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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


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"
Dec
17
comment Can you pick your nose?
... but can you pick your friend's nose?
Dec
17
comment Mistake when buying ring to get married with
So the groom bought a ring (that wasn't the right size) and said, "With this ring, you're m'kadesh to me." Correct? I guess the issue you're asking about is returning the ring? Otherwise, what's the problem?
Dec
16
revised How did the modern day Beis Hora'ah phenomenon develop?
clarifying question hopefully
Dec
16
suggested approved edit on How did the modern day Beis Hora'ah phenomenon develop?
Dec
13
comment Woman wearing her husband's comfortable clothing
Does this halakha apply while in one's own home with no one around? Without looking into it, I had assumed this mattered only in public.
Dec
13
comment Are gedolei Yisroel fallible?
I'm having a hard time understanding the lesson you're learning from that story. Is there something that happens because someone of great wisdom says it happened? E.g., does G-d kill the husbands of agunot who Rav Moshe and those greater than him unbound?
Dec
12
revised Making Bracha on Channukah Candles in Jail
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