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Graduate of Beis Medrash Oholei Torah and "Seven Seventy"; now a בעל הבית with ריחיים בצוארו but still trying to be עוסק בתורה

May
10
comment Why is there a “Good” Type of Tzaraas?
To expand on your point 2, the "non-serious" type of tzaraas sometimes also requires a week or two of quarantine. This gives the sufferer a chance to be alone with themselves and their thoughts, to consider what they did, and to do teshuvah.
May
10
comment Last time for Kiddush Levanah
Be that as it may, though, there's no good reason to assume that the molad is given as solar time for a location that is on one of today's time zone meridians.
May
10
comment Last time for Kiddush Levanah
That seems to be implied by the Baal Hamaor's position (commentary to Rosh Hashanah 20b) that all times given in connection with Creation - including the molad of 1 Tishrei Year 2 (the day that Adam was created), at 6d14h - are relative to Jerusalem. (This has ramifications, too, as far as the placing of the halachic date line 90 degrees east of Jerusalem; in contemporary times the most noteworthy proponent of this opinion was the Chazon Ish).
May
9
comment Kel (Melech) Chanun V'Rachum — do you say Melech?
Chabad does say "melech." (Earlier printings of the Rav's Siddur omitted it, but R' Shalom Dovber Schneersohn, the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, states in his notes on the Siddur that this is an error, and that it should be said.) Sefardim - I'm not sure, although a quick perusal of some Haggadahs "keminhag Sefardim" on Hebrewbooks shows that they all have "melech."
May
9
comment Last time for Kiddush Levanah
The molad that we announce is calculated by adding a constant 1d12h793ch per month since Molad Tishrei of year 1 (which was actually mostly an "imaginary" year, before Creation, hence the name "molad tohu"). The time of that molad is given in the sources (for example, Rambam, Hil. Kiddush Hachodesh 6:8) as 2d5h204ch. That is obviously meant as solar time, for the simple reason that timezones as we know them didn't exist in the Rambam's times (they were defined in the 1880s). So yes, all molados calculated on that basis must necessarily be solar time too.
May
7
comment Tevilas Keilim for Glass
Yahu: Shach (120:5) says this about lead-plated dishes, because Rema (ibid. :1) says that these should be toveled without a berachah (and as Taz ibid. :3 explains, the reasoning is that the lead plating is only decorative). But I'm not aware of anyone who says this about glass dishes, since it's stated explicitly in the Gemara (Avodah Zarah 75b, Rav Ashi) that they do require immersion.
May
7
comment Last time for Kiddush Levanah
Also, I recall having seen an opinion (though I don't remember the source) that if there is a lunar eclipse that month, then Kiddush Levanah must be recited before that time, even if it's still within the 14d18h22m (or 15 full days) of the molad as announced in shul. The reasoning is that we can use those as approximations when we've got nothing better, but when there's an eclipse, by definition that is when the moon is full, and after that it's waning.
May
7
comment Last time for Kiddush Levanah
About the molad calculation: it is actually given as Jerusalem solar time, which is 21 minutes off from Israel Standard Time. Thus, in your example, Molad Sivan is on Thursday 4:39 PM and 15 Chalakim Jerusalem solar time = 4:18 PM and 15 Chalakim IST = 9:18 AM and 15 Chalakim EST (and then you have to correct for daylight savings).
May
7
comment Shnayim Ushloshim - mi yodeya?
Yeah, it's a good thing that the French "grad" or "gon" -en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grad_(angle) - never caught on! :)
May
6
comment Shnayim Ushloshim - mi yodeya?
I wonder whether that's the correct understanding of the Yalkut, though. It derives the extra "king" from the word "echad," but then that's repeated for each of the other kings too, not just the king of Yericho. And indeed, the version in Bereishis Rabbah (and the corrected version in Yalkut) both mention 62 (31 x 2) rather than 32.
May
6
comment Shnayim Ushloshim - mi yodeya?
Is there a source that lists these facts about the gematriaos of words in the various sefarim of Tanach (yours here, Chanoch's post in Shisha Ve'esrim about no 26-word in Esther)? I'm curious how you came across this.
May
6
comment Quorum for chazaras hashatz
That last sentence is of course true, and I didn't mean to suggest otherwise. I wonder, though, given that both of these sources seem to (uncharacteristically) ignore the M"A and Maharil, whether indeed the Mishnah Berurah really means that he endorses this position, or whether he's just using it as a limud zechus.
May
6
comment Tish'a Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
According to Sefer Yetzirah, yes. (Although it's not necessarily plosive vs. fricative; it might be approximant vs. trill, guttural vs. non-guttural, etc.) But most sources speak only of the six letters בג"ד כפ"ת in this connection (and indeed, reish with dagesh is pretty rare in Tanach, so it's not necessarily a different phoneme, just as alef with dagesh - as in last week's parshah - is not).
May
5
comment Quorum for chazaras hashatz
On the other hand, Shulchan Aruch Harav (even though he often follows Magen Avraham) does not do so in this case: he states flatly (55:7 and 124:6) that there must be nine men listening and responding Amen.
May
5
comment Quorum for chazaras hashatz
See Orach Chaim 55:6 and Magen Avraham ibid. :8 citing Ralbach. This is in turn cited in Shulchan Aruch Harav 55:7.
May
5
comment Siblings marrying siblings
In the letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that I cited in my reply (Hebrew text at chabadlibrary.org/books/default.aspx?furl=/admur/ig/3/522, with a followup at chabadlibrary.org/books/default.aspx?furl=/admur/ig/3/534), he quotes Mekor Chessed (a commentary on Sefer Chassidim), who points out that while indeed the Gemara speaks of such marriages (Berachos 44a, which the Noda Bihudah cites), we find elsewhere that one or more of them indeed ended in tragedy, r"l (see Yerushalmi Taanis 4:5 and Bava Basra 12a). So it's not so straightforward to ignore SC's warning.
May
5
comment Echad Ushloshim - mi yodeya?
Interesting vort!
May
4
comment selling non-tznius clothing
Wouldn't there also be the consideration that the clientele includes non-Jews, who are permitted to wear such clothing? We do find, for example, that you're allowed to sell shaatnez clothing, and the only question is about modeling it (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 301:6).
May
4
comment Quorum for chazaras hashatz
There have to have been at least 6 people who prayed the silent Amidah together (the other four can just be bystanders). But no, I don't know a source that says that just seven responders is enough.
May
4
comment Machatziz hashekel
Sort of, although it was my understanding that Rashi and Rambam actually disagree about the weight of a shekel. (Ramban used the proof from the shekel coin that he saw in Israel - discussed in the post at On the Main Line that you linked - in favor of Rashi's value.)