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revised Shelosha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
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revised Shelosha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
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answered Shelosha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
Jul
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accepted Moshe Rabbeinu's knowledge of future events
Jul
18
comment Moshe Rabbeinu's knowledge of future events
He addresses the issue of free will, which was not my concern. I am trying to figure out how Moshe was seemingly unaware of how to rule in certain situations, when the Torah explicitly discusses those situations (as in the examples I gave).
Jul
18
asked Moshe Rabbeinu's knowledge of future events
Jul
18
comment Vacuuming during the Nine Days
I agree that this is not common practice; the purpose of my question was to see if this matter has been dealt with in any way by others. Thank you, YDK, for your part in spurring me to clarify the issue. One last thing I should mention is that R' Shmuel's reasoning also results in a leniency with regard to mopping floors: Since this does not fall within the category of "kibbus" (as floors are solid rather than fabric), it is not included in the restriction on washing during the Nine Days.
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Jul
16
comment Writing on t'filin straps
My sofer explained to me that the minhag of Ashkenazim is not to require black on both sides, but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be black. BTW, many people get the special black retzuos not because of the Rambam, but because the color is through-and-through and will never come off.
Jul
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comment Vacuuming during the Nine Days
I would add that if you had some kind of garment which could not be cleaned in any way other than vacuuming, ein hachi nami, R' Shmuel would probably not allow it do be done during the Nine Days.
Jul
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comment Vacuuming during the Nine Days
I just had a long discussion with the person who put together that sefer. He said that he re-asked R' Shmuel about this twice, after getting feedback that people had never heard of such a restriction. R' Shmuel just said, "What can I do? I hold that it is kibbus." To answer your questions -- he is not forbidding it because it is assur on Shabbos. Rather, he is showing from Hilchos Shabbos that removing dirt even without water can be classified as "cleaning." And since vacuuming a carpet is the way of thoroughly cleaning it, that action is analogous to washing a garment in its thorough way.
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comment Eating Giraffe Meat
For an informative article about this topic: kashrut.com/articles/giraffe
Jul
16
comment Vacuuming during the Nine Days
Please see my edit to the original question.
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answered Eating Giraffe Meat
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answered Segulah for Children?
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comment Vacuuming during the Nine Days
Neither had I, 'till I heard it...
Jul
15
comment Vacuuming during the Nine Days
The logic was that the cleaning accomplished by vacuuming a carpet is the same level of cleaning that occurs when one washes a garment. The person who I heard this from is a respected Rov, who I don't think would so easily misunderstand the issue. Perhaps the original psak was in regard to shampooing a carpet, but that would probably be obvious that it's forbidden.
Jul
15
answered Do you have to close the window if someone's cold?