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Dec
23
comment Fulltext search across sources: Gemara, Zohars, Rishonim and Aharonim
If you can find a nearby library which subscribes, you can get the full service.
Dec
23
accepted Eating on someone else's untoveled dishes
Dec
22
asked Eating on someone else's untoveled dishes
Dec
16
comment Tzitzit tying: the real way
There are a LOT of methods detailed in the Rishonim, as per tekhelet.com/guide.htm
Dec
14
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
I have difficulty seeing the failure to collect as a "mistake," since it is known and accepted (at least pragmatically) that some passengers will not have their tickets collected, be it because they enter and leave the train before crew reach their section, short-staffedness, etc. As I put it earlier: are you buying the ticket per se, or the service with the ticket as voucher? It seems obvious to me that the latter is the case, but I don't have any other basis for it than my own rationale.
Dec
14
revised Train ticket not collected: destroy?
specify assumptions for the type of train service
Dec
14
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
@avi dash it all, the question specifies single-ride ticket. will modify for the first two points.
Dec
14
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
@avi I presumed there is a provider-agnostic answer, hence the omission. Besides, my question was meant to be theoretical
Dec
13
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Dec
13
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
@avi It was my assumption coming in that there are no such rules. Looking around njtransit.com I can't find any terms about this (or about tickets in general, other than how to buy etc). I'm guessing they would laugh if asked.
Dec
13
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
13
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
I guess my bottom line is, I question whether collection of fees for a direct service by a gvt agency is considered dina de-malchusa. That brings us to that sugya, which IIRC is very complex. R' Asher Weiss has a great article on that subject, torahmusings.com/2010/06/…
Dec
13
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
tangential, but as far as the USPS is concerned, I would also question whether their collecting money would be a "law of the land," despite the fact that it's an "independent branch" of the executive wing of the US government.
Dec
13
awarded  Scholar
Dec
13
accepted Train ticket not collected: destroy?
Dec
13
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
similar to a stamp, but I'd venture that the train ticket would be more lenient, as (I would presume) stamps are always supposed to be cancelled, whereas people may get on and off the train frequently without their tickets being cancelled, so it's built into the system to a greater extent. The notion of Dina de-malchusa did not really resonate with me: "stamp may not be reused because the law requires you to pay a fee if you send your letter through the postal system." I guess it boils down to whether it's seen as the purchase of a stamp, or of a service with the stamp as voucher.
Dec
13
asked Train ticket not collected: destroy?
Dec
13
comment Do I have to spit out this dairy?
My case was making brachah, then before swallowing, realizing it is the wrong type. R' Bodner discusses brachos on prohibited foods in Ch. 13 Par. C, but it seems like he's only dealing with issur Torah. I thus retract what I said about not eating the food; I don't know. I could hear logically that letting the brachah go le-vatalah (IIRC R' Bodner in Kezayis quotes R' C. Kanievsky that this is not necessarily d'Oraysa) may be worse than eating within x hours (which I presume is minhag).
Dec
12
comment Do I have to spit out this dairy?
I recall the question being posed in the context of hilchos brachos, and the outcome being that one should spit out the food and accept the brachah le-vatalah.
Dec
12
comment Garments that unintentionally require tzitzit
Hey man, don't mess with the 80s; they may come back to bite you...