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Jun
25
comment Bells on Sefer Torah
@CharlesKoppelman, visit the Great Synagogue in Paris. I can't find many photos online, but the ארון definitely makes me think of a היכל. I have actually described it as a throne room. Picture the חזן walking up over 20 steps as the בעל פתיחה winds a crank pulling back the פרוכת, and heavy doors are opened revealing a two-and-a-half-storey room with beautiful, colored light streaming in through the stained glass windows and falling onto the ספרי תורה, as the choir reaches the crescendo of "ויהי בנסוע". I've heard other European shuls rival it. We unfortunately haven't got a true מקדש מעט here.
Jun
25
comment Lifnei 'Iver in public policy/business
@ArielK, so paying taxes to a government engaging in an unjust war would be a חילול השם? What other issues (as you suggested) are at play?
Jun
25
comment Is one allowed to drink alcohol on regular weekdays?
מצוה גדולה להיות בשמחה תמיד?
Jun
25
revised What to do after interrupting Shemoneh 'Esreh
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Jun
25
asked What to do after interrupting Shemoneh 'Esreh
Jun
24
comment Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
Aww, am I supposed to somehow intuit why I got the downvotes?
Jun
24
comment Honor of old people vs. honor of parents
Why would Shev VeAl Ta'Aseh be better when the Mitzvah is literally to stand?
Jun
24
answered Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
Jun
24
comment Is one allowed to cut olives or grapes on Shabbos?
Isn't the assumption from the SA that one was doing something permissible with the olives/grapes (like cutting them), to cause the runoff?
Jun
22
revised Why was Shlomo more worthy to build the Beis Hamikdash than David?
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Jun
22
comment 9 Days of Chanukah?
This is actually quite depressing.
Jun
22
asked Speaking while wearing Tefillin - revisited
Jun
22
comment Speaking while wearing Tefillin
Evidently, in the opinion of the Rebbe, his comment to you was not to be considered "דברי הבלים ושיחת חולין/inconsequential words or non-sacred discussions".
Jun
22
comment Can a Minor Convert Effect Yayin Nesach?
I think that a lot of people make that mistake (I did for a while), even if they have an above average level of Jewish education. I think, ultimately, it is something worth pointing out, if only to inform future readers.
Jun
22
comment Can a Minor Convert Effect Yayin Nesach?
@doubleaa it's still not Y"N.
Jun
22
comment What is the Halachah if someone lost an object despite efforts to protect it?
Ok, but you raised more questions than you answered.
Jun
22
comment When does one become considered shomer shaboss?
@double aa, "just to point out that this question is only according to those who prohibit uncooked wine touched by non-Sabbath observers." which is a discussion we've had on this site before.
Jun
22
comment When does one become considered shomer shaboss?
Also please note that there is a difference between Yayin Nesech and Stam Yeynam.
Jun
21
comment What is the Halachah if someone lost an object despite efforts to protect it?
I hate to say it, but that's a lot of information but no answer.
Jun
21
comment Why do we give tzedakah money to someone to pass along in Israel?
Safety. Someone else will probably give a full answer, though, before I get to my computer.