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Aug
3
asked Is the cat figurine thing a problem at kosher Chinese restaurants?
Aug
2
revised Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
elaborate
Aug
2
answered Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
Aug
2
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
As to answers on this question, we may have the Nesiim effect -- everyone figures they'll leave the easy answers to others, but that's really just a mask for laziness!
Aug
2
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
I'm told the Netziv doesn't like this, and says that the 430 count is from when Avram turned 70 and things started changing in his life ... though the command to move to Israel wouldn't happen for another five years.
Jul
30
accepted Can you use plastic cable-ties to hold down your schach in your sukkah?
Jul
30
revised Mehadrin vs. Non Mehadrin
Link to gelatin
Jul
30
answered Tish'a Veshishim - mi yodeya?
Jul
28
accepted Is the lemon slice added to a soda in many bars a problem kosher-wise?
Jul
28
comment Shiv'a Veshishim - mi yodeya?
And if we're going with 67%, we hold bitul b'rov is just that, majority means 50.1% vs. 40.9%; but who is it that held you literally needed "chad b'trei", 67% to 33%?
Jul
28
comment Shiv'a Veshishim - mi yodeya?
Is it sephardim who say 3/4 instead?
Jul
28
asked Can you use plastic cable-ties to hold down your schach in your sukkah?
Jul
27
comment Tefillas HaDerech in populated areas
Population. It's about "traveling outside the city", irrespective of risk. Tefilas HaDerech and Birkas HaGomel are uncorrelated; I think that last point is in the Igros Moshe.
Jul
27
answered Mehadrin vs. Non Mehadrin
Jul
26
comment (How) was Tu B'Av observed as a matchmaking/singles-meeting event through history?
YS, LagBaomer bonfires and Tashlich are not in the Talmud, but everyone does them. Here's one that was in the Talmud, but then nobody did it? I suspect in communities with arranged marriages, why would this date (pun intended) be different than any other. Also the Mishna discussed pre-Destruction Jerusalem; was it limited to Jerusalem?
Jul
26
comment Tefilin and a toupee
I've heard that rabbis have -- if it would preserve someone's dignity -- told men to put Tefilin on at home, sans toupee, then go to shul and put them on again over the toupee.
Jul
26
answered Why did Hashem tell Moshe to look behind him when looking into Eretz Yisroel?
Jul
26
answered Tefillas HaDerech in populated areas
Jul
26
comment Shisha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
I heard it in English on his yutorah shiur on das torah. He referenced a Hebrew essay of his, I think it's available on hebrewbooks.
Jul
26
comment Shisha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin has pointed out that in different places, Hazal blame: a.) the Romans b.) sin c.) incompetent Jewish leadership. He said that once there's an enemy and incompetent leadership, the natural course would be destruction; but we'd merit to protection from it if we were't sinning.