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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
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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.
Jun
12
comment Did God create color in Genesis?
Whoops, nevermind.
Jun
11
revised Was it ever the norm for children to get married?
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Jun
10
answered Was it ever the norm for children to get married?
Jun
8
answered What's with the foreskin?
Jun
8
comment What's with the foreskin?
This is a good question but it has some erroneous ideas about Jewish theology. Ours is not a dualist religion.
Jun
6
comment Sarah's treatment of Hagar and Ishmael
Chazal tell us that Yishmael was not merely "teasing" Yitzchak, but sexually abusing him, forcing him into idolatry, and attempting to kill him.
Jun
6
comment Is the passage describing an approximation of pi or is it one of the miracles of Bais Hamikdash?
@Curiouser the methodology seems obvious to me - it is at any rate not some convoluted set of operations to arrive at the answer, but fairly simple - what is the difference numerically between the word as written and pronounced, and what is that difference scaled to the apparent approximation of three? At any rate, I will try to find the source, where perhaps he says more.
Jun
6
comment Is the passage describing an approximation of pi or is it one of the miracles of Bais Hamikdash?
@DoubleAA to my mind the GR"A is saying it's not as much of an approximation as it appears to be. I don't know if he's saying it's not a miracle either.
Jun
6
comment Is the passage describing an approximation of pi or is it one of the miracles of Bais Hamikdash?
At what point is pi ever not an approximation? I think five places is pretty good.
Jun
6
answered Is the passage describing an approximation of pi or is it one of the miracles of Bais Hamikdash?
Jun
1
comment What are some practical things we can do to bring Moshiach?
Wouldn't all the other answers apply just as well if the question had been asked as "what can we do to avoid impeding Moshiach?"
May
31
revised What are some practical things we can do to bring Moshiach?
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May
31
revised What are some practical things we can do to bring Moshiach?
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