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Jun
23
answered What defines an Almana?
Jun
23
comment Do we have to bring Mashiach?
Possibly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/33298
Jun
23
comment Laws regarding putting someone to death for violating the sabbath
@DavidFeigen Well, if Tz'lofchad was a talmid chacham, then, according to R' Yose b. Y'huda, he would not require hasra'a and there would be a presumption that he knew hilchos Shabbos properly.
Jun
22
comment Horse back riding for women
Perhaps I'm ignorant, but I am unaware of sources before recent times that interpreted the gemara in P'sachim as forbidding wearing pants. Nor am I aware of any non-recent sources (i.e. prior to late Acharonim) who mention this notion of pisuk raglayim (in the manner popularly interpreted by the hamon am in our day) beyond saying that it's indelicate to speak explicitly about a woman riding astride when it is unnecessary.
Jun
20
reviewed Approve Telling G-d Lashon Harah
Jun
19
comment Mixed Gender Gyms
@YEZ Now I'm not saying that exercising at a modest gym definitely constitutes that kind of sober environment, but I think there's at least room for discussion of the matter. In any case, it might not be the same as the frivolous atmosphere of mixed dancing, and it's certainly not the same as the obvious immodesty of "an exercise strip dance" (whatever that is).
Jun
19
comment Mixed Gender Gyms
@YEZ There's discussion in the poskim distinguishing between separating men and women in a situation where frivolity could arise and separating them in a sober environment. For example, R' Ben Zion Uziel maintained that there is no need for separation in a sober environment such as in community meetings (Mishp'tei Uzi'el CM §6):איזו פריצות יכולה להיות בדבר הזה שכל אחד הולך אל הקלפי ומוסר את כרטיס בחירתו, ואם באנו לחוש לכך לא שבקת חיי לכל בריה, ואסור יהיה ללכת ברחוב או להכנס לחנות אחת אנשים ונשים יחד וזה לא אמרו אדם מעולם.
Jun
19
comment Does anyone (other than those in Chabad) believe that the late Lubavitcher Rebbe is the mashiach?
@ShmuelBrin The great majority of names on there belong to Lubavitch chasidim, and I don't know how reliable the others are given that at least one signature was fraudulently added, and it was only removed after the pseudo-signatory (the former Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat HaGolan) found out about it and protested.
Jun
19
comment Mixed Gender Gyms
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8017 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7146
Jun
19
revised Churban Bayis Sheini Not on Tisha B'Av?
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Jun
19
comment Churban Bayis Sheini Not on Tisha B'Av?
@Nafkamina It doesn't defeat the purpose entirely, because it provides new information (namely, that the gemara discusses when the First Temple was destroyed, and a reference for the discussion). Still, this type of comment is less than adequate as an answer.
Jun
19
comment Parshas Korach: What Was Korach Thinking?
@Nafkamina My second point is based on a remark by R' Henoch Leibowitz zt"l on the midrash, that Korach was blind to the possibility that his children would abandon his rebellion. My extrapolation is that he was also blind to the possibility that his descendents would abandon his ways, and he therefore assumed that their righteousness and greatness implied his own.
Jun
19
reviewed Approve tractate-shekalim tag wiki
Jun
19
reviewed Approve tractate-shekalim tag wiki excerpt
Jun
19
comment Parshas Korach: What Was Korach Thinking?
1. Korach was driven by a desire for honor that clouded his reasoning. 2. Korach felt certain that his children (and ostensibly his descendents, too) would follow in his stead, so if they would be great, perhaps he reasoned that their greatness would come from being like him. He was wrong.
Jun
19
comment What was so bad about stealing the carpenter's wife?
@SethJ I enthusiastically agree with your point "that someone's life was ruined by the callous way two people who contrived to ruin it." However, they were not exactly acting within halacha - most especially in the sense that ruining someone's life it itself an egregious violation of halacha (and secondarily because they were telling lies and also transgressed מפני החשד). Rather, the enormity of the sin was compounded by the fact that they used halacha as a weapon to ruin the guy's life.
Jun
19
revised Does anyone (other than those in Chabad) believe that the late Lubavitcher Rebbe is the mashiach?
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Jun
19
comment Naming after bad people
@YEZ Correct, this was just meant to supplement other answers by mentioning a general principle discussed in Tosafos. Plus, as mentioned in Isaac Moses' answer, Yishmael did t'shuva.
Jun
19
comment Does anyone (other than those in Chabad) believe that the late Lubavitcher Rebbe is the mashiach?
Somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38340 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27767 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25946
Jun
19
revised Naming after bad people
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