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Aug
22
comment Learning secular topics for parnassah
The question works in theory, but in practice (at least in the professions), I don't think curtailing continuing education is a good idea. One wouldn't remain competitive that way. Additionally, there are precious few professions where one can coast and still meet his financial obligations in today's Orthodox world.
Aug
20
revised Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
edited tags
Aug
20
answered Question about Ashkenazi pronunciation
Aug
8
comment What does “twice in seven years” mean regarding checking mezuzos?
@ba if it's viewed as a cycle, I can check in years 2, 4, 9, 13, and 5-11 have passed with only one check.
Aug
7
comment What does “twice in seven years” mean regarding checking mezuzos?
@ba does it mean, then, that there should be no seven-year period without two checkings? Or is it a repeating seven-year cycle, where you might have seven years pass without a check?
Aug
6
asked What does “twice in seven years” mean regarding checking mezuzos?
Aug
3
answered Proper way to refer to a makom ervah when speaking to a child
Jul
27
answered Online tool for minyan management?
Jul
27
comment Paying bill for aveirah already done
@msh210 yes, but it's the act that's impermissible, not the payment - no? I would think even more so with the animal, since the payment does not degrade the act any more, as opposed to the zenus.
Jul
25
accepted Mitzvah of living in Eretz Yisrael
Jul
23
comment Invitation to nonkosher restaurant
This is a valuable question, but you should modify it to be more general rather than personal advice - see meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/312/… -- and ask your rav!
Jul
5
comment Biography on Rav Hirsch
@MatthewMiller The Klugmann is a pretty well-researched and balanced work.
Jul
2
comment Source for the practice of not blowing out candles/flames?
@sam me neither, at least in Hebrewbooks, assuming the sefer I found there is the one they're talking about.
Jun
26
comment Bracha on Smoking
@msh210 conceptually I would think of that as "mis'asek," or whatever the equivalent is in this context. I don't have the background in actual talmudic concepts to confirm that "authoritatively," but it's hard for me to conceive of that being significant enough for a berachah.
Jun
25
comment Bracha on Smoking
@msh210 I simply don't understand how random particles of tobacco that mistakenly end up getting routed to the stomach instead of the lungs, can be called eating. It's totally unintentional; if I walk through a smoky room, presumably the same thing happens, yet it would be absurd to say a berachah there.
Jun
25
comment Is one allowed to drink alcohol on regular weekdays?
Why would one think otherwise?
Jun
25
comment Bracha on Smoking
@DoubleAA true enough, but the implication in the question was an eating berachah due to the ingestion of tobacco. But to address your point, I find it unlikely that cigarette smokers savor the fragrance, though I could be wrong. For cigars and pipes, on the other hand, I could hear that much better.
Jun
25
answered Bracha on Smoking
Jun
11
comment Was it ever the norm for children to get married?
My Iraqi ex-roommate's grandmother was 12.5, if I recall correctly. And my ex-chavrusa's grandmother (Ashkenazi) was 14.
May
11
comment What is the source for the mitzvah of kiruv?
Well IIRC one may be mechalel Shabbos to save a person spiritually as well as physically, so hatzalas nefashos is one place to start looking