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comment Do blankets need tzitzis?
I once saw someone with tzitzit on his blanket - but he was in a Chabad family whose practice was to wear tzitzit at night. I presume he didn't wear a talit katan, and relied on the blanket instead. Alternatively, he was a smart guy and he may have been subtly making a point about the halacha: the blanket is an archetypical 4-cornered garment, but you say it doesn't need tzitzit because it's reserved for sleeping. Then what about your talit katan, since the one you wear at night is also reserved for sleeping?
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accepted Zeh klal gadol batorah - really?
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asked Zeh klal gadol batorah - really?
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answered Do angels sing?
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comment Why is techeles not universally accepted?
WAF: it was a general argument: he suggested that the use of techeiles was deprecated generally because its use made it more likely that some people would be wearing shatnez. I take his argument as an attempt to explain an historical anomaly rather than as a polemic against wearing techeiles today, although if you accept his reasoning it would be a good reason to refrain from wearing it.
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answered Etymology of the surname “Katz”
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comment Why is techeles not universally accepted?
The late Lubavitcher Rebbe ZYA noted that people didn't seem to make much effort to obtain techeiles even when it was available. He theorised that this was because there is a risk of a issur m'deoraysa when linen clothes have techeiles strings (which must be wool) attached to them: if the strings aren't real techeiles then the garment is shatnez and may not be worn. Consequently, he argues, the use of techeiles may have been discouraged (although not actually forbidden), in a way that parallels the laws against taking a lulav or using a shofar on Shabbat that coincides with a festival.
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awarded  Necromancer
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comment Which passages comprise the classic Tikkun Leil Shavuot?
They do it in my shul and it takes a very long time. It's a good thing the nights are long here at this time of year.
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answered Is it permissible to erase the name of G-d from an E-reader?
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comment How did Rambam eliminate “ben gilo” from the halacha?
I think it's actually the other way around: the Talmud presents a proof text that it's a mitzva to visit sick people. Hang on, someone asks, isn't this just part of the general mitzva to be kind to people? Why do we have a separate duty to visit them when they're sick? Ah, comes the answer, because it can actually be dangerous to visit sick people (if you are mystically linked to them by being a "ben gilu"). None the less, even though it's potentially dangerous, it's still a mitzva.
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answered How did Rambam eliminate “ben gilo” from the halacha?