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Jan
26
answered What is the reason for “stretched” letters in the Torah?
Jan
26
comment Is there a halacha that limits the use of stretching letters in the Torah?
From the description, I am wondering how that came to be in the first place, especially in the beginning of Shemot. If it were the column just before something that traditionally begins a column, I can understand, but why in Shmot. Was it maybe in Vayechi (the column before "Yehudah, atah yaducha...")?
Jan
26
revised Prayer for changing name for transgender reasons?
edited title
Jan
26
comment Process by which one changes their name
There is a text in the RCA Madrikh, which I want to consult before answering. The book is at work. If I haven't answered in a few days, someone can remind me.
Jan
26
comment Must a woman cover her hair during childbirth?
@DoubleAA, there may be any number of hospital staff present as she delivers. But more to the point, whoever is in the room sees her ervah. Seeing her hair seems a small matter by comparison. Should she wear thigh high stockings, since her legs are an ervah too?
Jan
22
awarded  Curious
Jan
21
comment Questions on David's order to kill Yoav
The Mi Yodea Referencer didn't work for me. If someone wants to fix those, that would be great.
Jan
21
asked Questions on David's order to kill Yoav
Jan
20
answered Siddur with lots of white space for notes
Jan
20
awarded  Scholar
Jan
20
accepted Chabad custom not to have bar mitzva aliya shabbat morning
Jan
19
comment Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
Improving my spelling would be a sufficient motivation for me. I too struggle with spelling on those sorts of similar sounding letter issues.
Jan
19
comment What in a siddur can be changed?
@DoubleAA, you don't really believe either part of that. The poseik can reasonably say "this commentary/piyut/extra mi shbeirach is fine. Print it or don't as you desire". The poseik cannot reasonably say "Add this word to Shema".
Jan
18
answered Are there any post-high school Israeli yeshiva programs that offer semicha “credits”?
Jan
18
comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
I am not sure why people are being rough on Gary. I understand his question to be: Why will Orthodox institutions that give semikha and heter horaah to men not give it to women? Why will Orthodox synagogues and day schools employ men but not equivalently qualified women in positions not involving psak?
Jan
18
comment What's the deal with female Rabbis?
@user5829, how do you figure that the title is "in their own merit"? Both married rabbis, and I suspect wouldn't be called "rebbetzin" if they hadn't.
Jan
18
comment Does an Orthodox rabbi have to have semicha?
@BruceJames I want to hear more about Rav Soloveitchik revoking a semicha. Who? When? For what?
Jan
16
comment Hatzi Kaddish melody using Haftarah nusach
I have heard from a teacher at the Belz School of Music that this is how it "should" be done. The Kaddish tune alerts people to what is upcoming, so the tune for kaddish after Torah reading sounds like haftara, and the kaddish just before mussaf sounds like mussaf.
Jan
13
comment Resuscitation of Aged Nursing Home Patients
If a patient has a DNR order in place, there is no reason to call 911.
Jan
13
comment Naming a baby after a living non-relative
Not exactly a strong proof, but didn't the proliferation of Chaya Mushkas and Menachem Mendels in Chabad begin in earnest only after their respective deaths?