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Feb
12
comment Source in the Aruch HaShulchan to not motzi (exempt) others with after-bracha on mezonot foods
yes, it was my own, thanks!
Feb
5
comment Tzitzis Thrown Over Shoulder = Still Wearing Them?
Thanks @jake; necessary condition had occurred to me, but there's a connotation of negation to the Hebrew word that I felt was missing.
Feb
4
comment Tzitzis Thrown Over Shoulder = Still Wearing Them?
brownie points for anyone who has a good, clean English translation of לעיכובא
Feb
4
comment Tzitzis Thrown Over Shoulder = Still Wearing Them?
@DoubleAA I understand this as referring to the construction, not the mode of wearing.
Dec
28
comment Referring to parent in third person
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jimmy
Dec
27
comment Statistics regarding how many people convert yearly
@Ariel I doubt you can find enough cities that have both significant conversion stats, and are representative. Our communities are so diverse and relatively few, and some are known specifically for encouraging conversion. In other words I would strongly expect major skew.
Dec
26
comment Statistics regarding how many people convert yearly
Being that there is no central authority (at least outside of Israel), I can't imagine how there would be. I'm a ger and as far as I know, I was never "registered" anywhere beyond the NYC rabbi who coordinated it.
Dec
19
comment High School Math in the Talmud
Really, if a person doesn't find math intrinsically beautiful, it's probably hard to make a specific case for learning past arithmetic, given that most math is abstracted away from us in 21st c. Western society. Might want to look at the remarkable manifestations of math constructs in nature. Basic algebra is certainly related to logic though, so a good foundation in that is a good thing WRT Talmud. He should be able to cross over from e.g. kal va-chomer and represent that quasi-algebraically (if a > b etc.)
Dec
18
comment What are the sources for women to wear/ not wear pants?
I did not yet receive a response.
Dec
13
comment What are the sources for women to wear/ not wear pants?
Let me see if I can get clarification from him.
Dec
13
comment What are the sources for women to wear/ not wear pants?
@SethJ He writes "there is no issur; on the contrary, yesh bo mishum tzenius" - I understood this as a polar contrast: not only is there no issur, but it's actually an example of good tzenius.
Dec
13
comment Tznius of the times
Pants depends on whom you ask; see my answer to this related question
Dec
7
comment Does amirah L'akum apply to robots?
what @DoubleAA said. If we really want to go sci-fi, the question could spill out into "is a sentient android considered human for the purposes of agency in the Torah". It must be Friday.
Nov
26
comment Inhaling prayers?
I was trying to get around to asking this; thank you for posting!
Nov
20
comment Cold-brew coffee on Shabbos
@sam well, that's the question: is there any melachah here. Apparently there's no problem brewing tea, but that is only steeped for a short time. Could it be dash?
Nov
20
comment Cold-brew coffee on Shabbos
I explicitly excluded straining from the question. Based on your feedback, I removed reference to the press.
Nov
12
comment Why should one have marital relations as if forced by a demon?
It was clear to me in my own chasan class, as well as a reinforcement session I had with another rav later, who was a talmid of R' Henkin, that I was not encouraged to follow this halachah. I still don't understand what the fact of it being in SA is actually supposed to mean.
Nov
11
comment Circumcision when danger to life, born Jews and potential gerim
Ask Skylar at the blog...
Nov
5
comment Do those who practice family purity get cervical cancer less?
Try this search on PubMed ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…
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.