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Only wusses downvote and don't leave comments.


Jul
23
comment What are the oldest Jewish songs (tune plus words) that are still popular today?
This also has a video of a chorus performing the song. May not be 9 days appropriate.
Jul
20
comment stop benching at al-yichasiranu?
You definitely can, the question is if that is halachically appropriate :p
Jun
27
comment Academic review of Steinsaltz Gemara
@SherylAbbey - The Koren edition did pique my interest. It would be very relevant to my question if you could provide more information about the team of scholars you mention
Jun
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
-1, please provide at least one actual source. You link to a the journal's site, but not to an article.
Jun
7
comment Sarah's treatment of Hagar and Ishmael
@Maxood, how is what I said anything but a simple reading of the Torah? Also, what does that have to do with the historicity of the Torah? Are you proposing that the Torah is crystal clear about all the implications of every incident therein and requires no thought or analysis to understand it?
May
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
My well-source point is that JONAH is based on a false premise that you can do that sort of therapy. This gets back to my point that if you aren't going to accept a long running scientific study by recognized experts as basis for my assertions, then you're just dismissing my point of view a priori and won't take any evidence at all. Please take an objective P.O.V. instead of downvoting me because you don't like what I have to say.
May
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
To reiterate - I answer both your claims. "Empirically" JONAH has never 'cured' a gay person, as that's impossible as per qualified experts. Since their entire premise is faulty and they have been accused of various types of malpractice and abuse, they're not doing something that would be qualified as 'good'. You're getting stuck on my description of a preferred treatment for these people as 'accepting their sexuality'. I think that this is the only other treatment to give a closeted homosexual and that however you view it, it is not at all part of my main point or deserving of a downvote.
May
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
You said I wasn't answering the question well enough. When I pointed out that I was answering all your questions you downvoted me and said (to summarize)'You should answer by explaining why that is what they need!' I provided ample proof to my assertions. Now that I've pointed that out, you're saying that irrelevant because the question wasn't asking for that. Please explain where my answer has any objective shortcomings.
May
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
@DoubleAA If the scientific opinion of trained psychologists formed by two years of research doesn't hold enough weight for me to say that 'cures' are impossible, then it's unfortunately apparent that you are not going to take any level of proof.
May
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
I answered for both of the two options you present in your comment: 1. They do not 'cure' gay people, as that is impossible 2. Their aims are not worthwhile as "[a]t best, they are giving false hope to people who really need help accepting their sexuality. At worst they are actively exploiting and abusing those people."
May
13
comment Does anyone know where one can buy a hebrewbooks harddrive?
Now, that is good research.
May
13
comment Does anyone know of a public domain recording of Tanakh chapters or verses?
Are you looking for something free or something you can re-use without having to worry about licensing?
Apr
22
comment Young boys returning Chumashim after Torah reading
@DoubleAA true... I guess there isn't really a way to prove conclusively that it isn't a minhag.
Apr
22
comment Timtum Halev not b'derech achila
What @DoubleAA said.
Apr
22
comment Shakespeare in Classic Jewish Sources
The term 'classic Rabbinic sources' usually applies to Rishonim (at the latest), a period which predates shakespeare significantly.
Apr
22
comment Segulah for Children?
I have an answer but its probably not appropriate for this forum... :) In all seriousness Segulahs are mostly superstitions manifesting as Judaism and its better to speak to fertility experts if confronted with these problems
Apr
22
comment Timtum Halev not b'derech achila
Please clarify what this concept is and provide sources for it if possible.
Apr
22
comment Silent letter in Yisachar
+1 purely because you quoted TA's parsha sheet.
Apr
20
comment How to do Shnayim Mikra when the Aramaic Targum has multiple alternate wordings?
With both of these texts there are many more variants than those printed in your standard edition (even oz v'hadar!), as @josh waxman pointed out.
Apr
20
comment Are coupons for Chometz - Chometz? II
Maybe 'is there any possible halahic reasoning for this?'... Either way, thats really reading into it :)