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comment Which rabbis are knowledgeable about sexual dysfunction and accept Sholom Bayis questions?
@Yishai good point. If he doesn't come back, we should probably do that instead of just leaving it closed. Please flag later if you notice. Thanks.
Jul
30
comment Is taking control of land by a Jew in Israel a sin if it was not controlled by him before?
I'm going to put this on hold before it explodes. luchonacho, your question is based on a faulty (and provocative) premise in your last sentence. A question about how the laws about stealing apply in warfare where territory changes hands would be a good question for the site, but the question you've asked is problematic. If you're interested in asking the question I described, I'm confident that the community will help you rephrase.
Jul
29
comment Which rabbis are knowledgeable about sexual dysfunction and accept Sholom Bayis questions?
Moderator note: I have put this question on hold temporarily until @Alan returns and comments on the changes to the question. Alan, if you agree with the change to a "how do I find?" question, just say the word and the first moderator who sees it can reopen. If, instead, you want to ask about the halacha of the specific issue you raised, please edit accordingly and the community will review. I'm sorry for the extra hassle; before people start posting answers we want to make sure they're answering the question you want to ask, hence putting on hold temporarily.
Jul
29
comment Can a Jewish woman sing in front of a non-Jewish man?
@DoubleAA since all of your comments here post-date the edit, I thought maybe that wasn't clear. Wouldn't challenging the hypothesis be better done in an answer?
Jul
29
comment Can a Jewish woman sing in front of a non-Jewish man?
@DoubleAA I'm under the (possibly-mistaken?) impression that kol isha is about preventing men from sinning -- that it's the man's obligation we're protecting. So if the man isn't Jewish and thus isn't bound to the mitzvot, it's plausible that singing isn't a problem. I'm guessing that this is where SAH is coming from and it seems like a reasonable starting point for the question to me.
Jul
28
comment How do I find answers to sensitive questions I can't ask my rabbi?
Are you affiliated with the site you linked to? (From your profile it appears that you are.) It's fine to link to your own site, but we do require that you disclose the affiliation if so. Thanks.
Jul
27
comment Reform Judaism as an avenue for Ethical Monotheism for gentiles
Thanks for adding support for that. (I wasn't questioning the description of Reform, just the part about belief requirements for Noachides.)
Jul
27
comment Reform Judaism as an avenue for Ethical Monotheism for gentiles
Where do we learn that a Noachide must believe that?
Jul
24
comment Showering after chatzos on Friday the 8th of Av
The question asks which communities do/don't have this custom, so I don't see why an answer about Sefardim isn't relevant. The question didn't say which Ashkenazi communities.
Jul
20
comment Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?
Thanks; I've made an edit to the title to bring it into line with the body (and your comment). Also, welcome to Mi Yodeya! (I just noticed that you're new.)
Jul
20
comment Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?
Are you looking only for those who would have been known by Jesus's time (and not, e.g., Shabbatai Tzvi 1600+ years later)?
Jul
20
comment Who is Moshiach?
Related (about Eliyahu as harbinger): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/59523/472
Jul
19
comment How big can a mezuzah be?
On the other hand, if there's a compartment in there at the right position into which a normal klaf is placed, the fact that the case is over-sized might not matter. (The article doesn't say anything about the klaf.)
Jul
19
comment Lashon Hara damage
Rachel, thanks for the edit. The question has been reopened.
Jul
17
comment Lashon Hara damage
@DoubleAA good point. I think an on-topic question could be asked about any of the options I listed, but we don't know which this is about. Rachel, I'm putting this on hold temporarily; please edit to clarify. Also, note that we don't give p'sak or personal advice; we can't answer "what should I do?" but we can answer questions about what the halacha says, what techniques people have learned for bringing about change, and so on. Please check out our short tour for more about the site. Thanks for understanding.
Jul
17
comment Lashon Hara damage
I'm sorry to hear that; that must be very frustrating. Is your goal to not feel hurt by it, to get them to stop treating you coldly, to get the person who spread it to do teshuva, or something else? If you edit in a clarification it will help people answer your question. Thank you.
Jul
17
comment Shechiyanu on seeing Kotel
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Jul
17
comment Can one Shecht with a Wire
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Jul
17
comment Does the Zodiac really have influence on our lives?
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Jul
16
comment Shabbat on Tisha B'Av: any liturgical changes?
@DoubleAA thanks. I knew it was tied to that haftarah (which in turn is tied to Tisha b'Av) but didn't know whether there was anything else special about it. I've never hear that alternate melody for לכה דודי, for example. user4751, is there any difference between Shabbat Chazon on Tisha b'Av and Shabbat Chazon on some other date?