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Jan
28
comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
@SethJ generally the Shach is considered sharper than the Taz (Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveichik used to comment about how sharp the Shach was), and he had the chance to respond to the Taz's comments. In an "even fight" between the two, I learned the tendency is to follow the Shach. Now if many more Achronim endorse the Taz on a given opinion, or if on a particular issue the Taz's arguments make a lot more sense, that's a different story.
Jan
27
comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
@DoubleAA my guess (yes I'm putting words in Danny's mouth) is Sanhedrin 102b: רב אשי אוקי אשלשה מלכים אמר למחר נפתח בחברין אתא מנשה איתחזי ליה בחלמיה אמר חברך וחבירי דאבוך קרית לן?! מהיכא בעית למישרא המוציא אמר ליה לא ידענא א"ל מהיכא דבעית למישרא המוציא לא גמירת וחברך קרית לן א"ל אגמריה לי ולמחר דרישנא ליה משמך בפירקא א"ל מהיכא דקרים בישולא א"ל מאחר דחכימתו כולי האי מאי טעמא קא פלחיתו <לעבודת כוכבים> {לעבודה זרה} א"ל אי הות התם הות נקיטנא בשיפולי גלימא ורהטת אבתראי למחר אמר להו לרבנן נפתח ברבוותא
Jan
27
comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
@DannySchoemann chas v'shalom I would call the Shach my buddy. I refer to him as Taz's "buddy" in a colloquial sense as he is the Taz's contemporary, peer, and baal plugta. Rabbi Zeira referred to Rabba's Golem as being "of chavrai"; Rashi says of the Biblical root chover chaver, "sorcery." But others translate: "you were made by our peers [lit.: pals]!"
Jan
27
comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
This is the Rashba's opinion. It's a good chumra but not the base halacha for most of us today.
Jan
26
comment Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim
Gerrer was the #1 mainstream Chassidic movement (at least by population) in Poland. So today's "generic chassidic" practices will be very close to Ger. The siddur text is "Nusach Sfard." Ari is actually a version of Nusach Sfard with kabbalistic tweaks. (So they're very close.) Definitely black stripes on the Tallis, with a gold "crown" for the shabbos Tallis. Ksav is Ksav Ari; Tefillin wind "sefard style", i.e. inward.
Jan
14
comment Do contemporary Sefardi poskim absolutely require ten men at a wedding?
thank you; that's basically the line from the Shulchan Aruch -- try to get a minyan for Birkas Erusin but say it regardless. Don't say Sheva Brachos without a minyan. The question is whether we say "a couple can't get married without Sheva Brachos!", which seems to be the Bet Yosef's opinion (at least theoretically, as part of his argument).
Jan
14
comment What do I need to make a Jewish wedding?
@DoubleAA common practice today is it's a different cup, and often one that's easier (and/or cheaper) to break. (Yes I know, the older sources have it as the cup just used for brachos.)
Jan
13
comment Can an automated online service business operate on shabbat?
Rabbi Moshe Heinemann shlit'a initially prohibited, then reconsidered and permitted.
Jan
13
comment What do I need to make a Jewish wedding?
Actually, let me go ahead and ask about Sefardim!
Jan
13
comment What do I need to make a Jewish wedding?
@hazoriz "Without ten men, you're totally stuck because she's prohibited until you can say the Sheva Brachos" is in fact Rashba and Beit Yosef's opinion. (I don't know what contemporary Sefardim hold!) Ashkenazim (Darkei Moshe going back to Mordechai and others) say "try to get ten whenever reasonably possible, but you can say Birkas Erusin without the crowd, and the wedding is still valid without the Sheva Brachos." They read "kalla b'lo bracha" as "kalla b'lo chupah", as the chupah usually has a bracha.
Jan
13
comment What do I need to make a Jewish wedding?
@Chaim Bava Kama 113a: והאמר שמואל דינא דמלכותא דינא. "Any person who solemnizes a marriage without first reviewing the license is guilty of a misdemeanor" (California Penal Code, Section 360). Also a far better move if the wife wants equitable distribution in the event of a divorce.
Jan
13
comment Is there anything wrong with hitbodedut?
@mevaqesh here's a start.
Jan
12
comment Does a child tear Kriyah at the Kosel?
@Fred thank you!
Jan
11
comment Bootstrapping problem: havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv) but lighting the candle is melacha?
@NoachmiFrankfurt thanks; added in that caveat.
Jan
8
comment Kissing and Hugging one's wife
@msh210 yes thanks. I meant "as long as she's not a nida."
Jan
8
comment Switching siddur style (Nusach)
Plural is "nuschaot." If you pray in a synagogue using a different nusach from yours, you should say private prayers according to your nusach and the public parts (e.g., kedushah) according to the synagogue's nusach). Rav Moshe Feinstein gives the option of doing that, or entirely following the synagogue.
Dec
30
comment Rabbi David M. Feldman,Orthodox?
At this point, I believe it's spelled Traditional, with a capital "T." Rabbi Aaron Soloveichik was quick to correct someone who referred to a Traditional synagogue as Conservative.
Dec
30
comment Shisha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
@DoubleAA this means if things followed averages (hah!), Chagai and Malachi would have been expected to contain 1--2 such words; Koheles and Esther, 5--6 such words. I'd say they're deliberately missing in Koheles and Esther.
Dec
30
comment Shisha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
@DoubleAA Koheles is the only other freestanding book with zero. Chagai and Malachi also have zero, but by our tradition are parts of the single book of Trei Asar. Tanach averages 18 non-Tetragrammaton-yes-Gematria-26 words per ten thousand words; other than the books above, the range is 1.6 for Daniel to 73 for Zechariah (or if you want a freestanding book, Yishaya has 46).
Dec
28
comment Tznius in semi-private locations - gym for women
Rabbi YH Henkin's sharp critique of Oz VeHadar Levusha: freepdfhosting.com/3637dbd864.pdf