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Mar
18
comment Poisoning Achashverosh if an Atom Decays
@msh210 thank you! Actually people heard them saying "poison" and they kept insisting they were just speaking bad French, and preparing to serve the king fish.
Mar
16
comment Poisoning Achashverosh if an Atom Decays
@Yez I thought it would be a good springboard. Witness Gary's excellent answer.
Mar
15
comment Poisoning Achashverosh if an Atom Decays
@Yez I honestly thought of the question before the answer.
Mar
14
comment Seeking texts of all prayers associated with the clock change
This is the spring-forward one. The fall-back one is a lot more complicated and nearly impossible to ram into a singable meter.
Mar
7
comment Jewish protocol towards challah
@DoubleAA yes well aware of that; but that would be no different vis-a-vis challah than a boule, peasant bread, pita, or ciabatta. I try to answer the question as asked and intended. Let's assume it's a neighbor and what goes around comes around.
Mar
7
comment Menstruating on Wedding Day
Yes this is commonly taught (e.g. it's in the Artscroll book) ... some rabbis feel that it can be risky vis-a-vis emotional stresses on the bride, and aren't sure it's the appropriate thing.
Mar
7
comment Can women pray when on their period?
As for fasting -- menstruation per se does not change the obligation to fast. Minor fast days, however, were only instituted for healthy people; if she's really feeling miserable, a rabbi could argue that she wasn't included in the rule to fast. And for all fast days, the obligation to protect one's life comes first and foremost. But those are niche cases.
Mar
7
comment “Halachikly Complicated” Foods (Safek Bracha)
Similarly Orange Juice, Chazon Ish felt was ha'eitz.
Mar
6
comment Questions about why is wife denied access to her own property?
"Jewish Question" -- (noun). A statement or declaration converted to the semblance of a question by raising the tone at the very end.
Mar
3
comment What is the hebrew name verse for the name טלי (Tali)
Strongly recommend טוּב טַעַם וָדַעַת לַמְּדֵנִי כִּי בְמִצְוֹתֶיךָ הֶאֱמָנְתִּי . The others aren't nearly as nice-sounding. "Better those who died of the sword than the slow and painful process of starvation"? Pass.
Mar
1
comment Did both King Ahasuerus and Haman practise Zoroastrianism?
@mevaqesh other than the wearing-an-idol medrish, I would venture to affirmatively say that canonical Jewish sources say nothing about their faith.
Mar
1
comment Brachos on the amount of pizza one doesn't wash for?
@DoubleAA Rabbi Welcher holds that pizza counts as "pashtida." Many others don't.
Feb
25
comment Is Yishmael a nabi (prophet) or tzaddik of some sort?
The simplest sign that Yishmael wound up okay is a careful reading of the verses: at Abraham's funeral, he allows Isaac to go in front of him: "Isaac and Ishmael buried him." He respected his father's wishes of priority. Whereas Esau goes before Jacob at their father's funeral -- "Esau and Jacob buried him."
Feb
22
comment What is Gerah and how much is it?
Ancient units of length usually had to do with the body; ancient units of weight often involved multiples of carob seeds, as those were believed to be very consistent.
Feb
21
comment If someone uses an unknown persons item and then loses it, is he required to replace it, or has the owner effectively “despaired”?
@msh210 interesting; Rashi's language is "the victims are likely to benefit." In the case discussed here, if we know the victim belonged to XYZ Congregation, maybe give it to that congregation? (I'd also argue that even if you never call the fire department, its presence gives you safety of mind and a lower insurance rate. As discussed earlier, Rav Moshe Feinstein actually recommended mikvah funds.)
Feb
21
comment Honor your Father and your Mother?
Note: if the parent is yelling "you're a useless, good-for-nothing hooligan", Shulchan Aruch is saying you may not shoot back names at your parent. That does not mean you must believe that you are a useless, good-for-nothing hooligan! You are absolutely entitled to think, "God help my parents, they are messed up." (But maybe check with some other wise people to make sure your perspective is accurate.)
Feb
19
comment what talmudic manuscripts (if any) have jesus instead of balaam? (/ what Does MS.M. Jesus mean)
@Aaron29, the manuscript says "first he talked to Balaam, then to Jesus." That means they're two different people! The censored editions changed "Jesus" to "Jewish sinners", not "Balaam"!
Feb
9
comment Can Aluminum be Mekabel Tumah?
IIRC Rav Moshe says "you'd have to check what airplanes today are made of, if it's not on the six-metal list" ... at the time that responsum was written, the 747 was already in service, and it's aluminum. (Now we have the composite 787, which is a different question!)
Feb
8
comment Seemingly, my Dad was adopted out of a Jewish family into a protestant family just before World War 2. Why would this happen?
Sadly it was not uncommon. There were Jewish parents who asked Christians to take care of their children ... and often the adoptive parents baptised the child. (Pope John Paul, as a young priest, actually refused to do so.) Many children were allowed to be brought from Germany to England, but as not enough British Jewish families would take them, many were raised non-Jewish. There were complicated pressures on British Jews at the time too.
Feb
4
comment Can Jews eat non-Kosher meat?
@Dude in an older-fashioned system, yes; as I said, if it's "packaged in a tamper-proof container" it goes untouched from, say, the Empire factory to Bob's Supermarket.