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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Nov
14
asked Sources for Pidyon HaBen Ceremony
Nov
13
comment Why can't Moshe hit the water?
@msh210 because running water took him somewhere safe rather quickly - before the raft could sink. In still water, he just would have sat in the pond ad infinitum. It's a combination of the river, raft-making technology and the miracle of Batya's bath timing.
Nov
13
revised Why can't Moshe hit the water?
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Nov
13
comment Why can't Moshe hit the water?
@msh210 Reeds are buoyant but not infinitely so. Eventually they take on water. Before sealants were developed, reeds had a limited lifespan. See kon-tiki.no/E-Exp_Tigris.php on a modern reed boat: "One of the main problems during the Ra and Ra II voyages was that water absorption made the reed boats float very low in the water, covering their decks in water in the last few weeks."
Nov
13
answered Why can't Moshe hit the water?
Nov
12
comment The “Miracle” of Hagar's giving birth
"At that time, as long as people remained fertile they could still conceive children" - isn't that tautological? and true for all time?
Nov
8
comment arab suicide bombers
what does "arab" have anything to do with this? Also what does suicide bombing specifically have anything to do here? Isn't any religiously-motivated war activity comparable?
Nov
8
comment Is it true that proselytes immersed in their birthday suits in ancient times?
@WalidSaladin sounds like another question you can ask
Nov
8
comment Is it true that proselytes immersed in their birthday suits in ancient times?
As you can see (perhaps) from the discussion below, converts to Judaism immerse naked today. It's harder to find sources on what people did in antiquity, but we're looking.
Nov
7
comment Does the president of the USA have free will?
@Gabi my point was that although you may be able to find an opinion that the US President doesn't have free will, you also have a source on Paroh davka having free will. If G-d could let Paroh have free will, when yetziat Mitzrayim is such a big deal, that opinion should kal v'chomer hold that the US President has free will. Are you specifically looking for a justification not to care about voting?
Nov
6
comment Does the president of the USA have free will?
Although that opinion may exist (unsure if it does), there's certainly an opinion that G-d hardening Pharaoh's heart meant strengthening Pharaoh's free will. Thus, Pharaoh had free will and if Pharaoh, then kal v'chomer the US president.
Nov
6
comment Preparing food on Shabbos for Bein Hashmoshos
May you begin to eat bein hashmoshot on Shabbas?
Nov
6
comment What is the halachic status of things in outer space?
What about bamidbar? Isn't that a similar case?
Nov
6
revised Did “Litvish” frock coats button left-on-right?
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Nov
6
answered Did “Litvish” frock coats button left-on-right?
Nov
5
comment If I want to keep a bentcher in my pocket wrapped, can I use a clear sandwich bag?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/21951/…
Nov
5
comment the land from which you brought us out = Egypt?
not to draw a parallel between הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתָנוּ מִשָּׁם and הוֹצִיאָם לַהֲמִתָם בַּמִּדְבָּר?
Nov
5
comment Why did Avraham ask Eliezer to swear in the way he did?
are you sure this is unique to Abraham and not a general Near Eastern thing?
Nov
5
comment Reading a newspaper
I would add that if there are teshuvot forbidding newspaper reading on Shabbas, they would implicitly permit reading during the week (unless that's specifically mentioned). Otherwise why ask the question?
Nov
2
comment A tree which falls and damages
@DoubleAA No. Basic due diligence seems to be the key. Locking in sheep is the common way of keeping them from doing damage. The common way of keeping a tree from doing damage is basic maintenance (stake it if it's precarious, trim dangerous branches, don't uproot it). I don't know what halakha says, but this would be a good place to start. (hence this is a comment, not an answer)