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Sep
13
comment In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?
@msh210 I think the edit was unneccesary. If it really irked you as originally written, this is fine.
Sep
13
comment In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?
Had when I lived there. AFAIK they still have minyanim at that time.
Sep
13
answered In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?
Sep
13
comment How can I make a long summer shabbat a delight?
@AdamMosheh, I never especially liked that sort of folk roshei teyvot. "shopping b'shabbat taanug" works just as well as a roshei teyvot, as of course does any other verb beginning with shin.
Sep
13
comment Us'shuva us'fila utz'daka maavirin… so what?
@msh210, who says they are emphasizing the right things? There is a chassidic story whose moral is: better to emphasize "ana Hashem ki ani avdecha" in Hallel than "ana Hashem hoshiana na". Nevertheless, the emphasis everywhere I've been is on the latter.
Sep
13
comment Can you fulfill the obligation to pray if you can't hear the leader?
Perhaps those who knew how to daven (and motzi themselves) stood in back & those who needed to hear the shatz stood close enough to do so.
Sep
11
comment Saying “I love you” during nidda
I'm mostly guessing/theorizing, but I'd say it is because niddah can be a time when there is less feeling of love, and telling your wife that you love her creates emotional closeness to bridge the physical distance. This may be somewhat akin to something else she said: There is sometimes a feeling soon after Shabbat/yomtov of reticence to touch the light switches, forgetting that Shabbat has ended. This feeling can occur with a spouse after niddah. She thinks it should not. "Your wife is never muktze."
Sep
10
comment Dead Fly on Hot Oily Pan
60 is calculated by volume and the pan doesn't count. I can find sources if I need to, but I am quite sure here. Sixty based on volume is from a AskOU session.
Sep
10
revised Hilchos nidda: leftovers
Explained nechira
Sep
10
answered Saying “I love you” during nidda
Sep
10
comment Does a fan or light on Shabbos need a Blech?
Depends on how likely you are to flip switches if you don't put this on. My wife & I still tape some light switches that we know are likely to be flipped if not taped.
Sep
10
comment Why doesn't a ben niddah acquire the status of a mamzer?
I think both comments miss the obvious example: a married woman. Once she stops being married, she could be with this other fellow.
Sep
10
answered Hilchos nidda: leftovers
Sep
10
comment Sharpening a Knife on Shabbos
This is a good answer, but can be vastly improved with sources.
Sep
9
revised Specific punishments for specific sins
added 74 characters in body
Sep
9
comment Specific punishments for specific sins
My issue with @MonicaCellio's answer (also mentioned by hodofhod below) is that in both cases, the language there seems pretty clear that this is THE reason. 'For 3 sins, X punishment happens' suggests that only these three. 'Why are children born mute? {sin x}' implies only sin x is punished that way, no?
Sep
7
comment Specific punishments for specific sins
If others have an answer that speaks to them and works with their theology, I'd consider that an acceptable answer, though the standards here tend to prefer sourced answers.
Sep
7
comment Specific punishments for specific sins
That's fine in the general case of "Hey, Bob is a big sinner but he won the lotto. And Shmulie is super righteous and his family is so poor." But when Shmulie's wife dies in childbirth, do I say (to myself) clearly she wasn't observant enough of niddah, challah & candlelighting?
Sep
7
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Sep
7
comment Punishment in this World or in the World To Come
@Alex, your answer reminds me of a philosophy class I once heard about differences between Rambam & Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas would say that my intelligence and G-d's, or my strength and G-d's are on a single scale, but G-d is so far past me I can't understand where He is. Rambam would say that G-d is in no way on the same scale as people for any attribute.