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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.
Dec
13
comment Do I have to spit out this dairy?
My case was making brachah, then before swallowing, realizing it is the wrong type. R' Bodner discusses brachos on prohibited foods in Ch. 13 Par. C, but it seems like he's only dealing with issur Torah. I thus retract what I said about not eating the food; I don't know. I could hear logically that letting the brachah go le-vatalah (IIRC R' Bodner in Kezayis quotes R' C. Kanievsky that this is not necessarily d'Oraysa) may be worse than eating within x hours (which I presume is minhag).
Dec
12
comment Do I have to spit out this dairy?
I recall the question being posed in the context of hilchos brachos, and the outcome being that one should spit out the food and accept the brachah le-vatalah.
Dec
12
comment Garments that unintentionally require tzitzit
Hey man, don't mess with the 80s; they may come back to bite you...
Dec
9
comment Who was Eliezer's Father?
These midrashim are fascinating. Another related topic: Terach and his attitude(s) to Avram
Dec
9
comment Who was Eliezer's Father?
@shalom refugee was an angel, Michael IIRC
Dec
8
comment Who was Eliezer's Father?
@Alex yes, now I remember: slave-Og was the gift of Nimrod - I mixed them up indeed.
Dec
8
comment Who was Eliezer's Father?
@msh210 not per se, just mentioning another position on Eliezer's identity that would trickle up to his father's identity.
Dec
8
comment Who was Eliezer's Father?
IIRC one version has Nimrod giving his son to Avraham as a slave.
Dec
7
comment Can you drink a beer (such as Miller or Budweiser) at a bar?
The issue with social drinking is intermarriage, not inter-eating.
Dec
6
comment Using Grape Juice for Ad dlo Yoda
LOL.. purim torah
Nov
30
comment Can only the husband in a gentile married couple convert?
"an orthodox conversion would be accepted by all." In theory; but in the last few years this has been an issue, especially in Israel.
Nov
29
comment Eating Giraffe Meat
See zootorah.com/VirtualTour/giraffe.html
Nov
14
comment Does artificial meat grown in a petri dish have the halachic status of meat?
@IsaacMoses yeah, I think I was just feeling curmudgeonly earlier.
Nov
14
comment Does artificial meat grown in a petri dish have the halachic status of meat?
Not sure if this is a distinction w/o a difference, but the issur (rennet) encourages the dairy to mature into cheese, whereas here, the other ingredients encourage/support the stem cells themselves to grow. So the end product is directly generated from original stem cells. If anything, that should be "worse."
Nov
13
comment Does artificial meat grown in a petri dish have the halachic status of meat?
Firstly, I would assume you need to start with material from a shechted animal; bu even that is not 100% clear. Interesting. Sounds like a question for a posek, not SE.
Nov
6
comment Why can't I use velcro to tie a Lulav?
Mine does