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Jun
24
comment Swimming Alone in a Pool
I do not see in KSA 33:7, which is about reading the Torah, anything about sleeping alone or walking alone. KSA 71:2 does warn against sleeping alone. And on that I can ask my question. But there is nothing about walking alone in either place.
Jun
11
comment Are there groups that do not trim their beards, besides Chabad-Lubavitch?
I know that there are other groups that don't, but am insufficiently sure which groups they are. Even if I knew, it would be only from word-of-mouth. I believe both Skver and Satmar do not trim the beard at all. I have even heard that in New Square, NY (a Skver community), one cannot daven from the amud if he has EVER shaved, even if presently in possession of a full beard. The Artscroll Chazon Ish Haggadah quotes the Chazon Ish as prohibiting from hands-on involvement in the matza baking process anyone who shaves.
Jun
2
comment Is there a halachik problem with wearing shorts while davening?
@unforgettableid Based on the "West Wing", even people who see the president every day put on their suit jackets to see him. So, no the standard doesn't decline in that way.
Mar
20
comment BT emailing non-observant family on Friday afternoon
The reverse was practical for me some years back. I wrote a family update motzaei shabbat from Israel. Eventually, my grandmother would specifically check her email for my update on Shabbat afternoon (and reply, so I knew she was doing this). I felt guilty about it, so I started saving my email and sending it on Sunday morning. She never got up at 3AM motzaei Shabbat to reply ;-)
Mar
10
comment What is an “iggeres”?
In what way does folding the megilla make it unlike the letters with which you are familiar? It is in contrast to rolling it. When I send a letter, I fold it. If I rolled it, it would be hard to put in the envelope.
Feb
21
comment Pidyon Shevuyim - when does it apply?
I heard a story that someone tried to collect "for pidyon shevuyim" from Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. When asked for the story, the collector indicated it was to help someone who was in jail (unclear if it was legal defense fund or a shadier situation). RSZA refused, and claimed it was not pidyon shevuyim. Unfortunately, I have no source in particular for this gadol story.
Feb
21
comment Punishment on Shabbos
I would understand that rule to be about Beit Din. Since parents don't generally convene a beit din in order to decide if Shmueli needs a time-out, I don't see it as applicable here.
Feb
9
comment Do men on the women's side count toward a minyan?
Given that this was a chol hamoed morning (and a number of years ago), I would be entirely unsurprised if no women attended that minyan. Is there some reason that you think this isn't the obvious assumption, @DoubleAA?
Jan
27
comment Prayer in a chapel (bes midrash room) vs. in the main synagogue
@DoubleAA, is that a joke? If not, a source please.
Nov
7
comment How did Rivkah give Yackov Eisav's clothing? Isn't borrowing without permission tantamount to stealing?
This actually prompts one of my favorite comments of Rashi. (paraphrasing) So Rivkah had Esav's clothes. Why? He wanted her to wash them. But he had wives!? He didn't trust his wives to wash his clothes. (end of rashi) I think that would suggest he was living there/dependant upon his parents, as much as the college students whose behavior this resembles.
Nov
4
comment Talmud Study, Where to start
It sounds like you can read Hebrew but have no understanding of it. I'd suggest learning Hebrew before beginning Talmud study.
Oct
7
comment Can a woman delay going to the Mikvah?
I added the translation
Sep
30
comment Can a Sukkah have all-glass walls?
@DoubleAA, at 1/3 of a tefach it is a wide string or rope. If it is seven tefachim wide, it is either an immense rope that could hold a ship's anchor or it is a cloth wall.
Sep
25
comment While sleeping in a sukkah, are you exempt from prayer?
Continuing in what I see as the tongue-in-cheek tone of the question: He should dwell in the sukkah as he dwells in his house. If at home he sleeps through shacharit, he should do the same in the sukkah.
Sep
25
comment Can a Sukkah have all-glass walls?
@DoubleAA, use strings each of which is at least 1/3 of a tefach wide, and then measure very carefully.
Sep
25
comment What is the origin of the “sukkah hop”?
@CharlesKoppelman, it was of course intentional, but not essential.
Sep
23
comment Advice for Lighting in a Sukkah
My experience with a lantern as Shalom described has also been positive.
Sep
22
comment What is the origin of the “sukkah hop”?
@HodofHod Sukkah hop, as I know it, is a custom for mostly children to go from sukkah to sukkah along a designated route (at 4 PM we go to the Kohens, then to the Levis, then the schwartes, etc). Often the kids are given candy at each sukkah they visit.
Sep
12
comment Gabai speaking during chazaras hashatz, kaddish or kriyas hatorah for the sake of the tzibbur
The core difference then being that the rabbi's discussion is a Torah one, while "Are you a kohen or a levi?" "Will you take chamishi?" "What is your Hebrew name?" are, in your view sichas chullin?
Sep
12
comment Washing for bread before Kiddush. Convenient for sukkos?
Particularly before indoor plumbing, it was quite normal to leave the house for bathroom functions. If the city shut off your water, you would leave your house to go wash? And you would do this between kiddush and motzi? I'm not suggesting that going in to wash violates a lav haba m'klal aseh, just that it is not a kiyum of teshvu k'ein taduru.