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Mar
20
comment Saying Birkat ha-Mazon without having said ha-Motsi before eating
@TamirEvan in your average meal, you say hamotzi, eat a serving of bread, and then say birkat hamazon. I.e. hamotzi and birkat hamazon are almost always correlated to the same phenomenon. (There are the odd exceptions, such as the pizza case above.) But no, saying the words of hamotzi per se is never a prerequisite for birkat hamazon.
Mar
19
comment Drinking beer on pesach
@DavidFeigen the "davar hamaamid" is about a corn whisky that uses a barley malt. Real wheat/barley whisky or beer is really chametz! And regardless, we are Orthodox Jews and we follow rabbinic laws too.
Mar
19
comment Finding the mishnah in tractate Pesachim that talks about beers
And as the commentaries explain, the Talmud discussed beer that was either all date/fig (kosher for Passover!), or mostly date/fig with some grain (don't eat it, debatable if you're allowed to own it). Today's beer is all grain and is completely chametz.
Mar
19
comment May a person order food from a vegan restaurant
@DavidFeigen you said you were discussing raw vegetables -- a lot of them don't freeze and thaw that well. (E.g. lettuce doesn't freeze.)
Mar
19
comment Marrying a wife that is older than you?
You're right about the rambam about social pressure -- if you live in a place where people are wicked, get out! Hence: if you live in a place where people are ridiculously obsessed with marrying a twig-thin teenager, get out!
Mar
18
comment Marrying a wife that is older than you?
okay so that's a broader consideration. "Think about how you'll do long-term with this person." The questioner was asking specifically where age is mentioned.
Mar
18
comment May a person order food from a vegan restaurant
With salads, one serious problem is the likelihood of bugs.
Mar
18
comment Marrying a wife that is older than you?
the Talmud uses this reasoning -- don't marry someone you'll despise -- as the reason you have to meet the person first to make sure you find them attractive. What you're describing is a result of social pressures in some circumstances, I find that sad.
Mar
9
comment In Moses' time, would freeing a slave be harmful to the slave?
@CharlesKoppelman, a slave has a quasi-Jewish status. He can't eat pork, but doesn't have to hear megillah reading. When he is freed, he is given full Jewish status. (There's a separate legal category, the full-fledged Jew who is sold for monetary reasons, but that's not what we're discussing here.)
Mar
7
comment What to do with stolen objects which are impossible to return?
@DoubleAA, well, they also provide free smoke alarms for those in need, and education about how to prevent fires in the first place ... but yes, safety measures are funny that way.
Mar
7
comment What does “Adderabba” mean?
judaism.stackexchange.com/a/1733/21
Mar
5
comment Halachos of kashruth and bliya
Now glass, according to Sefardim, never absorbs. Clean it thoroughly and you're done.
Mar
5
comment Halachos of kashruth and bliya
Not sure I understand. Wood absorbs too.
Mar
4
comment Why don't we celebrate Ben Drusai's Yahrtzeit?
I was going to say "we celebrate just enough to make it minimally edible."
Feb
26
comment Chronicles & Kings
@ClintEastwood and often we can learn more from people's failures and challenges (which Kings contains by the ton), rather than their perfect-hair days (Chronicles).
Feb
26
comment Chronicles & Kings
@ClintEastwood that's because Chronicles is from the Writings; haftorahs are only from the Prophets.
Feb
18
comment Hearing Megillat Esther in a mixed minyan
@DoubleAA thank you, done!
Feb
11
comment Is beer a davar charif?
I still don't hear it.
Feb
4
comment Is there a problem with women wearing red clothing?
... and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein made it clear that if the non-Jews wore red and the Jews clearly didn't, then an attempt to emulate them in such a flashy way would be problematic. He then wrote that the American clothing of the 1950s had no such "Jewish" vs "non-Jewish" distinction. Some clothing was inappropriate because it was simply inappropriate, but nothing "non-Jewish" per se.
Feb
4
comment Does the Torah ever mention jail as a punishment for a crime?
Rambam writes that if someone commits murder in a way that isn't technically liable to the death penalty (e.g. he calls a hit man), the courts are entitled -- and expected -- to imprison him.