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Apr
26
reviewed Leave Closed Can we teach reading Hebrew without using the full names of the letters and vowels?
Apr
26
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
25
revised Sitting shiva for non-Jewish relatives?
Edited to respond to commentators.
Apr
25
comment Sitting shiva for non-Jewish relatives?
@Daniel I believe my answer addresses your point in the third paragraph -- if a convert can't sit shiva for a non-Jewish birth-parent because someone might assume he was Jewish, then certainly someone born of a mixed marriage cannot. I'll make that more obvious.
Apr
25
comment Sitting shiva for non-Jewish relatives?
@shulem I should have caught that -- I saw numerous sources for your point and didn't even think to caveat the answer for that situation. Edit made.
Apr
24
answered Sitting shiva for non-Jewish relatives?
Apr
23
reviewed Close Seeking examples of various gematria methods
Apr
23
comment Why does David say that he only sinned against G-d?
Isn't it relevant that, as king, David was within his rights to kill Uriah for any reason and take his wife, and therefore owed no apologies to humans; but it nevertheless offended G-d who expected more of King David?
Apr
22
revised Can a shul give an aliyah to an openly gay Jewish man when it gives aliyah to people who violate Shabbos?
Adding specificity to the opening sentence without revealing the identity of the shul or rabbi.
Apr
22
revised When did Matza become dry?
Edited to get the spelling for the living Hershel Schachter.
Apr
22
comment Men davening in the women's section while they catch up
it appears that the M.B. § 109, 1st halacha, says that one MAY "go into the courtyard" to daven shemoneh esrai if he would start too late to complete it before the baal tefilah backs out, OR wait for the repetition. I can see this as an advantage to the gabbai who is counting heads to give a go-ahead signal to the baal tefilah. But it seems to me that if the person who starts the prayer with the baal tefilah, but won't finish before kedushah is in a similar position. Why should we treat them differently?
Apr
22
revised Can a shul give an aliyah to an openly gay Jewish man when it gives aliyah to people who violate Shabbos?
edited to attempt to see if the question can be reopened.
Apr
22
asked Can a shul give an aliyah to an openly gay Jewish man when it gives aliyah to people who violate Shabbos?
Apr
22
answered Rabbi Akiva's 24k students died because of interpersonal issues, but he said Veahavta Lireacha Kamocha is a Klal Gadol?
Apr
22
comment Can semicha be removed?
Didn't Rav Solovechik also revoke s'micha of any of his students who took Conservative pulpits?
Apr
22
reviewed Close How do you quit a pornography habit?
Apr
21
comment Ownership of customer's chametz by a Jew owning a delivery receipt business
LOR was able to avoid making a ruling because shipper's clients were all frum jews who were not shipping or receiving chametz.
Apr
18
reviewed No Action Needed Is there a Jewish symbol for evil?
Apr
18
revised Is there a Jewish symbol for evil?
fixed letter inversion
Apr
18
answered Is there a Jewish symbol for evil?