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Aug
2
comment what is the single letter difference between ashkenazi and sephardi torah scrolls
From what I've seen, older Chumashim/tikkunim printed in the Ashkenazi world would print the Heh spelling as dominant, with a footnote about the Alef; or the two of them as equal possibilities. Newer chumashim/tikkunim have it printed with an Alef, with maybe a little footnote "by the way some Ashkenazi scrolls have a Heh."
Jul
31
answered Wearing White on Tu B'Av
Jul
29
answered Kabbalah/Certification in Shechita in US?
Jul
29
answered Inserting an IUD & Niddah
Jul
28
comment Which rabbis are knowledgeable about sexual dysfunction and accept Sholom Bayis questions?
INFO@YOATZOT.ORG
Jul
27
comment what siddur/prayer book is this?
IIRC the translator is British; in Hataras Nedarim most translate "ואין אני תוהא ח״ו" as "I do not regret, G-d forbid"; Tehillat Hashem has "I do not rue, Heaven forfend"!
Jul
24
comment Married women uncovering their hair in the presence of gentiles
@Fred it's said that the opera was trying to make Yossele Rosenblatt an offer he couldn't refuse: he wouldn't have to work on shabbos, nor wear makeup or shave his beard. As for female singers on-stage with him? They'd arrange to only have Jewish ones! (I can't see how that helps halachically, but hey they tried ... and it means there were Jewish sopranos of the right caliber at that time.)
Jul
23
comment What to remove from a generic chumash to get only the letters as found in the torah scroll?
Kri UKsivs will get you.
Jul
23
comment Is it possible to undo someone's conversion?
They can challenge the mechanics of the conversion, e.g. if they feel Institution X's rabbis are invalid from serving as witnesses or the mikvah or circumcision were invalid. More often they can say "we weren't sure if enough commitment was demanded of the applicant", or "we believe the commitment was a fraud as demonstrated by the following behavior." But no they cannot un-convert someone, they can express their opinion that the first conversion was no good.
Jul
23
answered Married women uncovering their hair in the presence of gentiles
Jul
23
answered Who killed Shaul?
Jul
23
comment Praying in a mosque that used to be a church?
@SabbaHillel was it a Protestant church?
Jul
22
comment Does Judaism have anything on maiden names?
@Shokhet sorry I really don't recall! (They sort of blur together, especially when it comes to his side comments.)
Jul
22
answered Does Judaism have anything on maiden names?
Jul
22
comment Is it acceptable under Judaism to never marry?
@Yishai agreed. Some have even argued that we could apply the halachic argument of "if the lulav costs more than 25% of my net worth I don't have to buy it" if any marriage would be incredibly difficult for this person. (I doubt it would be for his wife either, in that case.) The Ben Azai case is "I could be a good husband but I'd rather focus exclusively on study", which we theoretically can allow begrudgingly in rare circumstances.
Jul
22
answered Praying in a mosque that used to be a church?
Jul
22
comment Is it acceptable under Judaism to never marry?
And there may be people who just aren't cut out for marriage. But generally, marriage and parenthood are the right move.
Jul
21
answered Jewish Law in Employer/employee relationships
Jul
21
comment Where can the Phoenix be found in Jewish Sources?
Ther's also the Gemara about a "salamandar" made of ashes.
Jul
20
answered Prior to placing the meat on the altar in the Temple, was it “kashered”?