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comment Where can I find a transliteration of the ketubah text?
See also audio: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/40422/21
Oct
28
comment Is there a “5 second rule” for foods becoming non-Kosher?
@WAF yeah that's pretty much what puts the Chamudei Daniel on the map for most of us. Actually I think he has one or two notable stances in Taharas HaMishpacha as well. (Sort of like "the Or Zarua's opinion" -- to some of the world, that's the heter on chadash grown by non-Jews; and to others, it's the extra veset.)
Oct
26
comment The hebrew meaning of the name Laila
@DoubleAA woops! Sorry. I think that was my brain's way of saying "layla tov."
Oct
26
comment The hebrew meaning of the name Laila
@DoubleAA that's a real stretch. You can take a boy's name and feminize it -- Shmuela, Binyamina, Davida, and the like. But "leil" means "night of", it needs to connect to another word. (And "night" is already feminine in Hebrew.)
Oct
26
comment The hebrew meaning of the name Laila
The Hebrew word for night rhymes with "eye - la." The word that rhymes with "say - la", e.g. the Eric Clapton song, doesn't mean anything in Hebrew. But it's quite close to the Aramaic word for "beyond", also found in Jewish liturgy: take the Eric Clapton song, and put a glottal stop after the L: say "leh - SAY - la" without the S.
Oct
8
comment How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
@DoubleAA he actually addresses that. "But it will cause thoughts!" Still, take the bus or subway. But if it causes an um, anatomic reaction, a man shouldn't -- but Rav Moshe doesn't think that Joe Baalabos who's busy with kids, job, mortgage, wife, minyan, and daf yomi is really going to have that kind of reaction.
Oct
1
comment Can one accomplish Tzedaka through a will?
@Shokhet it's probably a Daas Zekenim mibaalei hatosfos then? Sorry I don't recall.
Sep
30
comment How can yeast be kosher lǝPesach?
You'll also see "torula yeast" in some ingredients. Papermakers have "wood soup" in need of disposal, and the torula yeast eat the nutrients in that. Win for the papermakers, win for the yeastmakers, win for kashrus because pine is kosher l'pesach, pareve, lamehadrin!
Sep
30
comment How can yeast be kosher lǝPesach?
@DoubleAA Se'or is your sourdough starter. It still contains flour and water.
Sep
15
comment When did walking from Ner Israel yeshiva to Baltimore no longer require Eruv Techumin?
@YEZ thank you. Those who do place one -- where do they place it? Near the I-695?
Sep
1
comment Colored underwear during seven clean days
@ZachB thank you so much!
Aug
21
comment Where could an extreme ultra-orthodox baal t'shuva etc. realistically find a shidduch?
This is less than an answer but more than a comment -- if you hear they're suggesting a shidduch that's ridiculously "out of your league", it's probably too good to be true -- e.g. s/he's related to a big-name rosh yeshiva, but they're not telling you that the actual person in question has severe behavioral problems.
Aug
20
comment How do we know that a potential korban is not אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב?
@AvrohomYitzchok why should it be any different? We don't concern ourselves with theoretical rare events.
Aug
20
comment Bootstrapping problem: havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv) but lighting the candle is melacha?
@SAH we don't use the name of G-d for baruch hamavdil.
Aug
19
comment What should a Jew do if encountered by ISIS?
@eramm thank you. To whom was Igeret HaShmad addressed?
Aug
17
comment What should a Jew do if encountered by ISIS?
@ElyBeauEastman "chutz" means "outside." "Chutz la'aretz" means "outside the land of Israel." The question would [presumably] be the same if some random hapless Jew got lost and wandered into the wrong part of Iraq.
Jul
23
comment Aside from the days set aside for impurity, what exactly is a man allowed to do with his wife in regards to intimacy?
@Shokhet -- most Ashkenazim and some Sephardim say our tradition has been lost as to which ones. R' Ovadya Yosef zt"l said for mainstream sephardim, they don't "treif" up your dishes, but don't eat them.
Jul
23
comment Am I allowed to give my kid a non-Hebrew (non-Jewish?) name?
JD Bleich says "they didn't change their names" means I was born Zev, but now I go to City Hall and tell them to make it William instead. That's different than what I choose to name my children.
Jul
15
comment Bishul Akum: State Dinners
@CharlesKoppelman not sure I understand your point. If I walk into a vegan restaurant where a non-Jew has cooked lentils from scratch, then as far as I can see that would be a serious Bishul Akum issue. (We focus on the main ingredient, lentils; regardless of how/if they're seasoned.) Whereas my grocery store may carry OU pre-cooked, vacuum-sealed lentils; not a Bishul Akum issue. The rule was set as "whatever is good enough for a state function", and has some local subjectivity to it. (The Star-K talks about foods that would be good enough to stand alone in some countries, but not in others.)
Jul
9
comment What's the source for naming children after Alexander the Great?
Rav Moshe says it can't be that the Jews were forced to name their children Alexander, or else he would have forced them to have the statue. (As the Gemara says he respected the Jews.) It's certainly possible that he asked nicely about the statue, and they felt bad so they offered to name their kids instead. (Rav Moshe's point is that it's not all-out prohibited to give your kids non-Jewish names. "And don't tell me those who named their kids Alexander were absolutely forced to do so..."