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Sep
12
comment Washing for bread before Kiddush. Convenient for sukkos?
@DoubleAA, your sukkah is to be like your house, not your dining room. If your house had no kitchen (say you lived in a dorm room, or your kitchen is currently being renovated, and is thus inaccesible) how would you wash?
Sep
12
comment Washing for bread before Kiddush. Convenient for sukkos?
@DoubleAA, if you were going to have a meal in your house and the water was shut off, you'd go to someone else's house, wash and come back to your house and eat? You wouldn't prepare water in advance and wash in your own house into a bowl?
Sep
12
answered Washing for bread before Kiddush. Convenient for sukkos?
Sep
12
comment Askinu Seudasa and Azamer Bishvachin before Kiddush
As a mere data point to the "kiddush" at seuda shlishit, Bostoner chassidim do this. It is done during the meal, and all that is said is the bracha of hagafen.
Sep
11
comment Height of a mezuzah and children:
@LazerA, hopefully not run by Rabbi Binyamin Kamenetsky at the time of the story ;-)
Sep
11
revised What should one do if he forgets the changes in the tefilla during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva?
Amended final paragraph based on siman 118
Sep
11
comment What should one do if he forgets the changes in the tefilla during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva?
That explains the discrepancy between my memory and what I found when I looked.
Sep
11
comment Hearing Megillat Esther in a mixed minyan
@SethJ, I think you misunderstand the Igrot Moshe. That is in a context of prayer. So if I say mincha on the side of the road, I don't need a mechitza but in shul I would. If the shul has a lecture, the mechitza is not neccesary, and if those listening are comfortable with it, they can even sit mixed.
Sep
11
comment Walking around the house after shiva
In rabbinic classes, it was emphasized that there is no requirement that one circle the block. I'd add, if the weather is bad the day the person gets up from shivah, there is no reason they need to really go outside, perhaps beyond the psychological. Take a "raincheck" for a walk outside.
Sep
11
comment Eating at a shiva house
Presumably's @Barry's reason would apply to eating food there too. "He didn't come to console me. He came because he heard we were serving Chinese."
Sep
11
comment Eating certain cereals during Aseres Yemei Teshuva
@DoubleAA, while I certainly can't entirely speak for Rav Herschel Shechter, it seems to me that he looks to making a sandwich as a fundamental part of being pat haba b'kisnin. Would you put some cream cheese between two cheerios, for a bagel sandwich?
Sep
11
answered What should one do if he forgets the changes in the tefilla during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva?
Sep
10
awarded  Revival
Jul
15
comment Can a female be a Shochet? (slaughter animals)
He does say the custom is not to. See 1:13 (too long to quote in a comment).
Jul
11
comment What parts of selichot can be said without a minyan?
@Daniel got the paragraph I was going for. It is a fair point that G-d told Moshe to say it, and Moshe was alone. That said, we still skip both 13 middot and preceding paragraph if there is no minyan.
Jun
6
answered Must a parent vaccinate her child?
Jun
2
comment Woman wearing her husband's comfortable clothing
I have heard from rabbis that wearing a man's suit jacket if the woman is cold is acceptable.
Jun
2
awarded  Custodian
Jun
2
reviewed No Action Needed Is a Kohen required to marry a virgin?
May
29
comment Speaking in the middle of Kaddish
I once made a hand motion to someone that he should not speak during the kaddish. He objected vociferously to this. He suggested that I ask R' Herschel Shachter if one may talk during kaddish, and if it is appropriate to quiet talkers. My chevruta & I approached RHS, asked, and he responded that of course one may not talk then, and that I should tell this person that he should be shushed. My chevruta wondered, "What did he think RHS would say? That he is allowed to talk?"