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Dec
30
comment Al pi halacha, are descendents from Marranos considered Jewish?
I think that this should be reopened. I read a fascinating book by Genie Milgrom, "My 15 Grandmothers," in which this woman raised as a Catholic in Cuba and Miami, was converting to Judaism when her maternal grandmother gave her a very old hamsa and Star-of-David earrings. She did very detailed genealogical research and documented how she came from a direct maternal line of Jews - secret Jews who married only other secret Jews - before the expulsion in 1492. Priests who were also secret Jews, falsified documents to the church attesting that all were good Catholics. See www.geniemilgrom.com.
Dec
26
awarded  Yearling
Dec
18
answered May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?
Dec
16
answered Is there a connection between various 7 encirclings?
Dec
16
answered Shmiras Einayim Problem
Dec
16
answered Weighing mitzvot/aveirot
Dec
15
answered Source for teaching that God judges non-Jews with a lower standard
Dec
15
reviewed Close Details of Matzah Oven
Dec
15
asked Source for teaching that God judges non-Jews with a lower standard
Dec
14
reviewed Leave Open Halacha seforim on tefila
Dec
14
reviewed Leave Open Meaning of the (Hebrew?) abbreviation Ka"H
Dec
14
reviewed Approve Where was Adam created?
Dec
14
comment Is there a minhag or halacha that states that men and women should be buried in separate cemetery plot areas?
I am wondering whether separation of sexes is a Hungarian Jewish custom. The Hungarian Jews were the ones who pushed separate seating at weddings, despite the fact that there are gedolim from other parts of Europe who were married where men and women sat together, this I heard from Rabbi Berel Wein. He adds that one reason that custom is taking over here is that more Hungarian Jews survived the war than those from other countries. So I'm wondering if they brought with them separate seating for eternity.
Dec
1
comment Should you pay a shadchan if the shidduch was successful after a break up?
@Fred From what I read, what an unsolicited suggestion from a professional shadchan gets depends upon local custom. So would that of an amateur shadchan. My son-in-law and daughter put a couple together and they gave my kids a I-Pad. I was the shadchan for my daughter and son-in-law and I got three grandchildren.
Nov
30
comment What is worse: not believing in G-d or believing in many G-ds?
Isn't there a gemara that says that in testimony one who doesn't believe in G-d because he thinks it is nonsense is more believed than one who believes in G-d but does not keep Shabbos (which implies he can be bribed)? It would appear that atheists lived within their community back then as they do today.
Nov
30
comment Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom
I wondered how I could keep safe the gemaras I had purchased in New York and go to a public bathroom. I was advised that the bag that they were in was one cover, and the book cover itself was a second.
Nov
30
comment Amount of respect from daughter in law to her father in law
@hazoriz Why wouldn't the warning, in the Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 240:19, that parents not be too demanding, be controlling also to in-laws? As I noted, I've seen marriages broken up because the choson always did what his mama wanted and did not listen to the desires of his wife. As an experienced in-law, I know that a parent has to take a step back and let the kids grow up and build their own bayis ne'eman, even if it wasn't exactly the one I dreamed of for them.
Nov
30
revised Should you pay a shadchan if the shidduch was successful after a break up?
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Nov
30
comment Should you pay a shadchan if the shidduch was successful after a break up?
@AniYodea see my substantial changes. I gave you my legal opinion, but it turned out that there were additional variations along Jewish law that were more or less consistent with my thinking, primarily based on American common law.
Nov
30
revised Should you pay a shadchan if the shidduch was successful after a break up?
changed to provide sources in Jewish and American law.