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Aug
21
awarded  Necromancer
Aug
21
awarded  Revival
Aug
21
comment Hechi Kedushah anytime?
It is my experience that many Conservative synagogues do a heicha kedusha for musaf. I have also been in a Chabad that did this for the same sorts of reasons (the tzibbur will not tolerate more davening/won't pay attention anyway).
Aug
21
comment Can an apikores (heretic) count in a minyan?
@Ari, so a person who says, "Ordinarily I daven in a conservative shul and I think women should count...but today I have yahrtzeit so I came to this Orthodox shul" You think that person does not count for a minyan?
Aug
21
comment Can an apikores (heretic) count in a minyan?
@AdamMosheh, please check your source on that. I'm inclined to believe that the opposite in fact was said. No one today who understands exactly what it means to violate the commandments to anger G-d in fact does so. On the other hand, our desires for forbidden things haven't decreased any.
Aug
21
comment Is it permitted to have a boy under barmitzvah age sing Anim Zemiros?
Rabbi Barry Freundel repeatedly quoted Chasidei Ashkenaz, as authors of this prayer, saying that innocent children are the ideal leaders of this prayer.
Aug
21
answered Non-Yemenites who heat up soup after the start of Shabbat?
Aug
21
comment Ice-cream scoop on Shabbos
I don't know anyone who goes out of their way to make a series of beautifully perfect spheres of ice cream. I'm not sure even if they did that it would be prohibited, as spheres might be too simple. This shaping business is for things where a picture of something is made.
Aug
21
comment How to survive Purim
Many communities do make things work that way. In case the OP is not in such a community, or someone else reading isn't, it is something that can take some time on the day of. Plus, often there are people collecting on the day of Purim as well.
Aug
21
awarded  Revival
Aug
20
answered How to survive Purim
Aug
12
comment What is the origin of the custom to say Shema to a baby on the day before his Brit Milah?
I'll admit that this is purely my own logic, but there is a somewhat more rational answer too: The brit mila itself is dangerous, and thus we should do something that the baby gets through it safely.
Jul
26
awarded  Revival
Jul
24
comment Must a woman cover her hair during childbirth?
I'll add one additional reason: During childbirth, she is exposing her actual erva. Saying, "I must cover my hair for modesty while you focus on my gynecological bits" seems patently ridiculous. That said, the story is told of a woman who, on meeting her new gynecologist, refused to shake his hand because of negia. Ridiculous as it is, it might be the halacha.
Jul
24
comment Would a baalat teshuva need a get from each previous sexual relationship?
@Menachem A) I explicitly mentioned this possibility in my response to SAH. B) It is going to be pretty rare. Common law marriage requires quite a few years. Again, see my comment immediately above.
Jul
24
comment What's with Rus sleeping over with Boaz?
In order to make her a yevama, Boaz would have to be the brother of her deceased husband. She is sorta-kinda like a yevama, which is sorta-kinda like a wife, so they can behave in ways that are otherwise licentious?
Jul
24
comment Would a baalat teshuva need a get from each previous sexual relationship?
@Menachem, even a long term committed relationship does not normally include marital intent. SAH, do you know people who say "oh, everyone knows they live together and are intimate, so they're married"? No one believes that public sexual relationships are some sort of de facto marriages. Maybe if they were together long enough that one might begin consideration of a common-law spouse, OK, I hear the question. I can't imagine this happens more than once in anyone's life, and never in most lifetimes.
Jul
22
answered Is marriage without ketubah considered marriage, concubinage, or kiddushin she’einah re’uyah le’biah (marriage that cannot be consummated)?
Jul
22
answered If a woman converts, marries, and divorces — how is she identified in her next ketubah?
Jul
22
awarded  Constituent