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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)?
Aug
24
comment Is the blessing after food determined by the blessing before it?
@eramm After dilution it is no longer considered wine - for the blessing before. But you cannot deny that he has drunk the amount of wine within the time needed to require an after-blessing. That's my question!
Aug
24
comment Is the blessing after food determined by the blessing before it?
The reference I gave in the question says, "A29) In general, Sefardim allow one to dilute wine or grape juice up to 50% before it loses its Hagefen bracha. Ashkenazim allow even more, up to 5 parts water with one part wine or grape juice." In other words dilution of wine with water so that the wine is less than 50% (for Sefardim) or less than 16.7% for Ashkenazim makes the brocho onthe resulting liquid shehakol!
Aug
22
comment Cashier error - is it my responsibility to go back?
This, IMHO, is not a case of tous akum. You have Jewish money in error. The mitzvo is, I think, hashovas aveidah.
Aug
22
comment Cashier error - is it my responsibility to go back?
See businesshalacha.com/webfm_send/351
Aug
21
comment saying asher yatzar while in an improper state
First para of the quoted source reads, "As a general rule, asher yatzar, the blessing recited after one relieves oneself, must be recited immediately once one has washed one’s hands after using the washroom. There is some discussion; however, as to how long one actually has to recite asher yatzar in the event that for whatever reason it was not recited promptly after relieving oneself." So the delay is bdiavad. Lechatchila the blessing must be recited immediately after relieving oneself.
Aug
21
comment How do we know that a potential korban is not אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב?
@Shalom My concern was that the אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב was more abhorrent than a physical defect. If so I would expect אֶתְנַן כֶּלֶב וּמְחִיר זוֹנָה to be equally bad. But it isn't halacha 17. So I am finally convinced. Thanks.
Aug
20
comment How do we know that a potential korban is not אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב?
Yes. Is the din the same whether it is a physical blemish of which you speak or the rather different sort of problem of harlot's wage or barter for a dog?