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Feb
16
comment Are there any women teachers in the Torah?
@msh210 I also recall that Rav Moshe was asked whether women can me a mashgiach for a kosher-supervisory organization. I don't know the citation, but Rav Gedalia Anemer, zt'l, told my wife (who worked as a mashgiach for his vaad), that Rav Moshe answered, "who gives hasgacha to the kashrut of your own kitchen?"
Feb
16
comment Are there any women teachers in the Torah?
@msh210 Alas, the exact citation of a gemara that quoted her, that I'm fairly certain I learned in Daf, has escaped me. In the case I have in mind, the students went to Rebbe's maid for an explanation to Rebbe's thinking. Lacking that, I went to a gemara that cited an action that she took that was considered authoritative.
Feb
16
comment How much weight must we give to the Council of Sages opinions
@MichaBerger One criticism I heard about the American-born rabbi,who became a member of a party that wanted to integrate chareidi Jews into the mainstream job market and army service, was that he had not gained permission from the gedolim. His Yeshiva rebbeim, high school and rabbinate, are both nifter. As a musmach without a living rebbe, it occurred to me that he could rely on his own decision. Why would he have to see Rav Steinman, for example?
Feb
16
comment Tribe of Converts
Good answer! In the world to come we are told that there will be many converts who responded to the appearance of the Messiah. In that event, I guess we would need our own tribe. In my case, I have no tribe, but my daughter, having married a born Jew, now belongs to her husband's tribe.
Feb
12
comment where if anywhere, does rashi refer to christianity as idolatry?
So, can you interpret Rashi opposing Jewish merchants selling toys to Christians for Christmas?
Feb
4
comment Attending a Super Bowl party where alcohol and Kosher food is provided
@DoubleAA have you ever met Rabbi Blech? Do you know his reputation?
Feb
4
comment Attending a Super Bowl party where alcohol and Kosher food is provided
@doubleaa I'm not from Teaneck, how would I know that? Rabbi Feldman's article seems to assert that sports are ok for some but not others. When a rebbe takes his campers to a ballgame is that inappropriate?
Feb
4
comment Are there any jokes in tanach?
Not in Tanach, but Midrash B'reshis has a wonderful story about young Avram who destroys all but one of the idols in his father's shop, and tells his father that the remaining idol killed the others after a dispute.
Feb
4
comment Drinking coffee using non-kosher utensils
Might the cup have come into contact with a boiling water and a tea flavored with non-kosher flavorings? Or would we write-off that possibility, b'dieved, under the theories of batul v'shishim and multiple doubt?
Feb
4
comment Attending a Super Bowl party where alcohol and Kosher food is provided
Very relevant article in light of a nasty op-ed piece in a recent issue of Mishpacha. See my answer.
Feb
4
comment Mezuza on an elevator?
The answer would be better had you summarized the article and the rabbi's conclusions.
Dec
31
comment siddur(ashkenazi diaspora style) for android/google play store? (that gets weekday mincha 'shalom rav' right)
They want $9.99. The Lite version is only 99 cents. How does that differ?
Dec
31
comment Comprehensive map/list of active Orthodox synagogues in the U.S
@MonicaCellio Check your app store. I have it for I-Phone. I don't know if one exists for other operating systems.
Dec
30
comment Is there debate about what the 10 statements are?
@barlop I know I had put it up, but at some point I had brackets and a footnote number, but no footnote at the bottom.
Dec
30
comment Are minor fasts obligatory?
@sabbahillel The rabbis in the Mishnaic era used to have a lot more minor fasts, which were established because of some dire threat to the Jewish community somewhere, that was overcome by something close to a miracle. Of course, each fast day was followed by a feast. The list got to be too long, and the rabbis chopped out all but the few we still have.
Dec
30
comment Are minor fasts obligatory?
When using an Art Scroll book on halacha, always read the Hebrew footnotes -- that is where the heterim are to be found. The English discussion is always strict.
Dec
30
comment When is it acceptable for a non-Jew working towards Orthodox conversion to grow peyot?
@YaacovDeane: Had you stopped with the first paragraph, I would have voted up. A convert should only follow what his rav tells him, at least until he's fully Jewish. There are disagreements about whether converts are allowed to start putting on tallis and tefillin, for example, prior to their conversions. Mine said not to; another rav required his candidate to do so before conversion. My rav's daughter recently recalled that 35 years ago, when I first came for Shabbos, I looked like "Tevye". My rav guided me to present a bit more moderate tone while under his tutelage.
Dec
30
comment Understanding העמק דבר on בראשית טו ה
Down--voter, you have a chance to change your vote.
Dec
30
comment Al pi halacha, are descendents from Marranos considered Jewish?
I didn't see Isaac's comment when I wrote the previous comment. Yes, she has written a second book documenting how people with Spanish roots might establish that they descended maternally from secret Jews. Only Genie's mother was not in on the secret, apparently. She married outside the group of secret Jews. But the website shows photos of the town in Spain where they hid in plain sight with hidden synagogues and mikvahs, and a town crest that when turned upside down shows Hebrew letters (difficult to read, though). For her method to prove this go to her book "How I Found My 15 Grandmothers."
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.