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Aug
30
comment Where is the website which allows me to set up a daily learning schedule?
@GershonGold Thanks. The website I am seeking allows you to set up your own pace through whatever text you are learning. dailynach.com has the punishing 1 chapter a day program.
Aug
24
comment Blowing a Shofar at night
@expern I daven mincha and maariv together around the time of plag in a shul following some "yekkish" customs and they blow after maariv before LeDovid Hashem Oeri.
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
BTW, see the dream about Lot's daughters here: divreichaim.blogspot.co.uk/2007/10/…
Aug
17
comment What texts are studied in a traditional yeshiva?
The accepted answer to this question lists the main talmudic tractates studied. Also see Wikipedia Yeshiva.
Aug
5
comment Returning a wrongly delivered letter
An answer should ideally deal with a case where the letter was both delivered by the mail service and by hand. I will edit the question.
Jul
30
comment Receiving an Aliyah/Dukhening While Wearing a Catheter
@sabbahillel Are the kahal looking?
Jul
29
comment Quote from the Chazzon Ish about “Mizrachim”
Not quite to the point, but indicative. Take a look at hebrewbooks.org/…
Jul
22
comment Relating the Psalms to the Torah
What makes you think that the Psalms specifically relate to the Pentateuch? The commentary of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on Psalms is a classic and well worth your attention see feldheim.com/the-hirsch-psalms.html
Jul
16
comment Is taking disposable utensils considered stealing?
@ekom12 Is the "use for cereal in your own room" one of the uses intended by the cafeteria?
Jul
14
comment What should a community do if they missed a Parsha?
.... and improve the security around the Aron Kodesh!
Jul
12
comment Can I talk about my business in shul if it is to help another Jew avoid a transgression?
Reference to the Ben Ish Chai please?
Jul
12
comment Is the Gemara (Shabbos 116b) quoting the New Testament?
@clum see here for the use of the term "New Testament".
Jul
9
comment Can I talk about my business in shul if it is to help another Jew avoid a transgression?
@Fred Reuven helps Shimon avoid the issur of wearing shaatnez. And of course Shimon can ask Reuven outside. The question is whether this is a conversation that would be permitted in shul or must be had outside.
Jul
8
comment How does salt “add heat” (mishna in Shabbos 4(1))
@Danno Thanks for being interested in the question. Trouble is that it is not the salt that adds heat here because it says "When the dish comes out of the oven .."
Jun
24
comment What b'racha do you say on seeing the Aurora Borealis (if any)?
@IsaacKotlicky At Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/?title=Astrology Astrology From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Not to be confused with Astronomy, the scientific study of celestial objects. Astrology consists of several pseudoscientific systems of divination based on the premise that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world.
Jun
12
comment How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?
@Daniel Devorim 8, 10. "And you will eat and be sated, and you shall bless the Lord, your God, for the good land He has given you." chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/9972http://www.chabad.org/…
Jun
12
comment How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?
@DanF I want to understand the mechanism by which ikar/tafel operates so that it generates such a surprising conclusion in this case. Just defining it as ikar/tafel does not satify me.
Jun
12
comment How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?
@Daniel I am not making any claims about the reason for the before-blessing. My question is about the after-blessing and that is why I gave you my idea about the after-blessing.
Jun
12
comment How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?
@DanF “The Halachos of Brochos” by Rabbi Bodner page 254 says “Just as the initial brocha on the ikar covers the tofel, so too does the brocha achrona of ikar cover the tofel”. And in the “Handbook” about for example “Wheat Chex” it says the after-brocha is “al hamichya”.
Jun
12
comment How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?
There are two ways to eat the cereal and milk (separately and together). The bodily benefit is the same in both ways. I assume the after-blessing is to thank for the benefit to the body. Why then should the after blessing depend on how I eat the cereal and milk?