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Mar
9
comment How to make amends for my previous mistakes?
@Sam speech is in fact a very serious thing for Jews and non-Jews alike. I would recommend you study the Chofetz Chaim (which is available in English) to learn the rules of proper speech. Often, engrossing ourselves in the laws surrounding areas in which we have struggled in the past can be an excellent path to repentance. Note that the Chofetz Chaim does in fact state that certain kinds of speech are "equivalent to murder", whatever that means, but we cannot change the past. We can only repair the damage, and I can assure you there is no damage that cannot be repaired.
Mar
9
comment How do you know what is God's will in a particular situation?
Reb Noson of Breslev zy'a cites the holy Baal Shem Tov that we should know that literally everything that happens to us in our life happens exactly as G-d intends it to, and for the sole reason of bringing us closer to Him. All we have to do is do our best to do what is right according to the Torah, and strive every day for a closer relationship with our Creator.
Mar
9
comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
I downvoted because the question seems to me to be predicated on an explicit rejection of the Gemara, which would run contrary to the context of this site. In rejecting the Gemara from the start, you are also not asking a question to get an answer, but rather asking to get the answer you want.
Mar
9
comment Wearing hats and Jackets
@DoubleAA arguable! Look at last week's parsha. A turban and robe look suspiciously like a hat and jacket to me...
Mar
9
comment Wearing hats and Jackets
Why would this be a chidush? We've been wearing hats and jackets for centuries.
Mar
6
comment Beef from cows?
@mochinrechavim interesting, thanks
Mar
6
comment Beef from cows?
I wonder if the same holds true for Cholov Yisroel or if we can expect that those animals are treated in accordance with tzaar baalei chaim.
Mar
4
comment What is a good place to buy kabbalah seforim online?
Since Sefer Hagilgulim is on hebrewbooks.org, you could always order a print copy.
Mar
4
comment Humming during shmoneh esre
Since one stops for kedusha anyway, why not?
Mar
2
comment Zimun and Bentsching (Bircat Hamazon / Grace After Meals) with Jews who ate non-kosher food
@Will it is very common, in the states at least, for bread products to have dairy ingredients or at least to be manufactured on dairy equipment.
Mar
2
comment Why was the “Ark of the Covenant” lost?
You are asking several questions, some of which are only tangentially related to one another (if at all). Consider splitting it up in to different questions to get better answers.
Mar
1
comment Is Mossad Assasination allowed in Torah?
@JimThio not from a Jewish perspective, no.
Mar
1
comment Is Mossad Assasination allowed in Torah?
@Sandman4 I guess it's a matter of hashkafa... Rebbe Nachman zy'a says that we should especially when it's harder to do so. I see the merit in not giving anything to the haters, but there's the possibility that through the example of Hillel we can be mekarev them.
Mar
1
comment What is a good place to buy kabbalah seforim online?
seforimbzul.com is a great and inexpensive resource for all kinds of seforim - unfortunately, the more popular items are often sold out, but they are restocked regularly.
Mar
1
comment Why is the Lubavitch custom to have short Peoth?
@HodofHod nevermind not trusting - it's halacha (Avodah Zarah 27a, Yoreh De’ah 156:1)
Mar
1
comment Is Mossad Assasination allowed in Torah?
@Sandman4 I would go ahead and do so. Even if the question was obviously asking these things subtextually (we certainly get some on here who do, but I doubt it's so in this case), we should dan lchaf zchus and only answer the questions as asked.
Feb
29
comment Sefer similar to Yalkut Yosef for Ashkenazim
Is the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch too old to fit? It's concise, thorough, and very easy to learn.
Feb
27
comment “bad impression” vs “Judge your friend favorably”
@avi good point!
Feb
26
comment Kissing tzitzit for full shma during “leolam yehey”
I learned from my rov that when reciting Shema to be yoitze krias Shema, one should be stringent to avoid hefsek and not kiss tzitzis or after touching tefilin. I also learned that one should always add emes when reciting the full Shema. If I anyone knows a source I would post this as an answer.
Feb
26
comment “bad impression” vs “Judge your friend favorably”
I think your answer captures the essence of the question: there are two people here, one doing something that may appear to be a sin and the other observing. The former must be conscious of maris ayin and the latter must dan lchaf zchus. As you say, though, they must also rebuke... At any rate, @avi the halachos cannot contradict because they apply to two different people and are therefore not mutually exclusive actions.