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I mostly post from work so please excuse my lack of resources in my answers.


Jul
22
comment Hechsher on Trans Fat
@NBZ I just heard your comment today in the name of Reb Elyashiv OB"M.
Jun
5
comment Can halacha change based on scientific research?
@Matt Interesting but it has no relevance to what the Dayanim told me which to look at how the majority acts to consider if something is "Shave L'Kol Nefesh".
Apr
3
comment Why don't we thank God for making us men/women?
I provided a source :)
Apr
3
comment Why don't we thank God for making us men/women?
looks like I posted at nearly the same time as user5202. I didn't mean to take away from his answer which is nearly the same as mine.
Mar
4
comment May a woman with artifical metal legs wear a short skirt or pants?
If your question is "is it considered wearing" then why not include beged ish ? if you are asking about modesty then you should edit your question to reflect that.
Feb
26
comment Are there sources that permit or prohibit co-ed learning of self-defense?
How are you defining p'kuach nefesh ? if the situation hasn't arisen yet, or there is less of a x% chance of being attacked can we still rely on the heter (or mandate) of pikuach nefesh ? at what point does pikuach nefesh start ? is your case one of a safek pikuach nefesh vs. a Vadai lack of modesty ?
Feb
19
comment Using a Frozen Challah for Lechem Mishneh
Kudos for adding the Pas Yisroel scenario. I was wondering about such a situation.
Feb
19
comment Using a Frozen Challah for Lechem Mishneh
@Yishai I need to be able to eat at least one of them for the Bracha
Feb
19
comment Why would Roosevelt have taken off his hat at a Jewish wedding?
seems to be a old and well sourced custom with good reasons. Nitei Gavrial - hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=46545&st=&pgnum=125
Feb
19
comment Why would Roosevelt have taken off his hat at a Jewish wedding?
Although no source is given the reasons stated do not seem to imply that candles are a recent innovation. Interesting question for the MY crowd though. chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/477334/jewish/…
Feb
19
comment Lechem mishneh - Two questions
done. judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/35627/…
Feb
19
comment Lechem mishneh - Two questions
done. judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/35626/…
Feb
11
comment Wearing tzitzis to bed?
judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6030/tztzis-at-night
Feb
11
comment Using cups to keep the beat during Shabbos Zemiros
Both answers are really good and reflect what we see in halacha vs. practice in the real world. However I think everyone agrees that it's preferable not to do this on Shabbos but not assur if you do.
Feb
9
comment Anti-libertarian-ism in Chazal
Decrees for a person's own benefit ? perhaps maaser kesafim applies where our sages do not allow you to give more than 1/5 so you yourself don't become poor. (not sure if this is universally agreed upon. could be a billionaire could give more. no time for sources today) extrapolation ? proceed with extreme caution as each case would need to be examined individually.
Feb
6
comment koshering a keli less than 212 farenheit
there might be a difference if what you were trying to kasher was on the fire or not when it came in contact with whatever it was that requires you to kasher it.
Feb
5
comment What are common Yiddish names for English Louis
Yiddish or Hebrew ? Your example gives both.
Feb
5
comment What do Jews think angels look like?
words like "technically" and "there might be" are not elements of a constructive comment. But as i said in my answer I have never seen an angel so I only know what I do based on the teachings of the SA.
Feb
5
comment What do Jews think angels look like?
@SZH that is correct. However the need to stand like an Angel is codified in the SA thus that part we can take literally. For the reason you state n I did not just quote Yechezkel's vision since the other aspects of it I don't know if we can take literally. If my direct link to Yechezkel proves to be a distraction to my main point than I will erase it.
Feb
5
comment Special occasions where various Chassidim don't say Tachanun
I imagine what your friend witnessed was that there was a bris on Yom Hatzmaoot (since the Rebbe is the defacto sandek/mohel in Belz tachnun is often not said at his minyan) and even though there was a bris the Rebbe said tachnun privately. Bear in mind it's a very rare occasion where the Belzer Rebbe davens in the same room when davening in his personal Beis Medrish so the fact that someone claims to have "seen" is suspect.