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comment Why is chillul Shabbat considered so wicked?
DailyHalacha.com says that the Gemara in Eruvin (69) records one view that likens Shabbat desecration to Avoda Zara (idolatry). Meaning, violating Shabbat is tantamount to the complete abandonment of the religion. But chilul shabbos is not one of the cases for which one must give up his life (יהרג ואל יעבור, or "be killed but do not transgress"). It seems therefore that יהרג ואל יעבור does not define severity of the sin.
Nov
19
comment How does the chazzan say “omein” in the kaddish before the Amida in Mincha and Maariv
@DoubleAA Responses to both comments. I have heard it done with mincha and maariv and not with musaf and neilah. I do not suspect it should be said quietly.
Oct
29
comment Should a Jew from outside Israel who is visiting Israel for Sukkot eat in the Sukkah on Shemini Atseret?
even when eating with the "locals"?
Oct
29
comment Should a Jew from outside Israel who is visiting Israel for Sukkot eat in the Sukkah on Shemini Atseret?
I do want a survey of Yodeyan's LOR's answers. I do not know to what extent people follow the answers given.
Oct
28
comment Can a charity employ a collector on commission without informing donors?
I see now, thank you. The reasonable assumption is that the collector is working on commission. I've voted the answer up.
Oct
28
comment Can a charity employ a collector on commission without informing donors?
Yes a lovely story! Btw it doesn't answer the questions.
Oct
2
comment Waking up fleishig
What's the evidence for overnight being sufficient for nosein taam lifgam?
Sep
29
comment What is the purpose of the mosquito?
That Hashem needed annoying insects despite the trouble they cause so we can learn and tolerate people who annoy us (whom Hashem also created).
Sep
21
comment Applying hand cream on Shabbos
Excellent. I have been taught that a "choleh shein bo sakanah" doesn't have to be "bedridden"; it's enough if he feels that he should take to his bed even though he is still up.
Sep
14
comment How practically did large farmers manage presenting their bikkurim?
No sources and yes I don't see it in the Rambam. Feel free to post your own answers.
Sep
14
comment Source for story of rabbi's claiming land said “you're both mine”
I see no reference in the way my computer displays Double AA's link. So I posted an answer below.
Sep
10
comment Kol Nidre Honour Clarification
You are going to need a Festival prayer book (=machzor) see here It's not in the siddur.
Sep
7
comment In Levirate marriage, can the widow refuse marriage to the brother-in-law?
@sabbahillel Aaaah. Sorry, Hebrew text reads, "לא רצה לייבם או שלא רצתה היא. ה"ז חולץ לה" and the note 4 says clearly: According to the Rambam's conception, the woman cannot be compelled to marry her brother-in-law against her will. See Chapter 2, Halachah 10 and notes!
Sep
7
comment In Levirate marriage, can the widow refuse marriage to the brother-in-law?
Have you looked at perek 1 halocho 2?: "If the yavam does not want to perform the rite of yibbum, or if the woman does not consent,4 he should [free her from this obligation through the rite of] chalitzah. [Only] afterwards is she permitted to marry another man."
Sep
7
comment Will reading Questions and Answers on Mi Yodeya gain a Jew entrance into Olam Haba?
Depends on your reputation (in many senses)!
Sep
3
comment Does sorcery/black magic exist today?
I just received from a certain institution a card containing "A special prayer to be saved from any evil eye or any forms of magic and is good for protection from fear" and asking for donations.
Sep
3
comment Does a dog know that it's a dog?
@Shokhet I see your point. I wanted to suggest that Rashi regards the donkey as less aware since he only recognises his master when he is fed (rather than when he is prepared for work). I see in this a very low level of awareness and infer (possibly) that self awareness is most unilkely.
Aug
25
comment Is the blessing after food determined by the blessing before it?
Do we know where Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach said it?
Aug
24
comment Singing too loudly in shul
+1 I found a bit more and with a slightly different emphasis; please excuse my answer having some similarities to yours,
Aug
24
comment Is the blessing after food determined by the blessing before it?
@eramm Super reply that maybe should be an answer! But perhaps kiddush requires the brocho “borei pri hagofen” specifically (if you made it over wine)?