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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

Mar
29
comment What's the deal with showering on yom tov?
I'm not so sure that hot water isn't a problem in itself. First of all, if you have an electric boiler, then there's that whole issue. (A gas or oil-fired one would probably be less of a problem, since they use a pilot light.) Second, Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 511:2 forbids heating water to wash one's whole body, and Mishnah Berurah there :10 says that this is because not everyone is accustomed to doing so all the time - although perhaps today that's no longer the case.
Mar
26
comment Why do we link Shabbat with the Exodus from Egypt?
Also, Joseph apparently served in his position for 80 years, since he was appointed at age 30 (Gen. 41:46) and lived to be 110 (ibid. 50:26).
Mar
24
comment Should one drink from the leader's cup after kiddush?
Best way to perform the mitzvah: because then the listeners are actively participating in kiddush, rather than just passively listening and replying Amen.
Mar
24
comment Should one drink from the leader's cup after kiddush?
Wine given to the lady of the house: notice what happens next time you're at a Sheva Berachos. After the leader drinks from the cup used for Grace, its remaining contents are mixed with those of the other cup (that was used for the six special blessings), and one is given to the bride and the other to the groom.
Mar
24
comment Should one drink from the leader's cup after kiddush?
At most Sedarim in which I've participated, that's exactly what people do. I don't know where in the sources this is discussed, though.
Mar
22
comment Shisha - mi yodeya?
And also the Baal Hatanya's Shulchan Aruch.
Mar
19
comment Kitnios on Pesach
And by the way, I never said that the minhag started with the Semak, simply that as far as I knew he was the first to have written about it. Note my "evidently it goes back somewhat further than that, though...."
Mar
19
comment Kitnios on Pesach
Your answer is indeed a lot more thorough, and by rights it probably should be the accepted one. I think when this one was accepted, yours wasn't written yet, and Ken simply hasn't revisited this question.
Mar
17
comment Shnayim - mi yodeya?
Not just the Ladino version; at least some of the Arabic versions - including the one that I know from family tradition (my mother's family hail from Aleppo) - have the same thing. (Other differences from the "standard" Echad Mi Yodea: "seven are the days of the Chuppah" and "thirteen is the age of putting on tefillin.")
Mar
16
comment What went down in 1666 before Shabtai Tz'vi's apostasy?
Actually, it was in 1666 (5426), on the 16th of Elul.
Mar
2
comment What's the best thing to use for Marror?
There is some uncertainty about endive. R' Avraham Blumenkrantz, in his annual Pesach guide, used to point out that the type of endive usable as maror is more likely what's sold today as escarole (and indeed is used as maror by Sephardic Jews), but not necessarily "Belgian endive" or "winter endive."
Feb
17
comment Talmud Study, Where to start
Another good resource for a phone study partner is JNet (jnet.org).
Feb
4
comment Shaking a no-battery flashlight on Shabbos
Do you mean that the flashlight is already on from before Shabbos, and you want to shake it to make it stay on for longer?
Jan
21
comment Two days of Yom Tov outside of Israel
I don't know if the idea in your second paragraph is in the Yerushalmi, but it appears in the writings of R' Moshe Cordovero (the Remak), and is quoted from there in several places in Chassidus.
Jan
21
comment Question about a 'Jewish proverb'
AFAIK, the "do it three times" part isn't anywhere in the Talmud; it was added by Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, founder of the Mussar movement (Lithuania, 1810-1883).
Jan
6
comment Eating your own (kosher) food in a non-kosher restaurant?
Thank you! (The relevant lecture was actually the one on that page by Rabbi Dov Schreier.)
Jan
6
comment Am I allowed to count people?
You're absolutely right - I just checked it myself. He cites the same verse as does the Rambam. (What's new in KSA is the idea of using "Hoshiah es amecha"; as far as I know, that's not found in any earlier source.)
Jan
5
comment Moving muktza garbage cans?
If there's no eruv in your area, then even kicking the cans may not be allowed. (There is a concept of carrying something less than four cubits at a time, but that's for cases where there's significant financial loss involved, as when you're stranded on Shabbos carrying your wallet and don't have a non-Jew, etc., to carry it for you - Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 266:7. I doubt that would apply to a $30 garbage can, though.
Jan
4
comment Image of God: Equality and Discrimination
Most of them I got via searching (using TES' Tanach Plus CD).
Jan
4
comment Am I allowed to count people?
Added one. The Rambam indeed derives this requirement from the story with King Saul.