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Apr
22
accepted What was the earliest use of the Rambam's language in Shmita V'Yovel in support of kollel study?
Apr
20
comment Why do women wear ponytail elastics on Shabas?
You mean you see women wearing them outside an eruv, right? (The whole "outside an eruv" concept will seem outdated to many younger readers here.)
Apr
19
answered Which insects are not kosher?
Apr
19
comment Early Sources that Charity Should Optimally Support Torah
I heard from a rabbi I highly respect that the Ramban writes that the purpose of the institution of maaser kesafim (tithing income) was to help Torah scholars. I'd have to search for the actual quotation.
Apr
17
comment Witnesses and the Ketubah
@Yoni agreed the best thing is to do one ceremony the right way. But plenty of non-observant people do all sorts of halachically sub-optimal things. If they insist on a non-halachic ceremony at the big party (e.g. without kosher witnesses), then the least-bad option may be to give them a quick, quiet halachic ceremony the day before.
Apr
17
comment Witnesses and the Ketubah
@msh210 if someone asks "can I use milk for my dalet kosos?" ... the underlying assumptions of the question had some things needed addressing.
Apr
16
comment Witnesses and the Ketubah
@DanF NO. They go to the rabbi's office and have kesubah, ring, chuppah. Halachically they are married. Then they go have a big party because they want a big party.
Apr
16
answered Witnesses and the Ketubah
Apr
16
comment וְהִתְקִין לוֹ מִמֶּנּוּ בִּנְיַן עֲדֵי עַד Is the translation of מִמֶּנּוּ **His** very self or his very self?
Standard reading: "God made Adam, and then from Adam the woman who is a building for eternity." Sacks' reading: "God made humanity, and ... [thus?] a building for eternity. Yeah that's a bit of a stretch. (Note that other denominations change the blessing to "Who made us" for gender-neutrality.) Note, however, that the Chizkuni already says the translation of "Adam" is "human."
Apr
16
comment What is considered a Safek?
@DanielMoskovich fascinating but I don't think so. If the average human being doesn't KNOW with normal senses that A will cause B, then if he does A on Shabbos and B occurs, that's not called "thoughtful labor" (mileches machsheves). Using my normal human senses, I can't tell whether this bench will dig a hole. Contrast to checking my wine for spoilage or lettuce for bugs -- it's something I certainly could do, but the halacha says I'm not obligated to do so if the probability is sufficiently low. And the Talmudic precedent for that seems to be an objective one.
Apr
15
comment What is the hallachic definition of randomness?
@IsaacMoses entirely correct. I'm simply saying that our definition of randomness is defined by human senses. The question of whether you can rely on randomness to allow a situation of "I want X -> I push a button -> I visibly, tangibly get X" is a different one. (Rabbi Heinemann's "Sabbath mode" oven, for instance, has a random delay from when you push the button to when the heat increases, but even then the increase is not directly visible to the naked eye.)
Apr
14
answered Accidentally served a guest meat and milk
Apr
14
answered What is the hallachic definition of randomness?
Apr
14
answered Am I obligated to give maaser if
Apr
14
comment Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
It keeps the baal kriah on his toes, he has to remember which are "hu" and which are "hee."
Apr
14
answered Books or Shiurim on practical divorce law/practice
Apr
13
comment Books or Shiurim on practical divorce law/practice
for money, the rule of thumb is "hakol keminhag hamakom" or "keminhag hasocherim." There's an mp3 from Rabbi Reiss where he says that as long as they got licensed and legally married in a state that does equitable distribution, then the default assumption is that's how they will split their monies as well.
Apr
13
comment Books or Shiurim on practical divorce law/practice
Rabbi Hershel Schachter has said basically, the rule of thumb that most batei din apply is "equitable distribution" with regards to property, and "best interests of child" with regards to custody -- essentially the same principles that a secular court would use.
Apr
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