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Jun
28
answered Choking on a Fish Bone
Jun
28
comment What makes something “chukat goyim?”
@Menachem, R' Moshe made clear -- "provided it's appropriate"; if clothing is just plain inappropriate, it's just plain inappropriate.
Jun
27
answered Are you allowed to get married the night going into Shiva Asar B'Tamuz?
Jun
27
asked What did a “don't-issue-rulings” semicha (ordination) look like?
Jun
27
accepted What are the rabbinic opinions about an apartment building requiring an eruv?
Jun
27
answered What are the rabbinic opinions about an apartment building requiring an eruv?
Jun
27
answered Is there a positive Jewish view on the summer months?
Jun
24
comment What is the Gorel Hagra?
Heh. From wikipedia: "In the 2000s, the term "hat tip" (often abbreviated to "HT" or "h/t") rose to prominence in the blogosphere to acknowledge someone who has made a significant contribution toward an effort, or someone who drew attention to something new or interesting. It is considered good netiquette when sharing a link or news item to give a hat tip to the person from whom you learned of the item."
Jun
24
comment When did kosher bakeries, restaurants, etc. start requiring supervision?
@Menachem, yes. Same as when you're invited to someone's house, you're trusting him.
Jun
24
comment Can Whole Fruits or Vegetables Have Non-Kosher Additives?
@Menachem, I'd heard it had been an issue some time in the past. It's possible it's been resolved, or at least resolved for anything with an OU on it.
Jun
24
comment Should you say HaGomel after a flight?
Rabbi Feinstein felt it was similar to a boat voyage; it wasn't so much the statistical risk as the fact that right now there's only a few feet of wood between you and Davy Jones' locker.
Jun
24
comment Should you say HaGomel after a flight?
To flesh out the above, common practice is only on flights over an ocean, or according to some, from coast to coast. Rabbi Feinstein felt that any flight, as statistically safe as it is, warrants hagomel because once you're at 30000 feet, you're being "saved from danger" (irrespective of all statistics!). (Now some could argue that those born in the 1970s USA think about danger differently than Rabbi Feinstein, born 1895 in Russia ... but that was his opinion.)
Jun
24
answered Less disgraceful placement of a sefer kodesh?
Jun
24
comment Asei Doche Lo Sasei vs. Mitzvah Habaah Beaveirah
Jake is correct; aseh docheh is only when they occur simultaneously.
Jun
24
answered Why do we comfort a mourner with Hamakom Yenachem Eschem?
Jun
24
revised What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
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Jun
24
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
@Joel devil's advocate here: what if I own a hotel (not a charity or religious anything) but I view allowing same-sex weddings at it as religiously prohibited facilitation of sin? I don't think that proposal protects me in that case.
Jun
24
comment Is modesty a positive or negative commandment?
@Jake, that's certainly the source of the prohibition on affectionate touching. You could interpret it as "don't even come close", and let common-sense dictate what's a safe zone, but I don't recall seeing that verse listed as a direct prohibition for anything else. RM"C Luzzato writes that Hazal learned from Nazir to apply protective fences around other mitzvas, to prevent slippery-sloping. Similar quotes from Proverbs, e.g. "stay far away from a house of ill-repute", which is codifed by Rambam.
Jun
24
answered Can Whole Fruits or Vegetables Have Non-Kosher Additives?
Jun
24
answered What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?