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Feb
10
revised Is it spiritually dangerous to practice Christianity?
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Feb
10
answered Is it okay to skip a bar mitzvah?
Feb
10
answered Is it spiritually dangerous to practice Christianity?
Feb
9
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
4
answered Explanation of Eruvin 41b
Feb
4
comment Is there a problem with women wearing red clothing?
... and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein made it clear that if the non-Jews wore red and the Jews clearly didn't, then an attempt to emulate them in such a flashy way would be problematic. He then wrote that the American clothing of the 1950s had no such "Jewish" vs "non-Jewish" distinction. Some clothing was inappropriate because it was simply inappropriate, but nothing "non-Jewish" per se.
Feb
4
comment Does the Torah ever mention jail as a punishment for a crime?
Rambam writes that if someone commits murder in a way that isn't technically liable to the death penalty (e.g. he calls a hit man), the courts are entitled -- and expected -- to imprison him.
Feb
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
31
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
31
answered Marriage and the Ketubah
Jan
31
comment Why do women and girls not immerse before prayer?
@Arach I haven't seen that Tosfos YomTov but that sounds quite weird. Tevilas Ezra was instituted out of concern that Torah scholars would spend so much time with their wives that they wouldn't be able to study enough. (That's R' Aharon Lichtenstein's explanation, shlita; he's rejecting the asceticism approach.) That very much sounds like it's just for men.
Jan
31
answered May one wrap tefillin shel yad over one's wedding ring?
Jan
30
comment Gender Choice in Halacha
@NBZ my sense is if the halachic situation is causing the parents suffering, that's one thing. If the parents don't care whether the children are chalalim and think they can love and raise them just the same, I don't know if a posek would be matir fertility technology.
Jan
30
comment Gender Choice in Halacha
@NBZ it's been discussed. (Or the kohen with zero sperm count who needs donor sperm, and the children won't be kohanim -- he'd want only girls.) My impression from Rabbi Freundel was that there would be a wide variety of weighty concerns that could allow the use of such techniques. (He'd indicated even something as simple as a culture that demands boys and the couple will otherwise feel strongly pressured by everyone to keep trying, even after their twelfth girl.) His point was that a simple "I'd like to do Peru Urvu" isn't reason enough to allow it for well-adjusted parents.
Jan
29
comment Pekuach nefesh by causing mortal injury in a non-rodef
@ClintEastwood "in harm's way" doesn't matter. The point is he wasn't going to die, and now he is. "Someone who is going to die" is known in the Gemara as gavra katila -- "a dead man." We have no halachic category called "someone who was going to be hurt."
Jan
29
answered Pekuach nefesh by causing mortal injury in a non-rodef
Jan
29
answered Can Jews standing naval watches take their shabbat in shifts?
Jan
27
revised Shishim - mi yodeya?
toned down language but maintained point
Jan
27
revised Shishim - mi yodeya?
rolled back to a previous revision
Jan
23
answered Is the presence of a rabbi required for an orthodox wedding?