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Mar
8
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
8
accepted May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?
Mar
5
comment May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?
+1. I did cover כל העומד לשרוף כשרוף דמי in my answer, but forgot the precise phrase; thank you.
Mar
5
revised May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?
Added correct halachik phrase
Mar
5
comment May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?
@Daniel: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weregild
Mar
5
comment May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?
He took it as weregild; you have to discuss whether grabbing something in payment of debt counts as theft.
Mar
5
asked May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?
Mar
5
answered May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?
Mar
5
comment Are all אוזני המן halachically equal?
Chocolate hamantashen are an abomination unto Nuggan. Poppy is ideal of course; lekvár quite acceptable; and apricot & raspberry only b’sha‘as had’chak.
Mar
4
awarded  Civic Duty
Mar
3
accepted Angels in Bohemia?
Mar
3
comment Angels in Bohemia?
I was thinking of voting for this answer, maybe accepting it, but nothing really matters…
Mar
2
asked Angels in Bohemia?
Mar
2
comment How should a werewolf celebrate Pesach?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/55611/70
Mar
1
comment Does one make a Bracha when seeing the Pope?
Sure, @TRiG; halachikly he's a melech whatever the title is—which is why (as I said) the Reichsfürsten would have the bracha made for them.
Mar
1
revised When did the custom start to fast Tannis Esther on 13th Addar?
Improved formatting of Hebrew URL and elsewhere; corrected capitalization & spelling
Mar
1
comment Does one make a Bracha when seeing the Pope?
@ClintEastwood, the Pope is the monarch of Vatican city, but as Prince not King. IIRC though, the beracha on seeing a king was recited for reigning German Princes pre-unification.
Mar
1
suggested approved edit on When did the custom start to fast Tannis Esther on 13th Addar?
Mar
1
comment Was it lawful for David to partake of the showbread?
@Mr.Bultitude, yes it would mean that.
Mar
1
comment What's the earliest “acknowledgement” of Heliocentrism in Judaism?
Still unclear, @Sparkler; nothing about the heliocentric model would affect the calendar at all. At most the more precise measurements of the year & month could theoretically lead to minute adjustments of the Jewish calendar. See The Rectified Hebrew Calendar for an example of such an attempt.