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Oct
23
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Oct
15
comment Explaining to children why we don't celebrate Halloween
Did the kids celebrate xmas in the past? If not (or if so and no longer), maybe an analogy there... it's a non-Jewish holiday. "We used to celebrate this non-Jewish holiday, but this year we're not going to".
Oct
14
comment Why is semicha specifically to ordain a Rabbi to give psak?
Did Rav Elyashiv ztzl never pasken on kashrus?
Oct
14
comment Is the Koren Sacks Nusach Sefard truly nusach ha'Ari?
This siddur has the kavanos from the Arizal, but I don't think the nusach reflects the Arizal per se. Ultimately I agree with @CharlesKoppelman that the way to "daven nusach Arizal" is to study Kabbalah with a qualified teacher.
Oct
14
comment Is the Koren Sacks Nusach Sefard truly nusach ha'Ari?
There are siddurim which at least intend to be as close as possible to the nusach of the Arizal, but in general Nusach Sefard and Nusach Ari (Chabad) siddurim are not that. In fact, in the case of the latter, the Baal Hatanya explicitly combined a variety of nusachos to make one that he felt was best according to kabbalah, but which does not reflect the exact nusach used by the Arizal. I might recommend offhand Sidur Chemdas Yisroel which at least comes very close.
Oct
14
comment How does Judaism reconcile God cannot be seen/incarnate/etc. with Pilar of Fire story?
What is your basis for asserting that G-d "can show up as pillar of fire"? That does not reflect a plain reading of the text, which states "in a pillar", not "as a pillar". Is your question more about whether or not G-d could have a specific location?
Oct
9
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@DoubleAA from the question: "How and why did this go from being a widespread personal chumra to being codified halacha?" As for SE policy, would you be so kind as to link me to it? It seems to me that a question asked solely to push an agenda is simply not a good question, although I guess I ought to dan lechaf zechus.
Oct
8
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
For the record, I think this question could be improved if it was more generalized. How widespread and universal chumros become Halacha is an interesting question in general.
Oct
8
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@DoubleAA it's not the best analogy - as I said, this is a matter of Halacha. I'll admit I skipped the Rambam, but having read it, where does it say it was a personal chumra? It seems to me to read that it was a widespread universal chumra. As for downvoting vs answering, it is my general policy to downvote large groups of "agenda" questions, especially those that are basically arguing against Halacha. You are entitled to employ a different approach.
Oct
8
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
Your recent edit makes the question even more confusing because you are asking about exactly that about which you say you are not asking.
Oct
8
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
Personally, I downvoted because the whole question is based upon a faulty premise - namely that the Halacha you are describing was ever literally a personal chumra. It seems to me that it is correctly understand as a widespread chumra to the point that it is universal. A corollary might be lighting Shabbos candles 18 minutes early, except I'm not sure that that's actually Halacha, whereas counting seven clean days is.
Oct
8
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Oct
8
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Oct
3
comment Does handling dinosaur bones make one Tamei?
This would seem to depend on whether or not fossils are still bones al pi halacha.
Oct
2
comment Do Briskers use a particular siddur?
@paquda interestingly, the Besht says that the exact wording of davening doesn't really matter and that a person should make a big thing about it.
Oct
2
comment Do Briskers use a particular siddur?
@ShimonbM definitely certain siddurim come with haskamos. Tefila Yeshara comes immediately to mind, although of course those are more on the Keser Nehora commentary... Chemdas Yisroel has them too. As Ashkenaz siddurim go, Siach Tefila has one from R' Chaim Kanievsky shlita.
Oct
2
comment Do Briskers use a particular siddur?
@paquda that sounds right, but what about the variations in Ashkenaz siddurim, then? Just not a big deal?
Oct
1
comment Is the number triple-6 good, bad, or neutral in Judaism?
@SethJ for that statement, I have the words of my teacher Rabbi Tzvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z'l in a shiur.
Oct
1
comment Is the number triple-6 good, bad, or neutral in Judaism?
No source, but that's because there isn't one.
Oct
1
answered Is the number triple-6 good, bad, or neutral in Judaism?