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comment Can I use a cutlass for a shechita knife?
"Do I have to worry about the boat rocking?" I'd advise against "Can I do it on a boat? Can I do it to a goat?"
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comment Can I use a cutlass for a shechita knife?
I don't think the transportation tag is appropriate because being on a vehicle is not inherent to the question. Being stuck anywhere without your shechita knife would seemingly have the same issues. You do address being on a boat in your answer. Perhaps include that as part of the question, in order to include that tag.
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comment Christmas and Ex-mas
I hope the editor gets some of the reputation for significantly improving my answer.
Dec
17
comment What Bracha do you make on Sushi?
Since, as @Yahu points out sushi can be filled with anything, perhaps the fact that the name is based on the rice indicates the rice being ikkar (at least within the cultural milieu where it originated).
Dec
17
comment Trimming or Shaving the Moustache
As I note, the Amish practice to not wear mustaches has its origins in their religion on some level. Whether that is close enough to idolatry or not is a great question.
Dec
17
comment What makes something “chukat goyim?”
@Dennis, while it is true that nowadays the first seder cannot be a Thursday night, that was an innovation of Hillel II when he made the calendar. In the days of Rabban Gamliel, when Jesus supposedly lived, the month was declared based on witnnesses, and any holiday could be on any day of the week.
Nov
10
comment Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?
Even if it would be kosher, eating the meat would likely tranquilize the person eating it, so it becomes very impractical.
Oct
20
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.
Oct
20
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 ;-)