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Jan
7
answered Lifting a handkerchief before signing the Ketubah?
Jan
6
revised May I use my neighbor's Wi-Fi without asking permission?
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Jan
6
revised Turning off a stove on Shabbat
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Jan
6
comment Am I allowed to count people?
I don't have a Kitzur handy at the moment, but I believe the same section (15:3) also starts off by first saying that it is forbidden to numerically count Jews (for a minyan) and then proceeds to offer the advice of "Hoshiah..."
Jan
6
answered May I use my neighbor's Wi-Fi without asking permission?
Jan
6
answered A restroom in a formerly-kosher eatery vs. one in a never-kosher eatery: which is preferable?
Jan
6
answered Turning off a stove on Shabbat
Dec
31
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
RE Paragraph 3: Let's say we were in Israel- Just as I can not leap off the ground and touch you so too my enemies [ie Ahmadinejad] should not be able to [leap off the ground] and touch me [Israel]. I'm sure that's very comforting... Ahmadinejad or his army are likely to never set foot in Israel [literal touch]. However he has/will have a missile that can "touch" Israel. Given similar determination that missile can "touch" the moon. I think in Ramban's time he would have considered it a physical impossibility by natural law. What would you say if you could book a flight to the moon?
Dec
31
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
RE Paragraph 2: Very interesting. So Scholars much greater than me, found the Tefillah as composed problematic enough to suggest ways to avert thoughts from it appearing as Avodat Kochavim). It would seem that like the comparisons you made to rainbows and mountains it would have sufficed to say the main bracha and that's all. If you close the siddur after the main Bracha - have you fullfilled the ikkur (main point) of the Mitzvah?
Dec
31
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
RE: Paragraph 1: Yes, the actual blessing that ends "Michadesh Chadashim" clearly addresses Hashem. However, in the following lines we say "just as I can not touch YOU" - There seems to be a consensus that "YOU" refers tot he moon, so it would appear that we are addressing the moon at that point with out supplication. It would make more sense if we're talking to Hashem that we say "HaLevana" (the moon). How do we see that line as talking to Hashem? Why would Chazal phrase the Tefillah so that there even appears to be an element of talking to the moon?
Dec
30
comment Mezzuzahs- putting them up, and saying brachot
I think the circumstances under which the second person is hanging them should be clarified. If it's 2-3 people sharing an apartment?? In a situation where they all share the responsibility for the performance of the performance of the Mitzvah equally then we might not let the Bracha of the first person be carried over to the others as they are not acting as a Shaliach for the first, but acting in their own right. While it seems that the have "rishut" to be included in someone else saying the Bracha, it would also seem that they can exclude themselves and recite their own.
Dec
29
revised Can you recommend an alternative outer talit bag?
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Dec
29
answered Mezzuzahs- putting them up, and saying brachot
Dec
29
answered Can you recommend an alternative outer talit bag?
Dec
20
answered Method for practicing Torah reading
Dec
20
revised Method for practicing Torah reading
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Dec
20
revised Method for practicing Torah reading
Attempted formulation of my initial stream of conscience...
Dec
20
answered Method for practicing Torah reading
Dec
17
comment December greeting responses
I suppose that would depend on whether Christianity is Avodah Zara (now asked by myself as a new question) If it's not, then there should be no problem. If it is, then I would suggest not wishing them anything related. If it's in the middle... like I suspect, then we have other mitigating factors like are they actually engaging in Avodah Zara in their Christmas observance (how many actually go to Mass) and is our wising them a Merry one really about the gift giving and a nice family meal?
Dec
17
asked Is Christianity Avodah Zara?