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May
24
comment Berachos over food mixtures
People have the same problem with cholent: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6213/cholent-falafel-bracha
May
24
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
@IsaacMoses, Fair enough.
May
24
comment Yichud in Elevator
According to this, "As for the odds of getting stuck in an elevator. They're about once in a lifetime for the average person using elevators on a daily basis."
May
24
comment Yichud in Elevator
@yydl, How probable is it to get stuck in an elevator? Personally, I never have.
May
24
comment Yichud in Elevator
@yydl, One should also bring his tefillin along on elevators in case it gets stuck for the whole day. :)
May
24
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
@Dima, Yes, that may be true, but I was simply trying to say that Jewish culture has no influence over the definition of a Jew. You say, Defining what it means to be Jewish, on the other hand, is a bit tricky. but it is not tricky at all. Your subsequent "simple halachic definition" is all there is to it. "Who the Jews are as a group" is irrelevant.
May
24
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
I like your definition of Zionism, but not so much your definition of Judaism. Being Jewish has a strict halachic definition. As much as Judaism may have a culture, having "Jewish culture" does not make someone Jewish.
May
24
answered Yichud in Elevator
May
24
comment People half-standing for אלקינו in zimun
Kind of like putting up the mezuza diagonal.
May
23
comment What is the meaning of Davar Shebakedusha?
Relevant hearsay from R' Chaim Soloveitchik: elomdus.blogspot.com/2007/12/zimun-of-10-people.html
May
23
comment People half-standing for אלקינו in zimun
What about all the parts of tefilla that we sit down for? Particularly birchos k'rias shema and uva l'tzion which both have "kedusha" in them.
May
23
comment What practices are affected by a belief in demons?
One could understand mazikim as demons, but one could also understand it as other rural dangers like the Rambam does, as he brings this takana (Hil. Tefilla 9:11) even though he presumably does not believe in sheidim.
May
23
comment People half-standing for אלקינו in zimun
What constitutes a davar shebikedusha?
May
23
answered Tefillin On Shabbos
May
23
revised People half-standing for אלקינו in zimun
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May
23
answered Why is Yitzchak spelled with a “sin” in Tehillim 105:9?
May
23
comment What practices are affected by a belief in demons?
I meant which practices 'should' be irrelevant, even if perhaps people might observe them anyway. If there are halachic authorities who mention it, all the better.
May
23
asked People half-standing for אלקינו in zimun
May
23
asked What practices are affected by a belief in demons?
May
23
comment Adoptee a Cohen or Levi?
@msh210, This doesn't really need a source. A gentile cannot convert if he is a halachic minor. (Unless, theoretically, he converts with a parent; but if the question is one of adoption, it's not really relevant.) Once he reaches halachic majority, then there is anyway no reason why he should be connected to the family that he lived with as a child.