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Jan
13
comment Is there a source for inverting the lulav while shaking it in different directions?
hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=9102&pgnum=412 . He quotes this as the Rama's way, then notes "but we don't do this." (I.e. instead we always keep the lulav oriented as usual.) Taz and Arizal also say not to invert the lulav. Okay, but it certainly has a source then!
Jan
12
comment One People one Heart
@SimchasTorah, you are welcome to comment that this answer is found in Pachad Yitzchak. However, please do not edit other people's answers, other than minor things like typo fixes, or linkifying.
Jan
11
comment does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
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Jan
10
comment Learning Hebrew
Oh yeah, definitely the Otzar Rashei Teivot. Huge help. Though if you use a recent publication of Mishneh Torah, they've tried to expand those already.
Jan
10
comment Hagala for a new pot
@SimchasTorah, which part does R' Elyashiv disagree about? Disregarding the shemen kitniyos aspect -- I thought everyone holds that kitniyos is batel b'rov.
Jan
7
comment Is checking the parshios a hefsek?
This is what I recall being taught in yeshiva, I believe based on Chayei Adam. Will look it up later, b'n.
Jan
7
comment Tallis falling off
So you were looking to quiz us here?
Jan
7
comment taking off your mezuzah
What's the case where "it's not yours." You mean like moving into a new house, and the previous person asks for their mezuzahs back?
Jan
4
comment Tish'a Vachamishim Umeya - mi yodeya?
"Responsa" is plural; "responsum" for singular; no?
Jan
3
comment Attending non-frum event
Grown-up siblings of opposite gender are not supposed to kiss each other. A WOMAN shouldn't kiss her brother. See Rambam Isurei Biah 21:6, and this: mi.yodeya.com/questions/3069/…
Dec
30
comment Are there any national brands of tuna that are Bishul Yisroel?
I think for Pesach BumbleBee does a premium production in goldish-colored cans that is OU Kosher for Passover, and Bishul Yisrael as well. They're available a few weeks before Passover.
Dec
30
comment Whose semicha (ordination) was the last one signed/granted by Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik? By Rabbi Moshe Feinstein?
It shouldn't be too hard for a YU historian to determine which graduating class of RIETS was the last to have Rabbi Soloveichik signing all the semicha certificates.
Dec
30
comment Who was the first ordained rabbi to live in the USA?
Baltimore's Shearith Israel Congregation ("The Glen Avenue Shul", a.k.a. Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer's shul) traces its succession of rabbis all the way to Rabbi Rice.
Dec
30
comment Hagala for a new pot
Some cast-iron or wrought-iron (not stainless) pots come "preseasoned", i.e. some oil has been baked into them to make them stick-resistant. I've seen Lodge claim that they're using OU-kosher oil (lodgemfg.com/use-care-help.asp#5); interesting question for Pesach, but the minute quantity of shemen kitniyos from before Pesach would certainly be batel.
Dec
30
comment Hagala for a new pot
And in certain cases, I'd heard that the Star-K contacted a Muslim society about this problem, who had enough clout to get the manufacturer to switch.
Dec
30
comment Mikvah - Non Jewish Husband
"Be'ilat Nidah" means שלא לבעול נידה "consorting with a Nida"; not "consorting while a Nida." The word "liv'ol" here is transitive, and is a word for which I can't think of an analogous English word that's not obscene.
Dec
30
comment Mikvah - Non Jewish Husband
Rambam is not saying "non-Jews need not keep taharat hamishpacha." (The laws binding upon non-Jews are the Noahide laws, and they appear in his Laws of Kings and their Wars.) His chapter opens up with "what type of woman is considered a Nida and therefore relations with her would violate this prohibition?" He then says, "gentiles, one is not punished for Nida because of them." That's the halacha for a Jew involved with a non-Jew.
Dec
30
comment Mikvah - Non Jewish Husband
Similarly, see the Rambam's opening to Laws of Prohibited Relations, where he counts out all the prohibitions connected to it mechon-mamre.org/i/51.htm . Note the presence of "don't be with a Nida", not "don't be with a man when you're a Nida."
Dec
30
comment Mikvah - Non Jewish Husband
@Seth, afraid I have to strongly disagree. Leviticus 18:19 is addressed as a prohibition for MEN. A woman has a mitzva to count and purify herself (when in the context of marriage), but to the best of my knowledge, the prohibition on relations is on the man. See Sefer HaChinuch: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=40631&st=&pgnum=284 & hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=40631&st=&pgnum=239. Normally he says "this mitzva applies equally to males and females", but for this he only speaks of the man's sin.
Dec
29
comment Bracha for Quinoa
@WAF, yes; done!