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comment Keeping up with “local” standards of dress - of religious Jews, or of society at large
@double I don't. But I am basically asking, just because they don't, does that mean the Halachic norm changes to match society? Wouldn't there at least be an argument that whatever outside influences may exist, they shouldn't "count" in determining the "local" standard?
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comment Does breast milk make vessels non-kosher or milchig?
@DanF, so, one of the restrictions in the ruling above (which is really straight out of the Shulhan 'Aruch) is that it is Kosher if it is in a vessel. Basically, an adult is not permitted to nurse; I cannot recall offhand, and am unable to look up right now, if it's considered disgusting, and the prohibition of Bal TiShaketzu applies, or if it's something else.
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comment Does breast milk make vessels non-kosher or milchig?
@DanF, the link is a Teshuvah that says mother's milk is Mutar for adults to drink (with two circumstantial exceptions, but the basic law is Heter).
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comment Reason for various positioning of “An'im Zemirot”
@NoachmiFrankfurt, I know several Minyanim that don't recite it at all because it is Shir HaKavod, and we generally (and a child especially) are not on the level where that is appropriate. Certainly one should at least understand what he is saying, no?
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revised Can someone who is not wearing tefillin on a weekday receive an aliyah?
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comment Call for Halachic Dateline Source(s)
@DoubleAA, before Magellan (and before commercial flight), wouldn't a traveler to a remote region continue his counting/dating from where he was yesterday? He would not be traveling vast distances in a matter of a few hours. Granted, he may lose track of his days if he's not paying attention or keeping a journal, but this is a question about the black letter of what is considered a Saturday, not what a loner in the wild should do if he loses track of his days.
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revised Opening bottles and creating a Keli on Shabbath
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awarded  Nice Answer
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revised Is one allowed to smoke?
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revised Is one allowed to smoke?
Adding that my point is first-hand testimony, both for the sake of the answer and for the sake of my memory in 10, 20 years when I stumble across this question on whatever future system takes the place of the internet.
Jul
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revised Is one allowed to smoke?
Adding that my point is first-hand testimony, both for the sake of the answer and for the sake of my memory in 10, 20 years when I stumble across this question on whatever future system takes the place of the internet.
Jul
16
comment What is the origin of the custom to kiss a Mezuzah?
I definitely appreciate your adding the full story, and the citation in the Arizal. +1 for both of those. The other answer still contains more information, so I will keep that as the selected answer. In any event, welcome to M.Y., and thanks for the great answer; I hope you stick around and provide more great answers to great questions (and great questions of your own).
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revised Thanksgiving Meal Allowed?
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revised Having fun with telemarketers
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revised Is swordfish Kosher?
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awarded  Nice Question
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comment What's a floor?
@double, like user6641, I'm unclear on that (hence the question). The assumption I had when posting is that it's probably ארץ, but more than likely someone applies that as any walking surface, and possibly it could be applied to any surface if the Torah lands on it in an uncontrolled, rapid descent. Maybe my question is less about flooring and more about dropping things. But I was trying not to be too narrow in my question and avoid this type of confusion in the reverse ("Well, why not ask what counts as a floor? We all know if it's dropped it's a problem, but maybe only on certain surfaces.")
Jul
2
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
I would suggest that you ask your friend. Frankly, I think this question (as written) is unanswerable, but I'm hesitant to edit it because it's been here for so long and already has 4 answers.
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awarded  Socratic
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awarded  Inquisitive