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Jun
13
comment How can a modern non-Jew approach the Torah?
I'll comment briefly so that you don't have to wait for a proper answer to get some clarification. 1. The Talmud derives from the Torah that capital cases cannot be tried unless the High Court of 71 judges presides from the Temple Mount, a condition that hasn't existed for 2,000 years. 2. The Torah indicates that cases must be tried by a court of judges, and the Talmud derives exegetically that only a superior court of 23 judges can try capital cases. 3. The Torah requires two valid witnesses and extensive investigation for a conviction, as well as other criteria.
Jun
13
comment When Tana“ch uses the phrase ”until today" what does it mean?
@Shmuel In those instances, where the expression is used in a dialogue, it is obvious that it means "up until the time of this dialogue". I understood the OP as referring to those instances where the expression is used by an omniscient narrator.
Jun
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why is the beracha on meat 'only' שהכל?
Jun
13
comment Why do divorced or widowed women still need to cover their hair?
Somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/34547
Jun
13
comment When Tana“ch uses the phrase ”until today" what does it mean?
@DoubleAA If D'varim 34:6 was written by Moshe or shortly after Moshe's death, it would be odd to read it as meaning "and no man knew his burial place until the day this verse was written": וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּי בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב מוּל בֵּית פְּעוֹר וְלֹא-יָדַע אִישׁ אֶת-קְבֻרָתוֹ עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה.
Jun
12
answered How does Silence lead to wisdom
Jun
12
comment Source of non-verse in Selichot
P'sikta Zutra (34:3) writes that דברו על לב ירושלים (Y'shaya'hu 40:2) is an expression of חיבה. Love of ציון is mentioned in T'hillim (87:2). So I don't know the provenance of or reason for this sentence, but it does seem to contain biblical allusions.
Jun
12
comment Was Judaism ever a proselytizing religion?
@ShimonbM That doesn't mean that Judaism considered this halachically appropriate at the time; it just means Yochanan Hyrcanus did it.
Jun
12
comment Why do we have an appendix according to Torah sources?
In case this question is premised on the uselessness of the appendix, it bears mentioning that the premise is not true. The appendix supplements the body's immune functions; it contains lymphoid tissue and retains beneficial gut bacteria.
Jun
12
comment Am I allowed to interrupt someone in the middle of Shmoneh Esreh if my question is related to davening?
A scenario where he might check his phone is where the text sender gets his attention with hand gestures or noises and gesticulates that he should check his phone (whether that's permissible is another question).
Jun
12
comment Why do all Jews not look the same?
Another good idea is to search through questions with relevant tags. In this case, that wouldn't have helped, though. I just remembered that this came up before.
Jun
12
comment Why do all Jews not look the same?
Duplicate? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/432
Jun
11
comment Why are Shabbat loopholes a good thing?
The point made by @DoubleAA is in fact crucial since it clarifies that an eruv is merely an example of the rabbis limiting a restriction that they themselves made. Further, the presence of an eruv itself serves as a reminder that the area is a karmelis rather than a "public domain", which obviates the need to prohibit carrying in that karmelis. Thus, this is not a loophole.
Jun
11
comment what are the prerequisites for getting married?
@DoubleAA Your comment about the income of a mortician reminded me of the Ibn Ezra's lament: לו יהיו נרות סחורתי לא יאסף שמש עדי מותי איגע להצליח... אהיה סוחר בתכריכין לא יגועון אנשים כל ימי
Jun
10
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/29796 and this article by Dr. Benzion Sorotzkin.
Jun
10
comment Shaking hands loosely
...Additionally, despite the claim in the OP that many religious Jews give limp handshakes, in my experience most religious Jews still give firm handshakes. (I'm not posting the above comment as an answer, because it's essentially just speculation).
Jun
10
comment Shaking hands loosely
In the broader world, handshaking is confined mostly to a business environment or when meeting someone new or someone that you haven't seen in a while. Most people are taught to look someone in the eye and give them a firm handshake. However, many religious Jews are accustomed to shaking hands with far greater frequency, especially on Shabbos or after being given any honor (such as an aliya). Thus, handshaking has become perfunctory and highly repetitive for many religious Jews, and this seems to be a likely sociological cause for the increased proportional incidence of limp handshakes.
Jun
10
comment Blessing on Immersing Vessels to Purify Them
Several rishonim (e.g. Rif and Tosafos on P'sachim 7b) talk about a b'racha on t'vila applying to all "חייבי טבילות", and the Maharsha (Chiddushei Halachos, Shabbos 111a, s.v. בד"ה לא ס"ד) seems to include t'vilas keilim (of the type you discuss, as it's in the context of a discussion on טבילה בזמנה) in that category. I suspect that he would therefore require a b'racha of על הטבילה on impure keilim (though there is an opinion that this is the nusach in a standard case of טבילת כלים anyway - see Or Zaru'a 4:289).
Jun
10
comment whats worse: Apikorsus or Avoda Zara?
@WanderingJew You disagree with me entirely? You think your title and body are in agreement? If so, which meaning do they both convey? Also, you don't think belief in a foreign deity is heretical?
Jun
10
comment what are the prerequisites for getting married?
The Rambam in Dei'os is based on Sotah (44a): תנו רבנן אשר בנה אשר נטע אשר ארש לימדה תורה דרך ארץ שיבנה אדם בית ויטע כרם ואח"כ ישא אשה ואף שלמה אמר בחכמתו הכן בחוץ מלאכתך ועתדה בשדה לך אחר ובנית ביתך הכן בחוץ מלאכתך זה בית ועתדה בשדה לך זה כרם אחר ובנית ביתך זו אשה.