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May
8
comment Is there a halachik problem with wearing shorts while davening?
Applying this "would you meet the head of state in these clothes" standard is difficult as a practical matter. If I were meeting the President, I would wear a suit. Must I wear a suit every single day of my life? I have been to synagogues which will not allow people wearing shorts to lead the davening, but don't throw them out of shul.
May
8
comment Asking a Gentile for Air Condition on Shabbos
Ask your local expert in the functioning of air conditioners, but I'd think the on-off-on-off would be bad for them. This is above and beyond R' Moshe Feinstein's objection to using a timer for the AC (or anything but the lights).
May
8
comment Can a gentile break shabbos only on a Rabbinic level?
R' Herschel Shachter said in a lecture (which is probably on YU Torah somewhere, but I can't recall which lecture it was) that a non-Jew is not permitted to rest on Shabbat even as Jews rest on Chol Hamoed. So seemingly the non-Jew must do something purposeless, as turning on a light he needs or carrying a key he needs are permitted on Chol Hamoed.
May
8
comment Do you get credit for unintentional mitzvot?
If unintentional chillul Hashem is punishable (as said in Pirkei Avot, Rambam Hil. Teshuva, etc) then unintentional kiddush Hashem may well be rewardable.
Apr
22
comment Online tool for minyan management?
Often getting those who said they would come to come is a very great challenge.
Apr
22
answered Can you daven with minyan when you have the flu?
Apr
15
awarded  Revival
Apr
12
comment Is there any source for not sharing a baby's name before the bris?
If this should be answer, I or someone can make it one: Rav Aharon Lichtenstein included the name in the brit announcement. So instead of saying for example, "Next Tuesday there will be a bris at 8AM" he put up signs saying "Next Tue there will be a bris for my son Shmuel at 8AM"
Mar
22
comment Does God love non-Jews?
This chet-nun root (grace, charm) is found in words relating to free stuff (chinam), as well as to pray not based on merit but as a free gift (va'etchanan).
Mar
12
answered Asking a Rav a fake question
Mar
11
awarded  Revival
Mar
4
comment Order of names in a meshabarach after an aliyah
This bothers me, but what bothers me much more is: "the oleh, Yaakov ben Yitchak and his son Reuven ben Yaakov, and his son Shimon ben Yaakov..." If I just said "his son", I don't need to then say Ploni ben Ploni.
Mar
4
answered Naming a child after two relatives
Feb
13
comment What's an “achashvei”?
Given all of the drinking he does, he probably did indeed feel an ouch in his head quite often
Feb
5
answered Is age a disqualification for Shechita?
Feb
5
answered What puns are there in Tanach?
Jan
22
comment What forbids eating in a Jewish-owned restaurant open on shabbat?
Go and see what people do in terms of treating those who break Shabbat. Some are willing to apply tinok sh'nishba to all or almost all modern sabbath violators.
Jan
6
comment What forbids eating in a Jewish-owned restaurant open on shabbat?
I don't think this source is generally relied on nowadays. Say a group of 9 is gathered Shabbat morning. Another fellow drives up to join the minyan. If we really believed that a modern public Shabbat violator was akin to a non-Jew, we still would have no minyan.
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.