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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
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May
31
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May
31
answered What are some practical things we can do to bring Moshiach?
May
30
comment Why doesn't Chabad read Ruth on Shavuot?
@ShmuelBrin true.
May
30
comment Why doesn't Chabad read Ruth on Shavuot?
@ShmuelBrin thanks, interesting... any insight as to why you don't insert Yetziv Pisgom in the haftorah second day? Same reason?
May
30
comment Why doesn't Chabad read Ruth on Shavuot?
You could ask too why they omit Akdamus, even though it's in their siddur.
May
30
comment Buying products from store that sells avodah zarah?
And even if you would say that it wasn't being sold for a'z, many grocery stores sell candles with images of minor deities on them for catholics.
May
29
comment Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?
@DoubleAA I hadn't considered that perspective - I assumed (obviously erroneously) that looking exclusively for a source in Tanach was inherently rejecting the validity of Gemara.
May
29
comment Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?
@DoubleAA I know but I don't understand how it makes sense within the framework of Jewish tradition to only ask for one kind of source. It would be lhavdil as if I asked a question on the English stackexchange and said "OED sourced only, please". The OED is very good but it's not the only source of English language and usage.
May
29
comment Why do we count years from the date of Creation?
@SethJ got it - I knew the premise, but it's interesting, and maybe it's an answer to the question - the creation of the world is just the most basic and obvious starting point.
May
29
comment Why do we count years from the date of Creation?
@SethJ I confess I don't know the Kuzari well enough to make the connection.
May
29
comment Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?
@Naftali look at the bottom of Shabbos 86b. Matan Torah was on Shavuos.
May
29
comment Why do we count years from the date of Creation?
@SethJ that would be an interesting question - why we count from the first man instead of the first Jew.