex, my understand was that in this case, the man felt that his impression of her face could give him a good determination whether he'd feel attracted to her in general; the question was posed in those terms. I have no idea what the realities of different people's situations will be.
Feb
13
answered Blind and Marriage
Feb
13
answered Lighting Sabbath Candles as “Pharisee Propaganda”
Feb
11
answered Why did Esther make two parties; why not just one?
Feb
11
comment Non-Lubavitch views of the Maggid of Mezrich's relationship with R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi?
Thanks for mentioning R' Meir of Premishlan; I'm told he's an ancestor of mine!
Feb
11
comment Non-Lubavitch views of the Maggid of Mezrich's relationship with R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi?
If I recall correctly, the Magid had 7 students whose job was to spread the Hassidic movement across Europe; The Alter Rebbe (Shneur Zalman of Liadi) was one of those students, whose assigned turf of Lithuania was "a tough nut to crack"; Rabbi Elimelech Noam Lipman of Lizhensk was sent to Poland. I would assume that Polish Hassidic movements consider their tradition/transmission just as good (better?) as that tracing through R' Shneur Zalman, but Hassidism is really not my expertise.
Feb
10
answered Double portion for firstborn
Feb
8
answered what to throw at a bridegroom