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Nov
12
comment What is the significance of the gifts that Eliezer gave to Rivka?
Rabbi Soloveichik observed that a would-be convert is asked two general questions: "do you agree to keep the commandments?" and "do you want to belong to the Jewish people?" Hence: the half-shekel represents membership in the people, and the ten commandments represents the nuts-and-bolts actions.
Nov
12
comment What does Rashi mean by לין שם דבר?
@ShmuelNavi, "makom" is clearly a noun. The point is that "lin" is a noun. "A place for A NIGHT'S SLEEP." Compare: "do we have a place in our house for A PIANO?" [noun], vs. "do we have a place in our house for PLAYING MUSIC?" [verb -- well, gerund, but close enough].
Nov
10
comment Hotels, electronic keys, and shabbat
"Leave a present in the room." It's a nice idea in theory, but practically -- imagine the 50-year-old rabbi who walks up to a 20-something female desk clerk and says "hi um, I have a present for you in my hotel room, would you follow me there?"
Nov
10
comment Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
@narnia it starts with traditional rabbinic law as a "vote", then works from there based on understandings of personal autonomy and morality.
Nov
10
comment Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?
@Shokhet be forewarned -- your notion of Daas Torah may be challenged. You'll see R' Chaim Ozer writing in the early 1930s that the German government will soon come to its senses and allow traditional shechita.
Nov
10
comment Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?
@Shokhet there's a kuntress printed at the back of newer editions of the Sridei Aish. (It's also on the Bar Ilan CD/website.)
Nov
10
comment Jewish Marriage and Pleasure
PLEASE OH PLEASE GO READ judaism.stackexchange.com/a/33902/21
Nov
10
comment Jewish Marriage and Pleasure
PLEASE I BEG YOU SEE judaism.stackexchange.com/a/33902/21
Nov
6
comment Is a bracha said when eating non-food items (e.g. paper)?
@Scimonster a bicycle is the R' Chaim Naeh shiur; an airplane is the Chazon Ish shiur.
Nov
5
comment This is on the RamBam isurei biah Chapter 15 - Halacha 25…Asufi of possible Gentile lineage?
@rudy so you're getting into questions of safek-mamzer, not safek-akum. Perhaps consider rephrasing your question title?
Oct
31
comment Where can I find a transliteration of the ketubah text?
See also audio: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/40422/21
Oct
28
comment Is there a “5 second rule” for foods becoming non-Kosher?
@WAF yeah that's pretty much what puts the Chamudei Daniel on the map for most of us. Actually I think he has one or two notable stances in Taharas HaMishpacha as well. (Sort of like "the Or Zarua's opinion" -- to some of the world, that's the heter on chadash grown by non-Jews; and to others, it's the extra veset.)
Oct
26
comment The hebrew meaning of the name Laila
@DoubleAA woops! Sorry. I think that was my brain's way of saying "layla tov."
Oct
26
comment The hebrew meaning of the name Laila
@DoubleAA that's a real stretch. You can take a boy's name and feminize it -- Shmuela, Binyamina, Davida, and the like. But "leil" means "night of", it needs to connect to another word. (And "night" is already feminine in Hebrew.)
Oct
26
comment The hebrew meaning of the name Laila
The Hebrew word for night rhymes with "eye - la." The word that rhymes with "say - la", e.g. the Eric Clapton song, doesn't mean anything in Hebrew. But it's quite close to the Aramaic word for "beyond", also found in Jewish liturgy: take the Eric Clapton song, and put a glottal stop after the L: say "leh - SAY - la" without the S.
Oct
8
comment How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?
@DoubleAA he actually addresses that. "But it will cause thoughts!" Still, take the bus or subway. But if it causes an um, anatomic reaction, a man shouldn't -- but Rav Moshe doesn't think that Joe Baalabos who's busy with kids, job, mortgage, wife, minyan, and daf yomi is really going to have that kind of reaction.
Oct
1
comment Can one accomplish Tzedaka through a will?
@Shokhet it's probably a Daas Zekenim mibaalei hatosfos then? Sorry I don't recall.
Sep
30
comment How can yeast be kosher lǝPesach?
You'll also see "torula yeast" in some ingredients. Papermakers have "wood soup" in need of disposal, and the torula yeast eat the nutrients in that. Win for the papermakers, win for the yeastmakers, win for kashrus because pine is kosher l'pesach, pareve, lamehadrin!
Sep
30
comment How can yeast be kosher lǝPesach?
@DoubleAA Se'or is your sourdough starter. It still contains flour and water.
Sep
15
comment When did walking from Ner Israel yeshiva to Baltimore no longer require Eruv Techumin?
@YEZ thank you. Those who do place one -- where do they place it? Near the I-695?