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Nov
29
comment Chanukah in the Mishnah
"Deflates the opportunity" -- make that "deflates the necessity"
Nov
29
comment Chanukah in the Mishnah
"Dangerous" because no one had said it previously, and because it deflates the opportunity for all these other wonderful shticklach toirah!
Nov
29
answered Black Magic by Pharaoh's Magicians
Nov
29
answered Chanukah in the Mishnah
Nov
29
answered Chanukah in the Mishnah
Nov
29
comment Chanukah in the Mishnah
It's not just "oh I'm mad 'cause you messed with my great-granddaddy." The Torah had mandated a separation between the political and religious authorities; the Hasmoneans, good-intentioned as they were, broke that. Within a few generations of the Hasmonean dynasty, we found that when priests try to be kings, they fail both as priests and as kings, as the later Hasmoneans made both egregious halachic errors, and political missteps that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Temple.
Nov
29
asked What is the original halachic source for a woman covering her collarbones out of modesty (tznius)?
Nov
28
revised “Torturing for Information” in Halacha
Filled in from article
Nov
28
answered “Torturing for Information” in Halacha
Nov
26
asked What other work can a mashgiach do in a kosher restaurant today?
Nov
26
asked At what point was it recommended to have a separate kosher certifier (mashgiach) for local Jewish businesses?
Nov
26
revised Bishul Akum Technology
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Nov
26
comment Do Chasidim avoid wearing ties?
Yahu, yes, even if doesn't derive from anything idolatrous or prurient, if it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, why would you be doing it other than trying to look like a non-Jew? See the Igros Moshe on American clothing for more. The Maharik allowed a Jewish member of a doctors' guild to wear their exclusive cape because it's not senseless, it's a smart business move to identify your expertise. There are very few things I can think of today that fall into the "senseless" category. (Well there's one in R' Moshe, but that's a complicated discussion ...)
Nov
26
answered Bishul Akum Technology
Nov
26
comment Do Chasidim avoid wearing ties?
Yahu, I'm saying some might say it's chukas akum. Your point is a good one, regardless.
Nov
24
comment Do Chasidim avoid wearing ties?
These days ties serve a fashion purpose, but not a functional one (as we have collar buttons). You could try to argue that therefore wearing a tie is something "senseless", and it's a problem for Jews to adopt senseless non-Jewish behaviors (why else would you be doing this if you weren't trying to act non-Jewish?). But R' Moshe Feinstein writes that American clothing styles are all about looking good (or trying?) and therefore not "senseless."
Nov
24
answered Motzei Shabbos Chanuka
Nov
24
comment The new TSA airport scanners and tznius
Just to add my own experience: Rabbi Hershel Welcher, president of the Vaad HaRabbonim of Queens, was asked this question in front of his shul and said he didn't see the problem.
Nov
23
comment Placing stones on a grave
Concur, my Rosh Yeshiva told me this reason too.
Nov
23
comment Cremations for Jews?
@Yosef, furthermore, it's considered most respectful to leave the human body intact. We see this with the Talmud's assessments of how to carry out the death penalty while fulfilling "love your neighbor like yourself" -- the methods described are designed to not only minimize pain, but also to preserve dignity by leaving the body as intact as possible.