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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.
Oct
5
comment In which cases are you exempt from eating in the sukkah?
Ordinarily I eat in the dining room. One Shabbat when the AC was on in the bedroom and not the dining room, my wife & I took our dinner in the bedroom. If the sukkah is that hot, am I exempt?
Oct
4
comment Women and arba minim on first day
Is this based on it becoming a practice they have adopted?
Sep
24
comment Can you take vitamins on a fast day?
@SethJ you acknowledge not everyone taking prenatal vitamins is pregnant. I'd note that some women take them while trying to become pregnant.
Sep
24
comment Nebulizer on Yom Kippur
@AvrohomYitzchok, the nebulizer does more than provide humid air (that would be a humidifier). It provides some sort of medication for breathing ease. It might be prohibited on the basis of the medicine alone, seperate from the delivery method. Healthy people certainly don't use a nebulizer.
Sep
24
comment How/why does kaparot work?
@SethJ apparently not throughout the year, based on Nitei Gavriel YK 10:7.
Sep
24
comment Observance of the convert
The consequences in this world of non-observance are very different for the convert, who may in some cases cease to be Jewish (or really, to be discovered to have never really become Jewish) and the person born Jewish, who even if he became Archbishop of Paris remains a sinning Jew no matter how grave his sins.
Sep
24
answered Observance of the convert
Sep
24
comment Observance of the convert
I'm just guessing, but I'd think that what is behind this question is the reality that converts are told that if they do not observe up to certain standards, some will claim they were never truly serious about conversion to begin with. So while in some communities otherwise observant women do not cover their hair, if a convert behaves similarly, some will try to invalidate her conversion on that basis.
Sep
19
comment Eating certain cereals during Aseres Yemei Teshuva
@GershonGold, I think he was saying it for all cereals he is aware of, or all OU cereals (he gives psak for the OU). Can you think of a cereal that you would consider bread-like enough that a large quantity requires washing?
Sep
19
comment Raw fish on Shabbos
@sam, muktza is based on a mental state. If I think, "well, I'm not going to use this" it becomes muktza. If in the past there was no use for raw fish, it was by default muktza. If I had a freshly caught salmon nowadays, and the skills and inclination to make sushi from it, it seemingly would not be muktza.
Sep
19
answered Eating certain cereals during Aseres Yemei Teshuva
Sep
16
comment Why the difference in minhagim about wearing a kittel on Yom Kippur only, or also on Rosh Hashanah
I wore a kittel on Rosh Hashana because I thought it would improve my davening. So many people asked me why I was wearing it, and which part of the service I was leading that I decided it was not worthwhile.
Sep
16
comment Why don't Sefardim use Honey on Rosh Hashanah?
Isn't the honey referred to in the verse date honey rather than bee's honey?
Sep
16
comment How to conjugate “their resting place(s)” in Kel Malei Rachamim?
In my shul, they only say kel maleh for one person at a time. Maybe the difficulty of conjugating is the reason? (/tongue-in-cheek)