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Nov
23
comment Tosafot Peirush
Though not close to complete, tosfosinenglish.com does cover some of the more common sugyos from mesechtos that are learned in Yeshivos. There's a physical edition, though I don't think many stores carry it. See also this question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/40323/…
Nov
12
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred, If you visit the answer I linked, you will notice that R' Moshe did in fact write a later responsum (in 1981) reiterating that position. Additionally, I'm not sure how you went from "not ... forbidden [i.e., permitted] ... but not recommended" -- a distinction without a difference from what I wrote -- to "this is so bad I've got to downvote".
Oct
1
comment On what authority do Lubavitchers not skip when late to shacharis?
Also, though not a Lubavitch source, see Note 11 to this page: "... Nonetheless, there are those who advise reciting all of davening in order (Sha’arei Teshuvah 52:1 in the name of Yosef Ometz). It is reported that many great people acted in such a manner (Kaf Hachaim 52:2). ..."
Oct
1
comment On what authority do Lubavitchers not skip when late to shacharis?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/13715/…
Oct
1
comment On what authority do Lubavitchers not skip when late to shacharis?
Hi EliyahuBenYosef, welcome to Mi Yodeya! If you could specify which letter you are referring to, or even better - link to it, that would greatly improve your answer. As it is, it's not very useful. I hope to see you around the site!
Sep
30
comment Can you rip non-perforated materials on shabbat and yom tov?
@DoubleAA Thanks! I still lurk very often, just haven't managed to spend time contributing. OT, but I just Googled Tikkun Maneh to see if there was a good page to link to, and discovered that not only isn't there, but that my three year old comment is the third result. Weird.
Sep
18
comment Does Judaism require burial of the dead?
I didn't downvote, but two reasons why this answer is not useful are because it basically consists of just a link (1) to an article in a language that many or most of our users are not fluent in (2). Please consider excerpting and translating the relevant parts here.
Aug
18
comment Can we argue with gedolim when we are sure that we are right?
@ShmuelBrin Again, why would he need to? What would the goal be?
Aug
18
comment Can we argue with gedolim when we are sure that we are right?
@Shmuel Then why would you need to argue with them? In other words, what are you hoping to accomplish that the gadol's passing prevents?
Aug
18
comment Can we argue with gedolim when we are sure that we are right?
@Yehoshua "then they are not a gadol" I think most would argue that Shammai was a gadol, despite being the quintessential person without "the patience of Hillel."
Aug
17
comment Does apocalyptic Judaism still exist?
So, did these "apocalyptic Jews" have any writings? Any famous rabbis? I've just never heard of such a thing, especially the idea that "G-d has abandoned the world" (Ezekiel 9:9) to the forces of evil, which is just about as antithetical a belief to Judaism as they come.
May
7
comment Echad Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
Aw, fiddlesticks.
Apr
7
comment How did the Ashkenazi Yom Tov “prayer mode” become so popular?
1) I don't know about other communities, but I've always heard the tunes referred to as "nusach" which isn't really helpful here since it's easily confused. 2) I've wondered about the "amein problem" myself before, and I think it'd be great as its own question (if it doesn't already exist.)
Feb
17
comment Does G-d want intermarried couples to divorce?
@ray Dibra SAH b'lashon bnei adam.
Feb
9
comment Why don't we see magic today?
I meant in the Chayei Olam! I'm not sure I want to get involved with modern sorcerers, just yet. :D
Feb
9
comment Why don't we see magic today?
Thanks for this answer! Do you happen to have a more precise location so I can look it up?
Dec
28
comment Did Esther eat at the first feast she made for the king and Haman?
By the way, Rashi to Megilah 16a (ולתעניתו) says that the "third day" is from when the decree was dispatched, the 13th of Nissan. Hence, though the fast was from 14th-16th (Rashi 15a, "יו"ט ראשון של פסח"), Esther went to the king and made the first feast on the 15th. That means that her 2nd feast was on the 16th, and would also have been during the fast. There are other opinions, like the Midrash Rabba, that hold that the fast was 13th-15th.
Dec
16
comment Trimming or Shaving the Moustache
Thanks for the answer! Funnily, I've been mistaken for Amish far too often, even with a mustache. Additonally, Chukas Akum seems to apply mostly to things that are immodest or (might) have idolatrous origins (see here), neither of which would seem to apply to the Amish mustache-ban (which seems to be anti-military in nature). If you have a specific source for this, or a reason to believe that Chukas Akum might apply to beards minus mustaches (as opposed to, say, beards plus overalls), I think it'd greatly improve this answer.
Dec
9
comment Are there any frum comic books?
There's an old one called Shaloman, who is basically a Jewish Superman. I don't remember precisely how frum it is, but it's definitely based around Jewish storylines. There are some online places that still sell it (e.g.)
Oct
26
comment Is it permissible to play with cards?
And here's the relevant Kedushas Levi he mentions: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=50006&st=&pgnum=51