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Nov
4
comment The blessing over drinking fresh orange juice
The minority opinion -- ha'etz because those oranges were grown for their juice -- is the Chazon Ish, by the way.
Nov
4
comment Is “Yehud” a proper term for the Hebrews (ancient or otherwise)?
In the late biblical period, you'd refer to a Jew as a "yehudi" or the Jews as "the yehudim."
Nov
2
comment What is the punishment of suicide according to Jewish sources?
@Loewian certainly, and that comes up with mourning practices as well. I was somewhat concerned how to write this to prevent the wrong reader from getting bad ideas, God forbid, of "God wants you dead!"
Nov
2
comment What is the punishment of suicide according to Jewish sources?
Note: if anyone needs help or someone to talk to, please -- PLEASE -- call 1-800-273-8255.
Oct
30
comment a girl marrying against her parents wishes
@hazoriz parents are able to do all sorts of horrible things to make it harder for their children to marry; but their saying "I hereby prohibit!" does not create a kibud av v'em obligation.
Oct
30
comment a girl marrying against her parents wishes
@hazoriz read it in the context of the next line -- he keeps telling her "oh this guy isn't right, keep waiting ..."
Oct
29
comment a girl marrying against her parents wishes
@hazoriz like everything else it's a machlokes, but that's the Maharik's third and broadest argument -- it starts "ve'od", one line up from the bottom in the text pasted here.
Oct
29
comment rambam saying if someone cheated you
That's not talking about cheating someone where there's no proof; that's talking about someone who's made the first steps in a sale and then backed out before it was legally binding. The courts tell him "by the letter of the law you can do this, but breaches of faith like this destroy the world."
Oct
27
comment Status of person with two different DNAs
@user6591 non-Jewish sperm does away with the problem of someone growing up and unknowingly marrying a halachic relative. Any non-husband sperm would be "adultery" according to the Satmar; it's never adultery according to Rav Moshe. (And even with conventional adulterous relations, the child is only a mamzer if the father was Jewish.)
Oct
27
comment Status of person with two different DNAs
@mevaqesh no. Rav Moshe says it's all about the act. It's the Satmar view that would muddy the waters. (And even then, I'd assume he'd say it's the act OR the biological components.)
Oct
26
comment Should a get be sought from the Movement that did the wedding?
@IsaacMoses it took two to tango! Rabbi Rakeffet's version is that Soloveichik would have been prepared to take a lot of flak if he could guarantee that all Conservative folks would use this beit din. Once Lieberman couldn't deliver that, it wasn't worth it.
Oct
26
comment Should a get be sought from the Movement that did the wedding?
@YehudaW several decades ago there were plans for a joint Conservative/Orthodox body for Jewish divorces, worked out between Saul Lieberman at JTS and Joseph Solovechik at RIETS. As I understand it, Lieberman could not get the movement to require people to use it, at which point it was not worth Soloveichik's sacrifice.
Oct
26
comment What's this book about?
Just to say it explicitly: that book is about dissolving broken marriages, and is not the one you want!
Oct
20
comment Was sacrifice the only means of forgiveness, or prayer is also included?
Possible duplicate of Why don't Jews sacrifice animals anymore?
Oct
14
comment Arba'a Asar - mi yodeya?
"And fourteen are the cows in Pharaoh's dream" -- it fits the beat!
Oct
12
comment Mikvah in Shower
@Jake any temperature, see added piece. 9 kav of "even water that was drawn in a bucket."
Oct
4
comment Jewish view on the extra text included in the LXX (and by some Christians) in the book of Daniel?
Rabbi Leiman has a great mp3 on yutorah on the Apocrypha. Apparently [Saint Jerome] asked the Jews why the story of Susana wasn't in their canon; the Jews replied that it involves Jewish capital punishment without Jewish self-rule, which didn't happen.
Oct
2
comment Aside from the days set aside for impurity, what exactly is a man allowed to do with his wife in regards to intimacy?
@DoubleAA hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=21282&st=&pgnum=5 okay he writes a letter blessing and encouraging Rabbi Henkin and his work. "I can't give it my official approbation as I haven't read the entire thing, and besides there are plenty of great rabbis in Israel to ask." That's a very common non-haskama haskama, which is what Rav Moshe Feinstein would usually give seforim. But you don't give one of those to someone you think is entirely out of line. (E.g. Rav Moshe wouldn't give any sort of letter to the all-electric-shaving-is-assur book.)
Sep
24
comment Are there any sources that say to wash hands with soap after the bathroom?
If you use Ivory liquid, you can fulfill the rare mitzva of kiluach ha-shen.
Sep
21
comment What is the source for the role of the Levi in the Torah service?
@DanF if we did it by greatness, we would fight over who's a greater person/scholar. This way, we're saying "we are making zero assessments concerning the personal achievements of anyone in this room. Katz and Levy just happen to be lucky genealogically."