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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Nov
15
accepted Business with Christians during their holiday periods
Nov
15
comment A good translation of “bimah”
@DoubleAA maybe. It's certainly closer. Want to submit as an answer?
Nov
15
asked A good translation of “bimah”
Nov
14
revised Aaron and his punishment for the sin of Golden Calf
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Nov
14
answered Aaron and his punishment for the sin of Golden Calf
Nov
14
comment An Ashenazi kohain lives outside Israel. When it is not Yom Tov, can he bless the people in a Sefardi shul?
Can you reword this so it's less localized - more general knowledge?
Nov
14
comment Please explain the idea of the Chair of Elijah in synagogue
The closest I can think of is Elijah's chair. I have seen some synagogues that keep a special chair on the bimah (the stage) for Elijah the Prophet, but it's really only "used" at a bris (circumcision).
Nov
14
accepted Sources for Pidyon HaBen Ceremony
Nov
14
comment Sources for Pidyon HaBen Ceremony
@DoubleAA I mean the tractate
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 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?