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Apr
21
comment Were firstborn children born to a mother who miscarried killed during Makat Bechorot?
Actually, Pidyon HaBen applies to a mother's firstborn. The Midrash says that Makat Bechorot applied to every father's firstborn; this led to a lot of surprises that night, as not everyone's fatherhood was as stated!
Apr
20
comment Can the below procedure serve as an Agunah escape clause?
@newcomer thank you, I hadn't read through all the comments before posting. If you believe you have an answer, please post it as such, rather than a comment!
Apr
20
comment Bittul of Hameitz in Mixtures Aquired Before Passover
@DoubleAA it says that less than 1:60 is "not Chametz."
Apr
20
comment Why is the section of ארמי אובד אבי chosen as the main part of Maggid in the Seder?
@DanF the how do we know each plague counted as multiple? was a later addition, and it's not in the Rambam's hagada.
Apr
20
comment Can one give maaser to a fundraiser that will only donate its profits to charity?
Bake sale: if you're getting market-valued goods and services, that doesn't come out of maaser. If the yeshiva bake sale is selling a cake for $15 and I could buy the same cake at the grocery store for $10, that's a $5 donation. If they're selling it for $10, that's $0 donation. (More importantly, a banquet: the ticket may cost $200, but $50 of that is what you'd pay for the same food at a restaurant. The remainder is your donation.)
Apr
15
comment How to tell if can use bird feed on paisach
@DoubleAA R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, R' Moshe Feinstein, the OU, the OK, the Star-K, the Rabbanut, Badatz Yerushalayim, ...
Apr
15
comment How to tell if can use bird feed on paisach
@hazoriz yes absolutely.
Apr
15
comment Can one be liable for death by delivering upsetting news?
Major distinction physical action, e.g. tying someone down; and words.
Apr
7
comment Real green hair?
Scientists have studied how languages/cultures categorize colors. It seems the color wheel is universal to humanity, as no language has the same word for opposite colors, nor for colors that involve a skip on the wheel. Classical "yarok" could mean anything in the contiguous range of green to yellow.
Apr
6
comment Why is “we” mentioned twice in the English translation of Ps. 20:8?
@DoubleAA they put a dash between the wes.
Apr
1
comment Kitniyos within Chabad-Lubavitch
They are absolutely strict on kitniyos from everything I've personally experienced.
Mar
31
comment Does anyone know when the revised RCA siddur is going to be released?
The best part was "sponsorship opportunities available!" The artist's conception said it was called: Siddur Zichron Ploni. (I.e. "Your Ad Here.")
Mar
31
comment The dagesh in “elo-ha” means what?
@DoubleAA yes thank you, it's Elo-aH. (Patach genuva.) I was trying to reply to the way it was (imprecisely) phrased in the question.
Mar
30
comment Could an Israelite allow an existing fire to remain lit on the Sabbath?
@DanielNalbach the latter. Can't toss on a log on Sabbath.
Mar
30
comment What was the earliest use of the Rambam's language in Shmita V'Yovel in support of kollel study?
@Yehoshua that's my read as well. I'm asking a history question: today every kollel cites this Rambam; when did that practice start?
Mar
27
comment Marriage - am I doomed?
Plenty of people have complicated family circumstances. There are many wonderful people out there who care more about the character of the spouse-to-be than their guest list. What's really important is the kind of person you choose to be; with God's help, you can do just fine.
Mar
21
comment What is the bracha when one eats the Torah?
What about HaKalir, who supposedly gained wisdom by eating a cookie with Torah stuff on it?
Mar
18
comment Suicide to prevent Zombification
Or during the Cold War, Tradition addressed the question of "Better Dead than Red"
Mar
18
comment Why prefer the father to the mother?
@Yez ah, thank you. The question is whether the same conflicts-of-honor apply if one is no longer living. It was an interesting tzu shtelt. The general kaddish question is whether the parent is ordering the child to violate halacha.
Mar
18
comment Can one trust the Kashrut of Alcoholic Beverages in bars?
The Aruch HaShulchan had seen that too -- olive oil adulterated with strictly vegetable products. I'd agree, generally the incentive is to adulterate with something cheap, and non-kosher potables generally aren't cheap.