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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Jan
9
comment Seven months pregnancy
@Yishai Not a duplicate, but very similar. They can use similar sources for answers, but the selected answer there glosses over the question here. That one is "What are Chaza"l saying?" and this one is "How does what Chaza"l said square with modern reality?"
Jan
9
comment Seven months pregnancy
@Scimonster - IMO - This is on topic. It's not about science, but about reconciling rabbinic thought with reality. It's very similar to the "Do sheidim exist?" type questions.
Jan
9
comment Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?
Make sure you take advice here as advice from strangers. CYLCR :)
Jan
8
comment Two words for “redeem”: what's the difference?
What do you mean by "cognate meanings"? Are those Arabic/Aramaic/etc or within Hebrew?
Jan
8
comment Explanation of the midrash of the Donkey of moshe
I mean that to contextualize this instance, not to say there's no meaning in it. Asking what the meaning is is still very useful.
Jan
8
comment Explanation of the midrash of the Donkey of moshe
Lots of midrashim like to link characters or objects that don't seem related. There's one about red strings, too (the one at Peretz's birth and on Rahab's house and some other mentions).
Jan
7
comment Where is the story about Elazar ben Durdayah and the harlot?
@IsaacMoses It can't be a verbatim quote from his rebbe?
Jan
6
revised Are there any studies that compare Biblical Hebrew to modern Hebrew?
edited tags
Jan
6
comment Are there any studies that compare Biblical Hebrew to modern Hebrew?
I think the last question you're trying to ask is actually very much on topic, but it's worded a bit off. Maybe something like: "... What is the implication of the divergence in Hebrew on .... (somethign)?"
Jan
6
comment Are there any studies that compare Biblical Hebrew to modern Hebrew?
There's a mishnah (forget where) that says there's one Hebrew of the Torah, one of the Prophets, and one of the Mishnah. Even back then, people recognized that language changes over time. Modern Hebrew is unique only in that it was "artificially created" rather than "naturally evolving". (quotes to imply that those terms are harder to define than you'd want to think).
Jan
6
comment Are there any studies that compare Biblical Hebrew to modern Hebrew?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/15234/…
Jan
6
comment Mah inyan Shmita eitzel the price of tea in China?
@Matt yes, that's implied. Sorry. It should read: "...to the extent that I, as a Jew who cares about observance of shmita and maaser, should pay even more special attention to whether produce in my grocery store is from Israel"
Jan
6
comment Mah inyan Shmita eitzel the price of tea in China?
@Matt I'm asking something along these lines (I'm not defending it staying open. I think it should be moved to Economics): Normally, as a diaspora Jew, I don't see any Israeli produce in my grocery store. Does shmita increase the availability or reduce the costs of Israeli produce enough to change that to the extent that I should pay even more special attention to whether produce in my grocery store is from Israel?
Jan
6
revised Different variations of forgiveness?
indented quoted quotes
Jan
6
comment Different variations of forgiveness?
Those "related" words seem awfully random. For example, why isn't שלח in the list? Certainly sounds more similar than סלד whose dalet operates on a totally different part of the tongue than the chet (same for ayin or quf). C.f., the spurious phonosemantics hypothesis
Jan
6
revised Who is speaking in Ex. 3:17?
added 259 characters in body
Jan
6
reviewed Edit and Reopen Non-literal Midrashim
Jan
6
revised Non-literal Midrashim
added a paragraph and capitalized a quote
Jan
6
comment Non-literal Midrashim
@msh210 I agree it ought be reopened (and cleaned up). The first question ("When do we know...?") is unique, and unlike the other answer, there's no "meta-halakha" of "must we." The second question is not distinct from the dupe.
Jan
6
comment What are the exact Shmita dates (in Gregorian) since 1900 or a general formula for determining the dates?
@Gary Unrelatedly, Gregorian dating didn't start everywhere in 1582.