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Dec
30
comment Mikvah - Non Jewish Husband
@Seth, afraid I have to strongly disagree. Leviticus 18:19 is addressed as a prohibition for MEN. A woman has a mitzva to count and purify herself (when in the context of marriage), but to the best of my knowledge, the prohibition on relations is on the man. See Sefer HaChinuch: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=40631&st=&pgnum=284 & hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=40631&st=&pgnum=239. Normally he says "this mitzva applies equally to males and females", but for this he only speaks of the man's sin.
Dec
29
comment Bracha for Quinoa
@WAF, yes; done!
Dec
29
revised Bracha for Quinoa
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Dec
29
comment Bracha for Quinoa
@YDK they wouldn't have written about corn as we know it today; maize didn't arrive in Europe until post-1492 (arguably post-Rishonim).
Dec
29
comment Bracha for Quinoa
@YDK yes thanks it's interesting, but it's not normative halachic practices today.
Dec
29
asked Whose semicha (ordination) was the last one signed/granted by Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik? By Rabbi Moshe Feinstein?
Dec
29
comment Avoiding accidentally eating cheese
@Isaac, everyone agrees that as long as the meat and milk aren't cooked together, it's derbanan. If everything's clean and it's separate meals but not X hours, Ashkenazim treat it as minhag; Sefardim maybe not. Ben Ish Hai's comment is interesting, and it relates to the question of the spiritual effects of rabbinic prohibitions (e.g. does it cause "timtum halev"?); I believe Rabbi Rakeffet has an mp3 on this recently. Again, the Nesivos says a mistaken violation of a rabbinic prohibition needs no expiation, which I presume would mean there is no spiritual damage. Looks like BI"H held not so.
Dec
29
comment Avoiding accidentally eating cheese
@Mekubal, brachot are m'd'rabbanan, but wasting G-d's name is medeorayta.
Dec
29
comment Bracha for Quinoa
BalabustaInDaKitch, welcome to mi.yodeya, and thanks for the interesting question! We'd love to have you as a fully-registered member, which you can accomplish by clicking "register," above.
Dec
29
answered Bracha for Quinoa
Dec
29
comment Avoiding accidentally eating cheese
The asker is arguing "lo bdili minei"; any kosher-keeper has a filtering process that would stop him from forgetting and eating pork; but a kosher granola bar doesn't raise those same mental alarms (if it just happened to be Pesach ...), same thing, this very nice yogurt has a nice big kosher sign on it. So it's about developing a mental state of "meat/dairy time awareness", in addition to "kosher-or-not awareness" and "bracha awareness."
Dec
29
answered Avoiding accidentally eating cheese
Dec
29
comment Saying words of prayer or Torah while an immodest photo or drawing is in your field of vision?
A picture can be photoshopped and otherwise modified to make it more attention-grabbing than any real human being.
Dec
29
answered Saying words of prayer or Torah while an immodest photo or drawing is in your field of vision?
Dec
28
comment Lego on Shabbos
Fair enough Jeremy; but I think it's a good question, everyone has "heard" the Lego is a problem for grownups, but it would be nice to know which poskim actually said it.
Dec
28
answered paying for an apartment
Dec
28
comment Gezeira of Rabbeinu Gershom text
@WAF it doesn't matter who the (anonymous) author is; the linked page is trying to promote polygyny in the Orthodox world today; that's what @inSeattle is rattling against, I assume.
Dec
28
answered What is flavored beer vis-a-vis kashrus?
Dec
27
answered Gezeira of Rabbeinu Gershom text
Dec
27
answered Snow in Halacha