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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


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)
Nov
2
comment A tree which falls and damages
See BK 6:1: If a man brings sheep into a corral and locks the door in front of them properly, but the sheep escape and do damage, patur. If so with sheep, likely so with a tree (IMO).
Nov
2
revised Why did God lie about Sarah?
added 328 characters in body
Nov
2
comment Why did God lie about Sarah?
@TamirEvan Re: #1 See the Chizkuni and R' Saadiah Gaon cited here.
Nov
2
comment Why did God lie about Sarah?
@TamirEvan Re: #2. Wouldn't you trust the Omniscient's word over your own suspicions? Especially if that meant you could assume your wife was a better person? Re #3: Perhaps G-d changed the tone and not the words, leading to a different implied meaning? I'm at a loss to figure out how this would work with those words... Or maybe G-d only told Abraham the first part - אַחֲרֵי בְלֹתִי הָיְתָה-לִּי עֶדְנָה - and not the second, letting Abraham understand it as is written in 13?
Nov
1
answered Why did God lie about Sarah?
Oct
31
comment Firefighting on shabbat
related: algemeiner.com/2012/10/29/… also: theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=4012
Oct
31
comment Is it permissible to be mechalel shabbos to save a fetus?
Where do you learn that there's any implication that this is to save the woman's fetus? Every time I've read this, it's been entirely woman-focused.
Oct
31
comment Does the mitzvah to return a lost object apply to aveirah items?
@DoubleAA well played. I retract that comment.
Oct
31
comment Does the mitzvah to return a lost object apply to aveirah items?
@DoubleAA then how can it be an aveira to own chametz on Pesach?
Oct
31
comment Does the mitzvah to return a lost object apply to aveirah items?
Let's make it easy and say the object is a freeze-dried cheeseburger. You can't benefit from it, you can't eat it, etc. And it doesn't spoil. At least smart phone, even if you think it's assur to own, you can still sell it! Is that acceptable, PM? ping @DoubleAA
Oct
31
comment Firefighting on shabbat
This sounds like a huge risk to me. Weren't you ever short a person?
Oct
30
revised Brachos Daf 2a - What does Creation have to do with Krias Shema?
edited body
Oct
30
answered Brachos Daf 2a - What does Creation have to do with Krias Shema?
Oct
28
comment Why did Avraham take gifts from Pharaoh, but not the King of Sodom?
@msh210 I apologize for being so picky on such and old post. But I would say this: Observance has to do with observance of halakha. Religiosity has to do with participation in religion. There are many non-observant Reform Jews (and a few observant ones but that's unrelated).
Oct
26
comment Why did Avraham take gifts from Pharaoh, but not the King of Sodom?
irreligious or nonobservant?
Oct
25
comment Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom
I could, but I have very little free time these days.
Oct
25
comment Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom
for sources, see theyeshivaworld.com/weekly_torah.php?id=250
Oct
25
comment Dan LeChaf Zechuth - Exceptions?
@DoubleAA Fair. I guess my argument is that it's pshita that you should judge others favorably because "am kodesh atah", but that you need the principle specifically in the case of a rasha (and moreso in the case of bein adam l'chavero than laMakom)