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Sep
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answered Shnayim Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
Sep
8
asked What are the parameters for washing after excusing one's self in the middle of the meal?
Sep
8
asked Do you add in the “for all the Jews in this town” clause to Eruv Tavshilin?
Sep
8
answered Do our sources address the question of intellectual property vs the public good?
Sep
8
asked Do our sources address the question of intellectual property vs the public good?
Sep
8
asked Can a convert (ger tzedek) serve on a beis din to annul a non-convert's vows?
Sep
8
answered How do you pronounce the הוי״ה in hataras nedarim (annulment of vows) before Rosh HaShanah?
Sep
8
asked How do you pronounce the הוי״ה in hataras nedarim (annulment of vows) before Rosh HaShanah?
Sep
8
comment Who was the first person to repent?
There's also the liturgy from ... is it Yom Kippur or Selichos? with each stanza listing a famous Biblical character who did repentance; I think it starts with Adam and Cain. Someone fill me in please?
Sep
8
comment Who was the first person to repent?
Isn't there the medrish that Adam said Mizmor Shir L'yom Hashabbos after hearing that Cain had repented? ("I struck a deal with G-d" or something like that.)
Sep
7
comment Using Eiruv Tavshilin to Cook for a Gentile Shabbos Guest
Yahu, I thought we pasken that a bigger pot of soup makes it better for everyone, so just increasing quantities is less of an issue.
Sep
7
comment Waking up in the middle of the night
Chaim, I think it has to do with how much of an interruption it is (and if it's a big interruption, then it's time to make a bracha), not the obligation of bracha per se. The only similar distinction that comes to mind is if you excuse yourself in the middle of a (bread-based) meal, defecation requires you to wash (RRLL) and make a new al netilas yadayim before returning to your meal.
Sep
7
comment Do you have to close your blog / website on shabbos?
Do I have to worry that my blog will cause more surfing on shabbos? A.) is more surfing (once the computer's on) deoraysa or derabanan (or less than that)? B.) Is it lifnei iver (enabling shabbos violation? He couldn't have surfed the web without me?) or the lesser mesayea (facilitating)? C.) Much discussion if mesayea applies to those who don't usually keep the mitzva anyhow. D.) Mesayea may only be actively helping him do the violation; here we're talking passive at best.
Sep
7
comment Tish'im - mi yodeya?
While on the topic: Ksav Ari has the heads of the Tzadi facing away from each other; Ksav Beis Yosef has them facing each other. Heard from R' Hershel Shachter, machlokes mekubalim if the separate faces before Adam/Chava split were facing or separate, philosophical disagreement if it's "each for himself" (even before the first sin) or harmonious.
Sep
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accepted What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
Sep
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comment What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
If you haven't guessed by now -- I started thinking about this because many places sell plucots, dinosaur eggs, etc. as new fruit for Rosh Hashanah!
Sep
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comment What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
So what about, say, someone else did plum X apricot; can that product now be hybridized with a plum? With an apricot? I recall seeing halachos about animal breedings, e.g. can a wolf-dog hybrid be bred with wolf or dog, but what about plants?
Sep
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comment What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
Rambam kilayim 3:6 says almond x peach is prohibited. (See actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=470_26) Acc. to wikipedia, scientifically, almond and peach are cousins; plum and apricot are cousins; the two pairs are more distant from one another, so I'd assume no peach x plum. Probably not plum x apricot either. (See hort.purdue.edu/ext/senior/fruits/plum3.htm and hort.purdue.edu/ext/senior/fruits/apricot3.htm).
Sep
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comment What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?
Woops my mistake about nectarines! If a nectarine is really just a kind of peach that would be okay.
Sep
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asked What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?