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May
25
comment Is there a difference between a Rabbi and a Temple Priest?
In fact, if someone who is a kohen applies for a rabbi job today (as spiritual leader for a congregation), the fact that he's a kohen can be a downside, as he can't officiate at funerals.
May
23
comment How do those rabbis opposed to the RCA (“Rabbi Willig's”) prenup feel about the Nachlas Shiva document?
@Avi, to answer your question: physical coercion could only be ordered by the courts in situations where they'd rule he "absolutely must" release her. In many situations it's not quite that bad, so duress would invalidate the Get; the question then becomes whether self-imposed duress is considered duress (and if a support agreement is considered self-imposed duress).
May
23
answered How does an outsider know how to dress for a particular Orthodox community?
May
19
revised arachin: dependance on age and sex
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May
19
answered arachin: dependance on age and sex
May
18
comment Heter, esp. from R' Moshe, for shaving with a machine?
Aaron, first, make sure you're reading the Achronim carefully, to determine who is prohibiting exactly what. In addition, Rabbi Welcher observed that most Israeli poskim saw no need for shaving (it's a culture where beards are fine), so were disinclined towards allowing it; on the other hand, it can be hard to find a shabbos goy in Israel, so there's more consideration of grama light-switches there. American poskim, with a steady hand on the pulse of their community, are lenient on shavers but strict on grama switches.
May
18
answered Leading half the prayers
May
18
answered Heter, esp. from R' Moshe, for shaving with a machine?
May
17
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
"which is Rabbinic if not sensual touch" -- nothing about Rabbinic prohibition -- see the handshake question, according to Rambam and many other Rishonim, there's no prohibition at all! So I think it was "I can rely on the Rambam's interpretation", not "I can violate a rabbinic prohibition". Huge difference.
May
17
comment Paying a Shadchan
Barry, has it gone up ove the past few years?
May
17
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
Or R' Chaim Yosef Sonnefeld: "sorry, I don't touch women other than my wife"
May
17
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
Or Rabbi Eliezer Silber's: "Repulican or Democrat? Sorry, but I never shake the hand of a Democrat; but someone as distinguished as you, I tip my hat!"
May
17
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
There's the "oops, I sneezed into my hand"...
May
16
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May
13
answered Source for segula of baking challah
May
13
comment Where does the Sefer HaChinuch discuss geometry/“Handassa”?
Many texts I can see actually have: "to differentiate between the right angle (like this), the obtuse angle (like this), and the acute angle (like this)". Leaving in the "like this" that had pointed at the picture, but taking out the picture!
May
13
comment Is there a higher standard of kashrut for chicken analogous to “chalak beit yosef” for beef?
Chanoch, try Rabbi Mandel's shiur on yutorah on kosher meat today. Beit Yosef says k'sidran, all adhesions are okay. Not k'sidran, none are okay. Today's chalak beit yosef says virtually no adhesions are okay as we don't know what k'sidran means. But I'll cede the point, let's say "chumra for Ashkenazim", or "chumra above standard American OU/ London Beit Din / Israeli Rabbanut requirements"
May
13
comment Order of the Tanach
Question is similarly raised here.
May
13
comment Where does the Sefer HaChinuch discuss geometry/“Handassa”?
So a lot of editions omitted the diagrams ... go figure!
May
13
accepted Where does the Sefer HaChinuch discuss geometry/“Handassa”?