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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


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)
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?
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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?