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Jun
8
revised What is the order of Tanakh in a scroll?
Leave out lazy hand-waving.
Jun
7
answered What is the order of Tanakh in a scroll?
Jun
7
comment May a convert serve on a beit din for gerut?
@JJLL the Talmud (~500) says a convert may not be on a chalitza panel, may judge non-Jews, and may not judge capital cases involving born-Jews. The medieval debate (~1100) was whether a convert may financially judge a born-Jew. Then in the 18th century, decisors addressed the conversion-panel question and felt different precedents were accurate: is it like chalitza, therefore no; is it like judging a non-Jew, therefore yes; or is it like financially judging a born-Jew, which makes it a medieval debate where we generally conclude no.
Jun
7
comment May a convert serve on a beit din for gerut?
@JJLL the earliest sources we have directly addressing this question is in the 1700s. The question is what older precedent to apply.
Jun
5
answered May a convert serve on a beit din for gerut?
Jun
5
comment davening in a shul with member who are mechalel shabbos be'farhesya
@Fred Rabbi Rakeffet quotes a discussion about the permissibility of opening a shul someplace where most people drive; he said what he'd heard from late 20th-Century poskim is that if there is theoretically a minyan within walking distance, then you're not telling people to drive.
Jun
5
answered Could you translate this Hebrew poetry to English?
Jun
4
comment Can a yeshiva principal force students to tattle on other students
@DanF he refers to men wearing wedding bands as "maybe mechu'ar for the exceedingly God-fearing." "Maybe deplorable"? Doesn't sound right. "Maybe distasteful."
Jun
4
comment Can a yeshiva principal force students to tattle on other students
I think "deplorable" is slightly too strong of a translation for how R' Moshe uses "mechu'ar." "Distasteful", perhaps.
Jun
4
comment How and why are eunuchs forbidden to enter the congregation per Devarim 23:1 but are accepted in Isaiah 56:4-5?
Additionally, the prohibition in Deuteronomy applies only to those who had mechanical injury to their reproductive organs. Isaiah includes those who lost fertility to disease.
Jun
3
answered What prayer may be said upon the death of a beloved pet, specifically, a dog?
Jun
3
comment What prayer may be said upon the death of a beloved pet, specifically, a dog?
I'm sorry for your loss.
Jun
3
comment Is a mechanical grogger muktzah?
Just to clarify -- there was a rabbinic prohibition against musical instruments and other noisemaking tools.
Jun
1
answered Is there an obligation to be buried in Jewish Cemetary?
Jun
1
answered Why is there a dispute as to which tefillin are the correct ones?
May
31
comment How did kinyan ketzatzah work?
@rikitikitembo excellent question; it's obsolete now anyhow. Malbim reads that ktzatza was dominant in the times of Ruth, and we're told "what had been done previously" was chalipin; Boaz had to reinstitute it, as ktzatza could be misconstrued as disapproval of his choice of spouse.
May
31
comment The letter Dalet
@MichaelKatz how do we know how they pronounced it a thousand years ago?
May
31
answered Cholov Yisroel “Kashered”
May
31
answered How did kinyan ketzatzah work?
May
31
answered Is there a basis for the practice of starting Shmoneh Esreh with the chazzan?