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Oct
10
comment Is it required to knock on doors before entering?
Correct - see Rashi to Pesachim 112a citing Midrah Raba.
Sep
30
comment Best practices for well-circulating Hoshanot
Besides for increasing circle circumference, another great improvement is increasing the width of the "circle stroke". When our shul widened the walking lane (by clearing away tables and chairs that lay in the path) allowing people to walk two-abreast, the Hakafot were vastly improved. Many used lane 2 as a "passing lane" that engendered no ill-will by the slower congregants.
Jul
10
comment Does the mitzvah to return a lost object apply to aveirah items?
See B"M 90a: no mitzva of Chasima where it would harm the animal, and see Tosfoth Rosh there, that it is common sense that the mitzva of the chasima is only where it benefits the animal.
Dec
13
comment Shaving on Rosh Chodesh when it is Erev Shabbos
M"B 493:5 permits shaving on Erev Rosh Chodesh Iyar when it falls on Friday (despite being during Sefira). This is notable because whenever Rosh Chodesh Iyar falls on Shabbos, Friday is also Rosh Chodesh. Thus M"B allows shaving on Rosh Chodesh, at least when it is on a Friday.
Jun
14
comment Is there a source that the Messiah can die and return?
Note Rambam writes (Melachim 11 3) that when Bar Kochba was killed, it was definitively established that he was not Mashiach. That seems to preclude the possibility of resurrection.
May
8
comment Dew distinct from water among the shiva mashkim
let us continue this discussion in chat
May
7
comment Dew distinct from water among the shiva mashkim
I demonstrated in my answer that their chemical resemblance does not affect their halachic reality. You are asserting otherwise; do you have a source?
May
7
comment Dew distinct from water among the shiva mashkim
Don't understand what is so difficult. If the Tana wouldn't inform us that dew is a Mashke, we simply would not have known that it was, since it is a distinct fluid from water. Why need there be a nafka mina in some other area of halacha? Confused about your confusion.
May
4
comment Dew distinct from water among the shiva mashkim
With respect to the halachic status of Mashkin, there is no difference between any of the seven listed Mashkin. The list is to inform us which fluids in existence constitute an halachic Mashke.
May
4
comment Dew distinct from water among the shiva mashkim
If dew and water are not the same thing halachically, then dew may not qualify for anything that requires water. For example, can you immerse in a Mikva made of dew? Can you use dew for Netilat Yadayim? And so on. However, this is irrelevant to the question. With respect to the halachic status of a Mashke, there is no difference between the two.
May
4
comment Dew distinct from water among the shiva mashkim
I disagree. That was not the question. My previous comment stands. You may certainly ask a new question if you like, but you would first need to explain why you assume that a halachic distinction must exist between water and dew.
May
3
comment If masturbation is so bad, why is it not in list of 613 Mitzvos?
Pri Megadim (OC 3) concludes that we hold it is a Biblical prohibition. See also Nida (13a), Ramban (ibid 13b), and Tosfos in Sanhedrin (59b).
May
3
comment Dew distinct from water among the shiva mashkim
The question was, why was dew listed as a separate Mashke, if water was already listed. I answered the question. Nobody was looking for a Nafka Mina (practical difference), and why would there be one? They are both Mashkin.
Apr
19
comment Does golel for first torah stand for second torah?
The Steipler in his old age would hold a mini-Torah during Hakafot, so that he may sit while other Sifrei Torah were circling.
Mar
27
comment Pesach Sheni when Moshiach has just come
However, see the story of Chizkia in Divrei haYamim 2 ch. 30 and read about how all of Israel brought the Pesach in the 2nd month. The exact meaning of the story is disputed in Sanhedrin 12b.
Mar
27
comment Issur Kolel What is it?
Not so. In the Y"K case, other items become prohibited, but the population to which they are prohibited remains the same. In the sister case, the same "item" is prohibited, just to more people.
Mar
26
comment Issur Kolel What is it?
No, in the literature that is referred to as Issur Chamur. However, occasionally the terminology is interchanged.
Mar
19
comment Can you pray something that isn't true or (at least) that the petitioner doesn't believe to be true?
Rashbam means if one's intent is not to supplicate but merely to "read the Torah" then there's no falsehood. If one intends to daven words that are false, it makes no difference if it was recited from a Torah (or a siddur, for that matter).
Feb
21
comment What happened to the bechorim (first-borns)?
You forgot to subtract all the unmarrieds and infertiles. Note that C-sections were done in ancient times. Search the Talmud for "יוצא דופן" and Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesarean_section). I also added a 6th exemption, see post.
Feb
20
comment What are Jewish conventions regarding honeymoons?
Sounds to me like a misunderstanding. It is extremely common for things to "not work out" the wedding night, and thus the bride is still available on subsequent nights. Not everyone realizes this, and when the yentas talk about how they witnessed the chassan passing the salt to the kallah, all kinds of misinterpretations arise.