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Mar
22
comment Does God love non-Jews?
This chet-nun root (grace, charm) is found in words relating to free stuff (chinam), as well as to pray not based on merit but as a free gift (va'etchanan).
Mar
12
answered Asking a Rav a fake question
Mar
11
awarded  Revival
Mar
4
comment Order of names in a meshabarach after an aliyah
This bothers me, but what bothers me much more is: "the oleh, Yaakov ben Yitchak and his son Reuven ben Yaakov, and his son Shimon ben Yaakov..." If I just said "his son", I don't need to then say Ploni ben Ploni.
Mar
4
answered Naming a child after two relatives
Feb
13
comment What's an “achashvei”?
Given all of the drinking he does, he probably did indeed feel an ouch in his head quite often
Feb
5
answered Is age a disqualification for Shechita?
Feb
5
answered What puns are there in Tanach?
Jan
22
comment What forbids eating in a Jewish-owned restaurant open on shabbat?
Go and see what people do in terms of treating those who break Shabbat. Some are willing to apply tinok sh'nishba to all or almost all modern sabbath violators.
Jan
6
comment What forbids eating in a Jewish-owned restaurant open on shabbat?
I don't think this source is generally relied on nowadays. Say a group of 9 is gathered Shabbat morning. Another fellow drives up to join the minyan. If we really believed that a modern public Shabbat violator was akin to a non-Jew, we still would have no minyan.
Jan
4
comment How can God be just in light of Deuteronomy 23:3?
@YDK, how do you fit into this conception of mamzerut the fact that a convert can marry a mamzer or marry "regular" jews?
Dec
24
comment Kohen as Chazzan During Birchas Kohanim
I'd note that this would apply to shacharit in Sephardic (and Israeli) minyanim too, and there it applies every single day.
Dec
24
comment Kohen following a Mes into a tunnel
In theory the same would apply to the lower level of a multi-level bridge (such as the George Washington Bridge, near Yeshiva University). While at YU, there were two kohanim with whom I regularly commuted. One asked that we avoid the lower level in case there was a hearse and the other did not care.
Dec
20
comment Making a Siyum on major sections of learning but not a codified unit
@SethJ, I'd say no. Personally I'd consider Nosei Keilim (commentaries) as part of one possible definition of b'iyun. As such, I'd say one can make a siyum on a section of SA without studying the Shach. There is presumably extra reward for more study, but not in the form of a siyum.
Nov
15
comment Making a Siyum on major sections of learning but not a codified unit
They list only these 4 options.
Nov
12
comment sperm donation and p'ru ur'vu
(Related but not exactly on point) A friend who was going to be treated for leukemia before he married was concerned that his fertility would be compromised. He was told to have some seed frozen (essentially deposited at a sperm bank for later withdrawl) before undergoing treatment, such that he could impregnate his wife later should he become unable to have children. He was already engaged at the time.
Nov
12
comment Does casual sex establish a marriage?
In theory, if it is clear to everyone that the intent is marriage, saying so is not essential. In your ordinary marriage case (which this clearly isn't), if a groom gave a bride a ring and said nothing, and she accepts it, they are married. Not sure how to work that in a biah case.
Nov
12
comment Why are angelic icons not prominent in Judaism?
While the father may be an outlier, he does have Rambam on his side. Rambam says these angelic encounters were dreams/visions that did not occur in reality. Ramban strongly disagrees, but does quote Rambam (the Ramban is at the beginning of Vaera).
Nov
12
comment How can I curb my sexual desire?
The Noam Elimelech's advice reminds me of those who try to avoid thinking about sex by trying to name all of the players on their favorite sports team. As you try to remember the shortstop's name, your brain can't focus on sex. Presumably any list that you know but is hard to remember would work (name all the cranial nerves or all books in Tanach or the like).
Nov
12
comment Do Jews need to care about non-jewish homosexuality?
Snow crab legs are sold in supermrkets and are sometimes taken from live snow crabs. There are houses of worship of idolatrous religions. No one seems to get terribly upset about these things. Why should we yell and scream about one and not the other?