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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.
Mar
1
comment What's the earliest “acknowledgement” of Heliocentrism in Judaism?
Category error: I don’t see the phrase in the Wikipedia article you link to, and I would edit it out if I did: Judaism cannot officially recognize heliocentrism or geocentrism any more than it can officially recognize the color of your eyes.
Mar
1
answered What's the earliest “acknowledgement” of Heliocentrism in Judaism?
Mar
1
answered Who is the fourth father?
Feb
26
comment What is the text of kiddush for Purim night?
Formatting help would be appreciated.
Feb
26
answered What is the text of kiddush for Purim night?