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Has anyone ever been banned from your Shul premises? If so, what was the governance process leading up to and confirming the ban? ——— From the casualty actuarial world, and I thought only in Lake Wobegen could everyone be above average? “That’s why education is paramount,” Mr. X said. “The marketplace is really going in two different directions regarding telematics ...

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Received concerning an earlier query: “At the early minyan in my shul in Teaneck, the guy who leads slichos starts davening as well. Usually, he gives up the amud after Rabbi Yishmael or Yishtabach (if there are aveilim), but if the Shatz (I can’t imagine this happening) wanted the amud for all of shachris, notwithstanding the aveilim, we would let ...

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I’ve been thinking a lot about information overload and how a poseik must not only be familiar with an exponentially increasing number of halachic sources and theories (especially if you include archeological, historical and textual advances), but also the concomitant information explosion in all knowledge (and technology). I wonder if it’s too much to ask and whether heuristics (or mimetics) ...

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See the Shulchan Aruch (OC 124:2) and the Mishnah Berurah (ad loc, s”k 17), available on WikiSource at link and the MB at link. (thanks to Micha Berger) The S”A/M”B seem pretty clear about appropriate behavior during chazarat hashatz. How does one explain the seemingly common practice to take off tfillin, unsheathe lulav and esrog, and even make a bracha ...

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Seen in a Northern New Jersey bagel store: Due to popular demand, we will begin serving Mezonos breads. However, there is a great controversy as to the validity (not the kashrus) of Mezonos rolls. Please consult your own Rabbinic Authority as to what your minhag should be. Me: 1) Is minhag being used here in its technical sense or as ...

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Just curious – do any of you daven at a minyan where the shatz for slichot continues to daven shacharit even if he is not an aveil and there are aveilim in the minyan? ——— My new adage – “Whether or not you hold mitzvot tzricha kavannah, they definitely need hachana” Rabbi Yigal Chabshush-Famous Shutim- Shiur 3- Rav Ovadia Yosef ...

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The Shach (YD 344:9) states that if a parent commands a child not to observe the 12 months of mourning, it is a mitzvah to follow their command. Does anyone know whether this is the generally accepted halacha? Has anyone seen anything on whether “ruach chachamim” would be “noche” (the Rabbis would have a positive view) towards a parent who ...

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From a NY Times article: How Four Years Can (and Should) Transform You: Mark Edmundson’s Essays Ask, ‘Why Teach?’ (link) When young people starting their college careers ask me what they should look for when they get to campus, I tell them: find out who the great teachers are. It doesn’t matter much what the subject is. Find a real ...

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From a recent Cross-Currents on child raising link: “FINALLY, WE NEED NOT FEAR that by turning a blind eye to our children’s failures that we are betraying Hashem, or that our children will understand us as condoning their behavior. We are doing nothing less that Moshe Rabbeinu did when he broke the first luchos, and thereby chose to relate to ...

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Is there application to some recent debates on Orthodox segmentation? R. Adin Steinsaltz writes (link): Living in an alien non-Jewish philosophical, psychological, and social milieu–as all Jews do, even the most pious–it is inevitable that we absorb its basic assumptions and that, as a result, certain of our Jewish assumptions are called into question. (How can the Torah speak in ...

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