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Dec
29
comment After chumashim with notes and Rashi, what's the next torah commentary I should acquire and study?
IMO this type of comparative study can obscure the fact that different approaches to mikra (or anything else) can be very different and have a personality - as you imply. This lends itself to being under-nuanced. I don't have any data on a "common path," but my inclination is to "dwell" with a single commentator for a while, to absorb that commentator's approach and perspective.
Dec
29
comment After chumashim with notes and Rashi, what's the next torah commentary I should acquire and study?
Older translation: Judaica Press, out of print??! Blue (older) or beige (newer) cover. amazon.com/HIRSCH-COMMENTARY-TORAH--7-set/dp/0910818126 I prefer that one, though stylistically the English is more difficult. Do not confuse the 7-vol set with the 1-vol severely abridged version. // New translation: feldheim.com/the-hirsch-chumash-1.html
Dec
28
comment Who determines the kosher status of “new” foods?
Consensus or organizations don't "make" a food kosher; they merely research the manufacturing process and decide whether they can vouch for the item's kashrut. It's up to the individual and/or his/her rabbi to decide whose certification to accept.
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
@HodofHod a convert is always ben/bas Avraham ve-Sarah, regardless of parental conversion. Personal name can theoretically be chosen by the ger (I chose mine), although I have heard of cases where the orchestrating rabbi(s) will choose a name, sometimes specifically Avraham.
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
Could be this is derived from Yevamos 48b: A ger who is nisgayer is like a newborn child (ke-katan she-nolad dami)
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
R Moshe Feinstein ruled that, notwithstanding the above, there is no mother-son (and presumably father-daughter?) prohibition of yichud for a ger, because (IIRC) it is not natural for any attraction to exist.
Dec
27
comment Source for the practice of not blowing out candles/flames?
Thanks - can you elaborate on any reasoning given? I found the Ben Ish Hai, but found it hard to scan through the text there.
Dec
27
comment Blowing out channukah candles before leaving the house
@H'Gabriel ha, you were mechaven to my question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/12702/…
Dec
27
comment Blowing out channukah candles before leaving the house
Aside from the question of whether you should go out before the time elapses, or whether you should have lighted them: if you must go out, do not leave them burning. The home of one of my community members burned to the ground a few years ago from a menorah. Aside from losing one's home, house fires are a risk to the neighbors as well.
Dec
27
comment First steps for someone considering conversion
If you can find someone to trust, this is a good thing; I was more independent and slow to trust people. Also, not all rabbis are equipped (personally or knowledge-wise) to address conversion candidates; your mileage may vary.
Dec
23
comment Fulltext search across sources: Gemara, Zohars, Rishonim and Aharonim
@H'Gabriel a large enough library may have it, especially if they are either academic, or participate in a consortium. Bottom line, ask or check out the library's website.
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
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
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
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
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
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.