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Mar
6
comment Chazan praying for the sick in Refainu
Would we take "choleh b'toch beito" from your final paragraph literally? Must the person live in the house of the one praying? Is "beito" metaphorical to mean only his family, but not for example his chevruta (as Beit Aharon refers to all kohanim, whether they lived in Aaron's house or not) Or does it mean only the sick he personally knows, but not an entire list of people to whom he has no special connection? (I guess I should probably just ask this as a question on its own)
Feb
23
comment Have women accepted Zachor on themselves?
This is very new. R' Ezra Schwartz from YU said the Chazon Ish didn't think it was important for women in his own family to attend.
Feb
23
comment Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals?
If you say "Thank you Jesus for this food", either you are giving thanks to the Christian deity, or you are saying there is a guy named Jesus who provided you with the food in some way (he grew it, or cooked it, or bought it for you, etc). And unless it is really obvious that you mean the latter, it very much looks like the former, which is a problem.
Feb
23
comment process for Gabbai to call his son to the Torah
A gabbai in a shteibel used to regular call his firstborn son, and mention always "Bni bechori Nadav". Data point, but hardly an answer really.
Feb
23
comment Titles and prefixes for calling people up to the Torah
If I were the gabbai and a man of 60 asked to be called "ha-bachur", I'd assume it was to make him feel young. I'd say it, but I'd expect it to get a laugh.
Feb
23
comment May a Jew sell marijuana?
@DanF, no. If something is prohibited to me but permitted to you, I can sell it to you. If a nazir had wine and wanted to remove temptation, he could sell off all his wine. Kosher slaughterhouses regularly sell improperly shechted animals and other things to non-Jews. But this discussion is irrelevant if you think everyone has to follow R' Moshe.
Feb
16
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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?
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Feb
3
revised Are there any sources that prohibit childhood vaccinations?
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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...")?