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Mar
25
comment Specific punishments for specific sins
@MonicaCellio in a few places, Gemara comments that number in a mishna is to exclude something. Kiddushin in 1:1 says 3 ways to marry, Gemara comments on excluding chuppah as means of kiddushin. Bava Kamma 1:1 has 4 types of damage, Gemara asks what is excluded. So ostensibly something specific is excluded by "for three sins".
Mar
4
comment When may one do a Hechi Kedushah?
@DoubleAA, Maybe those are things they should have done. I am merely eporting what they actually did.
Feb
12
comment Who knows science?
@Yez I don't know. Logically, one could ask similarly (and less politically) on Literature winners, such as SY Agnon, Toni Morrison et al. He mentioned Watson or Crick specifically, who won for biology.
Nov
5
comment Hatzi Kaddish melody using Haftarah nusach
@DoubleAA it applies there too, and perhaps more commonly for blessing before haftara, but speaker definitely said it in regard to kaddishes, as the OP asked.
Oct
28
comment Keeping up with fast davening
Why do you assume saying yishtabach with the shatz is better than saying it earlier so that you are at shmona esrei with him?
Oct
27
comment Is there an obligation for men and women to sit separately at a simcha?
Rabbi Mordechai Willig, who married more than 30 years ago, has said in shiurim that there was dancing by both men and women at his wedding with no mechitza. He makes it sound quite common. @hazoriz, don't engage in revisionist history.
Oct
23
comment What are some instances in which ashkenazim do NOT follow Rama?
@NoachmiFrankfurt that too would be unlike the Rema, but I have never been to a shul where the blessing on tefillin is said aloud like birkot hashachar any day of the year. Obviously if those wearing tefillin say the blessing quietly I won't hear them, but I was told one does not make the Bracha nowadays. I myself don't wear tefillin on chol hamoed.
Sep
10
comment Mezuzah on window
Are you ignoring the Rambam's requirement that the room have a roof, and be fit to live in, and be fit to live honorably in?
Sep
2
comment Why can't we distribute mitzvah obligations around the community?
There is a concept of a 'mitzvah sh'b'gufo' which cannot be done by a shaliach. I would think that would be the beginnings of an answer. For someone else to do something and have others be yotzei, one needs shlichut.
Sep
1
comment How does Judaism regard homeschooling?
I believe different places say each. "B'makom" is often understood to mean the subject matter (do I learn Talmud or halacha?) wheras m'makom is understood as teacher or institution (Do I study at Lakewood or the Mir? Rabbi Schwartz' shiur or Rabbi Cohen's?).
Aug
27
comment Horse back riding for women
@user6591, you are free to think so. I wrote this answer in 2012, before Freundel's sins were made public. Should I delete it now? Is the logic less compelling because of the source?
Aug
27
comment What is the difference between Maharat and Yoetzet Halacha?
I acknowledge that this is poorly sourced. Suggestions on how to source it would help.
Aug
27
comment When Sofrim write Sifrei Torah, do they think of the Ba'alei Kri'ah (readers)?
Rabbi Shneid. He lives in Monsey and came in once per week to teach his course at nights.
Aug
27
comment How does Judaism regard homeschooling?
I think you missed the best Talmud quote in support of unschooling 'ein adam lomed ela b'makom sh'libo chafetz'. "A person learns only what his heart desires." This supports the unschooling model of the child following his/her own interest and learning what they desire.
Aug
27
comment How does Judaism regard homeschooling?
I know a few people who have homeschooled their children because day schools were not easily available where they lived. But unschooling strikes me as a different question.
Aug
27
comment When Sofrim write Sifrei Torah, do they think of the Ba'alei Kri'ah (readers)?
When I took a course in safrut at YU the teacher said we certainly should consider the baalei keriyah. He suggested that shuls send baalei keriyah to look at a text before purchasing it (or presumably at the sofer's past work).
Aug
26
comment Do surgically removed body parts require Kevurah?
My father-in-law sent me a link which I cannot find now to a book of interesting beit din decisions. A family sued a burial society because they refused to bury a person without payment. The family claimed the deceased paid to be a member and be buried. The society said he had used his right as a member to have an amputated leg buried and if he now wants the rest of him buried, he must pay.
Aug
26
comment Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals?
As a hospital chaplain, I have gone out for lunch with my Christian colleagues a number of times. Presumably in deference to being a group that wasn't only Christian, those praying offered a prayer that could still include me, directed to "G-d" or "Holy One". I had no trouble saying "Amen" at the end. I also said the appropriate bracha, though quietly.
Aug
26
comment Why do some prayers require you to stand?
@MonicaCellio some siddurim (Artscroll included) say one should sit when reciting the verses of kedusha (kadosh, kadosh kadosh etc) outside of kedusha, such as in birkot keriyat shema shel shachar, uva l'tzion and in motzaei shabbat maariv.
Aug
25
comment Nudity at home?
I can't say I have ever merited to understand that bit of Shulchan Aruch. G-d can see me in the shower as well, but I can be nude there. G-d can see through my clothes. So what that G-d can see me?