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Apr
2
comment Why Hashem didn't win Randi's $1 million dollar challenge?
then how could there be free will for those who don't believe.
Mar
31
comment Chapter Endings while Leining Megillot
Actually when I do Shir HaShirim, I divide it the way the Malbim says to do so.
Mar
26
comment Is a wife allowed to stop going to the mikva?
Please email the particulars of your situation to yoatzot.org
Mar
23
comment Is whisky matured in a sherry cask Kosher?
@Zvi one argument suggested why sherry casks are less of an issue than a blended containing wine -- the wine in a blended is there for color/flavor. The sherry cask may not actually be there to impart the sherry flavor, but instead to tone down some of the wood flavors.
Mar
23
comment Is whisky matured in a sherry cask Kosher?
@Zvi I think we're agreeing here, the same heter would apply according to Rav Moshe, though he said it was better to be machmir. It's just important for history's sake to accurately describe Rav Moshe's words.
Mar
23
comment Tsnius for Women : Talmud Torah for Men
@Yarden thank you!
Mar
23
comment Is whisky matured in a sherry cask Kosher?
@Zvi his responsum --YD1:62 -- is to Rabbi Teitz regarding "blended yash", that's what it says explicitly. (New York Jews 50 years ago drank that more than single-malt, from what I understand.) The concern there was that wine and glycerin were added as ingredients. However the poskim cited here (and R' Dovid Miller of the Gruss Kollel) all say that the same logic would apply to a single-malt that may contain some non-kosher wine due to the sherry cask.
Mar
20
comment Saying Birkat ha-Mazon without having said ha-Motsi before eating
@TamirEvan in your average meal, you say hamotzi, eat a serving of bread, and then say birkat hamazon. I.e. hamotzi and birkat hamazon are almost always correlated to the same phenomenon. (There are the odd exceptions, such as the pizza case above.) But no, saying the words of hamotzi per se is never a prerequisite for birkat hamazon.
Mar
19
comment Drinking beer on pesach
@DavidFeigen the "davar hamaamid" is about a corn whisky that uses a barley malt. Real wheat/barley whisky or beer is really chametz! And regardless, we are Orthodox Jews and we follow rabbinic laws too.
Mar
19
comment Finding the mishnah in tractate Pesachim that talks about beers
And as the commentaries explain, the Talmud discussed beer that was either all date/fig (kosher for Passover!), or mostly date/fig with some grain (don't eat it, debatable if you're allowed to own it). Today's beer is all grain and is completely chametz.
Mar
19
comment May a person order food from a vegan restaurant
@DavidFeigen you said you were discussing raw vegetables -- a lot of them don't freeze and thaw that well. (E.g. lettuce doesn't freeze.)
Mar
19
comment Marrying a wife that is older than you?
You're right about the rambam about social pressure -- if you live in a place where people are wicked, get out! Hence: if you live in a place where people are ridiculously obsessed with marrying a twig-thin teenager, get out!
Mar
18
comment Marrying a wife that is older than you?
okay so that's a broader consideration. "Think about how you'll do long-term with this person." The questioner was asking specifically where age is mentioned.
Mar
18
comment May a person order food from a vegan restaurant
With salads, one serious problem is the likelihood of bugs.
Mar
18
comment Marrying a wife that is older than you?
the Talmud uses this reasoning -- don't marry someone you'll despise -- as the reason you have to meet the person first to make sure you find them attractive. What you're describing is a result of social pressures in some circumstances, I find that sad.
Mar
9
comment In Moses' time, would freeing a slave be harmful to the slave?
@CharlesKoppelman, a slave has a quasi-Jewish status. He can't eat pork, but doesn't have to hear megillah reading. When he is freed, he is given full Jewish status. (There's a separate legal category, the full-fledged Jew who is sold for monetary reasons, but that's not what we're discussing here.)
Mar
7
comment What to do with stolen objects which are impossible to return?
@DoubleAA, well, they also provide free smoke alarms for those in need, and education about how to prevent fires in the first place ... but yes, safety measures are funny that way.
Mar
7
comment What does “Adderabba” mean?
judaism.stackexchange.com/a/1733/21
Mar
5
comment Halachos of kashruth and bliya
Now glass, according to Sefardim, never absorbs. Clean it thoroughly and you're done.
Mar
5
comment Halachos of kashruth and bliya
Not sure I understand. Wood absorbs too.