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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Mar
4
comment What is the law for a Goel Hadam (Avenger of Blood) outside of the Land of Israel?
I didn't think so, but the answer's wording: would have to run away to the nearest City of Refuge implies that.
Mar
4
comment What is the law for a Goel Hadam (Avenger of Blood) outside of the Land of Israel?
In the modern day, would this mean the most geographically proximate or the one nearest the airport?
Mar
4
comment Spitting at the High Priest on Yom Kippur
@ShimonbM What's the source there? Is that for just (for lack of a better term) "optional" marriages? +1
Feb
28
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/15728/…
Feb
28
comment My father-in-law was a Cohen. Are my children Cohanim?
Just for future reference, I believe a pidyon haben is only required if neither mom nor dad is a Kohen or a Levi (along with the other requirements)
Feb
28
accepted What is the origin of learning Talmud daf yomi?
Feb
28
asked What is the origin of learning Talmud daf yomi?
Feb
28
comment How could different pronunciations arise when we are obligated to pronounce the Shema precisely?
It's an old tradition to have more different pronunciations based on region/ethnicity. See shibboleth. :)
Feb
28
comment On what basis do we understand references to Orion and the Pleiades in Iyov?
Also, this claims the Babylonians invented the system led to the Neo-Babylonian system, which was known to the authors of Navi. This same system was then adopted by the Greeks who added their own mythology to already-mapped constellations.
Feb
28
comment On what basis do we understand references to Orion and the Pleiades in Iyov?
See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…: "The Bible mentions Orion three times, naming it "Kesil" (כסיל, literally - fool)." There are many names for this same (or approximate) constellation. Presumably, the Pleiades were similarly located once and named many times.
Feb
27
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
@yoel They omit the line of Rashi that says the book has a literal and allegorical meaning. They omit it from translation and from the Hebrew while pretending they're presenting the whole Rashi.
Feb
26
answered What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
Feb
26
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
@yoel In some transcriptions, Artscroll omits parts of sources that they disagree with while purporting to present the full text (e.g., Rashi on Shir HaShirim). In some translations, Artscroll omits parts of the source they disagree with (Oznayim L'Torah). Grammar is often improperly translated. How are these ideological or not substantive?
Feb
26
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
@yoel Some general critiques of Artscroll - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArtScroll#Criticism ahavasisraelgr.org/divre-harav-rabbis-words/… For many, "mistakes" in transcription of sources (like Rashi to Shir HaShirim) or the misattribution of quotations to more-acceptably frum commentators is such a big problem that the publishing house cannot be trusted with translation period.
Feb
26
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
I know rabbis who object to Artscroll specifically. I have honestly never heard of objections to Steinsaltz, but that may be because the institution of Artscroll is much larger and more pervasive. I think that we must travel in different circles :)
Feb
26
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
There are many objections to Artscroll in general that apply equally to their Talmud. They have a very specific agenda and are not always honest when sources don't support it.
Feb
25
comment Why does it matter that Mordechai was right-handed?
@Daniel I believe "from Yemen" is תימני
Feb
24
comment Why when we read from two Torah scrolls is the one taken out first returned last and vice versa?
My guess is that it's the same reason we take tefillin off in the opposite order we put it on. It doesn't degrade the first sefer to stay out longer - it's a kavod to it.
Feb
24
revised Where is a Leitz supposed to live?
added a link to the user Leitz
Feb
24
revised How did Vashti grow a tail?
added 44 characters in body