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February 13, 2017 6:21 am at 6:21 am in reply to: did you make a shehecheyanu on carob? #1222923
The bugs were probably fresh – and seasonal.May 26, 2016 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm in reply to: Zionist Rabbi: Hareidi Cities should Guard Themselves #1153060
Seems everyone, including the rabbi, missed the boat here.
The chareidi cities actually hire independent private security companies to patrol and secure the city 24/7/365. The army is nowhere to be seen.
Each citizen pays a separate fee on their municipal bill to cover this extra expense.January 20, 2015 9:19 pm at 9:19 pm in reply to: OO Shul's Kashrus Standards #1054417
Canned fruit from Israel can kill you – literally.
Without supervision it could have be any number of forbidden statuses – some of which carry the penalty of misah bidei shomayim.January 15, 2015 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm in reply to: Carrots from Israel #1086379
DON’T BUY THEM!
If it’s already shvi’is (pretty likely since locally they are not being used) then it is almost definitely sfichin and is ASSUR BAHANA’A! No hechser (not even rabbanut) will certify these because shmitta produce is not allowed to leave Eretz Yisroel.
If it’s still shishis then you cannot assume that Terumos and Ma’asros were taken properly even if the company is normally certified because the exported produce is NOT SUPERVISED! The rabbanut policy is that they do not impose any rules on produce that is for export.December 4, 2014 12:55 am at 12:55 am in reply to: Israel Elections 2015 #1061936
If they do, it just might be because some other people didn’t vote also. Do you think that if all the MKs were secular they wouldn’t want to draft the yeshiva bochurim?
The frum parties are there to enforce shnayim ochazin, not to practice hashutfin sherotzu.
BTW logical reasoning is really worthless against the psak of the majority of gedolei Yisroel. Even if I was sure that my voting would bring calamity upon me I’m not competent enough to decide one way or the other. After a psak (in either direction), all discussion is only b’geder l’hagdil Torah v’yadir. Beis Shammai b’mokom Beis Hillel eino mishna.December 4, 2014 12:14 am at 12:14 am in reply to: Israel Elections 2015 #1061934
Finding scattered minority opinions will not change the fact that the majority of manhigei Yisroel hold that anyone who can must vote in Israeli elections. Not doing so can only be justified if one is a talmid of one of the few sages alive TODAY who disagree (see mishna Eidiyos 5:7) AND he receives a specific psak from his rov, the same one to whom he turns for all other shailos of m’deoraisa and m’derabonon, that this is what he should be doing.December 3, 2014 9:41 pm at 9:41 pm in reply to: Israel Elections 2015 #1061932
The Brisker Rov’s hanhogos do not obligate anybody besides his talmidim and those for whom he paskened. The majority of the gedolim disagreed with him.December 3, 2014 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm in reply to: Israel Elections 2015 #1061929
“The best way to protest chillul sheim shamayim is with signs not participating in the elections”
That’s your approach. The Chazon Ish disagreed. Why don’t you ask your rov what you should do?December 3, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am in reply to: Israel Elections 2015 #1061920
I won’t tell you not to listen to your rebbe, and I hope he has the authority to pasken such shailos.
Here’s two arguments to the contrary, a religious one and a social one.
1) The Chazon Ish wrote that by casting a vote for a party that is shomer Torah and mitzvos one fulfills his obligation to protest chillul shem Shomayim.
2) You may not owe them or they owe you, but you owe it to Klal Yisroel to do your part in limiting their ability to harm the Torah and its keepers.November 3, 2014 1:56 pm at 1:56 pm in reply to: Chinuch dilemma #1039374
Perhaps the age appropriate punishment, whatever it needs to be, should be given out of site of the other children – it’s none of their business.September 2, 2014 8:50 pm at 8:50 pm in reply to: Rejection from yeshivos/school for no tuition #1031519
As one who is owed lots of money by many different yeshivos, I sympathize with the school.
I’m not saying that zero tolerance is the best policy, but a clear policy should be reached and adhered to with clear input from the rabbinical board. If the menahel is trying to make exceptions then the secular administrator is correct to overrule him. Not paying ones employees on time is a terrible thing to do and is just as important a factor. The fact that an institution accepts charitable donations to keep it going does NOT make it a public institution. No philanthropist ever told R’ Nosson Tzvi, Zt”l how to run the Mir. Anyone who is unhappy with a school’s policy is free to open his own.
