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Jan
9
comment How did Abraham conclude that the world must have a master?
@DoubleAA (:-D) Doesn't the word "spontaneous" mean "stemming from an impulse" (I guess it depends which dictionary). Couldn't that "impulse" be regarded as a cause. Besides, I qualified my reliance on logic with "more often than not" and "not sure about everything" so I have in fact left room for other possibilities. It seems the word "spontaneous" has multiple meanings, but I don't think spontaneity implies the lack of a cause (well maybe no "apparent (to human perception or current scientific measurement capabilities) external cause" but not the absence of causation altogether). Concur?
Jan
7
comment How do I repair a damaged friendship?
@MonicaCellio Hopefully the other party is doing as much soul searching as you seem to be. Best wishes to you both individually, and to your relationship.
Jan
7
comment How do I repair a damaged friendship?
@MonicaCellio "of necessity", "seems worth", "can't avoid"... I don't believe a "friendship" can exist where one party is thought of in those terms. Then again, a heart to heart conversation might do wonders. The other party might be willing to accommodate you or adjust their understanding of the nature of your relationship.
Jan
6
answered How do I repair a damaged friendship?
Jan
3
comment How did Abraham conclude that the world must have a master?
@DoubleAA the problem here is the idea that the world was created out of "nothing" or "nothingness". These are two words which cannot possibly have a tangible meaning in the material or non-material world. They are descriptive permutations of letters that only imply a lack of knowledge about what is actually being referred to or an absence of anything we do know about and have more specific words for.
Jan
3
comment How did Abraham conclude that the world must have a master?
@DoubleAA Not sure about "everything", but because evidently there is "change", it seems logical that there is a cause for every change. If everything seemed constant I'd be more likely to question the existence of any cause since it would appear futile and illogical. If logic helps us understand reality more often than not, and hardly ever leads us astray, then it would seem a reliable methodology by which to draw conclusions in the absence of absolute certainty and perfect knowledge.
Apr
18
asked If a Jew visits a mosque and offers a prayer to “Allah”, which commandments are being violated?
Dec
29
awarded  Yearling
Mar
12
awarded  Peer Pressure
Mar
11
accepted How to make amends for my previous mistakes?
Mar
9
comment How to make amends for my previous mistakes?
It's hard to apologise to someone who has become difficult to find! And if you needed a bus ticket but couldn't afford it then you won't be able to deliver the apology either (especially if there is a time limit approaching)!
Mar
9
comment How to make amends for my previous mistakes?
Thanks for the answer yoel. I assure you I haven't murdered anyone. I was more specifically concerned with how my past violent speech towards some people may have caused them psychological harm that could possibly contribute to a damaged soul (maybe for me "the speaker" as well as them "the recipient"). I have never harmed anyone physically, but I'm concerned because I personally regard psychological harm "bad" as well... even though I'm not even Jewish and I'm not necessarily bound by Jewish law (I merely use it as a guide to better myself in certain aspects). Shalom.
Mar
9
asked How to make amends for my previous mistakes?
Feb
10
comment What are the Halachic boundaries of Eretz Yisroel?
I thought the offspring of Abraham already rule from the Nile to the Euphrates, or don't the descendants of Ishmael count among Abraham's offspring?
Feb
9
comment Please clarify Mishlei 24:21 regarding mingling with dualists
It was so hard to choose an answer this time (all fantastic), but once again avi seems to speak my language.
Feb
9
accepted Please clarify Mishlei 24:21 regarding mingling with dualists
Feb
9
comment Please clarify Mishlei 24:21 regarding mingling with dualists
I'm tempted to give you the green tick just for teaching me that golden nugget (the 4 types of meanings).
Feb
9
comment Please clarify Mishlei 24:21 regarding mingling with dualists
+1 Thank you. Say, if you don't mind me asking, do you use the books themselves or software for your research, or are you able to recall all that from memory?
Feb
9
comment Please clarify Mishlei 24:21 regarding mingling with dualists
yes, it seems to me, the Lubavitch's definition is more accurate with respect to the context with the text, however, the philosophical definition used by @avi allows for a wider application of the same theme (ie. be discerning about how you spend your time and the people you actively interact with). Are there formal names for these different interpretation modes?
Feb
8
comment Please clarify Mishlei 24:21 regarding mingling with dualists
@msh210 I imagine the all-encompassing plan to somehow deal with the diffusion of Judaic values into the gentile population (which I presume would include the "dualists"). So, given the instruction not to mingle, I wondered how those values could ever become widespread. I also presumed that to follow the instruction (as with most scripture) is a path to righteousness, whereas in this case you might actually be doing the world a favour at your own expense (ie "do good") by mingling with different people and not following the instruction/advice. Correct me if there's something wrong here.