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Mar
16
comment Best practices for praying in public with talit and tefilin
Yes on (1), no on (2). I find that explanations almost always seem to cause more confusion than not.
Mar
16
comment Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
I was going to suggest Nusach Sefard also, but was wondering if there are any halakhic implications? I know that if you are in a shul davening Sefard, than you can also, even if you regularly daven Ashkenaz, but if you are Ashkenaz in an Ashkenaz shul, is there room to change minhag?
Mar
16
comment Kosher accommodations in out-of-the-way US places
There are also many kosher hotels in the Catskills, but if being surrounded by frum Jews doesn't feel like vacation, then you might have a problem.
Mar
16
comment What would you really, actually like to receive (give?) for Mishloach Manot on Purim?
I once got a bowl of soup handed to me for mishloach manot in yeshiva. talk about urgency!
Mar
16
comment Who hides the afikoman?
It definitely keeps them awake and interested in something, but it also distracts away from "the main point". Unless the main point really is just to keep them awake and entertained. As the father of young children, I know this really does have value, since the kids get excited and look forward to pesach, which literally gets stamped on their consciousness for years to come
Mar
16
asked Is it considered stealing to look at mi.yodeya while at work?
Mar
16
comment Starting a Jewish Library
I would add Sefer haChinuch, Pirkei Avot with commentary (Reb Bunim highly recommended), and for those particularly interested in Tanakh, a Concordance.
Mar
16
comment Is it inappropriate to be overdressed for prayer (davening)?
I have also heard this guideline mentioned often, and really never see it followed in practice. Would any "normal" person shuckle and shake before a head-of-state? Is there any room to argue that we do not need to be concerned about outward appearances before Hashem, Who can see through the physical and directly into the spiritual?
Mar
16
answered Kosher accommodations in out-of-the-way US places
Jan
26
comment Naming after bad people
sorry--it's been a long time and I don't personally have a copy. try hebrewbooks.org
Jan
14
answered Naming after bad people
Jan
14
comment What are the halachik issues involved in drawing from a nude model?
this is not really an answer, but I will take the opportunity to recommend Chaim Potok's novel "My Name Is Asher Lev" about a young chassidic prodigy artist struggling with many related issues. The sequel, "The Gift of Asher Lev" was a major disappointment.
Jan
14
answered Why do we stand when we do toward the end of Tachanun?
Jan
13
comment How do you get oil residue off of a menora?
if it is silver, make sure to polish afterwards, then wrap in cloth, and store in an air-tight bag until next year.
Jan
13
comment What's a good technique for a not-so-strong person to do [Ashkenazi] Hagbaha?
I just tried to down-vote this answer, and then realized that I couldn't, because it was mine. I guess I will have to look harder for other smarmy, sarcastic responses.
Jan
13
answered When blogging/emailing/etc., do I use “God” or “G-d”?
Jan
13
comment Turning off a stove on Shabbat
What about an oven? As far as I understand, one can turn the thermostat on your wall up or down, as long as it prolongs the current status, i.e. up when the heat is on, down when it is off. Would the same apply to an oven, if there is no food inside?
Jan
12
comment Moving muktza garbage cans?
I imagine it depends what kind of muktzeh it is: mius, muktzeh machmat atzmo, etc? And also WHY are you moving it? do you need the space (i.e. they are blocking traffic), or do you need the cans back? And this makes me wonder: can you move muktzeh l'tzorech makom, if the "tzorech" is doing a melacha (e.g. driving a car in the driveway)?
Jan
12
asked Which is better, lying or saying lashon hara?
Jan
12
comment Eating your own (kosher) food in a non-kosher restaurant?
Ah yes, nothing says "Professional Business Meeting" like a 18-inch pile of wet plastic wrap, tin foil, and styrofoam next to your disposable plate of overcooked vegetables.