However, ensuring that no child is left to fend for himself is a burden incumbent on the community. Establishing a charity to help pay tuition for those finding it difficult is an excellent idea. Our children are our greatest asset. But the burden should not fall on the shoulders of the rebbeim alone.March 2, 2014 7:32 am at 7:32 am in reply to: Million Man Atzeres #1020437
The men are going to be along Yirmiyahu Street and the women along Yaffo Street.February 26, 2014 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm in reply to: Million Man Atzeres #1020423
I’m not sure there’s anything particularly insightful about thousands of people saying Tehillim together. But I’ll try to report back.February 26, 2014 7:42 pm at 7:42 pm in reply to: Million Man Atzeres #1020420
Nobody is sponsoring my trip – but you can be with us in spirit and join us in saying Tehillim at the same time from wherever you are.February 26, 2014 5:19 pm at 5:19 pm in reply to: Million Man Atzeres #1020418
I plan on going.February 16, 2014 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm in reply to: diet spray #1003483
You spray it on your wallet.January 2, 2014 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm in reply to: How many inches do you think is a blizzard? #999134
Actually, that would be 180 degrees. (Unless it was a REALLY big van…).January 1, 2014 7:03 pm at 7:03 pm in reply to: Fun games to play with your spouse? #996926
SetDecember 17, 2013 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm in reply to: Why does everyone ignore my threads? #994430
becauseNovember 6, 2013 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm in reply to: Ping Pong on Shabbos #987184
As far as I am aware, R’ Moshe determined that a tricycle is a toy and permitted while a bicycle is not and is prohibited.
A vehicle, though technically muktzeh, may be leaned upon as it does not sufficiently move (touching is never assur), though jumping on the back of a pickup may be a problem.
I don’t know of any heter to push a baby carriage lichatchila without an eiruv.
Uvdin dechol is usually determined by an action or use of an object which is normally done or operated in an way that would be assur on shabbos is forbidden on shabbos even if the issur is not done. This can be avoided by a significant heker. Example: even if a toothbrush can be used in a muttar way (no water, brush gently), one should set aside a special shabbos toothbrush to avoid uvdin dechol.November 6, 2013 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm in reply to: Ping Pong on Shabbos #987176
Though I cannot locate it right now, I do remember looking this up many years ago.
If I’m not mistaken, aside from the ball issue, which would only be a sha’alo for Sefaradim, there is also the issue of psik reisha that the ball eventually breaks. If it is a kli and is not muktzeh, thi would be a problem of soser kli. I cannot remember who said what. But I do know that since that Shabbos that I looked it up and saw the discussion I stopped playing ping pong on Shabbos.October 22, 2013 8:38 pm at 8:38 pm in reply to: Talmud Yerushalmi #1026610
They spoke Aramaic in EY too. Hebrew fell out of conversational use during golus Bavel. Written hebrew, as in the mishnayos prevailed much longer. However, as you pointed out, the dialect used in EY was very different from that used in Bavel.October 21, 2013 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm in reply to: Yichud Gift for Kallah #1037866
How about a food processor or a mixer?October 10, 2013 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm in reply to: 50,000 davening at Kotel #978423
But it wasn’t wasted. HKB’H will put them toward something else that has a less definite decree.
The Mishna Berura suggests that medium sized strings are the nicest.September 12, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm in reply to: Friend wants to marry girl he met online #1187416
I understand the concern. By why is it you kids’ business how they met?September 2, 2013 7:19 pm at 7:19 pm in reply to: Yeshiva in the UK #972939
Why not try to contact JLE (Jewish Learning Exchange)? They are the affiliated with Ohr Somayach. I don’t know what programs they have but they’re sure to know what’s available for what you are looking for.
JLE dot org dot UKAugust 31, 2013 6:08 pm at 6:08 pm in reply to: How can I buy tickets to Eretz Yisroel for under $800 NOW? #972767
I heard that Dan’s Deals was offering between $400-$500 from Toronto.July 31, 2013 6:31 am at 6:31 am in reply to: Frum couples reaction to proposal #969320
Smile, say Mazal Tov, thank Hashem, call parents and grandparents…July 21, 2013 4:48 pm at 4:48 pm in reply to: Tisha B'av #967086
Almonds or almond butter works well. Real licorice is also good (it’s one of the main ingredients in the fasting tablets), you can get drops at a health food store.July 14, 2013 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm in reply to: Singing during the Nine Days #965443
I believe the question was about singing – not listening to recordings.July 14, 2013 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm in reply to: Singing during the Nine Days #965441
The Anshei Kehillos Ashkenaz (Yekkes) accepted on themselves the added stringency of not even singing during the three weeks. To the exclusion of Shabbos and in order to enhance davening and learning.
As for everyone else, there is no specific Issur that I know of. However, if you’re going to sing, you may as well sing about Yerushalayim, Teshuva, etc…June 11, 2013 7:45 pm at 7:45 pm in reply to: Song Download and Lyrics #958277
I’m not sure. Try asking the switchboard operator.June 11, 2013 3:32 pm at 3:32 pm in reply to: Women of the Wall (WoW) #958986
If Rashi’s daughter ever wore tefillin (and I’ve never seen any credible source for this) it probably would have been Rabbeinu Tam’s wife – because he held that women should wear tefillin.
