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Oct
21
comment In Beresheit what is the difference between the light in 1:3 and the light in 1:14
@double or an adjective. Or a part of speech that has no good English name.
Oct
20
comment Can you recommend an alternative outer talit bag?
@shokhet, better?
Oct
19
comment Why was Esther afraid to go to the King the second time, but not the first time?
+1. @baby, who authored the Targum? Is this based on anything else we can source?
Oct
13
comment Can you use algae, water plants (e.g. water lillies), hydroponics or fungi for schach?
I honestly don't understand the background/basis of the question. If you think it's so, then it's not a question. What makes you think it isn't so? And if it isn't so, what makes you suspect, as you seem to, that there may yet be something wrong with these specific forms of vegetation?
Oct
8
comment Buying pasul arba minim or non-arba minim for your small child
@DoubleAA, I think it's fine. You don't have to rely on Clint's claimed expertise for Pesak, but it is relevant enough to indicate that he's at least considered this and has some experience with it. I wouldn't trust Ben's Tallit Shop's proprietor to Pasken on my Tzitzis, but I'd at least accept his answer about what he says people actually do and what his shop recommends to customers (which would, presumably, include rabbis).
Oct
8
comment Should shma be read in the special trop?
And why do you assume Shema' needs to be read with any trop?
Oct
8
comment Should shma be read in the special trop?
Isn't the trop for the day used for the unique readings for the day? On R"H that might encompass all the public readings (maybe). But on Simhath Torah it is only for some of the readings. On 9 Av there are some parts read in "Eicha Trop" and some not. On Purim, similarly. Why would you assume that this would fit that category of special reading?
Oct
6
comment Is it usury to give a lender more than you borrowed on a Shemittah-cancelled loan?
@Matt, can you write up an answer explaining why I am misunderstanding something fundamental?
Oct
6
comment Is it usury to give a lender more than you borrowed on a Shemittah-cancelled loan?
@Matt unspecified, neighborly, "Hey, can I borrow some milk?"
Oct
6
comment Is it usury to give a lender more than you borrowed on a Shemittah-cancelled loan?
@double Assume not, but why should that matter?
Oct
1
comment Who are the Yekis?
@Bachrach44, see the comment above yours. :)
Sep
29
comment What Berachah do you make on a kiwi berry?
Hmm, I disagree with the edits (though I understand them). Is it necessary to provide options? Should I also state that it's not one of the five grains and therefore not Mezonoth? I think my question provided all the relevant information, and by leaving it without suggested answers a person is less likely to question why I chose those suggestions to the exclusion of other options.
Sep
29
comment What Berachah do you make on a kiwi berry?
@double aa so it seems. I didn't realize that was the case.
Sep
28
comment What Berachah do you make on a kiwi berry?
It's also supposed to be delicious.
Sep
24
comment Are Jews commanded to love Muslims?
Fair points. Feel free to correct my answer. I'm not able to right now.
Sep
22
comment Government “swearing-in” ceremony
NoachmiFrankfurt, many positions in the US government require people to swear in to office, and many Orthodox Jews serve in such positions. Some are performed with less ceremony, but as @IsaacMoses, commented, people are also sword in to give testimony in court proceedings. If your question is about whether it is appropriate to use a TaNa"Ch, and not about whether it is appropriate to swear, then Joe Lieberman's practice when he was a senator would seem to be irrelevant - unless it can be attested that he was given such guidance by his rabbi.
Sep
18
comment Can I wear a tallit gadol without an atara
Short answer: yes.
Sep
18
comment Can I wear a tallit gadol without an atara
You mean without even the basic wavy embroidery?
Sep
18
comment Request document Identification (Ancient Scroll?)
It looks like it might be written in some form of Judeo-Arabic, which would make sense if it's from Tunisia, as you say. But it's a little bit unintelligible to the untrained (or inadequately trained) eye.
Sep
15
comment Is getting a blessing from a rabbi considered heresy?
Is this an answer? I don't think so.