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Jul
24
comment Studying Holocaust Responsa on Tish'ah BeAv
@double kind of unnecessarily gruesome for the purposes of my question, don't you think?
Jul
24
comment Studying Holocaust Responsa on Tish'ah BeAv
@double well, it shows that one unknown internet stranger stated an opinion that could be construed as an endorsement of such practice. But I think that comes up short of my request.
Jul
24
comment Studying Holocaust Responsa on Tish'ah BeAv
Those are not activities that can potentially "gladden the heart" (à la Torah study).
Jul
24
asked Studying Holocaust Responsa on Tish'ah BeAv
Jul
24
comment Reputation for non-Sha'atnez?
For what it's worth, I see numerous websites that claim Jos. A. Bank is particularly bad with regard to Sha'atnez.
Jul
23
comment What is the correct response to “Chazaq u'Baruch!”?
I believe the Sephardi expression is "Chazaq Uvaruch", not "Chazaq Baruch".
Jul
21
comment “לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר” in the Megillah and Al Hanisim
This question is very confusing. Are you asking about the text of the Megillah? Are you asking about the text of 'Al HaNisim? Are you asking about leap years?
Jul
20
comment Getting heat rash from tefillin
Can you Daven someplace with better air conditioning?
Jul
17
revised Is there an 'Inyan of Upsherin for girls?
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Jul
16
revised Reputation for non-Sha'atnez?
added 5 characters in body
Jul
16
revised When may one do a Hechi Kedushah?
Grammar.
Jul
14
revised What halachot does an American traveling to Israel have to be made aware of?
Added #13.
Jul
13
comment Do lost items belong to someone's heirs?
In this tribute, R' Moshe Taragin tells a story about R' Aharon Lichtenstein, ZT"L, holding onto a pair of Tefillin for over 50 years, in the hopes of finding their owner.
Jul
9
comment Why is the Jewish Population so small?
Thomas, welcome. I think that much of this answer is speculation. The numbers are suspect as well, unless you've got a source to support them.
Jul
9
comment Why is the Jewish Population so small?
@mevaqesh we may have fundamentally different understandings of the Midrash and/or the question. If you don't like my answer, feel free to downvote it.
Jul
9
revised Why is the Jewish Population so small?
Grammar
Jul
9
comment Why is the Jewish Population so small?
@mevaqesh What's your point?
Jul
7
comment Extent of Martyrdom Requirements in the Face of Anti-Religious Laws
Baking a cake or arranging flowers for a same-sex marriage probably does not rise to that level. Officiating might, but even there the officiant isn't actually effecting Kiddushin, as Kiddushin cannot be effectuated in that circumstance. All it would be, in essence, is writing a(n Halachically) meaningless document and conducting a(n Halachically) meaningless ceremony. And in the case of such coercion, the penalty would seem to be civil, and it would be met with a strong communal defense and support. In other words, I don't think a single service provider would become a martyr.
Jul
7
comment Extent of Martyrdom Requirements in the Face of Anti-Religious Laws
Arguments for eating meat on Yom Tov notwithstanding, at least there the counterargument can be made that not everyone must eat meat, and people can therefore refrain. Berith Milah, however, is an instance in which Shev VeAl Ta'aseh does not solve anything.
Jul
7
comment Extent of Martyrdom Requirements in the Face of Anti-Religious Laws
I have to concur with Avrohom Yitzchok's interpretation of Halachah 3. If, however, Berith Milah were prohibited by statute, as was attempted in a municipality in California recently, that would be an issue of Shmad, more so than, say, banning Halachic Shehitah, where you would have an option of just eating vegetarian.