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comment Have any published sefarim referenced research done on Mi Yodeya?
If they used m.y, would they acknowledge it?
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comment Is there any current rav or authority that issues conditional gittin?
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein wrote about how to do a pre-war conditional Get in EH4:111. This was May of 1967, probably intended for American soldiers headed off to Vietnam. Sounds like he intended for the procedure to be used; I don't know if it was.
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comment Rambam (Maimonides), talks about different kinds of people
He also says that Category 1 people will take outlandish Talmudic statements, and translate them literally in public for the masses, insisting that's all there is to them -- which no one with a brain could handle. The Category 2 people, who just assume the rabbis were fools, ignore all the material in the Talmud that most scholars would tell you is vital from the perspective of the human condition -- ask any psychologist about the significance of the Jewish ways of mourning, which were developed by the rabbis of the Talmud. And Category 3 has so few people, it's barely a category!
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comment Rambam (Maimonides), talks about different kinds of people
Maimonides himself gives the following example: the Talmud says "in the future, the land of Israel shall sprout forth fine cakes and luxury textiles" -- which must have sounded unlikely in the year 400, when the land was pretty empty and dusty. Sure enough, I've seen a kids' magazine with a picture that says: "when Moshiach comes, cake and clothing will grow from trees in Israel!", with an illustration. Maimonides says explicitly that this was metaphoric language for an economic explosion that would make goods as available "as if they grew on trees."
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comment Rambam (Maimonides), talks about different kinds of people
Just to clarify -- this is in his commentary to the Mishna, introducing the final chapter of Sanhedrin (known as "chelek", or "share", as it addresses who has a share in the World to Come). There are a lot of larger-than-life stories in that chapter.
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comment Why did Yosef cause so much anguish to his family?
It's not so much "I want them to repent for selling me", but "let's see if they're still the type of people who would sell me, as evidenced by whether they'll defend baby Benjamin. If not, what's the point of reunification."
Dec
22
comment Could the minhag of lighting menorah in Shuls have developed from when guests would stay in Shul?
Visitors was one historical reason; another was that there should simply be a congregational proclamation of the miracle. Regardless, the practice is now the norm, visitors or not.
Dec
22
comment May Jews sell wine to Christians for them to use in their religious ceremonies?
@rosenjcb that would possibly be another reason for leniency. But the Shulchan Aruch on this particular subject doesn't happen to apply that leniency, and it isn't necessary as long as the there-are-other-suppliers argument is available.
Dec
19
comment Enslavement to mekarev the intermarried
Really bad idea. Among other reasons, at the moment she's doing nothing wrong by eating non-kosher, driving on shabbat, or not keeping taharat hamishpacha. All that changes if she's quasi-Jewish. And the biblical prohibition of nidda will kick in for him as well, which it currently isn't. There's a net gain, not loss, of sinning, if you do this.
Dec
19
comment May I temporarily enslave myself, to avoid missing a positive time-bound commandment?
@ClintEastwood we're ascending levels of obligation. A non-Jew can eat pork. A quasi-Jewish slave can't eat pork, but doesn't have to hear megillah. A Jewish woman has to hear megillah, but doesn't have to wear tefillin.
Dec
19
comment Tefillin right before sunset
@user6591 I would assume so! Though these days, people try to hit every chumra in the book against every other chumra in the book, resulting in some interesting outcomes ...
Dec
17
comment Are Noahides obligated in the commandment of Yibum?
@YaacovDeane if a Noahide today asked if marrying his childless brother's widow would be a nice thing, I'd say maybe, depending on a whole host of human factors. But not a "mitzva per se." (There's a very odd Maharsha that Ploni Almoni thought that the value of quasi-yibum-via-cousin would override the prohibition of a marrying a Moabite woman -- but that's post-Sinai.)
Dec
17
comment Are Noahides obligated in the commandment of Yibum?
@YaacovDeane look at the Yehuda and Tamar story -- but unlike halachic yibum, the father could serve in the brother's stead. So there was a quasi-yibum practice in place at the time. (Lord Sacks comments something like: "one form of that custom became codified as halacha at Sinai.") Entire books have been written on what the Jews kept pre-Sinai. But we find N-O-W-H-E-R-E that a Noahide post-Sinai is obligated to marry his childless brother's widow, nor that he is prohibited from marrying his brother's ex-wife in other circumstances.
Dec
17
comment Werewolf in the Torah
@Matt did you see the text at Bein Din L'Din? Pretty clear. כשיפרד מאביו יהפך לזאב לעוברי דרכים והיה כל מוצאו יהרגהו
Dec
17
comment Christmas and Ex-mas
@ChiddusheiTorah I thought I'd seen it on an Ohr Sameach piece quoting him, though I'm not seeing it on their website now. Would have to look into it.
Dec
11
comment Do women need to cover their hair if they have had children without being married?
@NBZ what's your source that a rape victim has to cover? (Don't tell me the mishna in Kesubos about hinuma)
Dec
10
comment Understanding the cherem to tell Yaakov that Yosef was alive
possible duplicate of Why Didn't Yosef tell Yaakov He was Still Alive?
Dec
10
comment sofek yayin stam in a keli
@SethJ thank you! Hopefully this answered it ... but yes the question left things vague.
Dec
10
comment Is there “stam yeinam” with wine from a monotheistic gentile? (eg Muslim)
@DavidFeigen the enactment, according to Rav Moshe Feinstein, was "don't trust a non-Jew with mystery milk." It's not mystery milk, therefore it wasn't included in the enactment. (Same as if a Jew observed it.) Whereas for wine, they said "even if you watched the whole time, if a non-Jew touches it, don't drink it." Wine is riskier!
Dec
9
comment Are there Ribbis implications in this transaction and what are they?
I can't see the problem, it's just an option to buy with no guarantees. Suppose the piece of land tanks in value, Shimon won't buy it. The distinction between ribbis and iska is that the former guarantees a return.