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Feb
16
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
15
comment Can a man miss tefilah with a minyan because his wife is overwhelmed with the children?
There is a story of a fellow who usually came late to minyan/yeshiva. A functionary approached him to inquire about his habitual tardiness. He said, "Every day, as I am going towards minyan, I see a woman who has many children and many household chores. She cannot manage them all by herself. So I stop to help her." The functionary responded, "Oh, that's different. Is she a widow?" The man said, "Thank G-d, no. She is my own wife."
Feb
8
comment Shaliach tzibur who publically transgresses a Biblical commandment
Is your question on those who publicly violate mitzvot most of the community does not violate, or are you asking if I have to find the rare individual who honors his parents appropriately and doesn't speak lashon hara? If the latter, who will daven?
Feb
4
comment What's the reason behind having an additional atara on the middle of the talis gadol?
I always assumed it was related to the gartel and dividing top from bottom.
Feb
4
comment Do modern Jewish cemeteries separate the “righteous” from the “wicked”?
Rav Herschel Shachter regularly jokes that this is why each shul has its section in the cemetery. We assume everyone who went to this shul is guilty of approximately the same sins.
Feb
4
comment Why is a woman allowed to get pregnant?
There seems to be a difference between refraining from having children because they will be wicked and refraining from having children because it is dangerous to do so.
Feb
4
revised Why is a woman allowed to get pregnant?
improved format, named characters
Feb
4
comment How was Shmuel permitted to kill Agag?
How does one cut someone into four pieces in a single act? If instead he cut in half, and cut the halves in half, isn't the latter action unneccesary to the killing, and thus problematic from a tumah angle?
Feb
4
comment How to handle cadavers
@AvrohomYitzchok, the ask button is up there ^^^. Also, I heard a likely apocryphal story that YU's med school once got a cadaver with a Jewish name. They buried it and bought another.
Feb
3
revised Are there any sources that prohibit childhood vaccinations?
responded to comments
Feb
3
revised Are there any sources that prohibit childhood vaccinations?
corrected second link
Feb
3
answered Are there any sources that prohibit childhood vaccinations?
Jan
26
answered What is the reason for “stretched” letters in the Torah?
Jan
26
comment Is there a halacha that limits the use of stretching letters in the Torah?
From the description, I am wondering how that came to be in the first place, especially in the beginning of Shemot. If it were the column just before something that traditionally begins a column, I can understand, but why in Shmot. Was it maybe in Vayechi (the column before "Yehudah, atah yaducha...")?
Jan
26
revised Prayer for changing name for transgender reasons?
edited title
Jan
26
comment Process by which one changes their name
There is a text in the RCA Madrikh, which I want to consult before answering. The book is at work. If I haven't answered in a few days, someone can remind me.
Jan
26
comment Must a woman cover her hair during childbirth?
@DoubleAA, there may be any number of hospital staff present as she delivers. But more to the point, whoever is in the room sees her ervah. Seeing her hair seems a small matter by comparison. Should she wear thigh high stockings, since her legs are an ervah too?
Jan
22
awarded  Curious
Jan
21
comment Questions on David's order to kill Yoav
The Mi Yodea Referencer didn't work for me. If someone wants to fix those, that would be great.
Jan
21
asked Questions on David's order to kill Yoav