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Apr
14
revised Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
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Apr
14
answered Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?
Apr
14
comment Selling Hamtez on Ebay
Related: Chabad have a website where you can sell your chametz online. ( chabadorg.clhosting.org/holidays/passover/sell_chometz_cdo/site/… ) I have not looked into this, but at least according to them, it may be possible to sell your Chametz via eBay, especially if you're going to actually ship it. (However, shipping it is interesting, since it's unclear (\I don't remember) at which point the buyer would "take possession" of it - when it's paid, shipped, or arrives.)
Apr
14
comment Badikas Chamatz in courtyards of cities today
The Star-K guide to Shabbat Erev Pesach says "one may eat outside on the porch or the backyard (if it is permissible to carry - i.e. within a reshus hayachid). Recite hamotzi, eat the rolls then sweep the crumbs off the table and off the porch." I haven't looked at any "real" sefarim, but it appears no one is concerned about the outdoors.
Apr
14
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Apr
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comment Badikas Chamatz in courtyards of cities today
Oddly, the OU guide says that you must clean your car, office, and school locker, but makes no mention of your yard. oukosher.org/passover/articles/bedikat-chametz
Apr
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Only my grandfather was Jewish. Can I pray at home in my grandfather's tallit?
Apr
14
comment According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
@user4784 - Probably, although the official responsa, titled "Responsum on the Sabbath", did NOT broadly permit driving on Shabbat. Its goal was to allow driving to synagogue on Shabbat when the alternative was that people wouldn’t have an active connection to Judaism without going to synagogue on Shabbat. As such, they may not permit umbrellas, or may only permit them if prohibiting them would prevent people from going to shul. I don't want to jump to conclusions.
Apr
14
comment According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
@Tatpurusha - I am not sure that your statement that Conservative take advantage of all possible leniencies is correct. I'd appreciate if you could provide a source. Additional information about umbrellas and Shabbat can be found in the "related question" link.
Apr
14
comment According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
@MonicaCellio - Neither did I, which is why I asked.
Apr
13
comment Why does almost every community say Lecha Dodi?
Finally, Lecha Dodi wasn't universally accepted. See here: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/13713/…
Apr
13
comment Why does almost every community say Lecha Dodi?
So the real question is, how did any change in Judaism come to be widely accepted among the various communities. As such, a proper answer would have to expound on the flow and spread of ideas in that time period. Dr. Chaim Solovetchik has done some research on this, but I don't know of any articles off the top of my head.
Apr
13
comment Why does almost every community say Lecha Dodi?
I'd like to question the assumption that Lecha Dodi is unique in this regard. Prayer, due to its personal and communal nature, has always been fluid. For example, Meshebarach for Tzahal is universal among nonChareidi shuls. In addition, many other developments that took place around the same time, such as the Shulchan Aruch, have been universally accepted, not to mention much later things, such ad not using umbrellas on Shabbat.
Apr
13
comment Mandatory evacuation on Shabbat: what can and can't you do?
Phoning your rabbi is at most a derabanan, but if you use your own judgment, you may end up doing a deoraita. Or worse, Not doing something to protect yourself which you'd be permitted to do.
Apr
13
comment Which types of light bulbs are 'only' an issur d'rabbanan to activate on Shabbat
My Rosh Yeshiva ruled that incandescent lights may be used for Shabbat candles, with a bracha, but fluorescents or Led can not. I'm not sure if this is relevant.
Apr
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Apr
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asked According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
Apr
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comment Badikas Chamatz in courtyards of cities today
‎‎+‎1 In addition, what about a fenced in yard that animals cannot enter?
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