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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Apr
4
comment Chametz u'matza?
@IsaacMoses did people eat soft matzah on chol? I guess this dates back to when people made bread from starters (and not packets of yeast) so if they didn't have a starter, they had something much like matza. And I guess to a small child, the minutiae of halakha aren't different enough to distinguish them. Hm. I wonder if that's my answer.
Apr
3
asked Chametz u'matza?
Apr
3
revised “I never saw a tzaddik be abandoned…” - how do we understand this?
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Apr
3
comment “I never saw a tzaddik be abandoned…” - how do we understand this?
I've heard the idea given in shiurim. Specifically I've heard a talk about the opening of the amidah referencing not just the words "אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח" but the psalm it comes from and thereby the story of David, Natan and Batsheva... and the whole tale of a serious sinner making honest tshuva through tefillah.
Apr
3
comment Did King David really fast on alternate days?
related (dupe?): judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/20556/…
Apr
3
comment “I never saw a tzaddik be abandoned…” - how do we understand this?
@DoubleAA ping. After some examination, I may be changing my practice back.
Apr
3
answered “I never saw a tzaddik be abandoned…” - how do we understand this?
Mar
29
comment Why do we call the Festival of Matzos “Passover”?
This isn't simply metanymy?
Mar
28
comment What were the original kitniyos?
I heard this week that there are Turkish Jews who abstain from rice but no other kitnyot because there's an opinion in the gemara that rice can be used to make matza.
Mar
28
comment Easiest way to determine if something is “Chametz” or permitted for Passover?
As Dan mentions in his answer, there are many things that are not actually chametz but also not permitted for Passover. Generally, advertising something as 100% Kosher for Passover without a supervising mashgiach (a person who watches the process and knows what rules to enforce) is not 100% honest.
Mar
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Receiving someone else's chametz mail
Mar
24
comment Who dropped Moses from the Hagaddah?
@ShimonbM I'm asking for the history, not why.
Mar
22
revised Who dropped Moses from the Hagaddah?
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Mar
22
comment Why don't we salt newborns, per Ezekiel?
The American Association of Pediatricians now advises against baby powder because it can get into the child's lungs. (See babycenter.com/…).
Mar
22
comment Who dropped Moses from the Hagaddah?
@Fred ...Maybe the question is invalid because the first hagaddah per se excluded Moses, but I'm still interested if there was a tradition to exclude Moses in the Tamludic period or before.
Mar
22
comment Who dropped Moses from the Hagaddah?
@Fred although it's unsupported, it's logical for a retelling of the Exodus (by the people who were there and had just left) mentioned Moses since, well, they knew him! If the answer is "Moses has been excluded from the Passover story since it was ever told," and there are sources that support that (maybe a midrash?) then I'd be happy with that as an answer. My assumption is that most stories told involve human actors (e.g., Shemot through Beshalach).
Mar
22
comment Who hides the afikoman?
In my parents' house, my father used to hide it, but my cousins took every drawer apart searching for it. After then, the rule became that the kids hide it (and there were rules as to where it could be hidden).
Mar
22
comment Bald men and kippot
@msh210 so is your answer "Rogaine"? :)
Mar
22
comment Who dropped Moses from the Hagaddah?
Why the downvote?
Mar
22
comment What's special about the chosen people?
Can you perhaps reword your question to be less harsh and offensive? You might get fewer downvotes if you were asking a question and not making an accusation.