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Is there a documented basis in halacha for the commonly held concept that no damage is done by slandering people without naming them? …
asked Feb 13 '11 by WAF
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What degree of precision is necessary when calculating t'rumos and ma'asros? The mishnayos deal almost exclusively with collections of discrete objects like loaves of bread and crops, but could that …
asked Sep 26 '10 by WAF
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In the selection of kohanim in the mikdash they used a lottery. The "no thumbs" rule seems to serve the practical purpose of not allowing confusion or deception when fingers of many people are held ou …
answered May 3 '12 by WAF
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Whether a frozen mass of it can constitute the wall part of an eruv demarcation. (Aruch Hashulchan או"ח שסב:טו) Purges sins. (See the Gr"a on "לא תירא לביתה משלג".)
answered Dec 27 '10 by WAF
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When there is a serious risk of causing bad relations between people if the lie is not told. See K'subos 17. This is learned from the acceptability of praising an apparently unpraiseworthy bride on …
answered Jan 25 '11 by WAF
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A shalom zachor is certainly the exception rather than the rule. And even given that, if I were the one instituting the practice (pardon my convenient historical abstraction) I think I would have no p …
answered Aug 18 '11 by WAF
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The practice of having a curtain separate between the sifrei Torah and the people is a well-accepted one. Tosafos (M'gila 26b) discusses whether the practice is to have the curtain inside the box hous …
answered Jul 9 '13 by WAF
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(This isn't an answer but it might have implications for one.) The consideration of non-verbal substitutes for verbal communication is discussed in the G'mara in Gitin, which says that in some circum …
answered May 2 '10 by WAF
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When there is a collection of water that is unfit for ritual immersion of a person and some water is added to it, but not enough to make the collection fit for ritual immersion, it is possible to conn …
answered Jan 26 '11 by WAF
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Nit'ei Gavri'el on Avelus (14:9-14) quotes the following rules [some sources in brackets]: No sending gifts to a mourner within 30 days, and 12 months for an orphan [Ram"a 385:3] Exceptions: Yes …
answered May 16 '11 by WAF
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The Magen Avraham says that if one did not have a m'gila one would not say birkas "shehechiyanu". This leads me to believe that if one had not read yet the halacha would be the same. Rav Ya'akov …
answered Mar 14 '11 by WAF
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The Sefer Hachinuch - in passing - brings up a discussion in the G'mara that concludes that they do. That is, if we assume 'blanket' and sadin to be equivalent.
answered Jun 3 '10 by WAF
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The implication of the adjacent statement is that it requires one to sell off his belongings (even his clothing) to do it.
answered Dec 3 '10 by WAF
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Do Chasidim not wear ties as a rule? If so, is this by design or an accident of history? If by design, where can I find said intended reason in print?
asked Nov 24 '10 by WAF
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I've found the best policy asking to "leave the sideburns intact" and then taking care of the minor job myself at home. I realize this is a non-answer, but it has proven more successful at achieving t …
answered Dec 22 '09 by WAF

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