I somehow doubt that the WoW care about this though. And none of the poskim follow Rabbeinu Tam’s view on this – even those who put on Rabbeinu Tam tefillin. Besides, the fact that nobody knows for sure if she wore tefillin means that she probably davened at home – not in public.June 6, 2013 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm in reply to: What problems can you think of in this sticky Halachic case? #957503
Though Dovid Hamelech was Giozer for a Pnuya, I believe that was one who is tahor. Nowadays all unmarried woman can be assumed not to be tahor so it may be min hatorah.June 6, 2013 4:47 am at 4:47 am in reply to: Song Download and Lyrics #958275
You can contact the main Agudah office and they will send you the Album themselves. Been there, done that.June 6, 2013 4:45 am at 4:45 am in reply to: My question regarding english music #957460
I think you’ve chosen the correct method. Music is very powerful and the ta’ava to misuse it is very strong in our generation. I’m not sure I would recommend the “Benny Friedman thing” though (for reasons I’d rather not discuss in a public forum – feel free to ask mods for my contact info if you’d like to discuss it further).
May you continue to have much hatzlocho in wichever method you choose! It sounds like you’ve already made tremendous progress!June 5, 2013 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm in reply to: Does Someone Who Is Passul L'Aidus Have Legal Standing? #957172
There is no reason why a posul cannot be a to’ein or a nitan. He or she just cannot be an eid.May 22, 2013 8:14 pm at 8:14 pm in reply to: Drugged Perfume Samples? #1021892
It’s a hoax. See the article entitled “Snatch and Sniff” at Snopes dot com.April 24, 2013 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm in reply to: Itchy Beard Begone! #998865
The Be’er Haitiv brings the Maharil who held that one should not cut hair on Friday and wait until Sunday morning, He then says that in a place where people are noheig heter one should not refrain from joining in. (493:6)April 8, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am in reply to: .999… = or less then 1 #943074
mathematically it is less than 1
but it’s so close that you’d probably never know the difference anyway.April 3, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am in reply to: Buying Chometz after Pesach #1143700
There are two different issues here that tend to get confused.
1) Any Chometz that was owned by a Jew over Pesach (your local supermarket that might be owned by a non-religious Jew). It is forbidden to derive any benefit from it even after Pesach. This is an issur m’derabonon. Regarding how to define ownership (the manager is Jewish, some of the shareholders are Jewish, etc.), speak to your local halachically competent rabbi.
2)Any chometz that was correctly sold by a Jew to a gentile over Pesach is %100 permissible to be eaten. Many people are of the custom not to sell actual chometz of their own unless a large monetary loss will be incurred through its disposal (a store owner or an expensive stash of whiskey). It is common, especially in Eretz Yisroel, to find those who will be stringent on themselves not to use chometz, even though it was properly sold, whose grain was ground before pesach (besides for flour that was especially prepared in a chometz free way – like that which is used for matzoh). You will find these people specifically looking for the label that says, “nitchan achar hapesach”. This is not an halachic requirement but rather a stringency mentioned by the Chazon Ish which many people have come to adopt.March 31, 2013 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm in reply to: Questions About Gebrokts #941826
In some respects a minhag can be more chamur than a din. For example: in cases where the reason for the din is not applicable it my not apply whereas if it were a minhag it still would. During a time of shmad R”L one must give up their life for the sake of a minhag.
One reason for this is that the issue of a minhag is one of mesorah. It’s what keeps klall Yisroel going.
Personally, I eat gebrochts. It’s a chumra in oneg yom tov.
Enjoy the rest of the yom tov!March 28, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm in reply to: When Did Haman Die? #943849
The megilla says he was hanged right after Esther’s second feast – the second day of pesach. His 10 sons were killed 11 months later on 13 Adar and were hung up the following day.March 24, 2013 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm in reply to: Braces and Kashrus #940655
Torching isn’t necessary. Just fill your mouth with water and sit on the stove until it boils.March 21, 2013 6:49 pm at 6:49 pm in reply to: Stuffing Your Face w/ Marror, Red as a Tomato #940614
My rebbe used to say that if the mitzva of arba minim were done at home and the mitzva of morror done in shul – the chevra kadisha would have a busy night.March 21, 2013 6:44 pm at 6:44 pm in reply to: Chareidi Draft #939236
There is plenty of paperwork to fill out in order to get anything here. And even then you sometimes need to do it all over again. Just ask any yeshiva administrator.March 21, 2013 7:58 am at 7:58 am in reply to: Chareidi Draft #939230
Of course they don’t want to support learning – they never did. But the zchus of the Chazon Ish has enabled them to support it anyway for the last 65 years.
Those that feel they are able to do without the government’s already shrunken pittance will continue to learn. Those that feel they cannot will not. But the biggest losers in this deal will be the chilonim who have had the zchus of supporting torah all this time and now all they will have going for them is supporting the professors at hebrew university and the sports teams and arts and theaters and free abortions for the army.March 20, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am in reply to: Chareidi Draft #939227
As I understand it, welfare is a government subsidy for those who have no job.
The money that avreichim get (recently downgraded to 720 NIS (less than $200) monthly for Israeli’s – less for Americans) is a stipend given to all avreichim regardless of other income and family size.
The property tax discount is municipal and has nothing to do with the government.
There is a small additional subsidy for large families with no car or job that adds up to approximately 1300 NIS (around $350), but it is very difficult to qualify for and I don’t know many people who do. It is also extremely unreliable and changes often.
Why do you believe that?
Do you have a source?
A svoro is nice when learning the sugya but without a halachic source one could ‘believe’ that sour milk can be used for marror as well.