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Aug
18
comment What is a Get Zikui and in what cases has it been used?
Rabbi Mendel Senderovitz is a mesader Gittin in Milwaukee (and travels all over).
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
@DannySchoemann which part are you challenging?
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
@DannySchoemann sorry I don't see your answer
Aug
14
comment Is wasting seed a sin for a gentile ? Especially if he wants to convert in the future?
@Mil exactly. By law, unless you undergo conversion, you can eat all the pork you want. The "Jewish soul" thing is that some people may want to undergo conversion. But until that point, the only laws (and therefore the only sins) are the Seven Noahide ones.
Aug
4
comment Curse on the Kennedys
I've heard the story circulate regarding several different big rabbis -- which means it probably wasn't any of them.
Aug
2
comment what is the single letter difference between ashkenazi and sephardi torah scrolls
From what I've seen, older Chumashim/tikkunim printed in the Ashkenazi world would print the Heh spelling as dominant, with a footnote about the Alef; or the two of them as equal possibilities. Newer chumashim/tikkunim have it printed with an Alef, with maybe a little footnote "by the way some Ashkenazi scrolls have a Heh."
Jul
28
comment Which rabbis are knowledgeable about sexual dysfunction and accept Sholom Bayis questions?
INFO@YOATZOT.ORG
Jul
27
comment what siddur/prayer book is this?
IIRC the translator is British; in Hataras Nedarim most translate "ואין אני תוהא ח״ו" as "I do not regret, G-d forbid"; Tehillat Hashem has "I do not rue, Heaven forfend"!
Jul
24
comment Married women uncovering their hair in the presence of gentiles
@Fred it's said that the opera was trying to make Yossele Rosenblatt an offer he couldn't refuse: he wouldn't have to work on shabbos, nor wear makeup or shave his beard. As for female singers on-stage with him? They'd arrange to only have Jewish ones! (I can't see how that helps halachically, but hey they tried ... and it means there were Jewish sopranos of the right caliber at that time.)
Jul
23
comment What to remove from a generic chumash to get only the letters as found in the torah scroll?
Kri UKsivs will get you.
Jul
23
comment Is it possible to undo someone's conversion?
They can challenge the mechanics of the conversion, e.g. if they feel Institution X's rabbis are invalid from serving as witnesses or the mikvah or circumcision were invalid. More often they can say "we weren't sure if enough commitment was demanded of the applicant", or "we believe the commitment was a fraud as demonstrated by the following behavior." But no they cannot un-convert someone, they can express their opinion that the first conversion was no good.
Jul
23
comment Praying in a mosque that used to be a church?
@SabbaHillel was it a Protestant church?
Jul
22
comment Does Judaism have anything on maiden names?
@Shokhet sorry I really don't recall! (They sort of blur together, especially when it comes to his side comments.)
Jul
22
comment Is it acceptable under Judaism to never marry?
@Yishai agreed. Some have even argued that we could apply the halachic argument of "if the lulav costs more than 25% of my net worth I don't have to buy it" if any marriage would be incredibly difficult for this person. (I doubt it would be for his wife either, in that case.) The Ben Azai case is "I could be a good husband but I'd rather focus exclusively on study", which we theoretically can allow begrudgingly in rare circumstances.
Jul
22
comment Is it acceptable under Judaism to never marry?
And there may be people who just aren't cut out for marriage. But generally, marriage and parenthood are the right move.
Jul
21
comment Where can the Phoenix be found in Jewish Sources?
Ther's also the Gemara about a "salamandar" made of ashes.
Jul
17
comment Does a train conductor have to abandon his train if it is Shabbat?
@ShmuelBrin agreed you make every effort not to be stuck driving a train on Sabbath. But if something goes wrong and you're now in that situation, to abandon the train and all the passengers stuck sitting there on the tracks would be dangerously reckless.
Jul
17
comment Does a train conductor have to abandon his train if it is Shabbat?
This reminds me of Uncle Moishy's "Ain't Gonna Work on Saturday" lyrics.
Jul
15
comment Is the bracha for blueberries ha'etz or ha'adamah?
BTW for perennials that grow within 9 inches of the ground, common Ashkenazic practice is haadama as stated, but the Magen Avraham says it's still haeitz.
Jul
15
comment Is the Oral Law mainly of Divine origin or is it largely influenced by the rabbis/cultures of the time?
@Linora (welcome to J.SE, by the way.) Sorry, it was a personal conversation I had with him years ago. (I wasn't the student in question. He simply told me how he approached the student's question, as above, not how he then replied.) I do like Lord Sacks' comment that "science explains the what; religion explains the why."