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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Oct
4
comment Women and arba minim on first day
At my local Orthodox shul in DC, the rabbi asks all the women to bentch lulav (and I think presses on them a bit if they say no).
Oct
4
comment Will A Non Jew who did not keep the Noachide Laws be Held Accountable?
@TamirEvan but these halakhot are for sanctification - so maybe when talking about halakha for them, we elevate non-Jews to the greatest of their ancestors.
Oct
4
comment Could one today be blessed with the wisdom of Solomon and love of David?
In answer to 1, it's actually forbidden to fast on a number of days - including the eight day holiday of Sukkot and the seven day holiday of Passover, so I'd assume we don't have that specific tradition, but we do have a tradition of David making true repentance for his affair with Bat'sheva.
Oct
4
comment Could one today be blessed with the wisdom of Solomon and love of David?
This seems like it's three questions: 1. In the Jewish tradition, did David fast on alternating days throughout the year? 2. Can someone today have the wisdom or dominion of Solomon? 3. Can someone today be loved by G-d as much as David? Or 2 and three can be combined.
Oct
4
comment Is two hundred and ten a name of God?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6382/…
Oct
3
comment Will A Non Jew who did not keep the Noachide Laws be Held Accountable?
@TamirEvan all people are children of Noah.
Oct
3
comment Women and arba minim on first day
Just as a note, there are rabbeim who think women are chayev lulav.
Oct
3
comment Will A Non Jew who did not keep the Noachide Laws be Held Accountable?
I thought Noachide laws were discoverable through intrinsic human logic (there's a source for this somewhere). If that's the case, G-d imbued all of humanity with knowledge of these laws and one cannot claim to not know of them.
Oct
3
comment Can you/should you be blessed by an ignorant/non-orthodox Kohen?
Although I agree with you (as per @MonicaCiello's comment), these are the conditions under which a kohen is obligated to bless. AFAIK, the kahal is never required to accept the blessing.
Oct
3
comment Christian believe in the Noahide Laws, will they end up in heaven?
I'd rather not say in a public forum lest I take his psak out of context (IIRC, the question had to do with wishing a Merry Christmas to a non-Jewish step-mother, which he said was fine since shittuf is fine for a non-Jew).
Oct
3
revised Business with Christians during their holiday periods
added 11 characters in body
Oct
3
answered Siddur with lots of white space for notes
Oct
3
comment Christian believe in the Noahide Laws, will they end up in heaven?
@ba I don't mean this as an attack - I just have certainly heard the opinion from rabbeim that shittuf is not idolatry for non-Jews, only for Jews.
Oct
3
comment Siddur with lots of white space for notes
what nusach? +1
Oct
3
asked Business with Christians during their holiday periods
Oct
3
comment Christian believe in the Noahide Laws, will they end up in heaven?
@ba or you can show me that both rabbeim hold that you can teach Torah to non-Jews who are not ovdei AZ (and not converting to Judaism).
Oct
3
comment Christian believe in the Noahide Laws, will they end up in heaven?
@ba The Rambam and Rema don't really count as moderns, but if you can prove that Soleveitchik and Feinstein both hold that it's idolatry, I will concede that there's likely some consensus. Not allowing to teach them Torah is not proof since AFAIK it is forbidden to teach Torah even to non-Jews who are not idolatrous.
Oct
3
comment Bad Jew or Good Gentile?
What's to say that G-d doesn't have different special relationships with non-Jewish groups?
Oct
3
comment Christian believe in the Noahide Laws, will they end up in heaven?
@ba I am reading the second answer, and it seems like there's certainly no consensus on this. The only supports offered are from one rav (and as msh210 points out there, it's not necessarily an actual psak). The rest are conjecture from the MiYodean based on a singular understanding of who is forbidden to learn Torah (the MiYodean seems to hold that only ovdei zarah cannot be taught Torah, but many hold that non-Jews b'klal may not be taught Torah).
Oct
3
comment Christian believe in the Noahide Laws, will they end up in heaven?
@ba if modern authorities actually thought Christianity was avodah zarah, we'd have all sorts of problems - e.g., no business within 3 days of any Sunday...