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Sep
28
accepted What do I need to make a Jewish wedding?
Sep
28
answered May a woman shave her legs on Chol hamoed?
Sep
28
comment Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
I don't think you'd be obligated to take on major debt to save a stranger's life; is there a specific different requirement for one's children? There's an obligation to feed and generally care for them, but beyond that, I really don't know. (I don't think a commandment needed to be given, it's just human nature -- like the Chasam Sofer said regarding women and the mitzva of having children.) Hm. This is a question for someone more knowledgeable. I know R' Moshe discusses how far one must (or should) pay for a sick spouse's treatment.
Sep
27
comment Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
We tend to talk (and thus hear) about the 1/1000 miracle stories where there was a recovery. We don't hear about the 999/1000 stories where there was nothing but heartbreak.
Sep
27
comment Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
I read your case more carefully -- if the baby has no chance of making it more than a few months, I don't think anyone is obligated. If there's a tiny chance of long-term success, but that needs to be weighed against the possibility of great pain, it might just be the parent's choice (assuming we can apply what I heard from RHS). Only in a case where "any reasonable person" would think the surgery is worth the risk (leaving costs aside) would the answer be 1 no 2 yes.
Sep
27
revised Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
Fleshed out better for this case
Sep
27
comment G'dolim or Rabbis Owning Pets
And the famous comment, "how do we know he was putting the saucer out for the cat, maybe the photo caught him as he was taking it away ..."
Sep
27
answered Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
Sep
27
comment Eating Rice without a Sukkah
Do you know where that's written? (Yalkut Yosef, Yechaveh Da'at, ?)
Sep
26
revised Is B'rich Shmei said while the Torah sits in the Aron, or as it's held (by whom?)
more explanation
Sep
26
asked Is B'rich Shmei said while the Torah sits in the Aron, or as it's held (by whom?)
Sep
26
asked Is there a source for inverting the lulav while shaking it in different directions?
Sep
26
asked Is it “mechayei meisim UHTTuh” or “mechayeh meisim atTUH” (rav lehoshia) in shmoneh esrei?
Sep
22
revised Meya - mi yodeya?
added answer -- okay it's a stretch.
Sep
22
answered Meya - mi yodeya?
Sep
21
answered Tish'a Vetishim - mi yodeya?
Sep
21
comment How do I do the car-door-sukkah trick?
YDK, thanks for sharing. You appear to be correct, but I'd like to read/think it over some more.
Sep
21
comment Differences of Opinion in the Order of the Ushpizin
"Shlach na b'yad tishlach" -- Aharon had actually started a prophetic career before Moshe, but again, we're focusing on the story as we know it (not the implied backstory).
Sep
21
comment Why does Nusach Sefard kneel for the Se'ir LaShem in yom kippur mussaf?
Alex you're correct; but I assume whenever they heard and said Baruch Shem Kvod Malchuso, kneeling was part of the process too.
Sep
21
accepted Which Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was it who was martyred?