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Jan
18
comment Does an Orthodox rabbi have to have semicha?
@BruceJames I want to hear more about Rav Soloveitchik revoking a semicha. Who? When? For what?
Jan
16
comment Hatzi Kaddish melody using Haftarah nusach
I have heard from a teacher at the Belz School of Music that this is how it "should" be done. The Kaddish tune alerts people to what is upcoming, so the tune for kaddish after Torah reading sounds like haftara, and the kaddish just before mussaf sounds like mussaf.
Jan
13
comment Resuscitation of Aged Nursing Home Patients
If a patient has a DNR order in place, there is no reason to call 911.
Jan
13
comment Naming a baby after a living non-relative
Not exactly a strong proof, but didn't the proliferation of Chaya Mushkas and Menachem Mendels in Chabad begin in earnest only after their respective deaths?
Jan
5
comment What bracha do you make on Martini
@JXG, as a dirty martini drinker, I might argue the liquor is tafel to the olives. ;-)
Jan
5
comment What bracha do you make on Martini
@DannyLieberman, granted with that ingredient list, what I am going to say is unlikely, but: While ingredients are listed in order from greatest percentage to least, the first need not be a majority, but just a plurality.
Jan
4
comment Shochtim who learned from translated materials
The Simla Chadasha imposes some minimal level of learning. Is the idea that the person COULDN'T learn in Hebrew, or it so happens that he DIDN'T learn in Hebrew? The former might not qualify as learned enough (though nowadays, one who can only learn in English may have finished Shas, Chumash with Rashi and Ramban...)
Dec
31
comment Why did the Lubavitcher Rebbe give out dollars?
+1 for final paragraph
Dec
29
comment Can I use a cutlass for a shechita knife?
"Do I have to worry about the boat rocking?" I'd advise against "Can I do it on a boat? Can I do it to a goat?"
Dec
29
comment Can I use a cutlass for a shechita knife?
I don't think the transportation tag is appropriate because being on a vehicle is not inherent to the question. Being stuck anywhere without your shechita knife would seemingly have the same issues. You do address being on a boat in your answer. Perhaps include that as part of the question, in order to include that tag.
Dec
29
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Dec
29
revised Can I use a cutlass for a shechita knife?
removed vehicles tag
Dec
29
comment Christmas and Ex-mas
I hope the editor gets some of the reputation for significantly improving my answer.
Dec
17
answered Christmas and Ex-mas
Dec
17
comment What Bracha do you make on Sushi?
Since, as @Yahu points out sushi can be filled with anything, perhaps the fact that the name is based on the rice indicates the rice being ikkar (at least within the cultural milieu where it originated).
Dec
17
comment Trimming or Shaving the Moustache
As I note, the Amish practice to not wear mustaches has its origins in their religion on some level. Whether that is close enough to idolatry or not is a great question.
Dec
17
comment What makes something “chukat goyim?”
@Dennis, while it is true that nowadays the first seder cannot be a Thursday night, that was an innovation of Hillel II when he made the calendar. In the days of Rabban Gamliel, when Jesus supposedly lived, the month was declared based on witnnesses, and any holiday could be on any day of the week.
Dec
16
answered Trimming or Shaving the Moustache
Dec
16
answered Can we use nail-clippers to shave?
Dec
15
answered Flying During Channukah Candle Lighting