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Jul
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comment Does kashrut depend on peah, leket, etc?
@Aaron, it legally belongs to the poor (and the Talmud defines poverty), subject to the normal monetary considerations. In Talmudic times, a non-poor person eating peah would be theft (but not any food-specific prohibition). My understanding is that today, the poor generally are assumed to have waived their right to peah; and when dealing with monetary ownership, we work with reasonable assumptions, and the burden of proof is on the one seeking to extract property from its current holder.
Jul
18
comment Does kashrut depend on peah, leket, etc?
Ma'aser Ani, I believe they transfer to money and give it to the poor. The reason we're "separating" ma'aser rishon isn't the 9 lbs owed to the Levi, it's the 1 lb with kohen-only ritual properties. You can't have terumat maaser if you don't first have maaser.
Jul
18
comment What's the best thing to use for Marror?
@WAF, chicory (which is in the same botanical family as lettuce and dandelions) can also be used to make an ersatz coffee-like beverage. I take it Yahu isn't a Starbucks fan.
Jul
18
revised Why did G-d not stop the holocaust?
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answered What is the nature of the numeral “ashtei-asar” (11)?
Jul
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answered Does kashrut depend on peah, leket, etc?
Jul
18
revised Are you allowed to get married the night going into Shiva Asar B'Tamuz?
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Jul
13
answered Why don't Jews think Jesus is the messiah?
Jul
13
comment Why don't Jews sacrifice animals anymore?
@Menachem, I'm aware of a great deal of nitty-gritty such as your discussion. I chose to gloss over that to answer this question at the level it was asked. כל המוסיף גורע
Jul
13
comment Who gave the “yadav rav lo” ordination a few decades ago?
The context has to do with rabbis joining as chaplains who had ordinations other than the most-common RIETS/RCA one. It sounds like some individual rabbis gave this "yadav rav lo" ordination; I'm curious what its requirements were, how often this was done, and who these rabbis were (among other questions).
Jul
13
comment Can one follow Rabbeinu Tam time for beginning Shabbos?
If you want to start an endless debate about ending Shabbos by Rabbeinu Tam's definition, please (don't) open a separate question about that. If it was 72 minutes in Provence what does that mean at other latitudes ... who says Rabbeinu Tam's 72 start at what we call sunset ... we can theorize and debate from today until tomorrow; for normative American practice, The Agudas HaRabbonim told people in New York to end Shabbos 42 minutes after sunset ... R' Moshe Feinstein 45 ... and others are machmir to 72.
Jul
13
comment Can one follow Rabbeinu Tam time for beginning Shabbos?
He also cites the Chavos Yair, that if when everyone left the old city they had no intention of ever returning (which wasn't the case during the Balance-of-Power system for centuries in Europe, but was the case with the Holocaust), the original locale's customs would be void even if people later returned. I maintain that several practices became strongly normative for the overwhelming majority of mainstream American Orthodoxy which become "minhag America" (Rabbi Wein has a tape on the subject), including starting Shabbos at sunset at the latest.
Jul
13
comment Can one follow Rabbeinu Tam time for beginning Shabbos?
@Philomath, I respectfully disagree. R' Moshe Feinstein says that local customs are transplanted only when a community emigrates en-masse (as was the case with the Frankfurt community that relocated to Washington Heights, maintaining which family sat where in the synagogue!). When it's a group of individuals doing their own thing, then even if it now turns out that Anytown USA has 90% of its population from Hotzenplotz Poland, the customs of Hotzenplotz are not in force.
Jul
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answered What does the term “sons of G-d” mean?
Jul
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answered Is it okay to drive a car on the Sabbath?
Jul
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answered Why did G-d not stop the holocaust?
Jul
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answered Why don't Jews sacrifice animals anymore?
Jul
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answered Why is the word for G-d in Genesis plural?