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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Aug
2
comment Benching on yom kipper
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/5784/kiddush-on-yom-kippur
Aug
1
comment How long does one say Kaddish for a sibling?
My friend sadly said kaddish for a sibling for 30 days. The parents of the deceased girl, also for 30.
Aug
1
comment How do the English translations of the Mishnah vary?
@msh210 yes, all 6 sidrei mishnah - whatever doesn't have a Bavli, they translate just the mishnah. They also include (nontranslated) dafs of Yerushalmi for at least some tractates that lack a Bavli (and maybe those that have a Bavli, but I'm not sure).
Aug
1
comment Does 'Levi-' as half of a surname indicate a family of Levites?
off-topic, Epstein is, according to a friend with that name, a Levite surname.
Aug
1
comment What is the most widespread Israeli Minhag?
This minhag is so prevalent in Israel that even completely secular Jews follow it. Even the neighboring Christians and Muslims don't put on tefilin on these days!
Aug
1
comment How do the English translations of the Mishnah vary?
Also the Soncino Talmud has Mishnah in it.
Aug
1
comment Riding the Subway on Shabbat
@AdamMosheh according to the Star-K, your tchum actually starts at the port: "Nevertheless, if one is aboard a ship sailing at sunset on Friday and subsequently docks at a port on Shabbos, the 2,000 amos begin at the port."
Aug
1
comment Riding the Subway on Shabbat
@AdamMosheh no. it's just what I've picked up.
Jul
31
revised Riding the Subway on Shabbat
added some formatting for clarity
Jul
31
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Jul
31
comment Riding the Subway on Shabbat
@AdamMosheh as i understand it, when you're on a ship, you're on the water. That is your t'chum. Also on water, zmanim work differently (based on your last port). Once you're on land, you can get on and off a carriage (for instance) without issue.
Jul
31
comment “I never saw a tzaddik be abandoned…” - how do we understand this?
I personally omit it ever since I was walking down the street bentching that line and saw a person literally begging for bread. I know people who say "... v'lo rayiti tzadikim she'azvu mevakshei lachem" - "... and I have not seen righteous people forsaking those who seek bread".
Jul
31
comment “I never saw a tzaddik be abandoned…” - how do we understand this?
@Daniel He also lived a while before being a king.
Jul
31
comment “I never saw a tzaddik be abandoned…” - how do we understand this?
It's from Psalms. If this is true, then David either had a very sheltered world or a very narrow definition of tzadikim.
Jul
30
revised Speaking Yiddish vs. the host language at home
edited tags
Jul
30
comment Avoiding accidentally eating cheese
I use the time-tested strategy of my Ashkenazi ancestry - lactose intolerance.
Jul
30
comment Speaking Yiddish vs. the host language at home
I think where the Jews were more integrated into society, they spoke the local tongue more. E.g., America, 13th c. China, late 19th c. Germany, 14th c. Spain. Where Jews were more restricted and forced into cloistering, they mostly spoke the Judaic tongue. E.g., post-16th c. Poland, Russia, ghettoized Venice. You see the same pattern with other ethnic groups - the more ghettoized, they less they speak the common tongue.
Jul
30
comment How assur is mixed dancing?
ask your rav...
Jul
30
comment Can an Alien convert to Judaism?
I'd argue this question needs a good deal more details on the nature of these aliens. Are they Star Trek-type humanoids? Ewoks? Wookies? Are they carbon-based? Are they Ender's Game-like buggers or maybe Xenocide-like pequeninos? Can they immerse in water? How do they communicate? How do they reproduce?
Jul
27
answered Online tool for minyan management?