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Jul
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revised What bracha would the fruit of a parasitic plant be? (Or the plant itself.)
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Jul
25
revised What bracha would the fruit of a parasitic plant be? (Or the plant itself.)
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Jul
25
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Jul
25
asked What bracha would the fruit of a parasitic plant be? (Or the plant itself.)
Jul
25
comment Having dessert “in mind”
@SethJ If you are eating desert for that reason then sure. But I think you are in the minority, and also - is that why you eat it? Or is that a side effect? I think in times past the last food the was eaten was not "desert" as we understand it today. It was food that was eaten to clean the mouth (before the days of toothbrushes). This food was been incorrectly translated as desert. So if the source says that the bracha is added if you are eating the food to "clean the palate", then to extrapolate from that to all deserts is wrong.
Jul
24
comment Does an ivory spoon make hot tea non-kosher?
@SethJ 550°C is 1022°F - home ovens don't go up that high. (I think you are confusing C and F.) In any case, just because you cook the pizza at a certain temperature doesn't mean it gets that hot. A higher temperature makes it cook faster, and then you take it out of the oven before it gets that hot. (Otherwise it would burn.) i.e. the temperature of the oven is not equal to the temperature of the food.
Jul
24
comment Having dessert “in mind”
@AvrohomYitzchok You said it only applies to food eaten to "clean the palate" - don't extrapolate from that! In modern times it's rare to eat food that way (the only time I've heard of it is with wine tasting where they will eat some crackers, especially Matzah, in between wines, not as food, but to remove residual taste). If you are eating the fruit (or any desert) as food (as most people do), it's a completely different category.
Jul
24
comment Does an ivory spoon make hot tea non-kosher?
@SethJ Bone china is burned at over 1200°C (2200°F). Objects will glow red at around 550°C, 1200°C is white hot, so is kosher by any standard and is not at all an argument about ivory which is not heated at all.
Jul
22
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Jul
19
comment What's wrong with 'Hip Hip Hooray'?
Also see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hep_hep_riots which claims the acronym thing is wrong. But maybe Hip sounds too much like Hep, acronym or not.
Jul
19
comment What's wrong with 'Hip Hip Hooray'?
Wikipedia agrees with you: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_hip_hooray and has references to two other sources that say that.
Jul
15
comment How certain do I need to be that my Yom Kippur shoes are leather-free?
@Shalom Just to correct a misconception R' Moshe's heter for milk is not based on that, it was based on the government testing that was done on milk. These days the testing is not done, so those who drunk Chalov Akum are not relying on him, but rather on later opinions. oukosher.org/index.php/common/article/…
Jul
15
comment How did a virgin decide upon her marriage in Israel 2000 years ago?
@DoubleAA I wish I could, it learned it such a long time ago. Where I wrote "My understanding" is the part I did not learn, but rather am assuming.
Jul
15
revised How did a virgin decide upon her marriage in Israel 2000 years ago?
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Jul
15
answered How did a virgin decide upon her marriage in Israel 2000 years ago?
Jun
18
comment Can an Alien convert to Judaism?
See also: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9197/… actually that may be enough of a duplicate to close this.
Jun
7
revised How can people who dress in “only” black lead tefillah, the Mishna warns us against those “machmir” about colors?
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Jun
7
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May
15
comment Does Down Syndrome make one a Shoteh?
BTW, ripping on shabbos isn't necessarily a problem: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/5547/ripping-on-shabbos
May
15
comment May one use a computer script or robot to do something specifically on Shabbos/Yom Tov?
@HodofHod That badge can be earned without violating the shabbos, and still doing it manually if your timezone is such that your day, and the stackexchange day don't overlap by at least an hour or two. This would not work for yomtov though.