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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Jul
31
revised Riding the Subway on Shabbat
added some formatting for clarity
Jul
31
suggested approved edit on Riding the Subway on Shabbat
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?
Jul
27
comment Is one permitted to report inflated driving hours?
This sounds illegal, dishonest and morally wrong. Even if it's permissible within a particular reading of halakha, it sounds detestable to me.
Jul
27
comment Why do we still use the non-Jewish way of delineating chapters in tanach?
my assumption is that this is because there were not many Jewish-run printing houses when we started reproducing the text en masse.... and then it became "the way it's always been"
Jul
27
comment Havdallah after Tisha B'Av
@Daniel according to my shul's bulletin, after the fast, "[o]nly the two blessings "borei p'ri hagafen" and "hamavdil" are recited. The introductory verses are omitted, as are the blessings over the spices and candle. "
Jul
26
comment Mundane activities on Tisha B'Av
doing dishes on a fast day is a pretty mournful activity if you ask me...
Jul
26
accepted Source for meaning of parasha break in Numbers 26:1
Jul
26
suggested rejected edit on What is the etymology of סמאל?
Jul
25
asked Source for meaning of parasha break in Numbers 26:1
Jul
25
comment Why do some people oppose Tav haYosher?
@GershonGold they don't actually protest companies that don't meet their criteria - it's only a yes list, not a no list.