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Mar
19
comment As an atheist, what awaits me after death?
Your final paragraph incorrectly presents the sources therein. The Rambam writes that, since people are capable of arriving at the knowledge of HaShem's existence if they apply due effort and consideration, ignorance of HaShem stems from mental laziness. Due to the vast importance of the issue of HaShem's existence, this mental laziness is inexcusable. R' Wasserman argues that HaShem's existence becomes obvious if someone has the right perspective, and this justifies the commandment to believe in HaShem. IIRC, R' Chaim Brisker was just saying that the halachos of a min apply regardless.
Mar
14
comment Do Jews have an obligation to support the effort to free Jonathan Pollard?
Shlit"a? R' Mordechai Eliyahu zt"l passed away in 2010.
Mar
14
comment Giving shaloch manos to minor or non-Jew
It sounds like R' Ovadia Yosef's reason is based on Esther (9:22, "ומשלח מנות איש לרעהו"), which implies that the obligation can only be fulfilled by giving to a Jew. The prohibition mentioned by the Rambam seems like an additional but separate factor.
Mar
14
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
Regarding your claim that the Rambam "condone[d] praying within a mosque," see this comment.
Mar
14
comment From Whence do we derive that Jews must span the political spectrum?
This explains why even Mordechai was only רצוי לרוב אחיו and not לכל אחיו.
Mar
13
comment No Blessing on marital relations?
Although your question is about a birkas hamitzva, this comment may be of tangential interest.
Mar
11
revised Why do we not shower every night?
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Mar
11
answered Why do we not shower every night?
Mar
10
revised How do we know that homosexual relations is a sin?
edit for clarification
Mar
10
comment Do Animals Have an Afterlife
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16875
Mar
10
comment Do Animals Have an Afterlife
See Koheles (3:21): מִי יוֹדֵעַ רוּחַ בְּנֵי הָאָדָם הָעֹלָה הִיא לְמָעְלָה וְרוּחַ הַבְּהֵמָה הַיֹּרֶדֶת הִיא לְמַטָּה לָאָרֶץ. This is subject to various interpretations that have bearing on the question.
Mar
7
comment Neder to not eat pizza
Someone read this post and thought, "Eh, I don't like it." And an eh-ster does not comment (Eh-ster 2:20, "ein eh-ster magedes").
Mar
7
comment Soulmate for someone who died unwed
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/11953 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/2447
Mar
7
comment Can a mother taste her own breastmilk?
Sort of related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31959
Mar
7
comment What is the stance on reading and writing non-Jewish literature?
Somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31614 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25772 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/21764 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/33780 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25845 . Tangentially related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30105 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7473 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16981 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9936
Mar
7
comment What to do with stolen objects which are impossible to return?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31161
Mar
6
comment Which way does one turn first when saying the Oseh Shalom Bimromav?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15754
Mar
5
comment Why does almost every community say Lecha Dodi?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/28001 and this thread on the KAYJ forum.
Mar
5
revised What constitutes סכנת אבר and what can you do on shabbat
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Mar
5
comment Is there a guide from Arizal concerning the reaction to an insult?
As far as general sources, the b'raisa in Shabbos (88b) praises those who do not respond to insults, and Rashi's interpretation indicates that this extends to those who rejoice when insulted. See also Chovos Hal'vavos (Sha'ar Yichud HaMa'aseh, ch. 2), M'iras Einayim (Eikev), Magid Meisharim (B'shalach), Reishis Chochma (Anava, §3), Sha'arei K'dusha (Section 4), Tzava'as HaRivash (§2), and other sources, who indicate that one should strive to be equally unaffected by praises and insults.