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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.
May
23
comment How does an outsider know how to dress for a particular Orthodox community?
@GershonGold, "Dressed modestly" is a vague term, and it sounds like this question is built on the assumption that different communities and social groups have different opinions and customs as to what particularly is considered modest dress. Perhaps you meant to say that so long as you are dressed modestly by your own standards, you should not worry about others' perceptions.
May
22
comment Talis Gadol for Unmarried Individuals
Re "citing the pasuk is intended to be a postfix hint and not an ab initio source." Great way of describing derech asmachta. Also, the article in P'ri T'marim, in my opinion, does a better job of justifying the minhag. I would recommend summarizing its conclusion as part of your answer.
May
22
comment Talis Gadol for Unmarried Individuals
"Extracting instructive meaning from the juxtaposition of two verses" is only acceptable as a method of rabbinic midrash halacha. Never before have I heard of such a method being used to provide for "giving rise to a minhag", especially one that counters the general idea of one being obligated in mitzvos from bar mitzva age.
May
22
comment Will I ever actually make “al mitzvat tzitzit” on a daily basis if I don a tallit gadol?
For those wondering, I am yekke (of German descent), not sefardi.
May
22
comment Talis Gadol for Unmarried Individuals
I have heard that this originated in Europe as an incentive for young men to get married. No source, though.
May
22
asked Blessing the Children on Friday Night
May
22
comment Will I ever actually make “al mitzvat tzitzit” on a daily basis if I don a tallit gadol?
I know that the halacha is that one who dons a talit gadol for shacharit every morning does not make a b'racha on donning his talit katan. (If I have a chance to look up the sources later, I will post an answer if no one else has.) Personally, I have not made the b'racha al mitzvat tzitzit since I became bar mitzva and starting wearing a talit gadol.