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comment saying asher yatzar while in an improper state
can one "LeKatchila" rely on those times ? or perhaps the dinim only apply if one forgot to say Asher Yatzar right away. In the morning there is an exception since people say it as part of morning brochos but the rest of the day I am not sure one is allowed to delay the bracha until after they are finished with some unrelated activity
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comment Is there a problem with “Mar'it ayin” by attending a company picnic?
@DanF regardless of where the picnic is being held, the question would probably be relevant if other jews - even non-observant worked at the company
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comment Is there a problem with “Mar'it ayin” by attending a company picnic?
I have no sources but based on some other questions here on MY I would say that unlike a restaurant where the primary purpose for going is to eat and you can't whip out your own sandwich at a picnic there are other activities going on as well as the opportunity to bring your own food thus anyone seeing you there would have ample reason to assume that you are not participating in eating trief. Since I have no sources I am posting this as a comment.
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comment saying asher yatzar while in an improper state
In general you have either up to 30 min or 72 (machlokes haposkim) to say Asher Yatzar after the event. What I am not clear on is that since there is a potential for forgetting when you come out perhaps you are obligated to leave the bathroom first and say a bracha to avoid forgetting
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comment How deals gematria with zero?
@Nic the Radak's Sefer Shorashim (available online) is a good place to understand the various ways the word is used.
Aug
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comment What should a Jew do if encountered by ISIS?
It's unknown. The impetus for Maimonides to write Igeret HaShmad was a particular rabbi living outside Spain who wrote a letter condemning the Spanish Jewish community for converting to Islam. The letter was written in response to a question by a secret Spanish Jew on the status of forced Jewish converts to Islam.
Aug
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comment What should a Jew do if encountered by ISIS?
For a full review of the Igerret HaShmad see ajewishvoice.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/…
Aug
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comment What should a Jew do if encountered by ISIS?
I don't know the history in depth but I think that in the case of Igerret Teiman no one was neither killed or converted as the RamBam was able to put a stop to the decree. As mentioned above Igerret HaSHamad would be the more appropriate source for the answer.
Aug
18
comment How can the Rambam's Eighth Principle of Jewish Faith be believed in light of Hazal?
The Aish article says that the idea is based on a series of lectures by Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg Z"L. I would be curious to know if this was the Rosh Yeshiva's own chiddush or are there other sources that say the same thing.
Aug
18
comment How deals gematria with zero?
From my link above "Gematria is not a base system, because the system is not positional, it is aggregate: the value of a letter/symbol does not depend on its position, the way it does in decimal, binary, etc., but only on the letter. So two words that are made up of exactly the same letters, though perhaps in different order, would correspond to the same value. This is not true of positional/base systems." So in this context a symbol that matched zero would have no value since it would be meaningless. Am I wrong ?
Aug
17
comment Does flavored drip/ground coffee require a hechsher?
I suggest you read the Star-K article linked above for a complete overview.
Aug
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comment How deals gematria with zero?
would this link help ?math.stackexchange.com/questions/35894/…
Aug
14
comment Cholov Israel microwave
Are they careful because they think Cholov Stam is treif or because of a personal/community chumra/minhag ?
Aug
14
comment Do spirits/souls have genders?
I understood the question as "are there boy souls and girl souls ?" which there are not. Souls have no gender. They are neither male or female although they can have the male/female traits as described by the rebbe. Perhaps the person who asked the question will give us a better idea of what he meant ? I would gladly erase my answer if I misunderstood the question.
Aug
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comment Are french fries considered shalem?
Thanks but even there the source, Avraham Hirch, is one person and not any source in the poskim.
Aug
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comment December 25 Greetings
It's never too late to add to one's knowledge. thanks !
Aug
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comment Are french fries considered shalem?
Can you bring a source for this ? I have heard of it but in recent years I have heard from dayanim that it in fact does not help.
Aug
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comment Information about Arab Travelers in Aggadah
I revised my answer to address your questions.
Aug
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comment Information about Arab Travelers in Aggadah
At least in the case of one of the Rami Bar Chama stories in Bava Basra Rav Kook Z"L understood (he brought proof from the Zohar) the "merchant" to be a talmud chacham as we rely on his testimony. So that would be a proof to what @MoriDoweedhYaa3qob said.
Aug
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comment What is the qualification for chamar m'dina ?
For a complete discussion see here: shemayisrael.com/parsha/halacha/Volume%206%20Issue%201.pdf