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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Oct
30
answered Brachos Daf 2a - What does Creation have to do with Krias Shema?
Oct
28
comment Why did Avraham take gifts from Pharaoh, but not the King of Sodom?
@msh210 I apologize for being so picky on such and old post. But I would say this: Observance has to do with observance of halakha. Religiosity has to do with participation in religion. There are many non-observant Reform Jews (and a few observant ones but that's unrelated).
Oct
26
comment Why did Avraham take gifts from Pharaoh, but not the King of Sodom?
irreligious or nonobservant?
Oct
25
comment Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom
I could, but I have very little free time these days.
Oct
25
comment Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom
for sources, see theyeshivaworld.com/weekly_torah.php?id=250
Oct
25
comment Dan LeChaf Zechuth - Exceptions?
@DoubleAA Fair. I guess my argument is that it's pshita that you should judge others favorably because "am kodesh atah", but that you need the principle specifically in the case of a rasha (and moreso in the case of bein adam l'chavero than laMakom)
Oct
25
revised Dan LeChaf Zechuth - Exceptions?
edited tags
Oct
25
comment Dan LeChaf Zechuth - Exceptions?
How can you say that this "proven rasha" hasn't made teshuva? Isn't that antithetical to this principle?
Oct
25
revised A child that commits suicide (R"L) — losing certain merits
he doesn't loose any merits. Perhaps he loses them
Oct
25
suggested suggested edit on A child that commits suicide (R"L) — losing certain merits
Oct
19
comment Does God love non-Jews?
also, see Jonah
Oct
5
comment Not sitting in the Sukkah on Shemini Atzeres
Your answer can be improved by summarizing some of the key points in the pamphlet
Oct
5
comment Is there “Torah Inerrancy”?
This is a great answer, but I think the Jewish "infallible" inerrancy your answering needs to be distinguished more clearly from the Christian "literal truth" inerrancy implied by the question. Although you bring tefillin as a proof text, one can more easily bring the historical sections of the Torah (e.g., Creation). That's where Christian "inerrancy" and Jewish "inerrancy" differ most.
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.