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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Aug
1
comment Meaning of Chai and Hamsa Hand
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/13157/sources-for-hamsa judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/25742/… judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7890/is-hamsa-allowed
Jul
31
revised Why do we pray?
edited tags
Jul
31
revised How should the vowel/s represented by “yud yud” be pronounced outside of Yiddish?
removed chat
Jul
30
reviewed Close How Avraham could receive the Divine Presence?
Jul
30
revised What to do if you don't want a Torah written with a turkey feather?
edited title
Jul
30
comment What to do if you don't want a Torah written with a turkey feather?
@DoubleAA Probably right. Does that make it safek in a safek? If so, that's a potential answer.
Jul
30
asked What to do if you don't want a Torah written with a turkey feather?
Jul
30
revised Resource for tunes for prayers/songs
edited tags
Jul
30
comment Resource for tunes for prayers/songs
Also see zemirotdatabase.org
Jul
29
comment Why was a bat kol able to settle the dispute between Battei Hillel and Shammai?
@Daniel I can't prove it with sources (hence this is a comment, not an answer). But it seems like it was convincing enough to settle the dispute - at least for the Amoraim who wrote the story.
Jul
29
revised Why was a bat kol able to settle the dispute between Battei Hillel and Shammai?
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Jul
29
comment Why was a bat kol able to settle the dispute between Battei Hillel and Shammai?
The Batei Hillel/Shammai bat kol was able to convince its listeners and the Akhnai bat kol was not. Lo bashamayim hi - if the rabbeim are not convinced, it's irrelevant, but if they are convinced, it is relevant. The takeaway - diplomacy and tact matter.
Jul
28
comment What scribes' Torah scrolls does a non-Orthodox synagogue use?
@DoubleAA I'm well-aware that a lot of thought has been put into that project to make it halakhically acceptable.
Jul
26
comment What scribes' Torah scrolls does a non-Orthodox synagogue use?
There are (at least two) Orthodox rabbis who say that all but sheimot can be painted on. See kashrut.org/scrollproject... That being said, I haven't heard of Reform sofrim using markers.
Jul
26
comment Why not list the 7 Minim in order with no second “Eretz”?
Zayit shemen and dvash are products of fruits, not fruits themselves. And they are the only liquids.
Jul
26
awarded  Outspoken
Jul
25
comment Father's Obligations to Children
Is a father also obligated to teach his daughter to swim?
Jul
25
revised Are there Torah Moocs (Massive Online Open Courses)?
edited title
Jul
25
comment What scribes' Torah scrolls does a non-Orthodox synagogue use?
@msh210 Unfortunately, the largest claim here is pretty much just anecdotal life experience and conjecture. I can edit links that refer to the varied programs, etc., but I can't really give a good statistic or source on "vast majority".
Jul
25
answered What scribes' Torah scrolls does a non-Orthodox synagogue use?