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Oct
8
comment What is the earliest time one can daven Shacharis?
To grossly oversimplify, in case anyone needs a quick answer: the ideal time is around sunrise ["zricha" or "henetz"], but you can daven at "dawn" ["amud/alos hashachar"], about an hour earlier. The mitzva of tallis and tefilin starts somewhere in between ["misheyakir"], roughly a half hour before sunrise. So you can daven an hour before sunrise and put on talis/tefilin later. If you need to daven really early, you can wait to put on talis/tefilin till later in the davening, or put them on early with no bracha, then touch them and make a bracha when you hit half-hour before sunrise.
Oct
8
comment Is live video a halachic substitute for physical presence?
R' Moshe only allows in places with government regulation. In a place without government regulation, I think R' Moshe would allow video cameras.
Oct
7
comment Is watching via webcam valid for cholov yisroel?
Response here: mi.yodeya.com/questions/1482/in-a-room-watched-by-cameras/…
Oct
7
comment Is live video a halachic substitute for physical presence?
Chanoch, see: mi.yodeya.com/questions/2670/is-it-considered-watching. We're speaking different languages here. Milk must absolutely be "chalav yisrael" to be kosher; R' Moshe's logic is that any milk in a US supermarket today IS chalav yisrael because Jews ascertain its pedigree (though not visually). What we call today "chalav yisrael" means "even without relying on R' Moshe's expanded definition." R'MF himself prefers this as a chumra in NYC; I don't know if video would satisfy the chumra. In a place without government regulation, I think R' Moshe would allow video cameras.
Oct
7
comment Seeking old Jewish recipes
Hm you could go through the sugya in Eilu Ovrin and figure out if it's more or less than k'zayis bchdei achilas pras, then the machlokes rishonim what that ratio is ... no sorry I don't really have proportions.
Oct
6
comment Not sitting in the Sukkah on Shemini Atzeres
Though I believe R' Tzadok is considered a Hassidic thinker.
Oct
6
comment Not sitting in the Sukkah on Shemini Atzeres
Note the second paragraph of my answer.
Oct
5
comment Riddle: Where does a Non Jew have more Halachic power than a Jew?
If a Jew did so for some reason (e.g. he had a blood-sugar emergency), we would trust him, just as an Ashkenazi can trust a Sefardi who trusts a non-Jew, or we can taste a fleishig-sliced onion for meatiness.
Oct
5
comment What food product was the Birkei Yosef discussing when he said Bishul Akum didn't apply?
Alex, the chiddush is if the producer is non-local, we can call him like a "paltar" for bishul, not bread.
Oct
5
comment Riddle: when would a couple be forced to break their engagement?
Thanks. (Though I suppose a collaborated effort to downvote me could take it away, but would hurt everyone else in the process. Tamos nafshi im plishtim?)
Oct
5
comment How do scientists such as Natan Aviezer and Gerald Schroeder understand the fourth day of creation?
Surprised this question got a downvote. You can't make everyone happy all the time, I guess ...
Oct
5
comment What food product was the Birkei Yosef discussing when he said Bishul Akum didn't apply?
I took a quick glance at Birkei Yosef YD 103-104 and didn't see it, though it's dense material and perhaps I wasn't reading carefully enough. He does spend some time talking about sweet biscuits, but doesn't (at first glance) employ the above argument.
Oct
4
comment Settling debt with a credit card company
Should be no different than declaring bankruptcy. There's a machlokes achronim whether dina d'malchusa alone would suffice to allow it; however, we have a stronger principle here: "hakol k'minhag hamedina." ("It all follows the custom of the land.") The company enters a relationship with Reuven understanding fully well that some percentage of their customers could default.
Oct
4
comment Organ donations
With regards to donating blood R' Moshe doesn't employ the "pikuach nefesh" (save-a-life) argument, as there's no one right now going "help! Save my life!", and the blood may never even get used. I'm not sure that's the reality today (better screening, more procedures needing blood). Certainly with regards to a kidney, liver, or the like, there is a recipient right here, so it IS pikuach nefesh.
Oct
4
comment Organ donations
I saw the tshuva on donating blood for money recently (I think it's #103?). The Jewishness-of-the-recipient criterion doesn't appear there; that subject is hotly debated (Dr. Rosner quotes R' Moshe that it doesn't matter, others' stories seem to say otherwise).
Oct
4
comment saying “יתברך” when the שליח צבור says “ברכו”
Good point. Never seen it either.
Oct
4
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
Oh plus lashes.
Oct
4
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
=400 zuz, double that of similar offenses (ones umefateh).
Oct
3
comment Does the rebbetzin (rabbi's wife) have a special seat in the ezras nashim (women's side of the synagogue)?
Were these places chasidish? Yeshivish? MO? American? Israeli? Any kind of trend you can describe?
Sep
29
comment What are the halachic boundaries between a brother and sister?
Right; you shouldn't daven if your adult sister is standing right there half-naked. But I'd think what's required vis-a-vis davening might be different than what's allowed in other settings.