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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Jun
14
comment A practical guide to Jewish neighborhoods and communities in Israel
What if you change it to something more general, like: "Guides for religious Americans making aliyah"
Jun
14
comment BT emailing non-observant family on Friday afternoon
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/11839/…
Jun
13
comment Origin of the Escalator analogy
related: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen%27s_Hypothesis: "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place."
Jun
13
comment Are we allowed to ask someone if he's a convert?
@Tim ....In that case, I think the question is: "Are you a Jew?" Not "Have you converted?"
Jun
13
revised What is the significance of bears in Judaism? Why has Dov (or Dov Ber) been such a common Jewish name?
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Jun
13
revised Blessing on the next American President (or any politician)
proscribed != prescribed
Jun
13
revised Why might we think that Moses did not write Parashat Bil'am?
parasha probably meant Masoretic parshiyot, not our parsiyot, in which case there's a break after 24:25. And 25:1 starts the story of Pinchas, so it's clearly not parashat Bilaam
Jun
13
comment What is the significance of bears in Judaism? Why has Dov (or Dov Ber) been such a common Jewish name?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6042/…
Jun
13
answered Why is “Y'sachar Dov” a popular combination name?
Jun
13
answered What is the significance of bears in Judaism? Why has Dov (or Dov Ber) been such a common Jewish name?
Jun
12
comment Why reverse Mishle verses' order?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/17179/…
Jun
12
revised Satmar Derech Halimud
remove conversation
Jun
12
comment Satmar Derech Halimud
This is a fantastic question (and as @Daniel notes, one that is presumably hard to Google). Thanks for bringing it here! If you don't mind, I'm going to delete the parenthetical conversational paragraph at the end because it is conversational and makes the question narrower. Feel free to add it back in if you think it contributes to the question significantly
Jun
12
comment What is the significance of bears in Judaism? Why has Dov (or Dov Ber) been such a common Jewish name?
My guess is that bear, lion, deer (Hinda), bird (Faiga), ewe (Raisa), etc., have more to do with ambient European culture than anything specifically Jewish. Bears and lions are fierce and strong. Deer and ewes and birds are elegant and lovely. That sort of thing. These metaphors exist in Jewish and European traditions. I'll check my Handbook of Ashkenazic Given Names when I get home.
Jun
12
comment What is the significance of bears in Judaism? Why has Dov (or Dov Ber) been such a common Jewish name?
Would you be satisfied with an answer to the Dov Ber question, or is that just a pretext for asking about the significance of bears in Judaism?
Jun
11
comment The heel of Moshiach?
I mean the previous comment along the same midrashic lines as understanding that Ishmael mitzachek means "Ishmael was pretending to be Yitzhak"
Jun
11
comment The heel of Moshiach?
Maybe it can be understood as "We are like Yaakov to the Moshiach." What does that mean? I am not sure. Maybe, "We need to be wily to attain it"?
Jun
11
comment Why skip Yikum Purkan and Mi Sheberach on a weekday Yom Tov?
The early Exilarchs were likley making aliyah b'regel on yontiv.
Jun
11
comment Shaving pubic hair before the mikveh
I have heard that if a woman typically shaves a place, she should shave it for mikvah; if she typically trims a place, she should trim it for mikvah.
Jun
11
comment How Avraham could receive the Divine Presence?
When did Abraham receive the Shechinah before his bris? The earliest I know is Gen 18:1. Before that, it seemed like it was prophecy, not receiving the Shechinah.