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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


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
s/goy/non-Jew/ig
Dec
12
suggested approved edit on Making Bracha on Channukah Candles in Jail
Dec
12
comment Why is the Mesillas Yesharim so popular and accepted?
By the way, being controversial in one's own time is not problematic for future generations. See the Arizal and Rambam. Also, the Talmud as a whole was controversial in several ways at the start.
Dec
11
comment What exactly happened on the 25th of Kislev?
@ichangedmyid I think the point DoubleAA is trying to make is this: "The Hasmoneans rededicated the Temple and wanted a date to celebrate. Chaggai says the Temple was built starting 25 Kislev. The Hasmoneans chose 25 Kislev to celebrate the rededication as a reference to Chaggai." Is that correct?
Dec
11
accepted Origin of Mareh Kohen tune
Dec
11
accepted Does the order of lights in a menorah face the house or the street?
Dec
11
comment Abrahamic covenant and Brit Milah - how is the covenant passed down?
So if I understand correctly, the thrust of this questions are as follows: (1) Is a non-Jew of Abrahamic descent required, by Jewish "law", to be circumcised? (2) Will the "nations" be reciprocally blessed/cursed by non-Jews of Abrahamic descent? Is that correct? Also, +1. This is fascinating!
Dec
11
comment Should I rend k'riyah if I witness the death of a non-relative? If so, what's the procedure?
@unforgettableid the Crusades were a major thing for Ashkenazim. Lots of people died from Crusaders stomping through Central and Eastern Europe. We get a whole set of halakhot out of it - topics including redeeming captives, martyrdom, and dealing with non-Jews. Sephardim weren't as affected since they were not in the path of most Crusaders. But this is all a theory side note on this practical question. :)
Dec
11
comment Should I rend k'riyah if I witness the death of a non-relative? If so, what's the procedure?
@DoubleAA Interesting that Ashkenazim have much stricter limits on this. I am guessing this is due to the Crusades.
Dec
10
comment Does the order of lights in a menorah face the house or the street?
Just our of curiosity, is there a different Sephardic minhag?