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Sep
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comment Teachings of Chabad (Lubavitch) - controversial or not?
@mochinrechavim, if you have a source that chabad teachings are controversial, why don't you post that as an answer?
Sep
4
comment Teachings of Chabad (Lubavitch) - controversial or not?
@mochinrechavim, I don't know that anything that you said has any validity as you haven't validated these statements with any sources. Either way, I don't see how any of that is controversial unless something unusual was instituted because of that.
Sep
4
revised Help parsing the Midrashim of ר׳ חנינא from בר׳ ל״ג ב׳
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Sep
2
revised Ose shalom post shemona esre
removed dup of another q
Sep
2
comment Ose shalom post shemona esre
@DoubleAA, I think the idea from the gemara would answermy first 2 questions. It seems that the "shalom" is part of the petira (separate from the shemona esre). Although I am not sure what "yiten shalom" means in that context.
Sep
2
asked Ose shalom post shemona esre
Aug
31
comment Can one say amen to a blessing invoked by a Christian?
A cursory reading of the SA would assume the author is continuing the same case- where one did not hear the entire blessing, with the exception of the final case (or 2 acc. to MB) which is a regular Jew who changed the required text of an instituted blessing albeit the entire blessing was said. The MB, however, applies the final case(s) retroactively where the Kusi/apikorus said the entire blessing as well, but their intent may be different. I don't know believe that approach is muchrach.
Aug
30
comment Can one say amen to a blessing invoked by a Christian?
Dov, please incorporate how the Mishna Berura learns the SA (to come out like you), though we still need to hash out if the Gra would argue in my case as well.
Aug
30
comment Can one say amen to a blessing invoked by a Christian?
Dov, there doesn't seem to be any indication from the SA since that is referring to not hearing the entire bracha. Also, @ba, that Rema seems to be talking about someone who worships an idol named, say, Shazam!, but make an appropriate blessing to G-d. In my case, he uses the word god implying the Almighty, but has a different idea of what that is. Although Mishna Berura SK10 there may deal with my case.
Aug
30
asked Can one say amen to a blessing invoked by a Christian?
Aug
30
comment Origin of the nine days
@soandos, it wasn't extended. Communities took upon themselves to mourn more that. The extent of the mourning was up to the communities. Obviously some mourning periods were extended since restricting ones self for a small amount of time would not show mourning (such as doing laundry and haircutting). Others did show mourning and were too burdensome to extend (like eating 2 foods). You may want to ask something like how do customs develop, how are they incorporated into law and what status do they have in relation to talmudic law.
Aug
30
comment Origin of the nine days
From the question and comments above (prior to your edit), your question seemed to be: I understand that originally the law was less and then people added on, but why would people add on something that was rejected by the gemara. My answer targeted that- it is something meritorious, but not required from the gemara. You now seem to be asking a different question.
Aug
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Aug
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comment Pronunciation for אלוהים הוא אלוהים שלי
Eliahu (Elijah) He is my G-d. Try not to learn too much Hebrew from Google translate.
Aug
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answered Origin of the nine days
Aug
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comment Teachings of Chabad (Lubavitch) - controversial or not?
@DoubleAA, I know that the problems started with some of the 6th Lubavitcher rebbe's action relating to bringing geula which culminated with a Lubavitch publication that mishnayos need to be learned for their nistar (with a drasha on shor shenagach). This created a big backlash from many gedolim at the time. (My rav said his rosh hayeshiva made a very big deal about it upon reading it). The above controversy is partially at the root of some of today's controversies.
Aug
29
comment Teachings of Chabad (Lubavitch) - controversial or not?
@ba, as I wrote to Michoel's answer, there has been controversy with Chabad Lubavitch since the 40's, how can you say there is no controversy?
Aug
29
comment Teachings of Chabad (Lubavitch) - controversial or not?
Since controversy with chabad Lubavitch dates back to the 40's, I do not think it is correct to say the exception is "a few dismiss us as messianics".
Aug
29
comment How can pigs and shellfish be kosher for bnei Noach?
Although Maimonides forbids the above for non-Jews, the Shach qualifies that he is referring to where the animal belonged to the non-Jew but was slaughtered according to Jewish law- the slaughtering permit would not apply to the non-Jew (he doesn't elaborate on the reasoning). To sum up: The Noahide law of eating from a live animal would require one to have "knowledge" that the animal was dead before the removal of the meat. The exception is a kosher animal slaughtered according to Jewish law. According to some, this animal (which nowadays usually means the processor) must be Jewish.