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comment Can a Jewish owned business sponsor (or own) a non-Jewish football team?
In the US, there are many sports teams owned by Jews. The Washington Nationals (a baseball team) for example are owned by Jews, and they served kosher for Pesach food to me in the owners box.
1d
comment Drinking during davening
@MoriDoweedhYaa3qob, the time it takes to walk a mil is somewhere between 18 and 24 minutes.
Oct
14
comment Does one make a blessing if preparing to die al kiddush Hashem?
I am surprised that no one included the joke I expected here.
Oct
14
comment Is getting an aliyah and Bar-Mitzvah laining needed
Rabbi Dov Fischer suggests that better than learning to lein one parsha, the bar mitzvah boy should learn to lead Shabbat musaf. If he never reads Torah again, fine. But hopefully, he'll daven musaf for the rest of his life (from his seat, or from the amud)
Oct
14
comment Chabad custom not to have bar mitzva aliya shabbat morning
I would have asked my question there, but I knew I would get "The ask button is right there" as an answer.
Oct
14
comment May a Brit Milah be performed by a (non-Jewish) doctor?
@Shalom, perhaps the child was (conveniently for the sake of halakha) sick and stayed in the hospital. On Day 8, he is better, and before discharge, the doctor circumcises him.
Oct
7
comment Nebulizer on Yom Kippur
Every so often I see a comment that I wrote long ago and am surprised at how much I still like my comment. Now, I very much dislike my comment. How do you ever have a case of using a nebulizer that it isn't pikuach nefesh? Is it used for anything besides asthma, which very much is pikuach nefesh (even if it is not now acute).
Aug
25
comment Is it considered Lashon Hara if someone alludes to a place's faults while focusing on a place's merits?
Is it a well known fact? I didn't know the owner was Jewish before this.
Aug
22
comment Is it considered Lashon Hara if someone alludes to a place's faults while focusing on a place's merits?
I am aware the title is not ideal. If someone wants to suggest a better title, go for it.
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.