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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?
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
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
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
May
11
comment Paying bill for aveirah already done
@Shemmy it's a good question, but assume for here that the seller is a Jew.
May
10
comment Paying bill for aveirah already done
All animals; it's a done deal, and they are passing on the fee to the adopter.
May
7
comment Goshen, the most immoral part of Mitzrayim
Is it definite that "oso makom" refers to Goshen, as opposed to Egypt in general?
May
4
comment Would a baalat teshuva need a get from each previous sexual relationship?
Agreed. I assumed that we are talking about no-daat-kiddushin unions here.
May
4
comment Would a baalat teshuva need a get from each previous sexual relationship?
... but the safek would IIUC be whether this sort of relationship takes effect; so the bottom line is still either the first took effect, or none. So need a get from the first.
May
4
comment Does Judaism consider virginity to be a virtue?
Not a virtue per se. I would be more inclined to say that Judaism treats promiscuity as a vice. Priests have a higher degree of consecration, which may explain the prescription that the Kohen Gadol marry a virgin; not necessarily that it is a /virtue/.
May
1
comment Cooking meat and milk as a chef
I just asked her via Twitter
Apr
25
comment All you need is love?
What about "And Jacob loved Rachel?" The professor apparently has a psycho-philosophical difficulty with the verse (and is not alone), but it doesn't strike me as being a compelling argument that the verb doesn't mean "love."