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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Mar
15
comment Did Chazal know about China and the Chinese? and from which of Noach's sons do they hail?
That makes more sense.
Mar
15
comment Earliest documentation of kissing
Whoever thought that kissing was a Jewish invention?
Mar
15
accepted Fasting for a child bechor before Passover
Mar
15
comment Did Chazal know about China and the Chinese? and from which of Noach's sons do they hail?
So... סין meaning China AFAIU comes from the Latin (whence Sino-), which came from the Sanskrit. This is a reference to the Qin dynasty. The Qin dynasty didn't exist until 200BC, long after Sinai, so it is doubtful that the Torah, written in the language of those who received it, would have mentioned a place completely unknown to its recipients. (Note: China in Chinese is written 中国 and is currently pronounced in Mandarin, "zhong guo").
Mar
15
asked Fasting for a child bechor before Passover
Mar
15
comment Is Guinness Beer no longer kosher?
Isinglass isn't added for flavor, rather to process things. By the way, many other English and Irish beers use the same process. When I was vegetarian, I abstained from all Isle beers except Sam Smith.
Mar
15
revised Can God destroy Himself?
capital H
Mar
14
comment Number of Yamim Tovim that fall on Shabbos
starts? 1 Nisan? 1 Tishrei? 1 Januray?
Mar
14
comment Number of Yamim Tovim that fall on Shabbos
If you ran the year Nisan-Adar, there are many fewer permutations.
Mar
14
comment How does the food part of an eiruv work?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/26820/…
Mar
14
comment Are (opaque) stockings under a skirt considered enough to cover ervah?
You're going to get very different answers based on hashkafa here.
Mar
13
comment Maple syrup bracha
But one doesn't normally eat syrup plain. Eating it that way would likely be eating in a different way, and therefore qualify as shehakol, no?
Mar
13
comment Origin of the term Yoshke?
According to my reference on Ashkenazic names, Yoshke comes from Yosef, not Yehoshua, but it's often wrong.
Mar
12
comment How to salt a chicken at home?
Why not my sink? It touches fleisch and milchig and is therefore treif.
Mar
12
comment What can I feed a vegetarian at my Pesach seder?
@MonicaCellio sure! I just added two more since you wrote this. Frittatas can be really elegant, are completely chametzless, and are pretty easy.
Mar
12
comment Bitcoin and Halakha
@Ariel Therefore they are bitcoin futures. :)
Mar
12
revised What can I feed a vegetarian at my Pesach seder?
added 13 characters in body
Mar
12
revised What can I feed a vegetarian at my Pesach seder?
added 56 characters in body
Mar
11
comment Chopping items makes them Kitniyoth?
@jake I bet you're right but it's strange it slipped through the editors. A well-placed email to the Week might clear things up
Mar
11
comment What can I feed a vegetarian at my Pesach seder?
Nice. But note - This is the only (taste) acceptable use of k4p couscous :)