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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."
Apr
17
comment Mitzvah of living in Eretz Yisrael
The work as a whole may not be one of halachah, but he uses halachic arguments therein. How is this "not showing research effort, unclear, or un-useful?"
Apr
15
comment If someone has BO and can't smell themselves, may they say blessings?
Is BO a bad odor WRT Torah? It's my impression that it's decay, not sweat, that is the issue. Also, for what it's worth everyone smelled strongly in earlier times.
Apr
10
comment What justifications are there for not moving to Eretz Yisrael?
@yydl this is done.
Apr
3
comment Is it OK to eat non-certified-as-kosher sushi?
Well, the fact that some sushi fauna are nonkosher would give me concern. Also I don't know if "so many pretty frum people" is grounds for a question; do you know if any rav rules that it is allowed? What [type of] community are we dealing with?
Apr
3
comment Should a Jew who doesn't believe in G-d observe the commandments?
"Should," from whose point of view?
Mar
28
comment Commencing Shabbos: Shkiya behind a mountain
Not according to the OU pesak in my answer, IIUC
Mar
28
comment Commencing Shabbos: Shkiya behind a mountain
Based on my Internet roamings on this earlier, there are two elevations: that of the person, and that of the horizon. IOW both being higher/lower myself, and the terrain at the horizon, are factors in the time of the sun's apparent setting. The question regards the horizon, but it sounds like the teshuvah you cite is dealing with the elevation of the person.
Mar
27
comment Halakha book for modern working place
@l' great! now just cite the seif where each of the bullet points is mentioned. :}
Mar
27
comment Halakha book for modern working place
There is a book called 9:00 to 5:00 by Rabbi Shmuel Neiman. It is focused on gender relations and is quite restrictive. I'm not going to cite it as an answer since it doesn't focus on the ethical as per the question, but I feel like it bears mentioning in this context.
Mar
26
comment Hand motions for trope in Torah reading
Someone posted then removed an answer which referenced this article: jstor.org/stable/3263422