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Mar
18
comment Corn as kitniot
@Mike not saying that's THE reason, just that it further hurt it.
Mar
18
comment Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)?
@user6591 "corn" was the old English term for any grain, including wheat; you'll find it in the King James Bible for instance. I'm quoting the subject of rechovot.blogspot.com/2014/10/…
Mar
18
comment Historical documentation that the Rambam was supported by his brother
@yEz given how much medical advice is contained in Hilchot De'ot (and other medical insights are dispersed throughout the Yad), it would boggle the mind to propose that he wrote it before he studied medicine. He may have written it after retiring from medicine, theoretically; but we all agree that the jeweler-brother phase of his life was before he studied medicine.
Mar
17
comment Historical documentation that the Rambam was supported by his brother
Certainly wouldn't have been the Mishna Torah period of his life, that was one of his last works, and clearly by the time he wrote it he knew medicine. It's possible some of his earlier works (e.g. his Talmud commentaries) were written during the jeweler period; most likely the jeweler period was when he was studying.
Mar
17
comment Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)?
@user6591 yes my understanding is that Rabbis Genack or Schachter rethought their opinon, and this achieved acharei rabim lehatot against Rabbi Belsky.
Mar
17
comment Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)?
@IsaacMoses a certain rabbi who's no longer zachur latov published something on Kitniyot in 2013 where he suggested this, especially with regards to "corn." He cited other places in halacha where the common name makes a difference. (E.g. azlinan batar shma in maachalot asurot).
Mar
13
comment Are these “Teachings of the Jewish Talmud” and does a typical Jew believe this?
possible duplicate of Is this really in the Talmud?
Mar
13
comment Do people who don't eat gebrokts have any reason to say “Borei Minei Mezonot” during Pesach?
The Chayei Adam says explicitly you can mix kitniyot with water and bake in under 18 minutes. But [my observation] nobody does this today.
Mar
8
comment Children saying Divrei torah at the Pesach seider
@ChiddusheiTorah done!
Mar
8
comment What are “the tokens of virginity”?
@Mr.Bultitude if it can be shown she entered the relationship under false pretense, they can get a divorce without alimony for her.
Mar
4
comment For those that consider Chabad to be heretical, would a woman that received a Get from their Beis Din require another Get?
It's certainly not all Chabad-Lubavitch. Even one who believes Rabbi Schneurson gets a second coming as Messiah, or isn't really dead, wouldn't be voided as a halachic witness. It's those who blur the line between Schneurson and God.
Mar
3
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
@loewian as I'd written: "people may still point fingers..." -- the gezeira was to keep people from calling names, though such names are of no halachic significance.
Mar
2
comment Does one make a Bracha when seeing the Pope?
For the scholar blessing, the commentaries on Shulchan Aruch clearly say it has to be a wisdom classically recognized by Judaism, e.g. mathematics, medicine, or music; "not an expert on a foreign faith."
Feb
27
comment What profit can you get from having a dummy?
bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/08/…
Feb
27
comment Bracha on nonkosher wine?
@DanF as I'd said, still no. The biblical obligation of kiddush can be fulfilled with prayer; using food is rabbinic.
Feb
27
comment Bracha on nonkosher wine?
@IsaacKotlicky done.
Feb
27
comment Bracha on nonkosher wine?
@IsaacKotlicky oops sorry I've clarified -- "if you can squeeze grapes before Shabbat"
Feb
25
comment 7 girls fighting over 1 boy at the Sheva Brachot?
@DoubleAA she's kind of a ditz.
Feb
23
comment How should a werewolf celebrate Pesach?
Of course, we're discussing the half-man, half-wolf at almost-midnight. (That's why Moshe said "kachatzos halayla", not "bachatzos.") If he was half-man, half-wolf at bein hashmashos, the Minchas Chinuch would have addressed it by now. Obviously.
Feb
23
comment How should a werewolf celebrate Pesach?
DayenOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!!!