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Oct
27
comment What is the difference between curses that would require changing lashon?
I like this answer but why would it be limited to this case -- is the reassurance made elsewhere not as profound if the k-l-l simply gets k-l-l in return?
Oct
27
revised What is the difference between curses that would require changing lashon?
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Oct
27
asked What is the difference between curses that would require changing lashon?
Oct
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Does wa tawrat (ותורת) in Jeremiah 8:8 means torah, namely the 5 books or Moshe?
Oct
23
comment Why believe in the revelation at Sinai other than the “Kuzari mesora” argument?
I don't know where I stand on this issue but it seems to me that Double AA's statement was to the effect that "if you rely on a proof, and this is the proof you are hanging your hat on, and it is easily refuted, then you have nothing left." The claim isn't that there is a better proof (or isn't) but that if it all depends on this one then that's a bad idea.
Oct
23
comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@MonicaCellio blindness is not a sickness which would lead to death (a conclusion I draw based on my other question of the word "vayigva" -- Yitzchak's death is instant and without suffering so any condition like blindness would have to be unrelated).
Oct
23
comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
Doesn't Ber 18:11 indicate that there were signs of age, at least internal/physiological ones?
Oct
22
comment Why not say tachanun until 2 Cheshvan?
Before I learned of this minhag, I davened in a minyan which said tachanun on these days and I asked why Tishrei is different. I was told by a rav that the nature of Tishrei is in line with what tachanun stands for while the general theme of Nissan is different from the message of tachanun. So while we might not say tachanun on certain days in Tishrei, we say tachanunim frequently so saying it on days when we have no other reason not to say it makes sense.
Oct
22
comment Age of Universe and Shabbat
One doesn't necessarily accept that. Related judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/29741/…
Oct
21
comment A theological problem with the Miriam “Magdalene” story in Chagiga 4b
a note about that tosafot -- it references the Miriam on Shabbat 104b about which the following was written, " Miriam was called a women's hairdresser, "megadla nashaia" [for this translation, see R. Meir Halevi Abulafia, Yad Rama, Sanhedrin ad. loc" as per angelfire.com/mt/talmud/jesusnarr.html
Oct
21
comment We're not supposed to point at stars?
I think that your question about the source of a minhag is valid but the other parts are beyond the scope.
Oct
20
comment Okay to address a rabbi with “you”?
The website yeshiva.co/ask/?id=4825 continues to opine "I think that in English it is more common to use third person only when speaking to Gedolim and not with any Rabbi. But it is important to calculate wisely how to approach the Rabbi, it is always better to give a little more respect than too little."
Oct
20
comment Why does belief in Judaism require irrationality?
isn't the existence of "faith" inherently tied to belief without knowledge/proof? Though that might be arationality (if that's a word).
Oct
20
asked Why did the dor hamabul earn a painless death?
Oct
19
comment Does wa tawrat (ותורת) in Jeremiah 8:8 means torah, namely the 5 books or Moshe?
Jeremiah's claim was that self anointed "wise men" were claiming that the torah/law was with them even though they were backsliding and sinning so the version of law which they espoused, and which condoned their improper behavior is what was a lie, not the "torah" itself.
Oct
19
comment Connection between עָרוּם and עֲרוּמִּים
aishdas.org/asp/ki-arumim-heim
Oct
19
revised What options are there for chanukiah lighting in southern latitudes?
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Oct
19
comment “And it was evening, and it was morning, *one* day”?
mathsisfun.com/numbers/cardinal-ordinal-nominal.html related judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/18878/…
Oct
18
reviewed Approve suggested edit on In what ways do Sadducees differ from atheists?
Oct
15
comment What should you be doing during the repetition of the Amidah?
If you view the repetition as a new mitzvah (as the rav called, tefillah b'tzibbur im hatzibbur) then paying attention to each word said while you stand in the same straight, feet together attitude, leaves little time for your mind to wander.