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Jun
19
comment Does the act of masturbation cause a change in one's spiritual/religious status vis-a-vis what he may and may not do?
@YDK that would be necessary to rectify any sin, not pgam habris davka
Jun
18
comment Can't use the name of Gd during spontaneous prayer?
@avi right, and you contended that Ado-shem is no different from Ribono shel Olam. According to Kabala this is not the case.
Jun
18
comment What are the requirements of a men's mikva?
As the question was about toveling as a matter of minhag (and not the required times you mention) you should source your statement that toveling as minhag requires a as kosher a mikveh as would be required by a niddah.
Jun
18
comment Can't use the name of Gd during spontaneous prayer?
@avi there's obviously a difference between saying G-d's Name verbally and saying It according to kabala.
Jun
17
awarded  Civic Duty
Jun
17
revised Why are modern conversions valid?
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Jun
17
answered Why are modern conversions valid?
Jun
15
comment Can an Alien convert to Judaism?
@Alex at least in an early draft of ST:TNG, Worf's adoptive parents were Jewish and had raised him as such. This was softened to "Russian" for broadcast.
Jun
15
comment Can an Alien convert to Judaism?
Only if they're not from Meroz...
Jun
15
comment Can't use the name of Gd during spontaneous prayer?
@avi according to the teachings of the Arizal, when one pronounces Ado-shem with the kavana that one is saying it in place of Y-K-V-K it is literally as if one had actually pronounced Y-K-V-K.
Jun
15
comment Are Jewish women permitted to use birth control that stops menstruation?
@930913 my understanding is that this generally only is an issue where there is a barrier method, such as condoms. As always, of course, one must consult their local orthodox rabbi before using any kind of birth control.
Jun
15
answered Where can I buy kosher Tefillin scrolls?
Jun
14
revised Why isn't there confirmation outside the Reform Movement?
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Jun
14
comment Why isn't there confirmation outside the Reform Movement?
@MonicaCellio with respect, that argument is spurious, as we did those things long before the advent of the reform movement (or do you mean the reform movement's ideological origin? even so, we don't base ourselves on that practice - it's coincidence). Even so, there is precedent for what you describe. That's why we don't say Aseres HaDibros in the course of regular davening anymore. Finally, I would argue that a practice modeled on that of another religion is still explicitly prohibited. It seems obvious that it would be so, in fact.
Jun
14
revised Why isn't there confirmation outside the Reform Movement?
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Jun
14
comment Why isn't there confirmation outside the Reform Movement?
My understanding is that any religious service, even if it has an ancillary "useful" purpose, falls under chukos hagoyim. See the source I added.
Jun
14
answered Why isn't there confirmation outside the Reform Movement?
Jun
13
comment Rational approaches to superstitious ideas
@DoubleAA over Divrei Chazal that they obviously thought significant enough to include in Gemara?
Jun
12
comment Rational approaches to superstitious ideas
How is accepting the science of today any different than accepting the science held to by the Rambam or l'havdil the statements of Chazal (according to the opinion that they were just going off the science of their day by mistake c'v)? What is the basis within Judaism for concluding that today's science is certainly correct to the point that we need to bend Divrei Chazal to fit it?
Jun
12
comment Can I omit ברוך השם לעולם אמן ואמן to catch up in Maariv?
@AdamMosheh I'm sure it is. My source is probably Artscroll. I'll look when I get home b'n.