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Sep
17
asked How do you get your money from your home tzedaka box to your favorite charity?
Sep
17
comment If you use money for kaparos pre-yom kipur, is it fungible or must those bills go directly to tzedaka?
Also, some people don't know where to give actual cash to maximize charitable benefit. Usually for Purim's matanos l'evyonim the local rabbi knows poor people he can give it to; I haven't heard the same draw for erev yom kippur.
Sep
17
comment Any reason not to put your tefilin inside your car's spare tire when driving?
If you had to leave them in the car anyhow, I'd think that spot would offer the best thermal insulation. No?
Sep
17
asked Any reason not to put your tefilin inside your car's spare tire when driving?
Sep
17
asked If you use money for kaparos pre-yom kipur, is it fungible or must those bills go directly to tzedaka?
Sep
16
comment In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
IIRC there were opinions in Rishonim that were more lenient in general with chalav yisrael. But we pasken that chalav yisrael is a full requirement; just that it's satisfied by any major US/UK dairy producer.
Sep
16
comment In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
IIRC correctly, R' Moshe's main argument is governmental regulation; when someone objected that govt. inspectors could be bribed, R' Moshe responded that no company in its right mind would bribe the govt. to get away with something utterly against economic logic. Is economics alone, without regulation, good enough? I'm not sure.
Sep
16
comment Simanim on Rosh Hashanah
Assuming you're single! (Or "date night" with your spouse?)
Sep
16
comment In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
Interesting; LBD is machmir on cream/cottage cheese. "Trefa-milk does not exist today"? I hadn't heard that before; I thought I'd heard that chalav yisrael was required in some eastern European countries. But I could be wrong.
Sep
16
comment Why does the Rambam require repentance, and not just more good deeds, before Yom Kippur?
Thanks Dave. I'd say it follows from answer #1 that lulav-buying does absolutely nothing for your 5770 balance; hence, let lulav-buying wait a few more days (5771 either way), and spend more time with introspection on your 5770 faults.
Sep
16
comment Shisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
Sorry. That was really low-hanging fruit.
Sep
16
answered Haftarah for yahrtzeit
Sep
16
comment Buying Arba Minnim- when is the best time?
Done. mi.yodeya.com/questions/2938
Sep
16
comment Chamisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
I'm just waiting for the manufacturers of nail-polish-remover, cotton swabs, nail files, etc. to start pushing to be machmir like Beis Shamai again ...
Sep
16
answered Why does the Rambam require repentance, and not just more good deeds, before Yom Kippur?
Sep
16
asked Why does the Rambam require repentance, and not just more good deeds, before Yom Kippur?
Sep
16
answered Shisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
Sep
16
comment Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
I recall seeing a study recently where between telling people to work on several healthier habits and just working on one, the several-habit people were more likely to succeed. Depending on the person and the situation, exactly-one-mitzva-at-a-time might be the right move; but trying for a few might be in order too. Again, no one-size-fits-all answer.
Sep
16
comment Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
The thief story I think is a medrish with R' Shimon ben Shetach, IIRC.
Sep
16
comment Buying Arba Minnim- when is the best time?
Right. Like I said, there's a huge spectrum on "sooner" vs "better."