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Aug
3
comment Is this the Chofetz Chaim?
@DannySchoemann - I just tried both links and they are live.
Mar
26
comment Sonogram (ultrasonography) on Infant for Gender
@Matt - As far as I know, the reasoning isn't published. I heard it by word of mouth from a source I deemed reliable, but I don't feel right about mentioning the name of the posek without his approval. In my opinion, the reasoning is solid enough to stand on its own.
Aug
27
comment Halachick problem with tucking tzitzit into belt
It seems to me that one would have the same issue anytime his tzitzis are dangling outside, even if the strings are not tucked under his belt, because ultimately the strings are being held up by the belt (or the waistband of his trousers).
Aug
25
comment Is this the Chofetz Chaim?
Also see this discussion: theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/…
Aug
25
comment Is this the Chofetz Chaim?
The Living Torah Museum has another photo which they claim is the clearest one ever discovered: torahmuseum.com/Viewer_personalities/Person01_ChofetzChaim.html
Aug
21
comment Can a woman delay going to the Mikvah?
@DannySchoemann - I think the inyan is "not to delay the mikvah night," which applies equally to delaying the hefsek. Do you have a source otherwise?
Aug
20
comment Can a woman delay going to the Mikvah?
@DannySchoemann - In any event, even if we're going with טבילה בזמנה מצוה, it's far from clear that putting off the hefsek would be acceptable, since that would be essentially pushing off the day of tevilah. The hefsek doesn't determine the day of tevilah per se; it's just a method of ascertaining reality, whether or not the flow has stopped.
Aug
20
comment Can a woman delay going to the Mikvah?
@DannySchoemann - IIUC, the concept of טבילה בזמנה מצוה is not accepted as the halachah. Furthermore, all of our tevilos nowadays are anyhow שלא בזמנן, since a niddah can theoretically count from the very beginning of her flow, and a zavah can immerse even during the seventh day. (To complicated to explain more in a short comment.)
Aug
16
comment “Blias” in today's pots and pans
@ShmuelBrin - without a kefeila you have to assume the worst-case scenario. Once you have a kefeila who can taste the food and confirm that there is no discernible contamination, that settles the matter.
Jul
31
comment Source of appellation “Shimshon HaGibor”
Great sources, @BarUryan, thanks!
Jul
24
comment What's the halacha with regards to Maaser for a Baal Teshuvah?
R' Moshe Shternbuch has a responsum about this very question. I don't have time to summarize it, maybe someone else can volunteer...
Jun
19
comment Where does the tune for birkat hamazon come from?
I assumed that it was originally composed this way, as a hybrid song / chant, to make it more interesting for the kids to sing. Judging by the tune's wide popularity and appeal over the last half century, I'd say it was quite successful in that regard!
Jun
19
comment Where does the tune for birkat hamazon come from?
Just curious - how exactly does one go about implementing universal changes?
May
28
comment List of oppressors of the Jewish people
@DoubleAA, you hit the nail on the head. I'd like to know whether this has ever been shown to be literally true. I think it's generally understood that way.
May
28
comment List of oppressors of the Jewish people
@Danno Try this link.
May
28
comment List of oppressors of the Jewish people
@SethJ Believe it or not, I did find someone who compiled at least a partial list: viewpure.com/9AOnACIWAsM :)
May
28
comment List of oppressors of the Jewish people
@SethJ - If a skeptic would ask you whether it's really true that throughout the history of the Jewish people, there was never a generation in which the Jews were left alone without someone trying to destroy them, could you provide any evidence to that effect? I know that I couldn't, at least not without some heavy-duty research. Hence my quest for a list.
May
24
comment Shabbos and Yom Tov menus
Article relevant to the topic: torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5765/shemini.html (see second question).
May
23
comment Cicadas - once in 17 years
Re: your second point - classic "chicken/egg chakirah." Why do you assume that the cicadas were created as adults, rather than in some other stage of their lifecycles? IIRC, Maharil Diskin says that in general eggs came first!
Apr
29
comment Overhead projector on Shabbos?
Presumably the same question could be asked with regard to shadows -- is it permissible to hold an object in such a way that it casts a shadow in the form of letters or pictures?