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Apr
16
comment What is considered a Safek?
@DanielMoskovich fascinating but I don't think so. If the average human being doesn't KNOW with normal senses that A will cause B, then if he does A on Shabbos and B occurs, that's not called "thoughtful labor" (mileches machsheves). Using my normal human senses, I can't tell whether this bench will dig a hole. Contrast to checking my wine for spoilage or lettuce for bugs -- it's something I certainly could do, but the halacha says I'm not obligated to do so if the probability is sufficiently low. And the Talmudic precedent for that seems to be an objective one.
Apr
15
comment What is the hallachic definition of randomness?
@IsaacMoses entirely correct. I'm simply saying that our definition of randomness is defined by human senses. The question of whether you can rely on randomness to allow a situation of "I want X -> I push a button -> I visibly, tangibly get X" is a different one. (Rabbi Heinemann's "Sabbath mode" oven, for instance, has a random delay from when you push the button to when the heat increases, but even then the increase is not directly visible to the naked eye.)
Apr
14
comment Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
It keeps the baal kriah on his toes, he has to remember which are "hu" and which are "hee."
Apr
13
comment Books or Shiurim on practical divorce law/practice
for money, the rule of thumb is "hakol keminhag hamakom" or "keminhag hasocherim." There's an mp3 from Rabbi Reiss where he says that as long as they got licensed and legally married in a state that does equitable distribution, then the default assumption is that's how they will split their monies as well.
Apr
13
comment Books or Shiurim on practical divorce law/practice
Rabbi Hershel Schachter has said basically, the rule of thumb that most batei din apply is "equitable distribution" with regards to property, and "best interests of child" with regards to custody -- essentially the same principles that a secular court would use.
Apr
8
comment Kiddush Cup a Proper Wedding Gift for a Very Observant Couple?
Buy one with a flat bottom, not a stem, as many prefer to hold it in the palm, with the fingers cupped upwards.
Apr
7
comment Do Sefardim Eat Chametz-Like Food made from Fruit Juice?
That's flour + juice in less than 18 minutes. I'm not aware of anyone who follows the Rambam that you could do flour + juice + hours and hours.
Mar
23
comment For those that consider Chabad to be heretical, would a woman that received a Get from their Beis Din require another Get?
@warz3 group C invalid. Group B valid at least according to Rabbis Hershel Welcher, Hershel Schachter, and Yehuda Herzl Henkin. (That doesn't mean we recommend associating with Group B folks.)
Mar
22
comment For those that consider Chabad to be heretical, would a woman that received a Get from their Beis Din require another Get?
@warz3 All I can gather from what I've heard from Rav Shach is that Category B is incredibly dangerous and you should in no way associate yourselves with them. (Similarly, the RCA doesn't want rabbis in Category B.) That doesn't necessarily mean that their halachic actions are voided.
Mar
20
comment “Roasted on fire” does not equal “oven roast”. Why no “oven roast” for Seder?
@user6591 yes, it was decided to draw the line at "anything that needs kosher slaughter."
Mar
20
comment Downvoting someone you dont know
possible duplicate of Loshon HaRa and the down vote
Mar
19
comment Mishneh Torah Artwork
It's a well-known issue and can be found in some other books. See for instance these posts.
Mar
18
comment Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)?
@DanF Rav Moshe said there was no custom against peanuts where he came from, and if you knew of no family custom, you could eat peanuts. He was okay with an OU-P peanut oil, with the understanding that if your custom was to avoid peanuts, you wouldn't buy it. My understanding is that enough Jews had a tradition against peanuts (Rav Yitzchak Elchanan Spector did, and I think most Hassidim do) that it wasn't worth the OU's headache as too large a percentage of their clientele didn't accept it. I heard a rabbi from the OK say that personally he still eats peanuts on pesach.
Mar
18
comment Corn as kitniot
@Mike not saying that's THE reason, just that it further hurt it.
Mar
18
comment Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)?
@user6591 "corn" was the old English term for any grain, including wheat; you'll find it in the King James Bible for instance. I'm quoting the subject of rechovot.blogspot.com/2014/10/…
Mar
18
comment Historical documentation that the Rambam was supported by his brother
@yEz given how much medical advice is contained in Hilchot De'ot (and other medical insights are dispersed throughout the Yad), it would boggle the mind to propose that he wrote it before he studied medicine. He may have written it after retiring from medicine, theoretically; but we all agree that the jeweler-brother phase of his life was before he studied medicine.
Mar
17
comment Historical documentation that the Rambam was supported by his brother
Certainly wouldn't have been the Mishna Torah period of his life, that was one of his last works, and clearly by the time he wrote it he knew medicine. It's possible some of his earlier works (e.g. his Talmud commentaries) were written during the jeweler period; most likely the jeweler period was when he was studying.
Mar
17
comment Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)?
@user6591 yes my understanding is that Rabbis Genack or Schachter rethought their opinon, and this achieved acharei rabim lehatot against Rabbi Belsky.
Mar
17
comment Why do we have Kosher L'Pesach quinoa but not buckwheat (kasha)?
@IsaacMoses a certain rabbi who's no longer zachur latov published something on Kitniyot in 2013 where he suggested this, especially with regards to "corn." He cited other places in halacha where the common name makes a difference. (E.g. azlinan batar shma in maachalot asurot).
Mar
13
comment Are these “Teachings of the Jewish Talmud” and does a typical Jew believe this?
possible duplicate of Is this really in the Talmud?