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May
5
comment Nun in Ashrei- Psalm 145
Didn't know Rav Hartman did the other kisvei HaMahara"l as well. That's exciting.
May
4
comment Robot as a competent proxy?
Is a conveyor belt the same thing as a yard? If my yard can accomplish something for me (such as receiving or delivering) then can my conveyor belt do the same? This would mean the robot can at least do things for me as a chatzer [which is equivalent to a shali'ach for some intents and purposes!].
May
4
comment Robot as a competent proxy?
Most people hold that the Torah did not give proxy power to non-Jews. But a robot could be more like a child (incapable of higher levels of cognition but still somewhat capable) than like a non-Jewish adult.
May
3
comment How to discard leftover challah
@Seth J - I think it is safe to say "..._she_ was asking..." mi.yodeya.com/questions/6534/…
May
3
comment Is it forbidden for a woman to learn Gemara?
Could you add some words of explanation of why one would believe that it is asur for women to learn g'mara?
May
3
comment In Modeh Ani we thank Hashem for our neshama's return. Where do neshamas go?
This might be what Rav Kook is saying in his commentary on Modeh Ani in Olas R'iya but I am not confident in my understanding of it to put it in an answer.
May
2
comment Aleinu L'Shabeach - Nusach HaTefila
Are you sure the question shouldn't be "When was this deleted from Aleinu..."?
May
1
comment Web sites where I can post divrei Torah
@AY - Did you ever find a place to publish your lists? I am sure people would be eager to see them.
May
1
comment When do rabbinic enactments apply if the given reason no longer does?
@Shalom's insightful answer here may be helpful in differentiating causes for various g'zeros: mi.yodeya.com/questions/199/two-types-of-preventative-enactment/…
May
1
comment Marror and Chazeres on the seder plate
The advantage could be that while one is named after the mitzva done with the object, i.e. maror, the other simply names the material to be placed there (like betza) because it is specifically not associated with a mitzva.
Apr
29
comment What is the meaning of the inscription on the back of a m'zuza?
What does it say?
Apr
29
comment Kiddush on Yom Kippur
Just out of curiosity, do those who say to make kidush also say that that is when one should say birkas shehechiyanu?
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).