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Sepharadi Jew in Chicago.

May
3
comment Where is “no Tachanun” on Pessach Sheni documented?
Shaarei Teshuva is probably why Ashkenazim don't say tachanun. He is printed with the Mishna Berurah.
Apr
2
comment Seeking Kaf HaHaim:
@Menachem' As far as I know, that's the whole thing.
Apr
2
comment Seeking Kaf HaHaim:
@Aryeh, Thanks. I had considered discussing both seforim in my answer above, because it's kinda unclear which sefer the question is taking about. (For example, one wouldn't accuse R' Sefer of omitting sources.)
Apr
1
comment Taanis Bechoros for a first born from a C-section
When I asked my Rav this question (ages ago now), the reason I thought of the question is because I had previously learned that someone born by C-Section was patur from pidyon haben, and had recently read that someone born by C-Section also does not recieve the double portion of the inheritance due to the bechor. Since these mitzvot/rights didn't apply to me, I reasoned that maybe the halacha didn't see me as a bechor at all, for any reason. (My Rav answered by pointing me to the Kaf HaHayyim 470:3, whose ruling is described below.)
Mar
4
comment What did “נ ג ה ש” stand for before the Hanukkah miracle?
@LN6595: This answer is based on the historical analysis that dreidel is simply the game teetotum adopted by Ashkenazi Jews, and that it doesn't have Jewish roots that go as far back as the Romans. seforim.blogspot.com/2005/12/chanukah-customs-and-sources.html
Jan
1
comment Marriage: invalidity versus prohibition
@DannySchoemann There are other issurei karet not listed in the paseukim, particularly your daughter (kal vachomer from your granddaughter).
Dec
16
comment Sefardic Boy Dorming on Chanukah
@Avraham: Rav Ovadia himself writes that you should not believe when someone privately says that a well-published posek retracted his psak. If he wanted to retract his psak, he would have published the retraction.
Nov
27
comment Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?
The "most opinions" that you cite is actually the opinion of Rav Moshe Feinstein.
Nov
21
comment Can women be motsi Sephardic men in havdalah?
The principle of Stam v'yesh halacha k'stam is itself a subject of dispute. According to Rav Ovadia Yosef and his sons, when you see a stam v'yesh in the Mechaber, you hold like the stam completely, and don't have to be concerned about the opinion of the yesh at all. According to the Zivchei Tzedek, the Ben Ish Chai, and Kaf HaHayyim, if the yesh is more machmir, you have to be machmir for the yesh l'chatchilah, but you can rely on the stam b'diavad. (Note that every one of the poskim I just listed is originally from Bagdhad. I don't know how Moroccan poskim hold.)
Nov
19
comment Hotels, electronic keys, and shabbat
What's this sefer of R' Yitzchak Yosef's that Rabbi Mansour (DailyHalacha) is quoting? I've never heard of it.
Sep
10
comment Sefarim to learn in Elul
If you think Tomer Devorah is about the 13 middot, you haven't made it past the first chapter.
Aug
14
comment Is Moshiach Going to last forever?
@ray: Olam Haba is the place where we will recieve the ultimate reward. According to the Ramchal, God has not granted us sufficient closeness to him to even comprehend what that reward will be like, or to understand the way in which that world will be organized. So I think it's fair to say that no, the moshiach will not last forever. It's the stepping stone to something greater, presumably a world where we can interact with God without intermediaries.
Aug
11
comment Is Moshiach Going to last forever?
I don't really understand either of your questions.
Aug
10
comment Sefardi praying schacharit with Ashkenazim
@DanF: Rav Ovadia Yosef and his sons definitely don't paskin that way. See my answer, and the chapters I've cited in all of Rav Ovadia and his sons' relevant works.
Jul
14
comment Taking home left-overs from a caterered affair - mitzvah or stealing?
Are you asking whether the ba'al Simcha has a right to take the food home, or whether a third party does?
May
28
comment Differences in Sepharadi Hilkhot Taharat HaMishpahhah
@Lee: If I may ask, who does your rav say to follow?
May
28
comment Differences in Sepharadi Hilkhot Taharat HaMishpahhah
@Yishai: It may be that R' Avraham's book is based on an earlier edition of Torat HaTahara, and you're seeing the same unclear psak that I saw in Taharat Yosef. If so, then you should be able to infer that he holds you have to count from the last biah based on other psakim in the sefer (if you know what to look for).
May
28
comment Differences in Sepharadi Hilkhot Taharat HaMishpahhah
@Yishai: I don't know what edition you have, or if there's a difference between editions. My rav told me specifically which edition to get, and I have not looked inside any of the others. In that edition, R' David does mention the existence of other minhagim, and he takes seriously the question about switching if you already have a strignent minhag, but he doesn't say that you have to follow one of the stringent minhagim if you don't have a minhag to begin with.
May
28
comment Minimum Number of Days before Hefsek Tahara: Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi
@Robert: only if you know they have different physiological mechanisms. If they are the same physiological mechanism, but simply occur at different times, then you'd never be able to tell by ultrasound.
May
28
comment Differences in Sepharadi Hilkhot Taharat HaMishpahhah
I personally think that the halacha of the number of days, and the halacha when you should start counting are joined at the hip, and you should never mention one without the other.