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awarded  Caucus
May
31
answered Who knows science?
May
29
answered Does Ma'aser need to be given on gifts?
May
29
answered Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach?
May
13
comment Are there different shitos for when fasts end? What are they?
@AdamMosheh Because aside from YK, they are rabbinic, and rabbis are lenient in cases of pain/suffering.
May
13
answered Am I allowed to view a Kotel Cam on Shabbos?
May
12
awarded  Yearling
May
8
answered How is a heter iska made to work with a non-business loan?
Apr
27
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
29
comment What are the parameters of kavod ha'brios?
For kavod habriot one need not rip shatnez clothing off a person in public. That is a Torah prohibition.
Feb
29
answered Which mitzvos exempt which mitzvos?
Feb
29
comment Stipulations based on “correct” halacha vs. “לא בשמים היא”
The notion that this sort of deference occurs only between groupings (tannaim, amoraim, rishonim, achronim) is simply not true in practice. The Shach and Taz are achronim. As a newly minted musmakh, so am I. But my rebbi's rebbi's rebbi wouldn't dare to argue with them. It seems to me rather that after some time (100-200 years I'd say) an issue is considered settled. If the settlement is a debate, one of two things happens: Group A does this and group B does that, or everyone tries to do both. And I understand @jake's frustration about the latter.
Feb
29
comment Stipulations based on “correct” halacha vs. “לא בשמים היא”
@Menachem, one hint to the early origins of "bdieved" is the fact that it is in Aramaic. This suggests that it was in the Talmud, and does not originate with achronim. After a quick search, I recalled that one does occaisionally find the gemara saying "bdieved yes, lchatchila no".
Feb
16
revised Coffee Urns on Shabbos
added 8 characters in body
Feb
15
answered Why do we call praying, Davening?
Feb
15
answered “Yaamod p'loni ben p'loni… chazak”?
Feb
15
comment Cocktail mixing (shaking & straining) on Shabbos
According to R' Ribiat's 39 Melachot, using a device that works as well as one's hand is considered by hand. Assuming gentle shaking so that ice is in relatively large pieces, one could strain the drink through one's fingers. Not sure that this always works, because I could strain pasta from its cooking water with my hands too (the fact that I'd burn my hands in the process is irrelevant here).
Feb
15
comment Using a plata on Shabbat
@MonicaCellio, at least among those with whom I am acquainted, that method is not recommended.
Feb
15
answered Coffee Urns on Shabbos
Feb
15
answered May a Katan (minor) perform Melachah (“work”) on Shabbath?