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May
21
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
So ... the state is demanding that the Jews violate halacha or a time-honored Jewish practice ... which was .... ????
May
20
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@gt6989b after the strict opinions, the Remah says if there are other stores in town you can rely on that heter alone if necessary. We try to find other heterim when possible.
May
20
comment Providing services to a forbidden ceremony
@loewian added in a handful
May
18
comment Why do people write G-d instead of God in writing and on digitial media?
A.) Force of habit from what we're used to writing on-paper, or reading in-print. B.) If anyone were to print the page onto paper, it would cause less problems. But agreed, if it stays digital, it would be allowed.
May
17
comment Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to own a casino?
@Cham lovely bunch of questions; you're welcome to ask each one independently.
May
15
comment Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to own a casino?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1350/21
May
13
comment Fish and meat for a convert
@MOKAY see the linked answer -- the Magen Avraham writes that it's odd that other quasi-medicinal practices fell away, but this one stayed on the books. I read that as "gee that's odd but we keep it anyways", others (including Rabbi Schachter) read that as "the Magen Avraham allows it."
May
11
comment is there a prayer for a beloved family pet who is dying?
@DoubleAA I'm well aware of the mishna. Check my wording carefully.
May
11
comment How do you decide how the aliyos should be arranged when there are not sufficient yisroelim in a minyan?
If I recall correctly, the whole premise of Kohen->Levi->Yisrael ... was to minimize fights in normal circumstances. In an odd case like this, I think I'd heard you would do: Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, Kohen [shvii], then whoever for Maftir. Assuming you have the right "manpower" for that lineup.
May
10
comment Things to do on one's Hebrew birthday
I'm told there's a teshuvas Chasam Sofer about how he gave the students "cheese bread" (or danish or whatever) in honor of his birthday.
May
8
comment Poisoning my own food?
Rabbi J David Bleich has a lengthy article in Tradition about precisely this, "The Case of the Poisoned Sandwich." Practically -- STAY AWAY FROM POISON!! DO NOT DO IT!!
May
7
comment And it was so? Perhaps mistranslated?
@GregoryMagarshak no, context doesn't bear that out. The book of Esther opens with "Vayhi" -- "it happened in the days of ..."
May
7
comment And it was so? Perhaps mistranslated?
@DoubleAA "VEyashuvu hamayim" -- the waters shall return. "VAyashuvu hamayim" -- the waters returned. No? "VeAchalti Chatas" is a weird one as it's a hypothetical bridging the simple-past "hikrivu" with the simple-future "hayitav." Sforno's reading has the whole phrase preceded by a "hen", notifying us that this is all a thought experiment, so we know from context it's not the future tense: "suppose that they sacrificed ... and then I ate -- would that be good?"
Apr
29
comment Did Rembrandt really get the 'mene, mene' inscription in his painting of Belshazzar's Feast wrong?
I thought the rumor was that Rembrandt had consulted with Menashe ben Israel on this
Apr
27
comment Restaurants with hechsher for locusts
If I recall correctly R' Ovadiah Yosef z'l said that even if your custom is not to eat them, they don't treif up your dishes, and there was a restaurant that was therefore exploring the option -- is that Eucalyptus?
Apr
22
comment What was the earliest use of the Rambam's language in Shmita V'Yovel in support of kollel study?
@Mefaresh thank you! He uses it in support of the phrase "with zero hishtadlut". (Mind you, Rabbi Horwitz secluded himself for a lengthy period.)
Apr
20
comment Why do women wear ponytail elastics on Shabas?
You mean you see women wearing them outside an eruv, right? (The whole "outside an eruv" concept will seem outdated to many younger readers here.)
Apr
19
comment Early Sources that Charity Should Optimally Support Torah
I heard from a rabbi I highly respect that the Ramban writes that the purpose of the institution of maaser kesafim (tithing income) was to help Torah scholars. I'd have to search for the actual quotation.
Apr
17
comment Witnesses and the Ketubah
@Yoni agreed the best thing is to do one ceremony the right way. But plenty of non-observant people do all sorts of halachically sub-optimal things. If they insist on a non-halachic ceremony at the big party (e.g. without kosher witnesses), then the least-bad option may be to give them a quick, quiet halachic ceremony the day before.
Apr
17
comment Witnesses and the Ketubah
@msh210 if someone asks "can I use milk for my dalet kosos?" ... the underlying assumptions of the question had some things needed addressing.