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Feb
23
comment How should a werewolf celebrate Pesach?
Of course, we're discussing the half-man, half-wolf at almost-midnight. (That's why Moshe said "kachatzos halayla", not "bachatzos.") If he was half-man, half-wolf at bein hashmashos, the Minchas Chinuch would have addressed it by now. Obviously.
Feb
23
comment How should a werewolf celebrate Pesach?
DayenOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!!!
Feb
16
comment What is the difference between akh and ekha
@far22 it's a good question! Aramaic and some later dialects of Hebrew appear to use "ach" for addressing the masculine. For those siddurs that use "Naaritzach" rather than "Naaritzcha", it's not clear whether we sometimes feel that feminine is the better form for addressing G-d (who has no gender really, it's about what traditional gender model best describes whatever G-d's doing right now); or if it was simply using a different dialect for the masculine.
Feb
13
comment Do I need to wash and bentch on oatmeal?
More here: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/3683/21
Feb
13
comment Do I need to wash and bentch on oatmeal?
@AniYodea that's a different question! Noodles and oatmeal -- definitely not bread. Cheerios -- most poskim hold definitely not bread, but Dayan Feurst holds they're in the middle category. Marble cake is a thin batter baked in an oven, which is one of the categories classically described as the second category.
Feb
11
comment Would looking away help a Cohen stay Married to his wife?
Wow, that's a really tough one. Rav Moshe Feinstein says he doesn't have to believe her if she comes home one day and says she was raped. But this ... wow I don't know. I think the question is good.
Feb
10
comment Seudas Rabbi Akiva Eiger
People call it a Seudas R' Akiva Eiger because we know one was held for him. Kind of like how Rashi's father was the first to learn Chumash with Rashi.
Feb
10
comment Seudas Rabbi Akiva Eiger
@YeZ agree. It's a sign of humility, "I don't know why you had to make such a celebration over little-old me..."
Feb
9
comment Minimum Shi'ur for Kiddush on liquor
@NoachmiFrankfurt I think it was a very common American practice.
Feb
9
comment Demolishing Idolatry sneakily?
A good example of clever tricks would be ways to help someone who is too proud to acknowledge that they could use the help.
Feb
9
comment Demolishing Idolatry sneakily?
The trick is -- assuming what you're doing is truly the will of Our Heavenly Father. Anytime you hear, "just don't get caught", that's probably not it.
Feb
9
comment Minimum Shi'ur for Kiddush on liquor
@NoachmiFrankfurt and in the Ruderman era, Ner Israel boys made havdalah on Pepsi.
Feb
9
comment Where does the Tiferes Yisroel discuss Edward Jenner and smallpox?
Thank you! It's on Hillel's comment that G-d loves all humans. What's the Yiddish word he's using for vaccinations, by the way? Fakenimfung?
Feb
8
comment A sin done while drunk
@Fred and the Teshuvas HaBach that if a person does drink "to the point of Lot", i.e. no longer conscious of their actions -- on Purim (or any other day) and then damages property, that they had no right to put themselves into such a predicament and are therefore liable for any damages they caused in that state.
Feb
8
comment How should an aguna go about seeking a Gett?
More broadly -- ORA will step in only after a beis din has made an effort. I don't know if that's the case here.
Feb
8
comment How should an aguna go about seeking a Gett?
Agunah International utilizes halachic methods that many don't acknowledge. That leaves you on pretty shaky ground.
Feb
5
comment Requirments for the Document of a Jewish divorce and its messenger
@Ariel the Mishna Gittin 6:5 says explicitly this can be done. (האומר כתבו גט ותנו לאשתי, גרשוה, כתבו איגרת ותנו לה--הרי אלו יכתבו וייתנו) But I think today the only common practice is to have a husband's proxy deliver the Get.
Feb
3
comment Gentile owned and operated Kosher establishment
@LN6595 excellent question -- see new final paragraph.
Feb
2
comment Do Chazal speak harshly of Sh'lomo for his high taxes?
Isn't there also some medrish criticizing taking all the men away from their families for the public-works draft? (At least if it wasn't for a good cause?)
Feb
2
comment King Solomon and Polygamy
@Emetv'Shalom I'd assume it's much like how the British royal family does military service and charitable work -- you grow up with the understanding that it's one of your responsibilities.