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Jul
11
comment Question about the actions of Pinchas when he killed Zimri
@Menachem - This is what I was thinking when I read your question too. It means arguing on the Chidushei HaRi"m to say that it is not a disqualification of a zealot that leads Ramba"m to his conclusion that "[the court] do not instruct him [to]", but a siluk from ruling at all, which is equivalent to stating that it is out of their jurisdiction since only an individual may carry out this type of punishment. This also answers that Moshe was not ruling any more than Ramba"m is. He is merely removing himself from the case.
Jul
8
comment Can one follow Rabbeinu Tam time for beginning Shabbos?
There are several distinct questions here. In the first part, are you looking for whether one is permitted to follow Rabenu Tam or precedent for doing so?
Jul
8
comment Why is the age of 30 important in the Bible?
See here as well: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1371/sheloshim-mi-yodeya/…
Jul
8
comment Why is it called Shalosh Seudos?
@msh210 Thanks.
Jul
8
comment Why is it called Shalosh Seudos?
Also plenty of shuls that are not Modern and/or not Orthodox in Israel.
Jul
8
comment Why is it called Shalosh Seudos?
This discussion has come up somewhere else before, although if I remember correctly it was encompassed in the comments on another question. I'll see if I can find it.
Jul
7
comment Is there any restriction on what constitutes a mezuzah case?
@IsaacMoses I wouldn't put it past us. But I believe I can find a source for the m'zuza specifically. Although the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch is actually not my primary source for opacity, it did not occur to me that it wasn't referring to that requirement until @msh210 and you challenged it.
Jul
7
comment G'dolim or Rabbis Owning Pets
@SethJ - Kept or no kept, some animals are t'horim and some are t'me'im, as differentiated by Noach. The term we use in modern times for some reason to refer to the tahor ones is "kosher". That, and you were joking so I'll stop now.
Jul
7
comment G'dolim or Rabbis Owning Pets
Regarding 1), he refers to the well-known sakana involved in owning dogs, which leads to the condition that they be chained up under all circumstances. This sakana is not well-known to me with regard to the dogs that are currently usually maintained as pets.
Jul
7
comment G'dolim or Rabbis Owning Pets
Interesting. Do we know of g'dolim who have had chained guard dogs? Was Rav Ya'akov Emden dealing with dogs that were more dangerous than the ones commonly kept as pets? He seems to be speaking about much more serious danger than most pet owners ever experience, doesn't he?
Jul
7
comment G'dolim or Rabbis Owning Pets
How do we know that the non-kosher animals were not for agricultural purposes?
Jul
7
comment Is there any restriction on what constitutes a mezuzah case?
@msh210 - Are you suggesting that the "covering" he is talking about is not a line-of-sight obstruction but one to prevent coming in contact?
Jul
6
comment Why is techeles not universally accepted?
I do not understand the "people may put it on a linen garment" argument. Does this not apply equally to a tzitzis without t'cheles such that people should not put them on at all for fear of attaching wool strings to linen garments?
Jul
6
comment Is practicing Yoga against Torah?
As for that last part, is that to say that those ignorant of the philosophy should not be wary of the exercises?
Jul
5
comment Which mitzvah is repeated the most times in the Chumash?
I see. Given your analysis in the answer I will now reconsider the g'mara in context.
Jul
5
comment Shabbat Rosh Chodesh: Ata yatzarta
Very interesting idea! Does this explanation assume that both versions (Rosh Chodesh chol and shabas) were composed first, and then this one chosen for shabas because it includes that line or that the rest of the Rosh Chodesh shabas version was written around this line?
Jul
5
comment Alos Hashachar on a flight from Israel to Toronto
It seems to me that that document does not provide the time of alos hashachar on the desired day, but a recommendation of a program that will generate tables that do. The program, Chai Air Travel, generates information for specific flights here: chaitables.com/chai_air_eng.php . I believe it gives the result as 4:22am for the flight in question.
Jul
5
comment Are there any halachic issues with cut flowers grown in Israel?
"It is best to avoid Israeli flowers during and right after Shemitta." The linked source recommends avoiding Israeli flowers only if the laws of sh'mita have not been followed while growing and exporting them.
Jul
5
comment Alos Hashachar on a flight from Israel to Toronto
I am certain the answer to this question will depend on in what year the travel takes place.
Jul
5
comment hat and jacket during davening
This is a very interesting he'ara, but is it an independent answer or a comment on Ariel K's?