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Jewish father and educator. I have a blog on Jewish topics called, Olive Seedlings - שתילי זיתים.

I also have two tumblr blogs, Lazer's Photographs (for my photographs, mostly nature oriented) and Lazer's Tumblr (assorted links and such, mostly Judaism or Israel related).

In addition to Jewish studies (which is my primary focus), I'm also an avid reader, especially of history (mostly ancient) and science fiction.

I am always happy to meet and correspond with new people who share common interests.


Aug
12
comment Is it correct to say now “Moshiach must come in this generation”?
In my opinion, you have basically answered your own question. The statement made by the "maggid shiur" is simply nonsense, and harmful nonsense at that.
Jul
16
awarded  Revival
Jul
14
awarded  Custodian
Jul
14
reviewed Leave Open curse words and the Torah
Jul
14
comment curse words and the Torah
The question needs to be edited for clarity.
Jul
14
comment Minhag of Kos Pagum
This question needs a lot of work. The question appears to be part of some kind of ongoing discussion, without any clarity as to where it is coming from. Also, the author seems to be basing his question on sources and personal research that he has not cited.
Jul
14
answered curse words and the Torah
Jul
10
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Reliable Ask-a-Rabbi Websites
Jul
10
comment What are the parameters of Tircha D'Tzibbur
@YEZ Tircha d'tzibura is a concept that only arises when there is a valid halachic reason to do something that would inconvenience the congregation. It is a value that gives weight to one side over another in a conflict of halachic values. We never find the concept used in the absence of such a conflict. There is no need for a special halacha that you aren't allowed to inconvenience people, especially an entire congregation, for no good reason. That is just basic derech eretz.
Jul
9
comment Parameters of Yuhara - When should someone be concerned that he's overdoing it?
Nu? I don't know why he doesn't wash himself, but if he tells you to do so it certainly isn't yuhara. (Which may be why he tells you to do so.)
Jul
9
comment Why does the authorship of the Zohar matter?
@DoubleAA I am getting really confused as to what your objective is in these comments. The debate over the "authorship" of the Zohar, and the specific role that R' M. Deleon played, is wide ranging and includes many different possibilities. It is far more than whether he was an "effective transcriber" (itself a rather ambiguous phrase). My answer is not intended to provide a summation of the different views, nor is the question asking for any such thing. The question is why the controversy matters so much. Other works of uncertain authorship, even major ones, attract very little attention.
Jul
9
comment Why does the authorship of the Zohar matter?
@DoubleAA I was using authenticity primarily in the latter sense that you referred, which is how it is commonly used in discussions of this topic. (The fact that it could be used in the former sense is precisely the ambiguity I referred to earlier that caused me to use the quotation marks.)
Jul
9
comment Why does the authorship of the Zohar matter?
@DoubleAA I'm not following your point. Are you saying that there is a debate over the authenticity Zohar that is somehow distinct from the debate over its authorship? Are there two different debates going on?
Jul
9
comment Why does the authorship of the Zohar matter?
@DoubleAA The question, in a nutshell, is why do people care enough about the authorship of the Zhar to argue about it. My answer directly responds to that question.
Jul
9
comment What are the parameters of Tircha D'Tzibbur
@DanF I think your answer is pretty good, but I don't think it contradicts my point. Tircha d'tzibura certainly has halachic ramifications, but it is not really a halacha in of itself. It represents an important halachic value that must often be held in opposition to other halachic values that, otherwise, we would almost certainly follow. In the absence of such a halachic conflict, the term tircha d'tzibura simply means respect other people, which is basic derech eretz and ahavas Yisrael.
Jul
9
comment Why does the authorship of the Zohar matter?
I assume your concern is with the quotation marks I used the first time I used the word authenticity. As should be obvious, that was not intended intended to indicate a quote but to indicate that the the issue of authorship is not quite identical with the issue of authenticity per se. If you feel that the quotation marks are confusing, I can certainly remove them. Beyond that, I believe I have responded effectively to the question, especially the latter part. (I am not ready to provide a list of halachic issues where the status of the Zohar plays a role.)
Jul
9
answered Commonly ommited from Arur Haman
Jul
9
answered Why does the authorship of the Zohar matter?
Jul
9
comment Do you make bircat Hamotzi on fried bread?
@DanF I don't believe Rabbi Bodner's book is available online. He writes that deep-frying is "halachically equivalent" to cooking, and he cites oral statements that he received from R' S.Z. Auerbach and R' Elyashiv.
Jul
9
comment What is the need for angels?
First one would have to define exactly what angels are and what their exact function is before one can really ask why God made them.