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Aug
23
comment How can I avoid Bishul Akum with a rice-cooker?
Re: parboiled -- see star-k article; parboiling isn't a problem. I'm talking about cooking my own rice at home.
Aug
23
revised Chalitzah signifigance
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Aug
23
comment If you're really thirsty (e.g. breaking a fast), do you make a bracha first on the water or solids?
There's a Chayei Adam that says if you're really thirsty, you can make shehakol and drink a cup of water a few minutes before making hamotzee; the initial water is considered part of the meal because you'll have a better appetite if you're not parched. I wonder if that plays in here? I vaguely recall a Frand tape that for dieters who insist on water before a meal, that kedima is good enough?
Aug
22
asked More info on tzerufei shemos (permutations of G-d's name) vis-a-vis months of the year?
Aug
22
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
c.) It's possible Chazal's category of banned books was closed and can't subsequently be expanded; i.e. it may be worse than what Chazal assered, but we're not chazal so all we can do is excoriate. Regardless: you read Maharal's statement as unambiguously banning, therefore any proof based on a later talmid or other rabbi reading Meor Einayim is irrelevant, the Maharal said assur. I'd read Maharal's statement as ambiguous (whether there's a bona-fide literal actual ban), hence the fact of Achronim citing Meor Einayim should shed light on that question. Again, we're at a stalemate.
Aug
22
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
Reb Yahu; the gaol of m.y is questions that can be answered, not merely discussed or debated ad infinitum. You won't find this convincing, I realize; nonetheless: a.) have to understand exactly what chazal banned and how (e.g. plenty of anti-missionary rabbis have read the New Testament) b.) have to understand rabbinic writing, how literally did Maharal mean "deserve to be burned and worse than chazal" [really, actually, literally? Better to read Galatians than Meor Einayim?].
Aug
22
asked If you're really thirsty (e.g. breaking a fast), do you make a bracha first on the water or solids?
Aug
20
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
I'll admit that this answer was somewhat controversial and "chappy." (And intended as such.) Notice how much more interest it's gotten than the astronomy answer. I don't think debating this further will help; I hereby vote to delete it.
Aug
20
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
He said "I consider this work [or portions thereof] worthy of burning"; IMHO, it's unclear whether that means "I therefore proclaim it assur for anyone to read it", or "I disagree very strongly with it and believe most people would not be well-served reading it." The fact that his students then quote it would indicate the latter; again I consider Maharal's words ambiguous.
Aug
20
asked How can I avoid Bishul Akum with a rice-cooker?
Aug
20
accepted How certain do I need to be that my Yom Kippur shoes are leather-free?
Aug
20
comment Me'or Einayim-The Maharal
Chalutzhanal, it makes for a simple illustrative example of outdated science, as I've heard it. I don't know the specific Gemaras one way or the other on that one. Probably in Rosh HaShanah.
Aug
20
answered Chalitzah signifigance
Aug
20
answered Me'or Einayim-The Maharal
Aug
20
answered Shemonim - mi yodeya?
Aug
20
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
He very strongly attacks Meor Einayim's approach, no doubt about it! But did he actually ever declare a ban?
Aug
20
answered What do you have to check for Shatnez?
Aug
20
revised What do you have to check for Shatnez?
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Aug
20
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
Exactly. And any claim that Maharal banned Meor Einayim is likewise fiction.
Aug
19
answered Does a discount to a poor person count as tzedakah?