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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?
Feb
15
comment Kashering pot from meat to dairy/parev?
@msh210 I do indeed.
Feb
15
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
That crowded and delayed trains have no tickets collected is my experience on commuter trains. The rest is an inference from similar cases on which I have heard psak. For example, moving to a better seat at a sporting event with the silent approval of ushers. I think here the inaction of conductors indicates that the ride is free, permitting reuse of the tickets.
Feb
13
answered Train ticket not collected: destroy?
Feb
13
answered Silent letter in Yisachar
Feb
13
revised Why don't brides (always) cover their hair for their weddings?
changed Kallah to bride...needless hebrew removed
Jan
12
comment What other work can a mashgiach do in a kosher restaurant today?
This has the benefit of ensuring that the money is as as kosher as the food.
Jan
12
answered Can I trust a non-kosher home's coffee pot?
Jan
6
comment Is live video a halachic substitute for physical presence?
Another potential issue: If i see a live video of anything on which I would say a blessing on seeing (Torah scholar, king, rainbow, ocean, etc), can I say the blessing? I feel like if I had a minyan composed by video camera (Ten people join a Google+ Hangout to compose a minyan) that it wouldn't work, but that based on the Alexandria minyan, if there were a minyan in one place and a live video feed, the other people add on.
Jan
6
answered Bringing little girls into the men's section in Shul
Jan
6
comment Is a mechitza required for dancing at Jewish weddings? Why?
In his motzaei Shabbat lecture series of 2010-2011, Rabbi Willig said the same thing basically: Now, a mechitza is "de rigeur". This implies it used to not be.
Jan
6
answered Halachic Source for Women-Only Mikvaoth?