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May
13
comment Biblical Prohibition of Breaking Shabbos/Shabbat
I don't believe "Meizid" would apply, since that generally assumes rebellious intent. If you know it's prohibited, and you decide you're going to do it anyway, particularly if you have been warned and have responded defiantly, that would be a Meizid. If you think you probably shouldn't, that's not quite the same thing.
May
13
revised Re-reciting morning Berachoth
Clarified, got rid of some stream of consciousness.
May
11
comment Is one allowed to get a job where no minyan could be found?
@bondonk, this question is about Minyan. I think the question applies, though, far beyond just a locale with no ready Minchah Minyan. It could be a subset of whether someone can move to a city with a Minyan at all.
May
8
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@Gary, well I think we agree. If you're a Talmud minnow, I don't know where that places me, but I feel like, maybe, a Talmud goldfish to Double AA's Talmud tuna.
May
8
revised Earliest sources for the hot-rock method of hagalah
Changed title to match the question.
May
7
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@DoubleAA, you're being too literalist with my words. If I must clarify my words for someone of your JLLy and English experience, either I have failed to communicate properly or you have deliberately refused to interpret my words as they were intended. I lean towards the latter here. But for the sake of, heck, no reason I can think of really, I will try to explain: I have attended many Torah classes, delving into Halachah about YeHareg VeAl Ya'Avor, either as the primary subject or a secondary point, that have cited RaMBa"M's opinion and indicated that it is authoritative.
May
7
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
And @GregoryMagarshak. Learning Halachah is part of what we do. I am confused by your confusion, Double AA.
May
7
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@Gary, are you commenting on my comment, or answering on my behalf to DoubleAA's comment?
May
6
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
I think that the question could be made stronger. Basically, as written, it asks, "There is a law to become a martyr for certain things; if you don't fulfill that law, have you violated it?" I have to support @DoubleAA's comment, even though I would like to see answers to this question.
May
6
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@DoubleAA, I've been taught by many teachers, all of them Ashkenazim, who have cited this as authoritative. It could be that, since martyrdom scenarios have, sadly, been very relevant throughout Jewish history, whereas capital punishment meted out by Beith Din has not, most authorities (in my experience) seem to accept the RaMBa"M's view (possibly as a way of not further frightening/worrying a terrorized community), although some have taken (at least academic) license to be strict.
May
4
comment Is there an issur to put cold water in a kli rishon on Yom Tov?
I would think your question boils down (no pun intended) to whether or not this is considered cooking.
Apr
30
comment Tashlumin for a woman who usually doesn't daven
Not an answer: I think you just answered your own question.
Apr
29
comment Did Rembrandt really get the 'mene, mene' inscription in his painting of Belshazzar's Feast wrong?
+1 for correct use of 'apposite'.
Apr
24
comment Is downloading pirated music stealing?
@NoachmiFrankfurt, as I alluded to in my first couple of paragraphs, it would depend on the definition of the word(s). If you have permission, it's not stealing. The question of Zeh Neheneh VeZeh Lo Haser (mentioned by Ray in the comments on the question) is an interesting one, though.
Apr
21
comment Formulation of Women's Zimmun
(@DoubleAA forgive me if I assumed incorrectly that you mean to dispense with "רבותי נברך", as in your comment on the question.)
Apr
21
comment Formulation of Women's Zimmun
@DoubleAA, that would be valid. I think the question, perhaps unnecessarily, is trying to stick with the "standard" formulation for the introductory line and call to bless, and just looking for a tweak. But feel free to post your own answer.
Apr
21
revised Formulation of Women's Zimmun
Whoops!
Apr
20
revised Channukah and Bal Tosif
בל - not בעל.
Apr
14
comment Saying 100 Berachoth in a day
If one takes R' Meir for a whirl, then reading it מאה would give you the missing letter, too, won't it?
Apr
13
comment What does the ל of לבעבור mean?
I'm guessing archaic form vs. (relatively) newer form. It's possible that, whether that's correct or not, there may be a nuanced difference in meaning as well (eg., the Rav Hirsch answer).