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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Apr
29
comment Why celebrate Lag Ba'Omer on the 33rd according to the MaHaRIL?
@DoubleAA my argument is that that shouldn't be called La"G... "Lag B'Omer" is metonymy for the celebration of the cessation of dying of R' Akiva's students, but only because we agree that it's (generally) on the La"G day of the omer.
Apr
29
comment Ashkenazic vs. Sefardic grammar tendencies
@msh210 The original manuscript has it as such (though admittedly written by a Sephardi). In light of this, some nusach Ashkenaz communities are shifting to the "correct" version
Apr
29
comment Ashkenazic vs. Sefardic grammar tendencies
Yedid Nefesh is an example of later Rabbinic -ach meaning male.
Apr
29
comment Reasoning for doing/not doing mourning customs in second half of the omer
See Mah Rabu for one person's reasons. Of note: Lag Ba'omer also creates a false climax to sefirat ha'omer (I've heard people say things like "sefirah's over now"); the one and only climax of sefirat ha'omer should be Shavuot.
Apr
29
comment Why celebrate Lag Ba'Omer on the 33rd according to the MaHaRIL?
@Menachem If I had an idea, I'd have changed it. But obviously La"G B'Omer is on the 33rd. La"D would be the 34th. So... "Why celebrate the stopping of dying of R' Akiva's students on Lag (33) B'Omer?" but that's wordy.
Apr
29
comment Why celebrate Lag Ba'Omer on the 33rd according to the MaHaRIL?
...this title bothers me. I understand why it's written as such, but it's annoying.
Apr
26
comment How do rabbis explain the reason for the Spanish Expulsion. Why did the Jewish people deserve it
@MonicaCellio We tend to special-case national tragedies - the Churbans (I and II), various exiles, and the Holocaust come to mind. In each case, there are many who introspect and think how we (as a nation) failed.
Apr
26
revised Non-Ashkenazic Talmud-learning tune
added 9 characters in body
Apr
26
asked Non-Ashkenazic Talmud-learning tune
Apr
25
comment Where did the sing-song chant that Jews often use while contrasting points come from?
I've heard this is from a mnemonic technique used for Talmud study - having a tune and cadence is better for memorization.
Apr
25
revised Can we teach reading Hebrew without using the full names of the letters and vowels?
shortened title
Apr
25
comment Sefira Counting in Diaspora
@DoubleAA touché.
Apr
24
comment Naming after the Patriarchs/Matriarchs and Biblical heroes
highly related (but the inverse): judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/3252/…
Apr
24
comment Responding to “that's not a Jewish name”
That sort of question itself is not an appropriate Jewish question. "My father's family is from Italy" seems like a reasonable answer to me.
Apr
24
comment If a non-jew steals is he liable to the death penalty?
Who is "he"? A Jew? A non-Jew? Also, by "obligated to die" do you mean "liable for the death penalty" or do you mean actually obligated (positive mitzvah) to kill himself/be killed?
Apr
23
comment Can a single-parent father be exempt from time-bound mitzvot?
@meir I think this post would be better (and less controversial) if it didn't focus on reasons that women aren't obligated to daven and instead answered the question about whether single-parent men must daven, ideally citing sources that back up that answer.
Apr
23
comment What steps are required to make aliyah to Israel?
No offense to the poster, but how is this not off-topic?
Apr
22
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
19
comment What is so special about the 613 mitzvos?
@shlomo I'm confused how a mitvah can be d'oraita and not one of the 613 d'oraita mitzvot. Can you say specifically what you're talking about before asking for a general case?
Apr
18
comment If a Jew visits a mosque and offers a prayer to “Allah”, which commandments are being violated?
This looks like dupe of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26328/759