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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Jul
10
comment “I was waiting for my flight and a concert broke out.”
Are you specifically asking about the current case (Nine Days but before the Week of Tisha B'Av)? If there's a distinction between halakha in this period and halakha during the Week of Tisha B'Av, do you care solely about the former?
Jul
9
comment Is there a Jewish custom to travel to Israel at least once in a lifetime?
Just FYI, the word "custom" in Judaism means something more than "custom" does in daily life. "Custom" (Heb. minhag) in Judaism means something that, though it's not obligated by Toraitic or Rabbinic law, has a very strong obligation to follow. So people here might not understand your question as "Do Americans have a custom to eat turkey on Thanksgiving?" Instead, they might hear, "Are some groups of Americans required to eat turkey on Thanksgiving?"
Jul
9
comment Is there a Jewish custom to travel to Israel at least once in a lifetime?
...and before Solomon built the Temple, Shiloh was the pilgrimage obligation, not Jerusalem
Jul
9
answered Do English-speaking Jews read the Bible in English?
Jul
9
comment Paroches on an Aron
@WAF AFAIU, you likely need a double-barrier when something other than those things happen, but it doesn't need to be a curtain. Also, I've seen minyanim in temporary or shared spaces use a tallis to wrap the Torah in place of a formal aron, so I don't think that an aron per se is halakha.
Jul
9
comment Do English-speaking Jews read the Bible in English?
By the way, it's hard to avoid King James-isms in colloquial English. "The powers that be", "Garden of Eden", "Am I my brother's keeper?", "swords into ploughshares", "Let there be light", "ye of little faith", etc, all come from KJV (phrases.org.uk/meanings/bible-phrases-sayings.html)
Jul
9
comment Do English-speaking Jews read the Bible in English?
Agreed. Just to add - the Jewish Publication Society's 1917 translation of the Bible is derived largely from Christian translations (Revised Version and American Standard Version) which were based, to varying degrees, on KJV and Jewish sources. That 1917 translation influenced other English-language Jewish translations of the Bible.
Jul
9
revised Kalam Cosmological Argument
edited tags
Jul
8
comment Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?
I'd wager that if someone were to understand that which you have misinterpreted of what R' Riskin poorly summarized as the literal truth, then that would be shittuf.
Jul
8
awarded  Convention
Jul
3
comment What is the origin of the title “rebbe”?
isn't this just a North-eastern yiddish formation of ravi (my rav)? Rabbi (rhyming with Cab-bye) is an anglicization of the yiddish rebbe (rhyming with Deb-bee)
Jul
2
comment Can a minyan meet online?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/27406/…
Jul
2
revised Solar Powered Wrist-Watch on Shabbos
this has nothing to do with the concept of time or daytime, simply with watches.
Jul
2
awarded  Custodian
Jul
2
reviewed Reviewed “Moshe cried out” - really?
Jul
2
reviewed Reopen Hair covering in photos
Jul
2
revised What defines a non-kosher restaurant for purposes of maarit ayin?
clarified headline
Jul
2
revised What defines a non-kosher restaurant for purposes of maarit ayin?
1. remove phone and fax so it's not easily googlable. 2. formatting
Jul
2
comment How did Avraham discover that God exists?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/28496/… and judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/13764/…
Jul
2
comment Non-Ashkenazic Talmud-learning tune
Btw, any mishna tune that includes a harmonica is fantastic as far as I'm concerned :)