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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


May
29
comment Subjectivity in Halacha
Does that subjectivity get pulled down into halacha l'maaseh today? (I assume you're asking about today's understanding of halakha)
May
29
revised Subjectivity in Halacha
changed title to match question
May
29
comment Jewish-themed Open Source projects
@IsaacMoses I'd argue too broad! It's a list question.
May
29
revised What allowed Jews to change the way they pronounced words?
toned down my assertion! I don't know enough about which Tosafist that was or when he lived or what his life was like. I just asserted a *may*
May
29
comment What allowed Jews to change the way they pronounced words?
@SethJ Pre-Napoleon (and to a lesser extent today), there were many very distinct Frenches that did deserve different names. But I'm not debating the meaning of the Tosofot, just saying there was enough distinction in langues d'oil that these "Frenches" had different names. (And the borders were certainly not by country... That didn't happen until the 16th c at the earliest de jure. De facto probably not until the 18th c.)
May
29
revised any source for the idea that the Baal Koreh represents Moshe Rabbainu?
added links
May
29
comment Can a shul be said to have a second Bimah?
Bimah shel koreh and bimah shel aron?
May
28
comment Can a person sell their portion in heaven?
related: parashat-toldot
May
28
comment Aruch Hashulchan's moon-distance estimate
@IsaacMoses I wonder what if any Yiddish astronomical texts were out there.
May
28
comment Demolishing Idolatry sneakily?
@Ali If you're not satisfied with the question the (pretty good) answers are addressing, please put some thought into developing a solid definition of "sneaky" that doesn't involve a midrash/parable/tale. If you don't mean "sneaky" at all, then explain clearly what you mean. Our policy has generally been, though, that once you have a question with a decent answer, but you meant to ask a different question, you should ask that as a new question (not a mod to this one).
May
28
revised Demolishing Idolatry sneakily?
removing the Muslim source as a basis for the question
May
28
comment Demolishing Idolatry sneakily?
This is a rolling target! Ali - please stop editing and especially stop adding in Muslim sources to ask a question on a Jewish site. (They might be interesting but are entirely irrelevant - How can you use a Muslim parable as a prooftext for a Jewish perspective?)
May
28
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
This looks more like a comment (and a joke) than a true answer. If that's correct, you can add it to the comments. Otherwise, it would be helpful to flesh this out a little bit more.
May
28
comment On “he who saved one life saves the world”
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/3126/organ-donations
May
28
revised Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
retag
May
28
revised Is private crossdressing authorized?
removed conversation
May
28
comment Is private crossdressing authorized?
why the downvote?
May
28
revised Is private crossdressing authorized?
removed conversation
May
26
revised Spilling wine for Detzach, Adash, Be'Achav
added 98 characters in body
May
26
comment Demolishing Idolatry sneakily?
How are those sneaky?