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Mar
20
comment any point to avoiding meat and shellfish at non-kosher restaurants?
Because the obvious "goes without saying" assumption that rabbinic is less severe than Torah is present on practically every page of Gemara
Mar
19
comment any point to avoiding meat and shellfish at non-kosher restaurants?
"rabbinic prohibitions are more severe"... that conflicts with basically the whole structure of how the Gemara reasons
Mar
5
comment Mosaic Law and ISIS
How exactly does your friend propose we "stop" them without waging war against them? Hold up a "Stop" sign? It sounds like your friend is a Pacifist ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacifism ) which the overwhelming majority of Christians do not ascribe to and which most people find morally reprehensible. Pacifism is not a core belief of Catholicism although some fringe sects ascribe to it.
Mar
2
comment Are there any halachic rulings on legal recreational marijuana?
There is no evidence that marijuana affects the brain beyond the age of 25. Alcohol on the other hand, damages just about every organ in the body, at every age and causes thousands of deaths a year from overdose, compared to zero marijuana overdoses. These poskim would never dream of assuring alcohol and are extremely hesitant to assur tobacco, one of the deadliest substances used by humans
Mar
2
comment Are there any halachic rulings on legal recreational marijuana?
If it's a cliche, it's only because it's a question that is hardly ever addressed. It's the elephant in the room.
Mar
2
comment Is one allowed to smoke Marijuana?
How is alcohol different?
Mar
2
comment Are there any halachic rulings on legal recreational marijuana?
What is the logic of allowing alcohol but not marijuana?
Mar
1
comment Can a non-Kashrus observant Jew cook for a Kashrus-observant Jew?
I would also like to point out the practical matter that it is quite rare for a non-observant person to be sufficiently knowledgeable in the laws of kashrus to be trusted to follow them, except in the case where they were once observant themselves. The exception to this would be a very tightly controlled environment, such as the kitchen of a kosher restaurant, where only kosher ingredients are allowed to enter and all the cooking implements available are kosher and of only a certain "gender" (meat or milk).
Mar
1
comment Can a non-Kashrus observant Jew cook for a Kashrus-observant Jew?
I remember learning that someone who publicly desecrates the Shabbos (even if he claims to keep kosher) is a "disqualified witness" and cannot be halachically trusted if he claims that a certain item is kosher. This is similar to the laws of being a "koser witness" in beis din, with the additional leniencies that (a) women are accepted and (b) a single witness is sufficient. I think someone that publicly violates the kashrus laws would also be disqualified
Jan
2
comment Non-statutory Torah service
There is definitely a push by Chabad on Shavuos to get the public to hear the 10 Commandments read from the Torah. I don't know the source.
Jan
2
comment Non-statutory Torah service
It seems that there are no restrictions, as long as there is a minyan, and there is some kind of mitzva (or minhag) to be fulfilled involving reading the Torah.
Jan
2
comment Non-statutory Torah service
I was answering the "is it possible" part of the question. "how this works" ... I don't understand the question.
Jan
1
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
@SethJ, why is it "appropriate" to not sleep with your spouse? What is the halachic basis?
Dec
31
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
Just having a hard time comprehending how a far-fetched "Maris Ein" or a perplexing claims of "impracticality" or "not tznius" are allowed to upend a major part of married life... sleeping together with your spouse
Dec
31
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
So cuddling in bed is "not appropriate in the bedroom"?
Dec
31
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
@yoel, do you know if Chabad is included?
Dec
31
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
I have heard it from a few friends... one friend (a baalas tshuva) said she complained to a rabbi about her husband never sleeping in her bed. She said the rabbi seemed surprised by the question and indicated that the practice was normal.
Dec
31
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
In the English link, the footnote said "sleep with him" means "in one room", so it actually seems to reinforce the concept that they are in separate beds, even during the days of purity
Dec
30
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
@sabbahillel, no
Dec
30
comment married couples never sleeping in the same bed
@DanF, the term "never" is correct. They never sleep in the same bed. I didn't say they never occupied the same bed temporarily to have relations. Please correct your answer to remove your misunderstanding of my question.