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Nov
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comment Bracha on jalapeño peppers?
@sam raw pickles are called cucumbers, and I think it is normal to eat cucumbers raw. Am I missing something?
Nov
5
comment Hatzi Kaddish melody using Haftarah nusach
@DoubleAA it applies there too, and perhaps more commonly for blessing before haftara, but speaker definitely said it in regard to kaddishes, as the OP asked.
Oct
28
comment Keeping up with fast davening
Why do you assume saying yishtabach with the shatz is better than saying it earlier so that you are at shmona esrei with him?
Oct
27
comment Is there an obligation for men and women to sit separately at a simcha?
Rabbi Mordechai Willig, who married more than 30 years ago, has said in shiurim that there was dancing by both men and women at his wedding with no mechitza. He makes it sound quite common. @hazoriz, don't engage in revisionist history.
Oct
23
comment What are some instances in which ashkenazim do NOT follow Rama?
@NoachmiFrankfurt that too would be unlike the Rema, but I have never been to a shul where the blessing on tefillin is said aloud like birkot hashachar any day of the year. Obviously if those wearing tefillin say the blessing quietly I won't hear them, but I was told one does not make the Bracha nowadays. I myself don't wear tefillin on chol hamoed.
Oct
23
revised What are some instances in which ashkenazim do NOT follow Rama?
Added tefillin on chol hamoed 31:2
Sep
16
revised Doesn't Zeresh know Mordechai was Jewish?
Fixed my capitalization
Sep
16
answered What's the significance of בי״ה שמ״ו סימן, espcially on Dt. 31:28?
Sep
16
asked Doesn't Zeresh know Mordechai was Jewish?
Sep
10
comment Mezuzah on window
Are you ignoring the Rambam's requirement that the room have a roof, and be fit to live in, and be fit to live honorably in?
Sep
3
answered Guide to being a good father?
Sep
2
comment Why can't we distribute mitzvah obligations around the community?
There is a concept of a 'mitzvah sh'b'gufo' which cannot be done by a shaliach. I would think that would be the beginnings of an answer. For someone else to do something and have others be yotzei, one needs shlichut.
Sep
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answered What is the point of praying if your fate is already decided on Rosh Hashana?
Sep
1
comment How does Judaism regard homeschooling?
I believe different places say each. "B'makom" is often understood to mean the subject matter (do I learn Talmud or halacha?) wheras m'makom is understood as teacher or institution (Do I study at Lakewood or the Mir? Rabbi Schwartz' shiur or Rabbi Cohen's?).
Aug
27
comment Horse back riding for women
@user6591, you are free to think so. I wrote this answer in 2012, before Freundel's sins were made public. Should I delete it now? Is the logic less compelling because of the source?
Aug
27
comment What is the difference between Maharat and Yoetzet Halacha?
I acknowledge that this is poorly sourced. Suggestions on how to source it would help.
Aug
27
answered What is the difference between Maharat and Yoetzet Halacha?
Aug
27
comment When Sofrim write Sifrei Torah, do they think of the Ba'alei Kri'ah (readers)?
Rabbi Shneid. He lives in Monsey and came in once per week to teach his course at nights.
Aug
27
comment How does Judaism regard homeschooling?
I think you missed the best Talmud quote in support of unschooling 'ein adam lomed ela b'makom sh'libo chafetz'. "A person learns only what his heart desires." This supports the unschooling model of the child following his/her own interest and learning what they desire.