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Apr
29
comment Cutting Vines in Halacha
@Isaac Moses - Does that mean cutting down flax is out too?
Apr
29
comment Schlisel Challah
Exact duplicate: mi.yodeya.com/questions/677/parnassah-segulah
Apr
27
comment Isur m'lacha starting at night on yom tov
@Alex - In. Hachi nami.
Apr
27
comment Isur m'lacha starting at night on yom tov
Are you suggesting that the isur m'lacha is learned out of tosefes or that the g'mara there says that the times are learned by means of the same d'rasha? In other words is the inference in your answer your own (perfectly sensible but strange to not appear in the g'mara) or the g'mara's?
Apr
24
comment Supermarket chains that you can / cannot buy Chometz in right after Pesach
I don't know how all of the operative business models are set up, but isn't this almost always (>99%) answered on a store-by-store basis?
Apr
24
comment P'sak halacha by AI?
@Barry - So if the disqualification of a robot comes down to a binary exclusion of non-humans then the question shifts slightly away from artificial intelligence and toward artificial humanity. How close to human would a robot/cyborg need to be to be kasher l'hora'a (assuming, of course, the other prerequisites: mi.yodeya.com/questions/6979)?
Apr
24
comment Isur m'lacha starting at night on yom tov
@msh210 - Re shabas - More simple to connect it with primordial shabas, which began the previous night. Re the hava amina - Intuition says that morning is the beginning of the day, the Torah, in commanding us to do the mitzvos of the chagim doesn't mention that they should start at night (null hypothesis), and those mitzvos include bringing karbanos, whose cycles generally begin in the morning and end at the end of the night (weak support).
Apr
24
comment Can/Should a Kohen Disqualify Himself from Birchas Kohanim because of Tumah?
Welcome to mi.yodeya, Jeff Forman. Thanks for your provocative question. Please consider rewording the title to make it more directed toward the particulars of your question, and including in the question some specification of what you mean by a feeling (subjective) being a disqualification (objective).
Apr
24
comment women's saying a b'racha on s'firas haomer
"In Norvadahk the woman say with a Bracha" - That would explain the Aruch Hashulchan's p'sak, right?
Apr
24
comment Isur m'lacha starting at night on yom tov
I will be the first to admit I don't understand what the "drush" tag is intended for, or why there are no "midrash", "drasha" or "darshanut-torah-explication" tags. Can someone explain what "drush" is or how this state of affairs came about historically?
Apr
22
comment failed sale of chametz
That was a successful sale, not a failed one.
Apr
22
comment words often mispronounced
@Yahu - The סעודה שלישית --> shalashudus shift has at least one more step in between, involving a shift in meaning, possibly with deep mystical roots (i.e. the 3rd meal actually comprising 3 meals).
Apr
22
comment Sefiras HaOmer - if you know that you will miss a day
In fact, that shi'ur contains some great analysis that is relevant to answering the original question as well, including an interesting chidush by Rav Zevin and another one by Rav Soloveitchik.
Apr
22
comment Sefiras HaOmer - if you know that you will miss a day
@Gershon Gold - The story is about Rav Breuer, and comes up around 10 minutes in to this shi'ur by Rav Willig: yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/711258/…
Apr
21
comment Baal Teshuva Minhag
David Perlman, hello and welcome to mi.yodeya! Thank you for the useful contribution to the question of determining minhag. Does every place have a mara d'asra and can such a term be applied across geographical bounds to include all members of some familial lineage?
Apr
18
comment Ulterior motives on a Q&A site
@Daniel ben Noach - Nope! My priorities in asking are enumerated pretty well by its tags.
Apr
17
comment Ulterior motives on a Q&A site
I was thinking of the same midrash! I wonder how far one can take this judgment of inappropriateness.
Apr
17
comment targum to Ex. 32:27
You mean g'var thrice then enash.
Apr
17
comment Why bother with n'vi'im?
@Alex +Check for the combination of answer and comment.
Apr
17
comment Why bother with n'vi'im?
@Alex - I was referring to a hypothetical granting of n'vu'a to everyone as a means to the end, but I understand your point more clearly now. Thanks! @Yahu - Thank you very much for the recommendation. I will be sure to pass it on to the questioner.