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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Aug
27
comment Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
@DoubleAA The end of R"H 16b through the start of 17a talks about the three sfarim which are inscribed and sealed. Then immediately we hear about difference between the sinners of Israel vs. the sinners of umot haolam. Wouldn't that distinction have been made in the immediately preceding section on Y"K if that were relevant?
Aug
24
comment Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
@DoubleAA - see edits.
Aug
24
revised Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
added 1426 characters in body
Aug
24
comment Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
@DoubleAA On Rosh Hashanah it's written and on Yom Kippur it's sealed. For all creation. I'll find a source on that, but the Unetanneh Tokef is a good start.
Aug
24
answered Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
Aug
22
comment How can we be sure that Judaism is the truth?
@DoubleAA the argument for circularity is that we're basing the authenticity of a document on the transmission of the document itself.... But regardless. Now it's just semantics and not worth debating.
Aug
22
comment What is the original source that a soul is split in half before conception?
Sounds suspiciously like Aristophanes's speech from Plato's Symposium
Aug
22
comment How can we be sure that Judaism is the truth?
@Dan I was always raised with that.
Aug
22
comment How can we be sure that Judaism is the truth?
@DoubleAA You don't have apocryphal family stories? We certainly do. I am not saying that Sinai isn't true, just that there's no good proof for it.
Aug
22
comment How can we be sure that Judaism is the truth?
this is a rather circular proof. "It's true because if it was false, it'd be a lie."
Aug
21
comment Can a Ben-Noach practice another religion?
Not creating a new religion does not mean they are not allowed to follow an existing religion
Aug
21
awarded  Civic Duty
Aug
21
comment Why call so many olim “moreinu”?
@SethJ I know someone on whom the title HaChaver was conferred. Are you saying it's a problem when it's HaCh"R Rav?
Aug
20
comment If one watches television on Friday night, will one go to hell?
@ba See here for a detailed discussion on Rambam's beliefs in Gehinom. Ignore the R' Slifkin-bashing bit, and focus on the Long Letter from Ramban to the French Rabbis under the heading, "The Medieval Period" about a quarter of the way down. The fact that Ramban needs to deny it, means that some thought that way. Also, the R' Slifkin comment linked to at the head of the article is evidence that the belief is still out there.
Aug
20
comment Why aren't Zeraim or Toharos included in the Bavli as Mishnayos?
that's a publisher's decision.... CYLJB - See your local Jewish bookstore :)
Aug
20
comment If one watches television on Friday night, will one go to hell?
@ba My understanding is that most view Gehinom as a place where your sins are punished for up to 12 months. However, there are some who think Rambam thought it didn't exist at all, others who think that Gehinom punishes some forever. There are also those who debate if it's physical or spiritual. As Ramban said, who's risen who can tell us what's literal?
Aug
17
comment תהלת ה' ידבר פי - what's the origin?
This is also what I've heard. In fact, "Mi yimaleil gevurot HaShem" is directly in contrast to the secular Zionist Hanukah song: "Mi yimaleil gevurot yisrael"
Aug
16
comment Many mamzerim today?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9018/…
Aug
16
comment Many mamzerim today?
@Shalom awesome. That's just like tzaraat: וְטִמְּאוֹ הַכֹּהֵן, צָרַעַת הִוא
Aug
16
revised Synthetic unkosher meat?
plants are just as living as animals. also made spelling of "shechted" consistent