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Jun
17
comment Is the Christmas tree an Ashera?
@DoubleAA but if a building was built to house an idol, that building would be prohibited.
Jun
11
comment Please explain the meaning of the word “Be'emunah” in the last paragraph of “Yekum Purkan”
Or better yet -- "with integrity." It echoes II Kings 12:16, "for the craftsmen worked with integrity."
May
27
comment Must a woman cover her hair in bed when she is niddah?
@R.Mo Chazal felt it was important that a man see that his wife looks pleasant, regardless of the phase of month. Depending on the couple and the situation, he might be fine seeing her in a snood 24x7, but he may prefer to see her real hair when there are no visitors. That's a question for a local rabbi. Rav Moshe's quote was about a woman who wants to shave her head altogether.
May
25
comment Does a Jewish idolater's pouring of non-mevushal wine make that wine forbidden to himself?
JD Bleich had a piece about this in Tradition a few issues back. Need more later.
May
25
comment Source for Immersion after Biblical Niddah
possible duplicate of What is the punishment spelled out explicitly in the Torah for having relations with a post-menstrual woman who has not gone to the Mikvah?
May
23
comment Psalm of retaliation
T'motet rasha ra'a?
May
23
comment Why can't we use products in food that are a דבר מעמיד
@DavidFeigen if you extracted, say, a curdling enzyme from the fruit, yes that would be a davar hamaamid. The fruit is non-kosher, so what's extracted from it is too. (Preservatives, like a metabisulfate or the like, are unlikely to be "davar hamaamid" as your food looks identical one hour before and one hour after you add it. It just keeps it looking that way much longer!)
May
23
comment dead bodies in the house of God
@NoachmiFrankfurt "sanctuary" == the big, main prayer room in the synagogue. Yes, they'll have coffins there. I'm not aware of any rule against tumat met in our synagogues today.
May
23
comment About what was Beit Shammai more lenient than Beit Hillel?
The most notable case that comes up today: every rabbi will eventually get the headache-inducing question of the silly-headed fourteen-year-old boy who gave his crush a Hershey bar, pizza slice, etc. and said "you are married to me by this." Beit Hillel says it takes very little money (well under a dollar) to make a binding marriage, hence this is a serious problem. According to Beit Shammai it would require a much more sizeable sum, so this teenage couple doesn't have to worry about the need for a divorce. (Many of the other cases concern polygamy, ritual purity, agriculture, etc.)
May
23
comment What is a Get Zikui and in what cases has it been used?
@BruceJames -- we can do all sorts of things with money because of hefker beisdin hefker. (And it has Biblical support, "psach picha l'ilem.") The Torah says a marriage ends with a Get or death, and the Holocaust etc. discussion is simply at what point we can assume death. (And the rabbis have no magical power there -- if they allow her to remarry and then the first husband appears, it's called adultery.) I understand your public-policy concern for medical intervention, but the point remains -- a Get requires the husband to take a deliberate action. Zikui is passive.
May
23
comment What is a Get Zikui and in what cases has it been used?
@BruceJames good will is not enough. If someone says [for whatever the reason] "I want to give a Get and hereby do so", it's valid. If someone takes no action, we're not empowered to do so on his behalf.
May
19
comment Can a Sheitel be made out of one's own hair?
@Yishai they're likely the ones I heard about via a friend of a friend
May
19
comment Can a Sheitel be made out of one's own hair?
The debate is whether that's called "pe'ah nochrit" -- foreign hair. For those who say it has to be foreign to you, I heard a legend about two identical twins who traded hair for their sheitels! (Personally? Eww....)
May
13
comment Why use the language of לֹא-תְבַשֵּׁל גְּדִי, בַּחֲלֵב אִמּוֹ
@NoachmiFrankfurt it's "chol." El ha-elohim. "The authorities", not "the Almighty."
May
11
comment Colourful Tallitot
@DoubleAA thank you. Modified.
May
9
comment Are you allowed to give a Jewish driver directions to your shul on Shabbat?
This was the practice of many great rabbis. Surprisingly, Rabbi Aaron Lichtenstein shlit'a is of the opinion that you apologize and say you don't know.
May
7
comment What is the rule for a girl under Bat Mitzva to sing Shir Hakavod (a.k.a. Anym Zemirot)?
@DanF, if nothing else En Keolokenu has much simpler words to say, and also to understand.
May
1
comment Kohanim Dating Ba'alot Teshuva
Regardless, we're saying here that you have to concern yourself with a non-zero probability of a problem, not that you can rely on that probability being very high.
May
1
comment Kohanim Dating Ba'alot Teshuva
I wouldn't count on it. Besides, what if his mother married young, and what if she was raised in a generation with different mores.
May
1
comment Kohanim Dating Ba'alot Teshuva
@Master_Yoda you don't use a chazaka as a birur for a safek that can be otherwise figured out! Ring Ring "Hello?" "Oh hello rabbi, I have a halacha question, please help me!" "Okay, ask away." "Rabbi, some milk fell into my beef stew" "What's the volume of the milk and the volume of the pot of beef stew?" "Um ... that's personal. Is there a chezkas kashrus?" [Click.] Someone needs to ask the question at some point.