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Oct
5
comment What food product was the Birkei Yosef discussing when he said Bishul Akum didn't apply?
Alex, the chiddush is if the producer is non-local, we can call him like a "paltar" for bishul, not bread.
Oct
5
revised Hard Yeshivish phrases to translate
added shkoyach
Oct
5
answered Recording music from radio
Oct
5
answered Riddle: Which Yom Tov can come out on different Hebrew dates?
Oct
5
answered Riddle: Which Yom Tov can come out on different Hebrew dates?
Oct
5
comment Riddle: when would a couple be forced to break their engagement?
Thanks. (Though I suppose a collaborated effort to downvote me could take it away, but would hurt everyone else in the process. Tamos nafshi im plishtim?)
Oct
5
answered Riddle: Where does a Non Jew have more Halachic power than a Jew?
Oct
5
comment How do scientists such as Natan Aviezer and Gerald Schroeder understand the fourth day of creation?
Surprised this question got a downvote. You can't make everyone happy all the time, I guess ...
Oct
5
asked Is there any problem with using yomtov candles to cook food (on yomtov)?
Oct
5
comment What food product was the Birkei Yosef discussing when he said Bishul Akum didn't apply?
I took a quick glance at Birkei Yosef YD 103-104 and didn't see it, though it's dense material and perhaps I wasn't reading carefully enough. He does spend some time talking about sweet biscuits, but doesn't (at first glance) employ the above argument.
Oct
5
asked How do scientists such as Natan Aviezer and Gerald Schroeder understand the fourth day of creation?
Oct
4
revised Riddle: 3 generations all have name that can be read backwards and forwards
typo
Oct
4
comment Settling debt with a credit card company
Should be no different than declaring bankruptcy. There's a machlokes achronim whether dina d'malchusa alone would suffice to allow it; however, we have a stronger principle here: "hakol k'minhag hamedina." ("It all follows the custom of the land.") The company enters a relationship with Reuven understanding fully well that some percentage of their customers could default.
Oct
4
comment Organ donations
With regards to donating blood R' Moshe doesn't employ the "pikuach nefesh" (save-a-life) argument, as there's no one right now going "help! Save my life!", and the blood may never even get used. I'm not sure that's the reality today (better screening, more procedures needing blood). Certainly with regards to a kidney, liver, or the like, there is a recipient right here, so it IS pikuach nefesh.
Oct
4
comment Organ donations
I saw the tshuva on donating blood for money recently (I think it's #103?). The Jewishness-of-the-recipient criterion doesn't appear there; that subject is hotly debated (Dr. Rosner quotes R' Moshe that it doesn't matter, others' stories seem to say otherwise).
Oct
4
comment saying “יתברך” when the שליח צבור says “ברכו”
Good point. Never seen it either.
Oct
4
answered Settling debt with a credit card company
Oct
4
answered What do you say when asked Shidduch information
Oct
4
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
Oh plus lashes.
Oct
4
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
=400 zuz, double that of similar offenses (ones umefateh).