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Mar
23
comment Seder advice when with people who aren't interested?
@MonicaCellio That's all I'm saying. Basically, if they like you enough to want you to come, they would (hopefully) be willing to incorporate your ideas into the evening's agenda. They're all there because of tradition, why not throw in some actual tradition, then?
Mar
23
comment Is it okay to drive a car on the Sabbath?
@Nathan The active use of electricity is a subject of dispute, but it is generally accepted that there are certain types of labor associated with actively using electricity (generating heat being akin to stoking a fire; completing a circuit being akin to an act of building, another prohibited category of labor among the 39 mentioned by Shalom above).
Mar
23
revised What does the term “sons of G-d” mean?
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Mar
23
answered What does the term “sons of G-d” mean?
Mar
23
comment Seder advice when with people who aren't interested?
@monicacellio Then I'll amend my suggestion. Offer the wine (after arriving early, if possible, to help set up) and suggest to the host(s) that they have everyone go around the room reading and following the Haggadah for as long as everyone seems willing/able to pay attention. A lot of times people, after going through the Haggadah for the first time (or first time in a long time) look back at it and say, "Wow, that was actually a lot more interesting than I expected/remembered."
Mar
22
comment Does a coffee grinder require Tevillah (immersion) in a Mikvah?
@ShmuelBrill I was referring to the third bullet in Shalom's answer to his own question (which he linked in this answer). See my comments there.
Mar
22
comment Does a coffee grinder require Tevillah (immersion) in a Mikvah?
@ShmuelBrill except that it was serious.
Mar
22
comment Aluminum Pan Reuse
OK, fair enough.
Mar
22
comment Aluminum Pan Reuse
Yeah, that seems to bee Anon's argument as well. I would love to see a source supporting that, because otherwise all I've got to go on are the Halachoth I'm familiar with, which are that final assembly is what matters.
Mar
22
comment Aluminum Pan Reuse
Although this is an interesting counterpoint.
Mar
22
comment Aluminum Pan Reuse
Interesting twist on the subject by R' Belsky. But of what consequence is it that the Jew is the one who made the decision to reuse it? The object itself was not made by him. revach.net/ask/article.php?id=34 (The linked article is not directly related; it addresses Ma'aseh Uman, and I don't know how deciding to reuse it changes the item.)
Mar
22
accepted Does a coffee grinder require Tevillah (immersion) in a Mikvah?
Mar
22
comment Does a coffee grinder require Tevillah (immersion) in a Mikvah?
@Ariel, if you can take it apart enough to let the internal components dry, then you do not need to Tovel it at all (see the end of my question).
Mar
21
comment Supermarket chains that you can / cannot buy Chometz in right after Pesach
By the way, just because Schnucks is owned by non-Jews does not obviate the problem of the distributor. As of last year (I haven't heard yet or checked this year) many publicly traded and non-Jewish owned businesses were problematic because they ordered products from C&S, which is a large but privately held food distribution company owned by Jews, and its/their Hametz is not sold for Pesah.
Mar
21
revised Seder advice when with people who aren't interested?
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Mar
21
answered Seder advice when with people who aren't interested?
Mar
21
revised Kiddush cup handoff
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Mar
21
comment Kiddush cup handoff
Also, @yoel, there are certainly things we have adopted over the centuries, with excus-uh-reasons ranging from the 'Avodah Zarah being Batel to the adoption into ritual practice being inherently uplifting and sanctifying of the formerly 'A"Z practice.
Mar
21
comment Kiddush cup handoff
@Yoel, the above is just to point out that it is ceremonial, which would equally constitute BeHukotheihem just as much as actual 'A"Z.
Mar
21
comment Kiddush cup handoff
"A salute is also rendered When the United States National Anthem, "To the Color," "Hail to the Chief," or foreign national anthems are played. To uncased National Color outdoors. On ceremonial occasions (such as Change of Command, and Military Parades). At reveille and retreat ceremonies, during the raising or lowering of the flag. During the sounding of honors. When the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag is being recited outdoors. When turning over control of formations. When rendering reports." usmilitary.about.com/cs/generalinfo/a/salute.htm