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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Aug
29
comment What is the Reconstructionist theology notion of G-d?
@avi Is that any different than any other movement of Judaism?
Aug
28
comment What is the Reconstructionist theology notion of G-d?
@infoholic_anonymous I've never read any of these, though from conversations with Recon Jews, I get the sense that Kaplan is still well-regarded in the movement.
Aug
28
comment Jewish concept of angels
What do you mean by "free will"? Does the adversary in Job count as having free will?
Aug
28
answered What is the Reconstructionist theology notion of G-d?
Aug
27
comment Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
@DoubleAA The end of R"H 16b through the start of 17a talks about the three sfarim which are inscribed and sealed. Then immediately we hear about difference between the sinners of Israel vs. the sinners of umot haolam. Wouldn't that distinction have been made in the immediately preceding section on Y"K if that were relevant?
Aug
24
comment Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
@DoubleAA - see edits.
Aug
24
revised Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
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Aug
24
comment Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
@DoubleAA On Rosh Hashanah it's written and on Yom Kippur it's sealed. For all creation. I'll find a source on that, but the Unetanneh Tokef is a good start.
Aug
24
answered Why do we read Yona on Yom Kippur?
Aug
22
comment What is the original source that a soul is split in half before conception?
Sounds suspiciously like Aristophanes's speech from Plato's Symposium
Aug
22
comment How can we be sure that Judaism is the truth?
@Dan I was always raised with that.
Aug
21
comment Can a Ben-Noach practice another religion?
Not creating a new religion does not mean they are not allowed to follow an existing religion
Aug
21
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Aug
21
comment Why call so many olim “moreinu”?
@SethJ I know someone on whom the title HaChaver was conferred. Are you saying it's a problem when it's HaCh"R Rav?
Aug
20
comment If one watches television on Friday night, will one go to hell?
@ba See here for a detailed discussion on Rambam's beliefs in Gehinom. Ignore the R' Slifkin-bashing bit, and focus on the Long Letter from Ramban to the French Rabbis under the heading, "The Medieval Period" about a quarter of the way down. The fact that Ramban needs to deny it, means that some thought that way. Also, the R' Slifkin comment linked to at the head of the article is evidence that the belief is still out there.
Aug
20
comment Why aren't Zeraim or Toharos included in the Bavli as Mishnayos?
that's a publisher's decision.... CYLJB - See your local Jewish bookstore :)
Aug
20
comment If one watches television on Friday night, will one go to hell?
@ba My understanding is that most view Gehinom as a place where your sins are punished for up to 12 months. However, there are some who think Rambam thought it didn't exist at all, others who think that Gehinom punishes some forever. There are also those who debate if it's physical or spiritual. As Ramban said, who's risen who can tell us what's literal?
Aug
17
comment תהלת ה' ידבר פי - what's the origin?
This is also what I've heard. In fact, "Mi yimaleil gevurot HaShem" is directly in contrast to the secular Zionist Hanukah song: "Mi yimaleil gevurot yisrael"
Aug
16
comment Many mamzerim today?
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9018/…
Aug
16
comment Many mamzerim today?
@Shalom awesome. That's just like tzaraat: וְטִמְּאוֹ הַכֹּהֵן, צָרַעַת הִוא