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Nov
17
comment Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?
@RobertS.Barnes funny. But there the parties intended for it to be halachically binding, as that's what would be needed for their legal loophole. The Gemara talks about a kohen who "married" lots of women just so they could eat terumah -- the intention was a halachic status of marriage. Whereas something like (Rav Moshe Feinstein addresses this question) a sham marriage for the purposes of obtaining American or Canadian citizenship, in which no one ever wanted a halachic marriage.
Nov
17
answered Explaining to children why we don't celebrate Halloween
Nov
16
answered Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?
Nov
13
comment Is it forbidden to publish misleading advertising?
Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society had a piece long ago about advertising, including something like weasel words, "cleans like a white tornado" [sound cool, but means nothing] -- which is a bit different than actually promising something false.
Nov
13
answered Why are Bikkurim and burial different from each other?
Nov
12
comment What is the significance of the gifts that Eliezer gave to Rivka?
Rabbi Soloveichik observed that a would-be convert is asked two general questions: "do you agree to keep the commandments?" and "do you want to belong to the Jewish people?" Hence: the half-shekel represents membership in the people, and the ten commandments represents the nuts-and-bolts actions.
Nov
12
comment What does Rashi mean by לין שם דבר?
@ShmuelNavi, "makom" is clearly a noun. The point is that "lin" is a noun. "A place for A NIGHT'S SLEEP." Compare: "do we have a place in our house for A PIANO?" [noun], vs. "do we have a place in our house for PLAYING MUSIC?" [verb -- well, gerund, but close enough].
Nov
11
answered What does Rashi mean by לין שם דבר?
Nov
11
revised Resources for teaching chassan classes
RA"L article now online!
Nov
10
comment Hotels, electronic keys, and shabbat
"Leave a present in the room." It's a nice idea in theory, but practically -- imagine the 50-year-old rabbi who walks up to a 20-something female desk clerk and says "hi um, I have a present for you in my hotel room, would you follow me there?"
Nov
10
comment Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
@narnia it starts with traditional rabbinic law as a "vote", then works from there based on understandings of personal autonomy and morality.
Nov
10
comment Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?
@Shokhet be forewarned -- your notion of Daas Torah may be challenged. You'll see R' Chaim Ozer writing in the early 1930s that the German government will soon come to its senses and allow traditional shechita.
Nov
10
comment Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?
@Shokhet there's a kuntress printed at the back of newer editions of the Sridei Aish. (It's also on the Bar Ilan CD/website.)
Nov
10
revised Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?
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Nov
10
answered Jewish Marriage and Pleasure
Nov
10
answered Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
Nov
10
answered Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?
Nov
10
comment Jewish Marriage and Pleasure
PLEASE OH PLEASE GO READ judaism.stackexchange.com/a/33902/21
Nov
10
comment Jewish Marriage and Pleasure
PLEASE I BEG YOU SEE judaism.stackexchange.com/a/33902/21
Nov
7
answered Is a Jew allowed to be annoyed about a minhag?