Reputation
23,924
Top tag
Next privilege 25,000 Rep.
Access to site analytics
Badges
4 45 129
Newest
 Necromancer
Impact
~307k people reached

2h
comment Dairy or pareve black coffee:
@DanF, does that ring a bell?^^^
2h
comment Dairy or pareve black coffee:
@Cauthon, my understanding of the mechanics is that milk doesn't get sucked into the machine, but is heated up externally. In most cases, at least. I do know one café that has a smaller espresso machine that actually does suck the milk through a plastic tube and heats it internally, so that may be a consideration if it's a smaller shop. Larger shops tend to have more professional-grade espresso machines, though, which have an external steamer. IIRC, the CRC article that DanF referenced says that, at Starbucks at least, NB"N is alleviated by Pagum when the steamer is cleaned between cups.
22h
comment When you're trapped by someone Davening behind you
Thanks for the clarification. Any thoughts on the impact on those in front of you (you being the person stuck in front of someone still Davening)?
Feb
5
comment Source text behind Rabbinic view on Dinah, Simeon, and Shaul noted in Jewish Encyclopedia
@ScottS, give them time...
Feb
1
comment Healing in the Torah and Talmud, how to receive healing from Hashem?
Are you asking in a figurative sense? In a metaphysical sense? Are you looking for a Kabbalistic answer? Are you looking for a map of the body correlating to certain commandments? Please clarify.
Jan
29
comment Answering Amen , Barachu and the like outside of a Minyan
See this answer to another question.
Jan
29
comment Answering Baruch Hu UVaruch Shemo and Amen while learning
Harry disputes your interpretation of your source.
Jan
29
comment Answering Amen , Barachu and the like outside of a Minyan
What's "the like"?
Jan
27
comment Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?
"Broadly speaking, we tend to follow the Shach (& co.) over the Taz in situations like this." -- Source? And situations like what? Fish and meat? Bitul BeShishim? Kashruth?
Jan
19
comment Why aren't Yemenites an ed echad on locusts?
@DoubleAA, that sounds like a fantastic explanation of the phenomenon of not relying on the Yemenite (or any) Mesorah. Whether it ought to be followed or not, I'm not qualified to answer, but it makes sense as an explanation of the "loss" of our Mesorah.
Jan
19
comment Oops, I just missed the siyum for Fast of the Firstborn
This happened to me, and I fasted. After the fact, a non-practicing rabbi (ie., he had Semichah, and had even written a Sefer, but worked professionally as an attorney) told me he believed I could have partaken of the meal, as that was the main point - ie., it is a Se'udath Mitzvah, whether I heard the words of Torah or not.
Jan
19
comment Oops, I just missed the siyum for Fast of the Firstborn
This happened to me, and I fasted. After the fact, a non-practicing rabbi (ie., he had Semichah, and had even written a Sefer, but worked professionally as an attorney) told me he believed I could have partaken of the meal, as that was the main point - ie., it is a Se'udath Mitzvah, whether I heard the words of Torah or not.
Jan
19
comment Oops, I just missed the siyum for Fast of the Firstborn
@DannySchoemann, you mean except for the first sentence?
Jan
14
comment Ethics of survey studies with a false premise
@DanF what if it's a psychology student? Or a sociology student? Or a political science student? Or an education student? Surely these (and many other) fields can gain from understanding human reaction to certain stimuli ("Free Junk! Buy now!").
Jan
13
comment Ask a gentile to switch labors?
@IsaacMoses, I mean, it's from last May, so yeah. Now. But it just seems like an awfully specific case. I'm not entirely against the question, and I know msh210 is not using MY for Pesak. Still, it just hit me the wrong way.
Jan
13
comment Ask a gentile to switch labors?
This strikes me as very Pesak-y. Can we reformulate it, perhaps to ask what the outer limits are of Amirah?
Jan
11
comment Pronunciation of God's Name in the Bach
I really enjoyed reading this answer, but I don't fully understand it (or the comments on the question that are similar). What does "sounds like a Tzeirei" mean? I don't pronounce Sheva (aka schwa) Na' that way. I don't know anyone that does, actually. In fact, my college professor for Arabic, whose PhD was in Aramaic, argued that a Sheva Na' should be pronounced like the 'u' in the English word "urge", and not like the 'i' in "hit" as most do (nor as the 'e' in "egg", as this pst seems to recommend - if I've understood you correctly). Can you clarify?
Jan
11
comment Chain of tradition for stories/parables told by Rashi
(Granted, the Gemara kind of drops us into the middle of a scene with no context whatsoever, but still: why/how does Rashi provide the explanation he does?)
Jan
11
comment Chain of tradition for stories/parables told by Rashi
@DoubleAA, another example brought above.
Jan
11
comment Chain of tradition for stories/parables told by Rashi
@Matt, how about Gittin 17a? This is way out of left field: שקלה לשרגא. שיש לפרסיים יום איד שאין מדליקין אור באותו יום אלא בבית ע"ז שלהן