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May
5
comment Staying up all night on Shavu'ot
But you fall asleep during morning prayers every shabbos, and I don't think you usually stay up all Friday night.
May
3
comment Is diversity a Jewish value?
I would file that under "tolerance," another popular buzzword these days. I am really asking about the added value of diversity. If I look/think/act exactly like everyone else in my Torah community, would it actually be better to diverge a bit, as long as I stay on the path?
May
3
comment Is diversity a Jewish value?
yes, really I meant hashkafa, but it almost works both ways.
May
3
comment Sign Language During Davening
I believe it also comes up in Nedarim, in the context of responding to another's neder with something like a nod or thumbs up, which then obligates the nodder with the same neder (heh heh)
Apr
30
comment Shiv'a Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
@WAF: actually, current sidereal periods are generally measured with respect to distant quasars, since stars tend to have much larger angular proper motions, and thus do not make good reference points.
Apr
30
comment Shiv'a Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
that's cheating. you knew I would have to vote you up.
Apr
29
comment Commencing Shabbos: Shkiya behind a mountain
then why does shabbos start earlier in Yerushalayim?
Apr
28
comment Why masechet “Beitza”?
what about masechet Taharot? that could be anything! I was thinking there must be some historical reason for the shift, since many Rishonim definitely called it Y"T.
Apr
26
comment Arba'a Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
oh, and I forgot about Zman. I will have to wait until 120 to get permutations on Sat night Y"T=5!
Apr
26
comment Computer working on Shabbos
re: monitor and sound, is this only if you are in the same place as the computer? what if it is at work? why should it be any different than leaving the lights on at your house when you go away?
Apr
26
comment Giving away coupon to non-kosher restraurant
Isn't it a mitzvah to give it to a non-Jew? Devarim 14:21
Apr
26
comment Fast days and time zones
would R' Elyashiv and R' Kanievsky hold the same going eastward? i.e. can you shorten the fast by e.g. 7 hours? or is it a safek l'chumra kind of thing? Also, would R' Scheinberg hold that flying from japan eastward, leaving on 10 teves, and crossing the dateline at sunset, would have to fast 48 hours?
Apr
26
comment shiduch date haircut during sefira
One interesting difference b/t a haircut and shaving is that it is not obvious when one last got a haircut, whereas it is clear that many people shave during sefirah, usually for business purposes. the girl would know for sure if you shaved, but may not notice a haircut.
Apr
25
comment Waking up in the middle of the night
how should one do this washing? with a kli, or just under the sink?
Apr
20
comment Is Yom HaAtzma'ut a Chag?
Mo'ed is also appropriate, since historically, the Jews have not been as strict keeping the moadim, and thus Rabbis need to enforce their observance even more. (avot 3:15)
Apr
16
comment Shalom Aleichem and Eishes Chayil
and why is each verse said three times? and why do my inlaws only say each verse twice?
Apr
15
comment Music on Rosh Chodesh Iyar?
I have never heard of people that can pick and choose and make up later (e.g., I got tix to a ball game next week. I will go, and then keep an extra day on the 34th)
Apr
1
comment Pictures of Chometz on Pesach
And what about smelling chometz? there seems to be much more of a problem with deriving benefit in that case.
Apr
1
comment Newspaper Delivery on Shabbos
corollary: is a newspaper printed on shabbos muktzeh because of "nolad"?
Apr
1
comment How do you deal with huge numbers of calls from tzedaka organizations?
In our city, where shluchim are very common, I have seen signs on a number of people's doors to the effect of: "All tzeddakas will be given $5. Individuals will be given $10" or some variant. I don't know if it will help the double-dippers, but does seem to help avoid haggling over amount, something I find extremely distasteful.