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comment Loshon hara to a therapist
@Mefaresh yes he mentioned that citation from Chafetz Chaim -- but then gave this explicit example as an application.
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comment Difference in law between male and female adultery
@DoubleAA agreed! The original question was answered by halachic mechanics. Now it's a philosophy question!
May
27
comment Four Zakef-groups in one half-verse
@Daniel there's an xkcd about that! xkcd.com/1513
May
26
comment Four Zakef-groups in one half-verse
I feel like there should be an xkcd about this.
May
26
comment Four Zakef-groups in one half-verse
Pro tip: mechon-mamre already splits the text by verse. You then split it by etnachtas, and count zaqefs in each segment.
May
22
comment Candle for Havdalah during Kiddush of Chag Saturday night
Some do take two candles, put them together, then separate them and put them back in their holders. Rav Moshe Feinstein allowed this if it was your family custom. Other options: wrap two birthday candles together with foil, and put them in a holder. Make the bracha, light them, and leave them till they burn out. OR, dig up a chanukah floating wick and poke another hole through the cork for a second wick, then put that in a small oil bowl.
May
22
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@wfb and you'd apply that to a a service provider as well? (My job is to bake cakes with whatever writing my customer wants on them.) Nu.
May
21
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@Wfb there was a longstanding practice whereby the Jews would not sell cakes to two men, but the non-Jews would?
May
21
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@wfb it's actually been suggested that Rambam's reading in that Gemara had to do with knotting shoes on shabbos, not switching shoelace colors.
May
21
comment Eating bread/pastries from a non-Jewish baker
@bondonk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Release_agent
May
21
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
So ... the state is demanding that the Jews violate halacha or a time-honored Jewish practice ... which was .... ????
May
20
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@gt6989b after the strict opinions, the Remah says if there are other stores in town you can rely on that heter alone if necessary. We try to find other heterim when possible.
May
20
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@loewian added in a handful
May
18
comment Why do people write G-d instead of God in writing and on digitial media?
A.) Force of habit from what we're used to writing on-paper, or reading in-print. B.) If anyone were to print the page onto paper, it would cause less problems. But agreed, if it stays digital, it would be allowed.
May
17
comment Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to own a casino?
@Cham lovely bunch of questions; you're welcome to ask each one independently.
May
15
comment Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to own a casino?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1350/21
May
13
comment Fish and meat for a convert
@MOKAY see the linked answer -- the Magen Avraham writes that it's odd that other quasi-medicinal practices fell away, but this one stayed on the books. I read that as "gee that's odd but we keep it anyways", others (including Rabbi Schachter) read that as "the Magen Avraham allows it."
May
11
comment is there a prayer for a beloved family pet who is dying?
@DoubleAA I'm well aware of the mishna. Check my wording carefully.
May
11
comment How do you decide how the aliyos should be arranged when there are not sufficient yisroelim in a minyan?
If I recall correctly, the whole premise of Kohen->Levi->Yisrael ... was to minimize fights in normal circumstances. In an odd case like this, I think I'd heard you would do: Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, Kohen [shvii], then whoever for Maftir. Assuming you have the right "manpower" for that lineup.
May
10
comment Things to do on one's Hebrew birthday
I'm told there's a teshuvas Chasam Sofer about how he gave the students "cheese bread" (or danish or whatever) in honor of his birthday.