- Hirhurim on making kiddush on liquor, something which is fairly common during Simchas Torah. I recall a chassidic position that we should treat it as a solid, and thus make the shiur a kezayis rather than a reviis. :)
Where only liquor is available, someone I know (I'll keep his identity concealed) is still makpid to have a reviis, for understandable halachic reasons. And at one kiddush he attended, he made kiddush, but wasn't going to use a shot-glass. So he used one of the big cups, which was much greater than a reviis. And then drank rov kos. The other folks in shul were a bit a shocked at this. But he was guided by his halachic principles.
In one of the few shuls I was at at Simchas Torah one year, I saw one fellow in an argument with his wife. They had failed to bring grape juice and the shul kiddush in the succah only provided whiskey and vodka. And standing on halachic principles, he refused to make kiddush for himself and his family. Seeing this, one of the people sponsoring the kiddush got some grape juice from the fridge and gave it to the man, thus solving the problem.
I wonder, idly -- but a full post about this is required -- if nowadays we could make kiddush during the day on challah. Where nothing else is available at night (or really if that it one's preference) one can use challah. But not during the day, because since our "kiddush rabba" is just the bracha, there would be no heker that there is a "kiddush" involved. But nowadays, everyone adds all sorts of pesukim to the start. Why shouldn't this be a heker, as much as whiskey is, for the extra words make it clear that it is a kiddush?
- Rav Schachter's shiur on chumra.
- Rabbi Gil Student in the Jewish Press on whether blogs are good for the Jews.
- Life In Israel on painted donkeys, and how Palestinians are painting a donkey with stripes to show kids a "zebra".
- At Gizmodo, two ways of counting elephants: counting elephant droppings, or using acoustic gear.
- At Rationalist Judaism, the Mystique of Silence, how and why some present-day Gedolim don't put forth their reasons.
- Should Rav Elyashiv be considered a zaken mamre for defying the Sanhedrin? Or should the Sanhedrin be considered chutzpadik for opposing a position taken by the Gadol HaDor? I am amused.
- Here at parshablog, a surprisingly kosher Succah at Queens College. And whether one must sit in a Sukkah when one works in Manhattan.