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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.
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.