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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
Feb
7
comment Putting on tefillin late
Right, as on Tisha B'Av there's the downside of studying/reciting non-sad Torah other than what is absolutely required. But if one was davening mincha on a normal day in tefilin, there's certainly nothing wrong with saying Shema again.
Feb
7
comment Should one induce vomiting upon realizing s/he just ate non-kosher?
Again, I was told on very good authority that the Rav Moshe story is not true. The other stories I've heard have usually been about ordinary people, not big rabbis. (There's also the difference between spontaneously vomiting as a reaction, and choosing to induce vomiting.)
Feb
7
comment (Mekach Toyus) Mistaken purchase - in a marriage
@YDK, you mean that last, complicated point. That gets into the question of where "ain adam ose ..." falls on the spectrum between absolute halachic constants and general assessments tied to a certain culture.
Feb
7
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
You find the Aramaic "kol k'veil" meaning "as a result of", most likely related to the idea of "correspondence." As to whether "correspondence" and "receiving" are related ... well, probably distantly. Just as "weigh" and "take" (shin-kuf-lamed) are, or "ascend" and "arrive" (ayin-lamed-heh) are, in Hebrew and Aramaic, respectively.
Feb
7
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
I'd always assumed "kabalas panim" meant receiving people's presences.
Feb
7
asked Should one induce vomiting upon realizing s/he just ate non-kosher?
Feb
7
comment Putting on tefillin late
IIRC it's a Zohar that says to recite Shema without Tefilin is like false testimony; I think you'd find the halachic discussion with regards to Tisha B'Av (whether to say Shema before mincha-with-Tefilin).
Feb
4
comment If someone needs to shave during Sefirah or Three Weeks because of work, should he also shave before Shabbos?
avrohom, feel free to ask your rabbi (as always). But conceptually, the practice of not shaving during sefirah is a minhag (custom), and in a specific situation where minhag and parnasa (your daily job) conflict, minhag is very often deferred. (If your job doesn't care what your facial-hair situation is, then you'd be obligated to follow the custom.)
Feb
4
asked If someone needs to shave during Sefirah or Three Weeks because of work, should he also shave before Shabbos?
Feb
3
answered (Mekach Toyus) Mistaken purchase - in a marriage