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Jan
4
comment How can God be just in light of Deuteronomy 23:3?
@YDK, how do you fit into this conception of mamzerut the fact that a convert can marry a mamzer or marry "regular" jews?
Jan
4
comment Why doesn't a ben niddah acquire the status of a mamzer?
@Ariel, while that is true, it is in a different scenario than the point I was making. Daniel claimed that mamzerut applies when there is no way the woman could become permitted to the man. A married woman could become permitted once she stops being married, as could a childless brother's wife or a wife's sister. Yet all of these create mamzerut if violated. Also, even though it is true that the adulteress and adulterer may not be together after she is single, such would not involve karet and thus not involve mamzerut.
Dec
24
comment Kohen as Chazzan During Birchas Kohanim
I'd note that this would apply to shacharit in Sephardic (and Israeli) minyanim too, and there it applies every single day.
Dec
24
comment Kohen following a Mes into a tunnel
In theory the same would apply to the lower level of a multi-level bridge (such as the George Washington Bridge, near Yeshiva University). While at YU, there were two kohanim with whom I regularly commuted. One asked that we avoid the lower level in case there was a hearse and the other did not care.
Dec
20
comment Making a Siyum on major sections of learning but not a codified unit
@SethJ, I'd say no. Personally I'd consider Nosei Keilim (commentaries) as part of one possible definition of b'iyun. As such, I'd say one can make a siyum on a section of SA without studying the Shach. There is presumably extra reward for more study, but not in the form of a siyum.
Nov
15
comment Making a Siyum on major sections of learning but not a codified unit
They list only these 4 options.
Nov
12
comment sperm donation and p'ru ur'vu
(Related but not exactly on point) A friend who was going to be treated for leukemia before he married was concerned that his fertility would be compromised. He was told to have some seed frozen (essentially deposited at a sperm bank for later withdrawl) before undergoing treatment, such that he could impregnate his wife later should he become unable to have children. He was already engaged at the time.
Nov
12
comment Does casual sex establish a marriage?
In theory, if it is clear to everyone that the intent is marriage, saying so is not essential. In your ordinary marriage case (which this clearly isn't), if a groom gave a bride a ring and said nothing, and she accepts it, they are married. Not sure how to work that in a biah case.
Nov
12
comment Why are angelic icons not prominent in Judaism?
While the father may be an outlier, he does have Rambam on his side. Rambam says these angelic encounters were dreams/visions that did not occur in reality. Ramban strongly disagrees, but does quote Rambam (the Ramban is at the beginning of Vaera).
Nov
12
comment How can I curb my sexual desire?
The Noam Elimelech's advice reminds me of those who try to avoid thinking about sex by trying to name all of the players on their favorite sports team. As you try to remember the shortstop's name, your brain can't focus on sex. Presumably any list that you know but is hard to remember would work (name all the cranial nerves or all books in Tanach or the like).
Nov
12
comment Do Jews need to care about non-jewish homosexuality?
Snow crab legs are sold in supermrkets and are sometimes taken from live snow crabs. There are houses of worship of idolatrous religions. No one seems to get terribly upset about these things. Why should we yell and scream about one and not the other?
Nov
9
comment Do hookahs need to be Toiveled?
If smell counted as drinking, why do I see lemons and other smelable stuff getting passed around in synagogue on Yom Kippur? It seems clear from that practice that we do not consider it like drinking. As such, the hookah is not a "kli seudah". And actually, the water which only exists to cool the smoke is LESS of the "food" here than the tobacco.
Nov
9
comment What is the source that Parshas Parah is from the Torah?
Of course Parshat Parah is "from the Torah". It is right there at the beginning of Chukat. (kidding)
Nov
9
comment Is there a source for not requiring Tevilah for the first use?
@Ariel, nevertheless, removal of food from a container in which it was sold does not constitute use. Seemingly only adding new contents is prohibited with an unimmersed vessel. And lest you think I am reasoning on my own, Rav Neuberger addressed both cases.
Oct
28
comment Horse back riding for women
Should I refrain from answering one because I can't answer the other? One might be able to make a case that riding a horse is no worse than riding a bike, which he explicitly permits.
Oct
28
comment Am I allowed to answer my friend's Halacha question?
"eid echad ne'eman..." is irrelevant here. The facts can be established by people who wouldn't count as witnesses, and the halakha requires more than just witness qualifications.
Oct
28
comment Rashi in Shelach 8 days c'neged 8 strings of tzitzis
Beit Hillel said tzitzit should have only 6 strings. I understand Rashi knows that Beit Shammai wins here, but reading a contentious position into a verse seems problematic.
Oct
28
answered Horse back riding for women
Oct
5
comment Nezikin for Annoyances?
@soandos say we have adjacent yards with a fence. Because we can't see into each others yards, you feel private in your yard. If I tear down the fence, we can both see each others yards. If I make my house taller, so I can see over the fence into you yard, I am just as private in mine while you are not.
Oct
5
comment Esrog with “gartel”
I find the esrog with a gartel to be easier to hold. I thus have a weak preference for them.