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May
1
comment Kohanim Dating Ba'alot Teshuva
@Master_Yoda I would shy away from strong terminology as "chazaka" one way or the other. Regardless, if we can resolve a doubt, we do so. At some point we have a reasonable safek that needs looking into. No it's not 13. But if a woman now becomes BT at the age of 50, had negligible religious affiliation until now, and went to a party college with no Jewish population, then your average shadchan will probably quietly make a mental note to look for a non-kohen.
May
1
comment Kohanim Dating Ba'alot Teshuva
unfortunately it doesn't work that way. A person becomes a chalal if he was born from the union of a kohen and a divorcee. But if someone is born a kohen, his um, romantic past doesn't alter his kohen status.
May
1
comment Kohanim Dating Ba'alot Teshuva
@BabySeal judaism.stackexchange.com/a/1363/21 Shulchan Aruch EH7:17
Apr
29
comment How do those rabbis opposed to the RCA (“Rabbi Willig's”) prenup feel about the Nachlas Shiva document?
good point, it could actually mean a dispute over support or the like. But to our 21st-century ears, it sure sounds like something worse.
Apr
27
comment How do those rabbis opposed to the RCA (“Rabbi Willig's”) prenup feel about the Nachlas Shiva document?
Thank you because this addresses the issue directly, though I'm not sure I understand Rav Weiss' argument. "Should G-d forbid they require a beit din...", I think we all know what that means.
Apr
20
comment Baby born while converting
@SabbaHillel many, many poskim -- at least in America -- allow a pregnancy test in the case of conversion.
Apr
20
comment Baby born while converting
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein published a letter of his addressing exactly such a case -- non-Jewish girlfriend has agreed to take on all precepts of Orthodoxy, and is studying seriously, when she gets pregnant from Jewish boyfriend -- and he allows the rabbi to proceed and convert her. It's often the best path forward in this situation.
Apr
20
comment Baby born while converting
Hello and welcome to J.SE., and congratulations on the happy news! There's no need to panic in this situation or talk about abortions, God forbid. If the baby is born before your wife converts, they can do a quick and easy conversion ceremony on the baby; rabbis do these all the time. As to whether this would hurt your girlfriend's chance of conversion -- talk to the rabbi involved. Ideally for an Orthodox conversion we ask the couple (assuming one partner is Jewish) to not live together before converting, but most rabbis will be forgiving (especially if you didn't know yet).
Apr
20
comment Difference between Torah and the first five books in Christian bible
@DavidBrainerd it came close. The Talmud in Sanhedrin says there's a lot of wisdom within it (which it quotes), but occasionally he got it wrong (e.g. the measure of a man's wisdom is his beard). Bava Kama says "we find the following phenomenon in the Five Books, the Prophets, and the Writings!", and the "Writings" quote is Ben Sira. Either they were on a roll and stretched the definition of "writings" a bit for that purposes, or there had been opinions (likely debated) in early Talmudic days that it belonged.
Apr
10
comment What do I need to know in order to properly have an aliya?
@Dan -- as Rabbeinu Mark Twain would have said -- "those who can, lein. Those can't, teach leining. And those who can't teach, correct the baal kriah."
Apr
7
comment Chametz u'matza?
furthermore the halachos of a Pesach indicate it's a close cousin of a Shelamim.
Apr
6
comment Why do we say hamotzi lechem min haaretz instead of min haadama?
Concur! Thank you! And I hadn't thought about the "pri ha-adama."
Apr
3
comment How do we know that the God we encountered at Sinai is the single, infinite God?
If the force is infinite, then there is no room for division. But your question is, maybe Powerful-But-Finite Being #1 spoke at Sinai, claimed to be the infinite being, and meanwhile Powerful Beings 2,3, and 4 just sat there and watched. ?
Apr
2
comment Why Hashem didn't win Randi's $1 million dollar challenge?
"God hides so we have to seek" - Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk.
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 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.