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May
12
awarded  Yearling
Apr
9
comment Shabbos Clothing and Disgracing the Festivals
Not sure if this is an answer or a non-answer, but: Rav Herschel Shachter frequently mentions before yom tov that one should dress nicest for Yom Tov, nicer for Shabbat than chol hamoed and nicer for chol hamoed than for a weekday. He notes that most people don't have 4 or more sets of nicer and nicer clothing, so they dress for chol hamoed, yom tov and Shabbat the same. He also mentions that Rav JB Soloveitchik used to wear a top hat on Yom Tov, but stopped at some point when it stopped being socially acceptable.
Apr
2
comment Using a plata on Shabbat
There are some people, including Rav Mordechai Willig of YU, who do not see putting a pot of food on top of an inverted pan with no food in it as the same as placing a pot of food on top of another pot of food.
Apr
2
comment Using a plata on Shabbat
This is nitpicky, but Rabbi Asher Lopatin is now the president of Yeshivat Chovevei HaTorah. So aside from no longer being in Chicago (he is now based in New York), I might characterize his affiliation not as Modern Orthodox but as Open Orthodox. That distinction may be important to some people.
Mar
30
comment The Layman's Masechta (Mishnayoth) for a Siyum
The first chapter of Megillah has quite a few concepts gathered from all over the place. It is, after all, the defining case of "ein bein".
Mar
30
comment Time limit on making a Siyum
@DoubleAA, depends on the masechta, depends on the person. If there are people regularly making siyumim somewhere you frequent, then yes, perhaps. But if asked "What is the end of Masechet Ploni?" there are fairly few values of ploni for which I have a ready answer.
Mar
26
comment Did courts ever execute?
@DoubleAA, whether a kohen may make himself tamei on the same day that he was tamei to a close relative is a machloket Rambam & Raavad. I can look for citation.
Mar
23
comment Does demolition of terrorists' homes have any basis in Judaism?
@DoubleAA, it could be permitted based on hefker beit din (though even if hefker, it may be bal tashchit to destroy a home). It could be permitted based on pikuach nefesh (if it is an effective deterrent).
Mar
12
revised Emotional distress with the overly sensitive
Title was overbroad, narrowed focus
Mar
12
comment Shalosh Seudos on Friday Night
@DoubleAA, but many shuls have Rosh Hashana go past chatzot. According to you, the person isn't yotze Kiddush by having it in the afternoon. So those shuls are causing their congregations to sin. Also, when shuls have earlier Kiddush, I have never heard "we are having Kiddush now because musaf ends after chatzot and one isn't yotze Kiddush in the afternoon".
Mar
12
comment Shalosh Seudos on Friday Night
@DoubleAA, why do you assume they are sinning rather than that they had water before Shacharit? Do you think Rosh Hashana Kiddush is sheerly out of habit? I have never heard that one MUST have Kiddush before chatzot or Kiddush cannot be said.
Mar
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
11
comment Shalosh Seudos on Friday Night
@DoubleAA, it seems obvious that if one's first meal after davening on Shabbat day is in the afternoon, kiddush would still be required. There are yom tov days where davening often lets out after chatzot, but kiddush happens anyway.
Mar
10
comment What siddur do Open Orthodox people use?
I suspect that at this point at least, those who want to make Open Orthodox suggested changes (such as omitting the bracha sh'lo asani isha, the mention of niddah in long Tachanun, etc) are knowledgeable enough to make them "on the fly". Those who don't know enough to skip these passages might not care enough about them.
Mar
8
comment If a nations laws are immoral in the face of Torah laws, are we still obligated to abide by them?
I expected from the title for this to be a more halakhicly ambiguous case, like bankruptcy law, which from a halakhic perspective is theft in that you don't repay your loans, but from a legal perspective is an exemption from repaying them.
Mar
6
comment Chazan praying for the sick in Refainu
Would we take "choleh b'toch beito" from your final paragraph literally? Must the person live in the house of the one praying? Is "beito" metaphorical to mean only his family, but not for example his chevruta (as Beit Aharon refers to all kohanim, whether they lived in Aaron's house or not) Or does it mean only the sick he personally knows, but not an entire list of people to whom he has no special connection? (I guess I should probably just ask this as a question on its own)
Feb
23
comment Have women accepted Zachor on themselves?
This is very new. R' Ezra Schwartz from YU said the Chazon Ish didn't think it was important for women in his own family to attend.
Feb
23
comment Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals?
If you say "Thank you Jesus for this food", either you are giving thanks to the Christian deity, or you are saying there is a guy named Jesus who provided you with the food in some way (he grew it, or cooked it, or bought it for you, etc). And unless it is really obvious that you mean the latter, it very much looks like the former, which is a problem.
Feb
23
comment process for Gabbai to call his son to the Torah
A gabbai in a shteibel used to regular call his firstborn son, and mention always "Bni bechori Nadav". Data point, but hardly an answer really.
Feb
23
comment Titles and prefixes for calling people up to the Torah
If I were the gabbai and a man of 60 asked to be called "ha-bachur", I'd assume it was to make him feel young. I'd say it, but I'd expect it to get a laugh.