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Jan
20
comment Tzur MiShelo - Should you sing it before Bentching?
So... Mahloketh you and R' Chaim? Just kidding. In all seriousness, though, would there be a problem of fulfilling your obligation on the biblical level and then forcing yourself into a position in which you are required to use the name of HaShem for the DeRabbanan?
Jan
20
comment יִבָּנֶה הַמִּקְדָּשׁ עִיר צִיּוֹן תְּמַלֵּא — why not תִּמָּלֵא?
If you want to check the accuracy and validity of Zemiroth in a Siddur, etc., the way to test it is by looking at the text they use for Yedid Nefesh.
Jan
20
comment Jewish definition of a charity
What about direct contributions to an arts project? Would that count?
Jan
20
comment Can I wash and say “please pass the salt”?
Understood. That's how I interpreted your comment. I was just adding that I think it's a mistake. But I could be wrong about that, at least as relates to the parallel I've drawn between the different circumstances and the level of prohibition against "interruption".
Jan
20
asked Critical Jewish analysis of the Ipuwer papyrus
Jan
20
comment Tzur MiShelo - Should you sing it before Bentching?
Gershon, that's true, but my question is, does the objection warrant scrutiny, why was it written, why ignore the objection to it, etc. Also, at the Tisch, haven't they Bentched beforehand?
Jan
20
revised Tzur MiShelo - Should you sing it before Bentching?
spelling
Jan
20
comment Tzur MiShelo - Should you sing it before Bentching?
@GershonGold I referenced that question in mine. I am asking a broader question, including, "hey, does anyone hold like him?"
Jan
20
comment why half-believe the Torah?
Sources for "as Chazal assert" and "as Rambam asserts" would be most valuable.
Jan
20
comment Can I wash and say “please pass the salt”?
I think it would follow that if you can make fully understandable gestures, you can also talk, and if you are carrying on an entire conversation with gestures only, you are, in fact, talking.
Jan
20
comment Can I wash and say “please pass the salt”?
@MonicaCellio +1, though I'm not sure it accomplishes its intended goal, since, as I tried to make clear, gesturing isn't necessarily any different from speaking. A Rav of mine once said that anytime you're prohibited from answering those things you can interrupt Keriath Shema' to answer (eg., Barchu, Kedushah), like when you are in the middle of Shemoneh 'Esreh or putting on Tefillin, you also aren't allowed to gesture or even make facial expressions to convey messages.
Jan
20
revised Can I wash and say “please pass the salt”?
deleted caviat at the end.
Jan
20
revised Tzur MiShelo - Should you sing it before Bentching?
Edited out (or say) because I'm not sure why I wrote it in the first place.
Jan
20
asked Tzur MiShelo - Should you sing it before Bentching?
Jan
20
comment יִבָּנֶה הַמִּקְדָּשׁ עִיר צִיּוֹן תְּמַלֵּא — why not תִּמָּלֵא?
Avi, even following the idea that only HaShem can fill the city, does that mean that for poetic purposes it would be wrong to ask that the city be filled? How is that theologically invalid?
Jan
20
comment יִבָּנֶה הַמִּקְדָּשׁ עִיר צִיּוֹן תְּמַלֵּא — why not תִּמָּלֵא?
You mean when I say it correctly it's incorrect?
Jan
20
comment 40 minutes offset for candle lighting?
I have never heard of anyone in Jerusalem not following the 40 minute custom (though I have not lived there and spent most of my Yeshivah experience outside the city). Also, I noticed one Shabbath several years ago that the community in which I staying in the NY area (I want to say Teaneck, but I don't recall anymore) posted a start time that was significantly earlier than the OU.org calendar said it needed to be, and I came to discover later that they indeed started 30 minutes before "Sheki'ah", rather than 18 minutes.
Jan
20
comment 40 minutes offset for candle lighting?
Yes. Jerusalem has an earlier start time. I'm sure someone will provide reasons in an answer.
Jan
20
answered Moshe's speech impediment(s)
Jan
19
comment What is the earliest time one can daven Shacharis?
"You may even start Davening before Misheyakir up to Yistabach and put on Talis and tefilin at Misheyakir." Can you Daven all the way through and put on Tallith and Tefillin at Minhah?