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Sep
19
comment Eating certain cereals during Aseres Yemei Teshuva
@GershonGold, I think he was saying it for all cereals he is aware of, or all OU cereals (he gives psak for the OU). Can you think of a cereal that you would consider bread-like enough that a large quantity requires washing?
Sep
19
comment Raw fish on Shabbos
@sam, muktza is based on a mental state. If I think, "well, I'm not going to use this" it becomes muktza. If in the past there was no use for raw fish, it was by default muktza. If I had a freshly caught salmon nowadays, and the skills and inclination to make sushi from it, it seemingly would not be muktza.
Sep
19
answered Eating certain cereals during Aseres Yemei Teshuva
Sep
16
comment Why the difference in minhagim about wearing a kittel on Yom Kippur only, or also on Rosh Hashanah
I wore a kittel on Rosh Hashana because I thought it would improve my davening. So many people asked me why I was wearing it, and which part of the service I was leading that I decided it was not worthwhile.
Sep
16
comment Why don't Sefardim use Honey on Rosh Hashanah?
Isn't the honey referred to in the verse date honey rather than bee's honey?
Sep
16
comment How to conjugate “their resting place(s)” in Kel Malei Rachamim?
In my shul, they only say kel maleh for one person at a time. Maybe the difficulty of conjugating is the reason? (/tongue-in-cheek)
Sep
16
answered In Kaddish — what consolation can we offer G-d?
Sep
14
comment Polyphasic Sleep and Halacha
@MosheYitzhak Many people change at least a little for an afternoon nap, especially on Shabbat. So this would be quite practical.
Sep
13
comment In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?
@msh210 I think the edit was unneccesary. If it really irked you as originally written, this is fine.
Sep
13
comment In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?
Had when I lived there. AFAIK they still have minyanim at that time.
Sep
13
answered In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?
Sep
13
comment How can I make a long summer shabbat a delight?
@AdamMosheh, I never especially liked that sort of folk roshei teyvot. "shopping b'shabbat taanug" works just as well as a roshei teyvot, as of course does any other verb beginning with shin.
Sep
13
comment Us'shuva us'fila utz'daka maavirin… so what?
@msh210, who says they are emphasizing the right things? There is a chassidic story whose moral is: better to emphasize "ana Hashem ki ani avdecha" in Hallel than "ana Hashem hoshiana na". Nevertheless, the emphasis everywhere I've been is on the latter.
Sep
13
comment Can you fulfill the obligation to pray if you can't hear the leader?
Perhaps those who knew how to daven (and motzi themselves) stood in back & those who needed to hear the shatz stood close enough to do so.
Sep
11
comment Saying “I love you” during nidda
I'm mostly guessing/theorizing, but I'd say it is because niddah can be a time when there is less feeling of love, and telling your wife that you love her creates emotional closeness to bridge the physical distance. This may be somewhat akin to something else she said: There is sometimes a feeling soon after Shabbat/yomtov of reticence to touch the light switches, forgetting that Shabbat has ended. This feeling can occur with a spouse after niddah. She thinks it should not. "Your wife is never muktze."
Sep
10
comment Dead Fly on Hot Oily Pan
60 is calculated by volume and the pan doesn't count. I can find sources if I need to, but I am quite sure here. Sixty based on volume is from a AskOU session.
Sep
10
revised Hilchos nidda: leftovers
Explained nechira
Sep
10
answered Saying “I love you” during nidda
Sep
10
comment Does a fan or light on Shabbos need a Blech?
Depends on how likely you are to flip switches if you don't put this on. My wife & I still tape some light switches that we know are likely to be flipped if not taped.
Sep
10
comment Why doesn't a ben niddah acquire the status of a mamzer?
I think both comments miss the obvious example: a married woman. Once she stops being married, she could be with this other fellow.