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Jun
13
comment Getting married in age order
Does that simply mean that Rav Moshe does not hold of the minhag or does it mean he holds of it and has a very low threshhold for forgoing it?
Jun
13
comment Getting married in age order
". . .mention the verse from Lavan. . ." - Does this mean they cite it as the source of the minhag? Do we maintain other minhagim from the Lavan side of the family?
Jun
12
comment Shelosha Vachamishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
Also producible by n(n+1)/2, in which n = highest number in the series.
Jun
12
comment What is the reason for שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום?
@RCW I did not see anywhere an explanation for the unique arichus yamim but I saw the answer given by Alex (reenacting matan Torah) and the Ra'ava"n's answer (reenacting being in shul) to explain the 2+1 pattern.
Jun
10
comment Referring to Non-Jews
"Gentiles" can be ambiguous.
Jun
10
comment “Purchasing” Something Free on Shabbos
"item will be consumed in the store, or there's an eiruv" - If the former how did you get the coupon there? Just nitpicking.
Jun
10
comment What did kohanim do the other fifty weeks of the year?
Here are some sources to corroborate your claim: one, two
Jun
10
comment Where can I find a chart of the Mishna Yomit (daily Mishna learning)?
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Jun
7
comment Nozir and four cups of wine
@jake Nothing serious. I just missed a halacha m'foreshes in Ramba"m, which is clearly his opinion but, as @Alex pointed out, not the only opinion.
Jun
6
comment Nozir and four cups of wine
@Alex I didn't mean to imply it was an open and shut case, just that I missed a much stronger and more obvious answer.
Jun
6
comment Nozir and four cups of wine
@Alex Hey! And it's even a more or less explicit Ramba"m in a couple places (cited there). There goes that hava amina.
Jun
6
comment Nozir and four cups of wine
@yydl I'm not sure. It would depend if "mitzvos lav lehanos nitnu" means that hana'a and the doing of a mitzva cannot coexist (in which case no matter the quantity of wine, its fulfillment of the mitzva obviates the concern) or that hana'a may not be derived from the mitzva action (in which case he would have to stop after finishing the minimum) I guess.
Jun
6
comment Nozir and four cups of wine
@MonicaCellio Using substances other than wine is the exception to the rule stated by the g'mara to mention shabas using wine. Thus, the original question "how can a nozir fulfil..." could have equally been asked, as pointed out by that article, about kidush, to which the answer could have been "by substituting other foods", but on which the major sources would still have been surprisingly silent.
Jun
6
comment Tzedakah Websites
Paypal is a good one. (Just kidding.) Are you looking for a service that will take a sum of money and distribute it to worthy charities or suggestions of worthy recipients of your donations?
Jun
6
comment When do you become “Israeli” as far as the laws regarding doing only 1 day of Hag?
That second opinion (source of income defines residency) is brought down in Igros Moshe, but he varied on this point in different t'shuvos.
Jun
6
comment When do you become “Israeli” as far as the laws regarding doing only 1 day of Hag?
This is a nice story and underscores the fact that desperate times call for interesting legal decisions and emotional interactions. If the p'sak of Rav Kook was not unique to the extraordinary circumstances, it seems to be that his p'sak was that there is no lower limit: entering the land at all renders one an inhabitant since it would be unreasonable to expect to ever leave. Please consider summarizing and linking the story, pointing out the most relevant part in answer to the question.
Jun
6
comment Do they still print g'maras with regular Torah Or?
@Chanoch I agree with you about M'soras Hasha"s as well, and @jake I hear your point about sophisticated systems of notation, but my main qualm comes up when looking for a page or piece of g'mara, which is immediately identifiable by the p'sukim in it. The distinctive notation just makes it that much easier to locate.
Jun
5
comment May I use my neighbor's Wi-Fi without asking permission?
I hear the argument against, but when it comes to modern instances of hasagas g'vul it is important to note that Internet service providing is something that universally people are willing to and do pay money for, whereas aroma wafting is not.
Jun
5
comment May I use my neighbor's Wi-Fi without asking permission?
"not actually taking anything physical from them" mitigates the laws against stealing per se but the Torah also prohibits intangible forms of impingement and undue usage (cf. interpretation of דברים יט:יד. Also see the Ritv"a (I think) on Baba Basra who, as opposed to Ramba"m, rules strictly in some cases of zeh neheneh v'zeh lo chaser.).
Jun
5
comment What is the original halachic source for a woman covering her collarbones out of modesty (tznius)?
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