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comment Protection from Sheidim
I just happened to see the Tzvo'oh of Rabbi Yehudah Hechosid which includes the prescription that one should make sure that the windows are not completely sealed. A hole the size of a needle should be left so the sheidim can get out. כ. לא יסתום אדם חלון או פתח לגמרי שלא יזיקו השדים, כי דרכן לצאת בו, אלא ינקוב בו נקב. But you should ask both those on the mystical side of things and a paediatrician.
Feb
5
comment What's a good joke to start a dvar torah off with?
How about, "please can you tell me a joke that has a hechsher?"
Jan
31
comment Genevas Daas (deception) with a gift
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Your answer supplies a location. Can you please explain what is stated in this Gemoro that is relevant to the specific question being asked. Your answer will then be much improved.
Jan
31
comment Where in the Torah does it say we are the Temple of Hashem?
re: my previous comment - Rashi to Vayikro 15 (31).
Jan
31
comment Where in the Torah does it say we are the Temple of Hashem?
Rashi says "The punishment כָּרֵת the death of the perpetrator and his offspring-is attached to an unclean person who enters the sanctuary, thus defiling it" which does not support your answer. Do you have a source for your answer?
Jan
31
comment Purity of Kohanim
I edited the answer to take account of DoubleAA's comment.
Jan
20
comment Can one kasher anodized metal?
What is the source for "rust is a problem only if food can get stuck inside the rust" please?
Jan
19
comment Homeopathic or unscientific medicine on shabbos
@mroll I meant to say that only someone who believes the preparation will work is likely to prepare it.
Jan
6
comment Why is כל written with Kamatz?
This is not necessarily off-topic. Our prayers will be blemished if they are not read properly (my logic).
Jan
3
comment Is weed kosher?
If an answer that it is not kosher was available to the duplicate question it would have been used; it's an easier answer. The fact that the respondents reached for different answers indicates that they could not say "it is not kosher".
Dec
31
comment Does the use Rabbi Yishmael's principles retain the de'oraiso character of the original statement?
@mevaqesh I do not want to limit what is learnt from the Torah law. But an example of a new law would be eating a shiur of bread in the sukkah on the first night of Sukkos which I believe is learnt from a Gzeira Shava.
Dec
31
comment Does the use Rabbi Yishmael's principles retain the de'oraiso character of the original statement?
@DoubleAA דאורייתא כולל את כל הדינים שנמסרו למשה רבנו בהר סיני. כלומר הן דינים הכתובים בתורה (במפורש או שנלמדים מפסוק) והן דינים שהם "הלכה למשה מסיני" כלומר תורה שבעל פה. (from here )
Dec
31
comment Rockets from Gaza while praying
I have edited the question to stop it being a request for practical halacha. That request seems to have attracted 3 close votes. I hope now that we can keep the question open without detracting from it.
Dec
29
comment What sort of “food” did the midwives provide for the children (Rashi on Shemos 1 (17))?
The idea of "feticide or partial-birth abortion, not outright infanticide" is supported by the Ohr Hachaim ad loc "כי קודם שיוודע הנולד מה הוא אם בן אם בת יראו המילדות על האבנים אם בן הוא ימיתוהו ויאמרו נולד מת ולא יניחו עד שיצא "
Dec
28
comment What sort of “food” did the midwives provide for the children (Rashi on Shemos 1 (17))?
@Loewian I am rightly rebuked by msh210. Forget my question about initial infancy.
Dec
28
comment What sort of “food” did the midwives provide for the children (Rashi on Shemos 1 (17))?
@DanF What a good idea. Yes please. I seem to remember a case where a mother made a dilute meat soup (which was clear) to feed her infant in the absence of other arrangements to feed the child.
Dec
28
comment What sort of “food” did the midwives provide for the children (Rashi on Shemos 1 (17))?
and what nourishment did the children have in their initial infancy?
Dec
28
comment What sort of “food” did the midwives provide for the children (Rashi on Shemos 1 (17))?
@DanF The unweaned children would eat "fish, garlics, melons, leeks and cucumbers"??
Dec
28
comment What sort of “food” did the midwives provide for the children (Rashi on Shemos 1 (17))?
@IsaacMoses and Danno - so did the midwives keep the children alive before they were weaned and if so, how?
Dec
27
comment Is it more preferable to pray with concentration alone or with a minyan in shul?
@Moshe - edited in more detail.