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comment Use induction on Yom Tov
I assume you could leave a metal heat diffuser on from before yomtov?
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comment Doesn't gezera affect the Torah?
@mevaqesh yes, thank you; I thought that might be more detail than the questioner here is ready for. I didn't say "because the Torah prohibits" (which would include issurei lavin), but rather "because the Torah deems incestuous" (in an attempt at a simplified reference towards issurei kareis).
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comment Doesn't gezera affect the Torah?
The Torah's law was "relinquish private debts." The enactment was to make most debts public instead. There are plenty more workarounds like that: sell 2% of your pregnant cow to a non-Jew so you don't have to deal with the special laws of the firstborn; gift your estate evenly between your children one moment before death, rather than have fights because the firstborn gets double. In all these cases, we're advising workarounds, but the "thou shalt not" is still in place.
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comment In adultery, why is a wife is guilty, and a husband not?
@JimThio look again. Judah's wife had died by then. bible.ort.org/books/… But extramarital relations/prostitution wouldn't be prohibited until a few centuries later, when the law is given at Sinai. Tamar is about to be branded because she was supposed to stay within the family (which, it turns out, she did).
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comment In adultery, why is a wife is guilty, and a husband not?
@JimThio please modify your language. As discussed elsewhere, non-marital relations are theoretically punishable by lashes, either by biblical or rabbinic prohibition; it doesn't warrant the theoretical death penalty that "adultery" does. Since a married man in biblical times could have run off and married a single woman off the streets and then gotten involved with her, the only charge on which he could be brought is "extramarital relations" if he didn't marry her. Again, monogamy has been the law for the last 1000 years, and cheating on your wife is disgusting and horrible don't ever do it
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comment Is it still adultery if the other spouse consents?
@JimThio in the Bible, Amos Ch. 6 talks about "disgusting beds." The Talmud (post-Biblical) read that as referring to wife-swapping.
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comment What does adultery mean in the 7th commandment?
@JimThio different conjugations of the same verb. "Sin'af" means "you will do ne'ifa" (preceded by a "DON'T")
Jun
28
comment Does a married women going through the conversion process need to cover her hair?
@Loewian presumably her husband is either already Jewish, or preparing to convert. In such cases, I've seen them do a halachic wedding almost immediately after the conversion -- because we wouldn't allow this halachically-unmarried couple to be secluded together.
Jun
26
comment Is it allowed to be a therapist in New Jersey?
@DoubleAA fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2013/…
Jun
24
comment Were new arrivals stuck at Ellis Island for Shabbos?
@intuit thanks for the info! The laws of techum (not walking past the city limits) may have kept them stuck even if there were no papers to sign -- but good point, there usually were.
Jun
23
comment For someone wearing tzitzis outside his clothes, should he have the strings and / or the knots visible?
@Mefaresh I'm afraid I don't have an official text or rabbi. Just several older guys in yeshiva who told me that's how it was done, and why.
Jun
23
comment For someone wearing tzitzis outside his clothes, should he have the strings and / or the knots visible?
@Mefaresh the strings all look the same. Some people tie better KNOTS than others.
Jun
22
comment Scaling Time to Reconcile Genesis with Science
This is a general "how to understand Genesis Ch. 1" question, totally irrespective of Schroeder's time-scaling. Verse 1 says "and the earth", but later verses talk about the earth per se as on Day 3.
Jun
22
comment Scaling Time to Reconcile Genesis with Science
Similarly the Ramban says first the elements were created that would be the building blocks for everything else.
Jun
21
comment ka-kosher legit?
I wouldn't say that. As the Star-K said, some Orthodox hechshers are saying "we'll certify the probability of bugs is low enough to not need checking", others are saying "you figure out the bugs yourself."
Jun
17
comment Did the Torah Sages discuss evolution
Agreed that at one level, they're playing "ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer" ... but I like the possibility that he's trying to get Hillel mad with racial slurs, and Hillel responds with a biology lesson.
Jun
17
comment Was Darius Jewish?
@Emetv'Shalom yes, he's explicitly said it means "establish a Jewish government over the land of Israel." (His proof is a rabbinic opinion that the war against Amalek, which first requires a "king", could have been fulfilled by the prophet Samuel who instead functioned as a "judge.") He feels that today's State qualifies.
Jun
12
comment kosher murder switch?
@yEz "do the shabbos definitions of gramma apply to other halachos?" -- it's a machlokes. "Can I make a gramma murder switch?" -- most switches are second-degree murder anyhow, and second-degree murder is still murder.
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.