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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


May
3
revised How to care about the molad
de-yiddishize
May
3
comment How to care about the molad
@SethJ There's a thousand things in musaf that are meaningful. Aside from concentrating on prayer as sacrifice and longing for the Temple, there are beautiful words of praise and thanks, and a sanctification of the day. Also, it's a positive mitzvah. The announcement of the molad seems to be a prerequisite for another positive mitzvah (Birkat haChodesh) but the announcement itself lacks meaning for me. I can concentrate on fulfilling Birkat haChodesh, but I am asking if there's a way to find meaning in the molad or its announcement itself).
May
3
asked How to care about the molad
May
2
comment Aufruf and Shabbat Chatan?
I think this should be added to the answer. I think some useful research to prove your theory would involve looking at when aufruf and shabbos chossons (see what I did there?) began, and, as you say, when Sephardim started listening to Rabbeinu Gershom's takana
May
2
revised Why don't merchants have torah, according to R. Yochanan?
removed conversation
May
2
comment Amen on a Berachah that may be out of place but isn't false
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/18350/…
May
2
comment Aufruf and Shabbat Chatan?
This I've heard, but it doesn't answer the question.
May
2
comment Place to study Zohar
Thanks! I'm going to leave this question opened for a bit to grab more answers, but this is helpful.
May
2
comment Why wasn't the Torah given in Israel?
I have no source for this, so I'll leave it as a comment, but I always understood that until we got the Torah, we were not worthy to settle in Israel, much less to kick anyone out!
May
1
comment Kosher accommodations in out-of-the-way US places
Chowhound has a very useful and active kosher board
May
1
answered Kosher accommodations in out-of-the-way US places
Apr
30
comment Place to study Zohar
@Daniel hah! no
Apr
30
revised Place to study Zohar
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Apr
30
asked Place to study Zohar
Apr
29
comment Why celebrate Lag Ba'Omer on the 33rd according to the MaHaRIL?
@DoubleAA so we generally be celebrated it on the 34th of the omer, we would call it Lad B'Omer
Apr
29
comment Why celebrate Lag Ba'Omer on the 33rd according to the MaHaRIL?
@DoubleAA my argument is that that shouldn't be called La"G... "Lag B'Omer" is metonymy for the celebration of the cessation of dying of R' Akiva's students, but only because we agree that it's (generally) on the La"G day of the omer.
Apr
29
comment Ashkenazic vs. Sefardic grammar tendencies
@msh210 The original manuscript has it as such (though admittedly written by a Sephardi). In light of this, some nusach Ashkenaz communities are shifting to the "correct" version
Apr
29
comment Ashkenazic vs. Sefardic grammar tendencies
Yedid Nefesh is an example of later Rabbinic -ach meaning male.
Apr
29
comment Reasoning for doing/not doing mourning customs in second half of the omer
See Mah Rabu for one person's reasons. Of note: Lag Ba'omer also creates a false climax to sefirat ha'omer (I've heard people say things like "sefirah's over now"); the one and only climax of sefirat ha'omer should be Shavuot.
Apr
29
comment Why celebrate Lag Ba'Omer on the 33rd according to the MaHaRIL?
@Menachem If I had an idea, I'd have changed it. But obviously La"G B'Omer is on the 33rd. La"D would be the 34th. So... "Why celebrate the stopping of dying of R' Akiva's students on Lag (33) B'Omer?" but that's wordy.