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Sepharadi Jew in Chicago.

Jul
26
awarded  halacha
Jul
22
comment Saving a Life During Tefillah
@Adam: He asked about shemoneh esreh specifically. What's d'oraita there that would be a problem?
Jul
17
awarded  Caucus
Jul
11
revised Why was Chanah called an “Ishah Kesheirah”?
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Jul
11
comment Why was Chanah called an “Ishah Kesheirah”?
I saw it somewhere, but I don't remember where.
Jul
11
answered Why was Chanah called an “Ishah Kesheirah”?
Jul
4
comment Should I be shuckling?
Swaying from side to side probably fills the halachic opinions requring להתנועע just as well as swaying forwards and backwards does. I don't think the word implies any particular direction.
Jun
28
revised Efshar LeSoḥato Asur - because or even though?
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Jun
28
comment Efshar LeSoḥato Asur - because or even though?
@SethJ: You're right. I misunderstood, and your understanding better fits with my understanding of the word סוחט, which means to squeeze rather than extract. (Like squeezing a fruit for its juice is סוחט in Hilchot Shabbat.) You might get a better explanation at adultyeshivala.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/…. I think that the grammatical phenomenon I described is still correct, and I'll update my answer to reflect the better translation.
Jun
27
revised Efshar LeSoḥato Asur - because or even though?
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Jun
27
answered Efshar LeSoḥato Asur - because or even though?
Jun
24
answered When does one become considered shomer shaboss?
Jun
24
comment Does the act of masturbation cause a change in one's spiritual/religious status vis-a-vis what he may and may not do?
@DoubleAA: Choshen Mishpat 34:2 is a great source for the general principle (particularly the Rema there), but the connection to masturbation is a very specific example of a general principle, and I wouldn't expect to see it mentioned there.
Jun
24
comment Does the act of masturbation cause a change in one's spiritual/religious status vis-a-vis what he may and may not do?
@DoubleAA: I read the general rules in Dinei Mamonot (available in English translation) by R' Ezra Batzri. The connection to masturbation specifically is my own inference from what he wrote about "wicked people" being disqualified from being witnesses, and the halachic definition of "wicked people".
Jun
22
answered Does the act of masturbation cause a change in one's spiritual/religious status vis-a-vis what he may and may not do?
Jun
20
revised Starting a Jewish Library
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Jun
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
3
comment What if there's a Minyan of Aveilim?
ohr.edu/2258
Jun
3
comment What if there's a Minyan of Aveilim?
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 26:14 says that it's a custom. It also says that if a person (regularly?) led services on Shabbat before becomign a mourner, he can continue to do so even while he's a mourner.
Jun
3
comment What if there's a Minyan of Aveilim?
No, but it seems like an obvious inference.