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Feb
11
comment Non-Lubavitch views of the Maggid of Mezrich's relationship with R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi?
If I recall correctly, the Magid had 7 students whose job was to spread the Hassidic movement across Europe; The Alter Rebbe (Shneur Zalman of Liadi) was one of those students, whose assigned turf of Lithuania was "a tough nut to crack"; Rabbi Elimelech Noam Lipman of Lizhensk was sent to Poland. I would assume that Polish Hassidic movements consider their tradition/transmission just as good (better?) as that tracing through R' Shneur Zalman, but Hassidism is really not my expertise.
Feb
7
comment Putting on tefillin late
Right, as on Tisha B'Av there's the downside of studying/reciting non-sad Torah other than what is absolutely required. But if one was davening mincha on a normal day in tefilin, there's certainly nothing wrong with saying Shema again.
Feb
7
comment Should one induce vomiting upon realizing s/he just ate non-kosher?
Again, I was told on very good authority that the Rav Moshe story is not true. The other stories I've heard have usually been about ordinary people, not big rabbis. (There's also the difference between spontaneously vomiting as a reaction, and choosing to induce vomiting.)
Feb
7
comment (Mekach Toyus) Mistaken purchase - in a marriage
@YDK, you mean that last, complicated point. That gets into the question of where "ain adam ose ..." falls on the spectrum between absolute halachic constants and general assessments tied to a certain culture.
Feb
7
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
You find the Aramaic "kol k'veil" meaning "as a result of", most likely related to the idea of "correspondence." As to whether "correspondence" and "receiving" are related ... well, probably distantly. Just as "weigh" and "take" (shin-kuf-lamed) are, or "ascend" and "arrive" (ayin-lamed-heh) are, in Hebrew and Aramaic, respectively.
Feb
7
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
I'd always assumed "kabalas panim" meant receiving people's presences.
Feb
7
comment Putting on tefillin late
IIRC it's a Zohar that says to recite Shema without Tefilin is like false testimony; I think you'd find the halachic discussion with regards to Tisha B'Av (whether to say Shema before mincha-with-Tefilin).
Feb
4
comment If someone needs to shave during Sefirah or Three Weeks because of work, should he also shave before Shabbos?
avrohom, feel free to ask your rabbi (as always). But conceptually, the practice of not shaving during sefirah is a minhag (custom), and in a specific situation where minhag and parnasa (your daily job) conflict, minhag is very often deferred. (If your job doesn't care what your facial-hair situation is, then you'd be obligated to follow the custom.)
Feb
3
comment Mitzvah for fathers to buy things for dating-age daughters?
Thanks Barry, better answer than mine.
Feb
3
comment Meforshim Nick"names
As someone said, two hundred years from now, will people refer to Rabbi Nosson Sherman as "The Overview"?
Feb
2
comment Moving from one's spot after Kedusha
Of course, Aruch HaShulchan and Elya Rabbah followed the Nusach Ashkenaz text ...
Jan
27
comment Reb Moshe Feinstein in the New York Times
Many, many other libraries should have "electronic databases" including ProQuest Newspapers or ProQuest National Newspapers, Historical New York Times or something like that.
Jan
27
comment Reb Moshe Feinstein in the New York Times
If you have a New York State driver's license, you should be able to use this: queenslibrary.org/…
Jan
26
comment Charity recipient who doesn't manage money well
@Gershon - meaning, "when the tzedaka has the funds to provide him will his normal comforts, after addressing the basic needs of everyone else."
Jan
26
comment Who is Charvonah?
Duplicate of: mi.yodeya.com/questions/311/why-charvona-specifically
Jan
26
comment Charity recipient who doesn't manage money well
@Gershon, possibly. Rav Ovadiah quotes Rav Hertzog and others who only did 15 or 16, but everyone agrees, the goal is "until they're chai nosei es atzmo", able to fend for themselves.
Jan
26
comment Boat on Shabbos
Isaac -- see below, sorry for the confusion.
Jan
26
comment is it ok to pour milk directly into a fleshig sink?
Not recommended, as someone might forget and pour hot water in the sink a minute later, cooking some of the remaining milk into the sink. But if milk was poured down the drain, just make sure everything's throughly washed down (with soap and cold water), and you're fine.
Jan
26
comment Charity recipient who doesn't manage money well
I object - the Gemara says for a fellow who grew up well-to-do but has since fallen on hard times (ani ben tuvim), you should provide him with all sorts of things. HOWEVER, it then notes that this assumes you have the funds. The question here is, when prioritizing recipients in a zero-sum fashion, can you take into consideration how well they'll use it.
Jan
26
comment Giving milk and meat to a baby
I would say "many" people wait an hour or a half-hour, both customs are not unheard-of. Plenty of good Jews don't, though.