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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.
Nov
21
answered Why was Esav still angry
Nov
21
answered Why did Efron have such an extreme change of heart?
Nov
19
comment does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
Yes. The Rabbi Hauer quote is from a podcast of his on Maharal, in fact.
Nov
19
revised does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
Linked Rambam, added Rabbi Hauer
Nov
19
answered does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
Nov
18
comment How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
Dave, agreed. Just trying to be (too) clever.
Nov
18
comment How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
Sefer HaChinuch says you need to know "al-handasa."
Nov
18
comment How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
לא ניתנה תורה למהנדסים. I think the Arabic "al-handasa" meant geometry, and Hebrew eventually picked up the word as "engineering." See Sefer HaChinuch on לא תונו איש את עמיתו, a good Jew needs to know geometry so he can buy/sell land by its actual area, even if it's not shaped like a rectangle.
Nov
18
revised How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
avenues run 29 degrees east of north
Nov
18
asked How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
Nov
17
answered Midrash/Medrash
Nov
17
revised Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?
caps to identify movements
Nov
16
comment Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?
And there's some medrish about the merit of Sarah ... that her descendant Esther would reign over 127 states; something like that? Can anyone help here?
Nov
16
answered Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?
Nov
15
answered 9 Posukim in Kriyas Hatorah
Nov
12
comment Riddle: Aruch Hashulchan. Chanukah story missing a word
It also happens to be more technically correct from a geographical standpoint -- the "people led by Antiochus" certainly followed Greek culture, but themselves were from Syria. But your point about censorship certainly adds to it.