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Dec
27
answered Gezeira of Rabbeinu Gershom text
Dec
27
answered Snow in Halacha
Dec
26
answered Shoveling snow on Shabbos
Dec
24
answered Nittle Nacht Meaning
Dec
23
comment Are there any brands of mustard powder (flour) that are kosher for Passover for Sephardim?
That's fascinating. Traditional "prepared English mustard" contains wheat flour; but I suppose some Ashkenazim didn't have the custom that mustard seed itself was kitniyos. With these customs, you never know. My guess is if they used a brand, it was probably the Coleman's mustard powder (ingredients: mustard powder), it's under the London Beth Din for year-round.
Dec
23
answered Is it possible to be chasidish without wearing the garb and keeping all the minhagim?
Dec
22
comment Things we do not do because of Danger
@Desert star: old practices are hard to kill; and things like healthy eating, exercise, etc. are hard. Superstitions are easy.
Dec
21
comment Baal Teshuva — Interested in both Chabad and Breslov, now what?
"The long path which is short" is a phrase found in Meseches Derech Eretz.
Dec
21
comment Apologetics for marriage at 3 years old
It's a tad more complicated; Ben Sorer UMoreh is in the Torah, yet a strong opinion in the Talmud is that it could never actually happen. Similarly, there are two cases below where the Torah allowed something but the Talmud frowned on it.
Dec
21
answered Standing up for Hagbah
Dec
20
comment What do we know about the Yemenites adding (deleting?) Maimonides from their prayers in the 1100s?
Wow, great research; thanks! So Kaddish in the 1100s may have been considered an appropriate place to insert the needs and blessings of a given community (almost analogous to many synagogues' Mi SheBerachs today for various causes); adding Rambam in (and then taking him out after his death) probably wasn't such a carving in stone then.
Dec
20
accepted What do we know about the Yemenites adding (deleting?) Maimonides from their prayers in the 1100s?
Dec
20
comment Are there standard sizes for tefilin batim (leather cases/housings) today?
Yeah the dalet al dalet must be a nickname; 4 x 4 centimeters.
Dec
20
accepted Are there standard sizes for tefilin batim (leather cases/housings) today?
Dec
20
comment Apologetics for marriage at 3 years old
@Jeremy, if I recall there's such an opinion in the Talmud, but I think we conclude that Chazal made a blanket category of "converts", irrespective of age.
Dec
20
answered Apologetics for marriage at 3 years old
Dec
20
comment Baal Teshuva — Interested in both Chabad and Breslov, now what?
@Desert Star, I have Baltimore connections.
Dec
20
answered Kosher Quizzing
Dec
20
comment Shoivavim Tat significance
And if anyone can trace the sources on it, we'd know more about its Kabbalistic roots too.
Dec
20
comment Baal Teshuva — Interested in both Chabad and Breslov, now what?
A shul like this one very much reflects a "warm Hassidic fusion" brand, as opposed to a single strain: tiferesyisroel.org