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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Dec
27
comment In what way was Niniveh wicked?
I highly doubt that Milton Friedman actually uses the word "evil" and even more highly doubt that he was basing anything on Jewish sources. Karl Marx and Emma Goldman were also Jews.
Dec
27
revised Relighting Chanukah lights that extinguish
edited title
Dec
27
comment Wearing reflective armband in place without an eiruv
Is this different than a bracelet because it's for safety and not decoration?
Dec
27
comment In what way was Niniveh wicked?
Why high taxes?
Dec
27
asked Relighting Chanukah lights that extinguish
Dec
27
comment Why is giluey arayos one of the big 3?
@Ariel then why is polygyny okay?
Dec
25
comment Which kings stay in bed to the third hour of the day?
Jewish kings weren't around until later than the Gemara?
Dec
21
comment What color is Yarok?
@DoubleAA Sometimes brightness impacts color words - so one word can be "bright yellow/green" and another is "pale yellow/green"
Dec
20
comment star of david and the cross
I agree with all the "no" answers (and the "what a lovely thought" answers, too) but want to add a link to more information so you can understand what @SethJ means by Tallith. We call it a prayer shawl but it is used in the act of prayer, not as a receptacle for prayers.
Dec
20
comment May a Jew be a Freemason?
There are two rites in Freemasonry - the Yorkish rite and the Scottish rite. The Yorkish rite demands a belief in Christianity, but the Scottish, only monotheism.
Dec
20
answered What color is Yarok?
Dec
19
revised Why are Chazal asking if words are spelled with א or ע?
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Dec
19
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
Why medieval? The gemara was written long before medieval Europe (whose science, incidentally, was much less sophisticated than the time when the gemara was written). In order to answer if the gemara's science was ahead of its time, we'd have to compare it with contemporary sources - Babylonian and Roman science from around the 5th century.
Dec
19
comment Why are Chazal asking if words are spelled with א or ע?
However, this should all be run through a qualified linguist. I'm just guessing here.
Dec
19
revised Why are Chazal asking if words are spelled with א or ע?
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Dec
19
answered Why are Chazal asking if words are spelled with א or ע?
Dec
18
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
I was asking about the heartbeat, but it applies to both.
Dec
18
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
is there any proof that either of those were "ahead of their time" or just reflecting things around them?
Dec
18
comment Must a parent vaccinate her child?
for the sake of the children who cannot be vaccinated, everyone else should be. but that's not halacha, just courtesy and good public health.
Dec
18
comment Is Reconstructionist Judaism essentially atheistic?
@MonicaCellio I've heard (and now seen (pdf)) "asher kervanu laavodah v'natan lanu et Torato"