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Live and work in Jerusalem. There are several small people who call me 'daddy'.


Feb
16
comment May one love a non-Jew?
based on their Kabbalah I'm not sure what you mean here. By the same token I can say "based on your Chumash". The people I'm talking about are precisely those who generally consider "their Kabbalah" to be an inseparable part of their Judaism.
Feb
16
comment May one love a non-Jew?
I did not bring the end because the only thing I am trying to demonstrate is that you can't summarily reject the idea that not all human beings are created betzelem. You have to argue it on the merits. Note that the answer from R. Chayim Vital does not refer to those gentiles who are evil (even though there's no that distinction for Jews). And here we get back to the hashkafa theme: when there are no pogroms gentiles seem generally ok, etc.
Feb
16
comment May one love a non-Jew?
רק הצלם האמור כאן הוא צלם של קדושה המיוחד לעם בני ישראל לבדם
Feb
16
comment May one love a non-Jew?
you know what I mean
Feb
16
comment May one love a non-Jew?
where we are told explicitly We are also told explicitly "do not boil a kid in its mother's milk" and "an eye for an eye"...
Feb
16
comment May one love a non-Jew?
I disagree that it's lying. The arguments are by no means black and white and largely depend on your hashkafa. And in this case the hashkafa is largely determined by your environment. Living among the gentiles in the 21st century America is not at all the same as living in the pale of settlement in the 18th. And some people still mentally live in the 18th century shtetl. Which, in my opinion, has some advantages to Jews as a whole, because who knows what the future holds for us.
Feb
16
comment May one love a non-Jew?
what I actually meant is that I personally know (knew?) people like this. The link to the site is to demonstrate the evidence that they use. By no means do I want to get into the argument on the merits.
Feb
16
comment May one love a non-Jew?
All human beings are created "Btzelem Elokim". Not everybody agrees with it, e.g daatemet.org.il/articles/article.cfm?article_id=119&lang=he
Feb
16
comment Issues with cooking meat and milk at the same time
@msh210, I had thought for a minute deciding whether to make it a comment or an answer.
Feb
16
comment Issues with cooking meat and milk at the same time
I am assuming you define 'ok' as 'halachikally ok'. I do not want to get into halachik discussions.
Feb
15
comment Issues with cooking meat and milk at the same time
@msh210: I envy your ability to concentrate under pressure.
Feb
15
comment Ceremony to take a woman as a concubine (pilegesh)?
This topic has appeared and reappeared on many an electronic Jewish forum in the last 20 years. Every time it sparks a lively debate.
Feb
15
comment Wishes to a mourner in addition to “Hamokom Yenachem Eschem”
@Gershon, I have no idea why or when it was added. Note that the Yiddish phrase is not an exact translation of the Hebrew verse. I suspect that the Yiddish variant was the original (or an original) and was added because many people simply did not know Hebrew. Then in Israel in many communities the trend reversed - many people do not speak Yiddish, so a suitable substitute from Tanach was found. This is just a conjecture.
Feb
13
comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
Thank you for the warm welcome!