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Sep
25
comment What is the origin of the “sukkah hop”?
@CharlesKoppelman, it was of course intentional, but not essential.
Sep
23
comment Advice for Lighting in a Sukkah
My experience with a lantern as Shalom described has also been positive.
Sep
22
comment What is the origin of the “sukkah hop”?
@HodofHod Sukkah hop, as I know it, is a custom for mostly children to go from sukkah to sukkah along a designated route (at 4 PM we go to the Kohens, then to the Levis, then the schwartes, etc). Often the kids are given candy at each sukkah they visit.
Sep
12
comment Gabai speaking during chazaras hashatz, kaddish or kriyas hatorah for the sake of the tzibbur
The core difference then being that the rabbi's discussion is a Torah one, while "Are you a kohen or a levi?" "Will you take chamishi?" "What is your Hebrew name?" are, in your view sichas chullin?
Sep
12
comment Washing for bread before Kiddush. Convenient for sukkos?
Particularly before indoor plumbing, it was quite normal to leave the house for bathroom functions. If the city shut off your water, you would leave your house to go wash? And you would do this between kiddush and motzi? I'm not suggesting that going in to wash violates a lav haba m'klal aseh, just that it is not a kiyum of teshvu k'ein taduru.
Sep
12
comment Gabai speaking during chazaras hashatz, kaddish or kriyas hatorah for the sake of the tzibbur
@DoubleAA, While the content of the discussion may be different, why do you think the gabbai should be different from the rabbi?
Sep
12
comment Washing for bread before Kiddush. Convenient for sukkos?
@DoubleAA, your sukkah is to be like your house, not your dining room. If your house had no kitchen (say you lived in a dorm room, or your kitchen is currently being renovated, and is thus inaccesible) how would you wash?
Sep
12
comment Washing for bread before Kiddush. Convenient for sukkos?
@DoubleAA, if you were going to have a meal in your house and the water was shut off, you'd go to someone else's house, wash and come back to your house and eat? You wouldn't prepare water in advance and wash in your own house into a bowl?
Sep
12
answered Washing for bread before Kiddush. Convenient for sukkos?
Sep
12
comment Askinu Seudasa and Azamer Bishvachin before Kiddush
As a mere data point to the "kiddush" at seuda shlishit, Bostoner chassidim do this. It is done during the meal, and all that is said is the bracha of hagafen.
Sep
11
comment Height of a mezuzah and children:
@LazerA, hopefully not run by Rabbi Binyamin Kamenetsky at the time of the story ;-)
Sep
11
revised What should one do if he forgets the changes in the tefilla during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva?
Amended final paragraph based on siman 118
Sep
11
comment What should one do if he forgets the changes in the tefilla during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva?
That explains the discrepancy between my memory and what I found when I looked.
Sep
11
comment Hearing Megillat Esther in a mixed minyan
@SethJ, I think you misunderstand the Igrot Moshe. That is in a context of prayer. So if I say mincha on the side of the road, I don't need a mechitza but in shul I would. If the shul has a lecture, the mechitza is not neccesary, and if those listening are comfortable with it, they can even sit mixed.
Sep
11
comment Walking around the house after shiva
In rabbinic classes, it was emphasized that there is no requirement that one circle the block. I'd add, if the weather is bad the day the person gets up from shivah, there is no reason they need to really go outside, perhaps beyond the psychological. Take a "raincheck" for a walk outside.
Sep
11
comment Eating at a shiva house
Presumably's @Barry's reason would apply to eating food there too. "He didn't come to console me. He came because he heard we were serving Chinese."
Sep
11
comment Eating certain cereals during Aseres Yemei Teshuva
@DoubleAA, while I certainly can't entirely speak for Rav Herschel Shechter, it seems to me that he looks to making a sandwich as a fundamental part of being pat haba b'kisnin. Would you put some cream cheese between two cheerios, for a bagel sandwich?
Sep
11
answered What should one do if he forgets the changes in the tefilla during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva?
Sep
10
awarded  Revival
Jul
15
comment Can a female be a Shochet? (slaughter animals)
He does say the custom is not to. See 1:13 (too long to quote in a comment).