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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.
Jan
29
comment Do you know of a Rabbi who rejects modern technology?
@far22 Rabbi Menashe Klein. Fascinating person. Had some very, um, interesting opinions; but still behaved like a gentleman to those with whom he differed.
Jan
29
comment Was Rachav A Harlot (Prostitute)?
It serves the purpose of the plot -- whether innkeeper or harlot, it explains why this lady has a big building with random men visiting.
Jan
28
comment Were Sephardic/Ashkenazic positions on women influenced by Muslim/Christian surroundings?
@Mike agreed. I think the question is how readily do we turn to a "psycho-social" explanation vs. a more Talmudic-theoretical one -- what's our default.
Jan
26
comment Cutting Challah on Shabbos
@DoubleAA read the comments on that blog post.
Jan
26
comment Did Pharaoh himself drown at Yam Suf
@YeZ I believe the stackexchange policy is if you feel an answer could be clearer, write your own, rather than editing someone else's.
Jan
26
comment Did Pharaoh himself drown at Yam Suf
@YeZ I thought it was a bit more clearly-phrased for those with less yeshiva background. It's intended to complement user6591's answer.
Jan
26
comment Are there any leniencies for shortening the torah reading so the cycle takes more than a year?
@ShmuelBrin not that I know of (maybe it's in the Igros Volume 9?). It's something I was told (reliably), not something I read.
Jan
25
comment Eating fish and meat together
@user6591 that's the way R' Schachter shlit'a reads the Magen Avraham as well: he's actually arguing and saying it's permitted. Many, though, still don't actually do it. Someone asked Rabbi Schacter at the practical level if he'd eat them together: "well, my wife wouldn't serve them together!" "Okay Rav Schachter, if you came to my house and we were serving fish-and-meat, would you eat it?" "Well, I should ..."
Jan
25
comment Can one adopt a non-Jewish child and not convert him/her?
@msh210 agreed I'm not the Chazon Ish! I'm not saying, "don't do it because the high-and-mighty Shalom declared it prohibited." I'm pointing out that it's likely to make all sorts of problems for parents and/or child (and I can elaborate if anyone wants). The Rabbi Willig story was to point out that some things are horribly bad ideas even if you can't find a chapter and verse to prohibit them.
Jan
23
comment Can one adopt a non-Jewish child and not convert him/her?
@ClintEastwood -- someone asked Rabbi Mordechai Willig about going to the movies with someone else's spouse of the opposite gender. (He and she both liked Harry Potter, and their respective spouses didn't.) He said it was a bad idea. "Oh? Where does it say so?" "The whole Torah!"
Jan
23
comment What is shiduchim?
The point is some preparation period/process. Note that many in the non-Hassidic world no longer do "tnoyim" today; the couple says they're engaged, without a formal binding agreement-to-wed.
Jan
20
comment Recommendation for a digital Torah codex for software developers
@Scimonster. Ah, thank you. The questioner wants something closer to public domain, I take it?
Jan
20
comment Given Chametz by a Guest on Pesach - how to react?
Oh you shouldn't have, really!!
Jan
20
comment Given Chametz by a Guest on Pesach - how to react?
I'd prefer the toilet, myself.
Jan
16
comment Why is the Haftorah of Acharei Mos Kedoshim Halo Bnei Kushiim?
@Fred reworded. Thank you! The Soloveichik part was to read Halo Chivnei twice if necessary.
Jan
12
comment Why is every 3rd plague (of the 10 brought on Pharoah) unnanounced?
@DanF sorry, I buried the lede! It's now in bold.
Jan
12
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
@Yoel Rav Moshe writes that it is absolutely permissible and appropriate for a man to kiss his wife as long as she is tehora, and we are not concerned about hirhurim or anatomical reactions that may occur.
Jan
12
comment Wedding invitation Hebrew abbreviation
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Jan
11
comment What is shiduchim?
@Hazoriz Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet has suggested meeting the other person's parents first; Rabbi J David Bleich has suggested doing some joint planning of a wedding. Same idea. The point is you're not marrying in the blink of an eye.