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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?
Aug
19
comment How certain do I need to be that my Yom Kippur shoes are leather-free?
Certainly the logic of "trust in economics and regulation" would apply here; R' Moshe's heter for milk goes beyond that, that "knowing" counts as "seeing" with regards to the enactment on milk. For general kashrus, "knowing" is enough. So if we can apply a kal vachomer from food kashrus (and I'm correct on the metzius), should be fine.
Aug
19
accepted Is it proper for a man to hold open a door for a woman?
Aug
19
asked How certain do I need to be that my Yom Kippur shoes are leather-free?
Aug
19
comment Cities of Refuge when Moshiach comes?
If I understand correctly, that's the non-physical existence that comes AFTER Yemos HaMoshiach. (Someone please correct me if I'm getting the Rambam wrong.)
Aug
19
answered Cities of Refuge when Moshiach comes?
Aug
19
answered Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
Aug
19
answered Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
Aug
19
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
The original: www.horrormasters.com/Text/a1973.pdf was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories; but this story doesn't contain Holmes. Like the Holmes stories, it did appear in The Strand magazine, which was immediately translated into Russian; Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg, the Maharal-story author, could read Russian (job requirement for being a "crown rabbi"). Rabbi Rosenberg later described the story as "folk literature", never intended as true history! This and more from Leiman's article/lecture.
Aug
18
answered Shemona Veshiv'im - mi yodeya?
Aug
18
comment Kiddush cup handoff
"So the simple reason is because the Ari and the Ben Ish Hai says so." For those of us in a Sephardic/Kabbalistic school of thought, that works. For the rest of us, "the simple reason is the Torah says so" works as a reason, but for something like this we'd like more explanation -- as has been given here.
Aug
18
accepted Pronunciation of משנה הלכות
Aug
18
comment Pronunciation of משנה הלכות
Or if I'd heard someone else call it "Meshaneh" in passing, it helps to know that it was intended in a derogatory way, so I don't use it as such!
Aug
17
answered Shiv'a Veshiv'im - mi yodeya?
Aug
17
accepted What are Israel's oldest known cultivated plants?