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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?
Mar
13
comment Do people who don't eat gebrokts have any reason to say “Borei Minei Mezonot” during Pesach?
The Chayei Adam says explicitly you can mix kitniyot with water and bake in under 18 minutes. But [my observation] nobody does this today.
Mar
8
comment What are “the tokens of virginity”?
@Mr.Bultitude if it can be shown she entered the relationship under false pretense, they can get a divorce without alimony for her.
Mar
4
comment For those that consider Chabad to be heretical, would a woman that received a Get from their Beis Din require another Get?
It's certainly not all Chabad-Lubavitch. Even one who believes Rabbi Schneurson gets a second coming as Messiah, or isn't really dead, wouldn't be voided as a halachic witness. It's those who blur the line between Schneurson and God.
Mar
3
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
@loewian as I'd written: "people may still point fingers..." -- the gezeira was to keep people from calling names, though such names are of no halachic significance.
Mar
2
comment Does one make a Bracha when seeing the Pope?
For the scholar blessing, the commentaries on Shulchan Aruch clearly say it has to be a wisdom classically recognized by Judaism, e.g. mathematics, medicine, or music; "not an expert on a foreign faith."
Feb
27
comment What profit can you get from having a dummy?
bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/08/…
Feb
27
comment Bracha on nonkosher wine?
@DanF as I'd said, still no. The biblical obligation of kiddush can be fulfilled with prayer; using food is rabbinic.
Feb
27
comment Bracha on nonkosher wine?
@IsaacKotlicky done.
Feb
27
comment Bracha on nonkosher wine?
@IsaacKotlicky oops sorry I've clarified -- "if you can squeeze grapes before Shabbat"
Feb
25
comment 7 girls fighting over 1 boy at the Sheva Brachot?
@DoubleAA she's kind of a ditz.
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..."