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Mar
18
comment Jean Valjean and Halacha
@IsaacMoses, that's so cool! Also, um, think we ought to despoilerificate those other posts?
Mar
18
comment Kol Dichfin, Why So Hesitant?
I think you're looking at this the wrong way.
Mar
17
comment What's the point of this editorial note on Keth. 43b?
@user6591 understood, and this is quite a common phenomenon, but if the whole point is to demonstrate that we have a solid tradition, although the redactors of the Gemara cannot agree on which Zeira transmitted this tradition, why not just go with the most recent, unambiguous link in the chain? (I suppose the question could be asked of any similar situation; but it's striking to me that, in this case, the only ambiguity is which Zeira said it, and that they're only distinguishable by a single letter in their respective honorifics.)
Mar
17
asked What's the point of this editorial note on Keth. 43b?
Mar
16
asked Do the Havdalah flames have to join into one?
Mar
16
comment How do you look into a Pesach program?
@avrohom One time, the proprietor of a non-fictitious, highly recommended restaurant in Paris told me that his Kashruth certificate was merely expired, not revoked, and that as soon as he sends in his payment it will be renewed. When I asked to speak with the Mashgiah, he told me he was the Mashgiah. At that point we had to leave, sadly.
Mar
13
comment Why aren't we Mahmir (stringent) with just Mikvah when ruling leniently on a technicality in Niddah cases?
@BabySeal, thanks for your insights, and Mazal Tov on being a Chosson!
Mar
13
comment Is it permissible for a Jewish woman to marry a Muslim man and vice versa?
@afuna, I was stressing that point, yes. Because the question is one of Jewish law. And Ibn 'Ezra is not regarded as a decisor of Jewish law whose rulings we use today.
Mar
13
comment Is it permissible for a Jewish woman to marry a Muslim man and vice versa?
@afuna You are nitpicking a word that I used three years ago in a comment explaining a previous comment regarding yet another comment. Who is being pedantic?
Mar
13
comment Is it permissible for a Jewish woman to marry a Muslim man and vice versa?
@afuna that's not the Meiri, and that's not a Pesak.
Mar
12
revised Nishmas Chaim / Rav Chaim Berlin - searching for his tshuva on men and women shaking hands
Fixed grammar, removed some jargon.
Mar
11
comment Is it permissible for a Jewish woman to marry a Muslim man and vice versa?
@afuna find out where, and you'll have proven me wrong.
Mar
11
comment Non-Israeli pulpit rabbis who actively promote moving to Israel
I'm not sure this is answerable without some clarification about what constitutes, for purposes of this question, promotion. Does a congratulatory speech at a soon-to-be-'Oleh's farewell Kiddush count? What about positive encouragement in private conversations with congregants who are seeking guidance about making such a decision? What about teaching laws pertaining to the land? If any of those meet your definition, then the rabbi of your Shul fits the bill. What about ending every Derashah with, "May we be Zocheh to a Geulah Sheleimah BiMheirah"? If so, the rabbi of my parents' Shul does.
Mar
11
comment Were/are there any gedolim that do not wear a hat of some kind?
How do you know that the rabbinic yarmulke isn't the additional hat that sits on top of another, smaller, yarmulke?
Mar
10
comment How did Haman think he could get away with murdering Mordechai?
See my comment in response to Shokhet. I don't think this really answers the question of why Haman would expect to get away with murder.
Mar
10
comment How did Haman think he could get away with murdering Mordechai?
@Shokhet, that inverse question isn't really the inverse. That asks why he restrained himself when he could, conceivably, have ordered Mordechai's death. My question is about how he could think he could just build a gallows at home to kill Mordechai. This would seem to demonstrate that it isn't an official act at all, but one of a personal (and premeditated) nature.
Mar
10
comment How did Haman think he could get away with murdering Mordechai?
@DoubleAA, an absolute monarch does not tend to have a long and successful reign if his ministers believe they can get away with murder.
Mar
10
asked How did Haman think he could get away with murdering Mordechai?
Mar
10
comment May a Jew be a professional beat boxer?
@DoubleAA, I know. I'm so sad!
Mar
10
comment Mezuza required on balcony door?
We don't Pasken Halachah here. Different balcony configurations could have different answers. CYLOR.