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Sepharadi Jew in Chicago.

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comment Minimum Number of Days before Hefsek Tahara: Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi
I think my rav was telling me that I shouldn't get my hopes up that it would happen every time, since many times women actually do bleed for 5 days.
Apr
2
comment Contradictory Hechsherim
I've definitely seen it on Israeli products imported to the US.
Mar
17
comment Kiddushin by a man who has the din of a חייב מיתה
Is this question confusing someone who's chayav mitah (by simply committing some aveirah) with someone who had a g'mar din (the beit din rendered a verdict of death). The likelihood of being this being a question is small (because the condemned would have to escape) but the Gemara in perek ben sorer u'moreh does discuss that situation.
Mar
13
comment Does a Kohen have to seek the same critria for a peligesh as he would for a wife?
What about a Hasmonean king? (They were kohanim.)
Feb
25
comment What sefer has rashei teivot הל''פ?
Thank you for such a helpful answer. I wasn't expecting to see this much effort go into verifying that the references match.
Feb
25
comment What sefer has rashei teivot הל''פ?
@GershonGold: I've edited to clarify my question. I don't think a sentence will help.
Dec
25
comment Commiting to a group's educational system
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about government policy, rather than about halachah or Jewish values.
Nov
14
comment Is it still adultery if the other spouse consents?
@Fred: please post your commment as an answer.
Oct
24
comment Why is God's name spelled differently in Sefardi siddurs?
@ray: I think so, but that's only required if you know enough to do so. Otherwise you should focus your kavannah on the plain meaning of the words.
Oct
24
comment What do you do with a ketubah document following a divorce?
@ShmuelBrin: the husband. See the other answer. The rules he cites for handling the ketubah are actually true for any contract that obligates one person to pay another.
Oct
16
comment When will the period of Acharonim end?
@shimon I've been wondering whether Rav Ovadia wasn't the last of the acharonim. Only time will tell.
Oct
6
comment Virginal Defloration and Nidah
@RobertS.Barnes: I've added the source.
Oct
4
comment If one keeps the deoraita nidah(7days) but not the additional 4-5 days, is there a punishment?
I have this feeling that you're not going to be convinced by answers that you read online. I think you should talk to a rav face to face.
Oct
3
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
It's probably rabbinic at best (akin to why kidushei biah is no longer performed.)
Sep
29
comment shehecheyanu on eruv tavshilin
@MonicaCellio. He considers that it should, because his point of departure is Chanukiah and Megillah.
Sep
25
comment Could having to add the extra 4-5 days to change the status of nidah to zaav and not allowing the original 7 day nida be like adding to a mitzva?
The two chumrot that the Rema holds that make the halacha be 5 days from when the woman's period starts are a chumrot that are addressed by the other question. The best advice I can give you is to find a rav who knows this subject well, who can explain the sources of the various halachot involved. I don't really know the details well enough to explain them myself, and there are few English books that explain in enough detail to correct all of the misconceptions packed into this question.
Sep
25
comment Could having to add the extra 4-5 days to change the status of nidah to zaav and not allowing the original 7 day nida be like adding to a mitzva?
I don't think the linked question adequately addresses the question, which is about the 72 hours from the last relations that have to elapse before you can start counting the 7 clean days. That is a biblical law, derived by drasha from a paseuk, and applies biblically to niddah as well as zavah.
Sep
15
comment What does “חפש כל חדרי בטן” mean?
I've removed the parenthetical about Ashkenazim, since Sephardim say a paragraph containing that phrase too. (In fact, Sephardim say that paragraph during Tachanun every Monday and Thursday.)
Sep
2
comment What's “chelek Eloka mimaal”?
@Shmuel Brin. The Ramchal in Da'at Tevunot also refers to the soul as a chelek eloah mima'al. The reference is in siman 24 (page 7) of the R' Chaim Friedlander edition. The Ba'al HaTanya was born in 1745, and the Ramchal died in 1746, meaning that the reference in Da'at Tevunot is definitely older. I don't know if there are any sources older than that, but it sounds from the Ramchal's verbiage that the concept was already pretty well known.
Aug
15
comment Chovos Halevavos vs. Mesilas Yesharim
See this question for a discussion of whether one should study the philosophical proofs of God's existance in Chovot HaLevavot's Sha'ar HaYichud or not.