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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Jun
12
comment Why reverse Mishle verses' order?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/17179/…
Jun
12
revised Satmar Derech Halimud
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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.
Jun
10
revised Meaning of yiddish girls name “charnah”
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Jun
6
comment Replacing a lost cover for a tefillin shel yad
... another approach - are you fundamentally asking if there are standard tefillin sizes (like an American Size 9 sneaker)?
Jun
6
comment Replacing a lost cover for a tefillin shel yad
Why not a ruler?
Jun
6
comment Meaning of yiddish girls name “charnah”
@Menachem There were/are several spellings and pronunciations of this name. According to the Handbook of Ashkenazic Given Names, it can be טשארנה or you can replace the א with ע or nothing, and you can replace the ה with א ,ע, or י.
Jun
6
revised Meaning of yiddish girls name “charnah”
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Jun
6
comment Meaning of yiddish girls name “charnah”
The nice thing about this is that outside of Czech-speaking areas, it was really a thoroughly Jewish name. No one was named Czarna in Poland but the Jews.
Jun
6
answered Meaning of yiddish girls name “charnah”
Jun
6
revised R' Yehoshua Ben Levi — A Tanna or an Amorah?
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Jun
5
revised Baby born bein hashmoshos — when to make pidyon haben?
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Jun
4
comment Elisha, the children, and the bears: what is really going on here?
Unsourced, and I haven't looked up the sources in this question, but it seems to me that Rashi is saying na'arim translates not to boys but to [adult] people without mitzvot.