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Sep
10
comment Halachik source for wearing stockings
@DoubleAA, it's pretty difficult with certain colors/materials to tell if you're looking at the skin or just the fabric. Unless someone has a noticeable birthmark on her leg, it can be darn near impossible. Even if she does have a birthmark, that might still be visible even through an "opaque" pair of nylons.
Sep
10
asked What was Rav's relationship to R' Hiyyah?
Sep
8
comment Halachik source for wearing stockings
But what about applying that to stockings?
Sep
8
comment Halachik source for wearing stockings
Well, for example, a lot of shower doors have a "frosted" look. You wouldn't be able to identify features, but you could identify enough, maybe, to pose a possible Halachic problem.
Sep
8
comment Halachik source for wearing stockings
@DoubleAA, what's considered "seeing", and how opaque is acceptable in other contexts?
Sep
8
comment Ezekiel 16:4: לֹא הֻמְלַחַתְּ — what practice does this describe?
@fred, et al, upon review of the history of the question (someone upvoted my answer, which is what brought it back to my attention), I stand firm in my original objection, though less offended (I don't recall if I actually was offended to begin with, but I sound like I was). I support my previous statement from March 22 '13 at 19:44 that the Gill source is unnecessary with the other embellishment from Soranus.
Sep
8
comment Ezekiel 16:4: לֹא הֻמְלַחַתְּ — what practice does this describe?
@DoubleAA, I neglected to ping you. My apologies.
Sep
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can you dry yourself on shabbos?
Sep
5
comment Can I use a firearm to protect my home on Shabbos?
Is there any particular Melachah or Shabbath activity that you think might be breached using either a firearm or some other device/technique, can you please specify? Otherwise, I'm afraid this question reads like, "Do the law of Shabbos preempt my choices of undergarments to wear?" In other words, it's just kind of...why would you think so?
Sep
4
revised May we intervene with Religious OCD sufferers?
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Sep
4
comment May we intervene with Religious OCD sufferers?
@sah the question is poorly written, but at least at one point it asks whether to intervene if it could be just meticulous piety, and I'm saying OCD can be distinguished, and if a person needs help it is ok - and important - to intervene.
Sep
3
revised Is a rare steak kosher?
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Sep
3
comment What does, 'A wandering Aramean was my father' mean in Dt 26:5?
@Yishai, Hebrew is a fascinating language, isn't it? I stand by my previous comment.
Sep
3
comment What does, 'A wandering Aramean was my father' mean in Dt 26:5?
The word is not Avad, but Oved. It's intransitive, so lost is more correct. Wandering is pretty standard, and more contextually correct, than lost, depending on what you mean by each (it's Hebrew, after all, not English).
Sep
3
comment What does, 'A wandering Aramean was my father' mean in Dt 26:5?
That's a Midrashic interpretation. It's not actually grammatically correct. There's a very good vort on this for later. The OP's translation is actually grammatically correct. See both RaShBa"M and Ibn 'Ezra.
Sep
3
comment Why should A Capella music be allowed during Sefirah/Three Weeks?
@double, Danny, that's why I asked my question. It's not the only reason, but it seems that most people assume it doesn't count as live because it was prerecorded, even though it's producing sound now.
Sep
2
comment Why should A Capella music be allowed during Sefirah/Three Weeks?
He's referring to recorded music. I suggested in my question that perhaps that counts as an instrument. He is saying that that was not directly addressed by anyone prior to Edison. You are saying it's a fact that it is an instrument. On what basis?
Sep
2
comment Why should A Capella music be allowed during Sefirah/Three Weeks?
@DoubleAA, misquote? "(3). Recorded music. Obviously you will not find Poskim before 1877 dealing with that issue. The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. (Source: WP)"
Aug
29
comment What is the difference between a Sephardic and Ashkenaz eruv?
Mishnah Berurah (ad loc. 23): (כג) וי"א שכל שאין ששים רבוא וכו' - סבירא להו דגם לזה בעינן דומיא דדגלי מדבר שהיו ששים רבוא ואף שהיה שם עוד ערב רב ונשים וטף לא חשבינן אלא מה שנמצא בכתוב בפירוש. ולענין הלכה מדעת המחבר דכתב דעה זו רק בשם י"א משמע דלהלכה לא ס"ל כן ומ"מ אין בנו כח למחות ביד הסומכין על דעה זו דדעה זו ג"כ לא דעת יחידאה היא כמו שכתבתי בביאור הלכה וכן צדדו כמה אחרונים וכל בעל נפש יחמיר לעצמו ועיין בסימן שס"ד במשנה ברורה סק"ז ובביאור הלכה כאן ושם:
Aug
29
comment What is the difference between a Sephardic and Ashkenaz eruv?
@DoubleAA, it's not, strictly speaking, but Sepharadim are more uniformly against it, and Ashkenazim are more generally supportive of it.