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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.
Sep
28
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
Woops sorry you're right. I'm not such an expert on polygamy. :)
Sep
28
comment How do you build an eruv from your house to your sukkah?
YDK -- the wire has lechis on both sides, it is a tzuras hapesach. (Couldn't you see that from the beautiful picture? :) )
Sep
28
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
Woops 30 days of habituation (over which you'll pray 90+ times)
Sep
28
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
And some say it takes 101, based on this: mi.yodeya.com/questions/3027/meya-mi-yodeya/3031#3031. There's also those who argue that it takes 90 days of actual real-use habituation, one long chant may not cut it.
Sep
28
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
But hm, nah I don't see it going over well for Uncle Moishy.
Sep
28
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
Right "100-fold." Many people think there's something about a hundred gates, different use of the word "shaar."
Sep
28
comment Meya - mi yodeya?
"One HUNdred are the RABBIS for POLyGAMy." Fits the beat.
Sep
28
comment How do you build an eruv from your house to your sukkah?
So usually I think I've seen a wire running from the sukkah (in the unfenced yard or driveway) to the house. Okay so that forms a "wall" between them, but what does that accomplish?
Sep
28
comment Patents in Halacha?
Joe, this would ideally be left as a comment on my answer, and not as its own answer. When you reach a few more reputation points you'll be able to do so.
Sep
28
comment Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
I don't think you'd be obligated to take on major debt to save a stranger's life; is there a specific different requirement for one's children? There's an obligation to feed and generally care for them, but beyond that, I really don't know. (I don't think a commandment needed to be given, it's just human nature -- like the Chasam Sofer said regarding women and the mitzva of having children.) Hm. This is a question for someone more knowledgeable. I know R' Moshe discusses how far one must (or should) pay for a sick spouse's treatment.
Sep
27
comment Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
We tend to talk (and thus hear) about the 1/1000 miracle stories where there was a recovery. We don't hear about the 999/1000 stories where there was nothing but heartbreak.
Sep
27
comment Does the existence of insurance affect end-of-life Halacha?
I read your case more carefully -- if the baby has no chance of making it more than a few months, I don't think anyone is obligated. If there's a tiny chance of long-term success, but that needs to be weighed against the possibility of great pain, it might just be the parent's choice (assuming we can apply what I heard from RHS). Only in a case where "any reasonable person" would think the surgery is worth the risk (leaving costs aside) would the answer be 1 no 2 yes.
Sep
27
comment G'dolim or Rabbis Owning Pets
And the famous comment, "how do we know he was putting the saucer out for the cat, maybe the photo caught him as he was taking it away ..."
Sep
27
comment Eating Rice without a Sukkah
Do you know where that's written? (Yalkut Yosef, Yechaveh Da'at, ?)
Sep
21
comment How do I do the car-door-sukkah trick?
YDK, thanks for sharing. You appear to be correct, but I'd like to read/think it over some more.
Sep
21
comment Differences of Opinion in the Order of the Ushpizin
"Shlach na b'yad tishlach" -- Aharon had actually started a prophetic career before Moshe, but again, we're focusing on the story as we know it (not the implied backstory).
Sep
21
comment Why does Nusach Sefard kneel for the Se'ir LaShem in yom kippur mussaf?
Alex you're correct; but I assume whenever they heard and said Baruch Shem Kvod Malchuso, kneeling was part of the process too.