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comment After chumashim with notes and Rashi, what's the next torah commentary I should acquire and study?
IMO this type of comparative study can obscure the fact that different approaches to mikra (or anything else) can be very different and have a personality - as you imply. This lends itself to being under-nuanced. I don't have any data on a "common path," but my inclination is to "dwell" with a single commentator for a while, to absorb that commentator's approach and perspective.
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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment After chumashim with notes and Rashi, what's the next torah commentary I should acquire and study?
Older translation: Judaica Press, out of print??! Blue (older) or beige (newer) cover. amazon.com/HIRSCH-COMMENTARY-TORAH--7-set/dp/0910818126 I prefer that one, though stylistically the English is more difficult. Do not confuse the 7-vol set with the 1-vol severely abridged version. // New translation: feldheim.com/the-hirsch-chumash-1.html
Dec
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comment Who determines the kosher status of “new” foods?
Consensus or organizations don't "make" a food kosher; they merely research the manufacturing process and decide whether they can vouch for the item's kashrut. It's up to the individual and/or his/her rabbi to decide whose certification to accept.
Dec
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comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
@HodofHod a convert is always ben/bas Avraham ve-Sarah, regardless of parental conversion. Personal name can theoretically be chosen by the ger (I chose mine), although I have heard of cases where the orchestrating rabbi(s) will choose a name, sometimes specifically Avraham.
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comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
Could be this is derived from Yevamos 48b: A ger who is nisgayer is like a newborn child (ke-katan she-nolad dami)
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comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
R Moshe Feinstein ruled that, notwithstanding the above, there is no mother-son (and presumably father-daughter?) prohibition of yichud for a ger, because (IIRC) it is not natural for any attraction to exist.
Dec
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awarded  Self-Learner
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27
comment Source for the practice of not blowing out candles/flames?
Thanks - can you elaborate on any reasoning given? I found the Ben Ish Hai, but found it hard to scan through the text there.
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revised Source for the practice of not blowing out candles/flames?
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comment Blowing out channukah candles before leaving the house
@H'Gabriel ha, you were mechaven to my question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/12702/…
Dec
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comment Blowing out channukah candles before leaving the house
Aside from the question of whether you should go out before the time elapses, or whether you should have lighted them: if you must go out, do not leave them burning. The home of one of my community members burned to the ground a few years ago from a menorah. Aside from losing one's home, house fires are a risk to the neighbors as well.
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answered Source for the practice of not blowing out candles/flames?
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asked Source for the practice of not blowing out candles/flames?
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revised Why are the last four parshiyos of sefer Shemos not in sefer Vayikra?
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comment First steps for someone considering conversion
If you can find someone to trust, this is a good thing; I was more independent and slow to trust people. Also, not all rabbis are equipped (personally or knowledge-wise) to address conversion candidates; your mileage may vary.