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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


Jun
8
comment Bells on Sefer Torah
I've never heard of the aron called the "heichal." Wikipedia says it's a Sephardi thing. I really enjoy that imagery!
Jun
8
comment G-d's Name in Fridge Magnets (Erasing)
no source, but my instinct is that one shouldn't intentionally spell or scramble G-d's name in magnets, but it's not an issue if either of those things happen. And it would only matter for the Hebrew Yod-Hey and Vav-Hey, and (maybe) Elo-him, not "GOD".
Jun
7
accepted Why are Isaac and Rivka in Shochen Ad
Jun
7
revised Why are Isaac and Rivka in Shochen Ad
added hebrew
Jun
7
asked Why are Isaac and Rivka in Shochen Ad
Jun
7
comment Shochen Ad, HaKail, HaMelech - why?
also, according to nusach bnei Ashkenaz (German, not Eastern European), the sha"tz starts with a different section each yotiv (see Siddur Bnei Ashkenaz)
Jun
7
awarded  Benefactor
Jun
7
comment Why does the Yom Kippur service seem to reenact Abraham's treatment of his sons?
That's a really good drash. Thanks a lot for thinking on this.
Jun
7
accepted Why does the Yom Kippur service seem to reenact Abraham's treatment of his sons?
Jun
7
awarded  Analytical
Jun
6
revised Is the passage describing an approximation of pi or is it one of the miracles of Bais Hamikdash?
actually answered the question :)
Jun
6
comment Late sunset times and Jewish observance
@SAH good point. i misread your question. Plag in Anchorage is at 9:30ish. Shabbos comes in at 11:30. Maybe you can light a yahrzeit candle at night and make the bracha when you wake up? I'd just call the nearest Jewish community and see what they do.
Jun
6
comment Why was Chassidus controversial?
@HodofHod i'm very happy to hear that! I'm not sure the same can be said in all communities, but it's really wonderful that that sentiment exists. I stand corrected and I apologize. (this is entirely genuine and without irony or judgment)
Jun
6
comment Why was Chassidus controversial?
I agree with @SethJ on this - there is not "peace and mutual respect" today but (usually) acceptance. In broad strokes, Chasidics think that "snags" take the joy out of the religion, and Mitnagdim think that chasidics take the thought out. Just like any other two marginalized groups, they've formed bonds based on what they have in common as the rest of the world seems to go against them.
Jun
6
answered Is the passage describing an approximation of pi or is it one of the miracles of Bais Hamikdash?
Jun
5
comment Is there a point of wearing a talis that does not require tzitzis?
ah. got it. facetiousness is hard to convey (and hard to spell)
Jun
5
comment Is there a point of wearing a talis that does not require tzitzis?
that was not a comment on your tags, but an attempt at answering your question. :)
Jun
5
comment Is there a point of wearing a talis that does not require tzitzis?
mipnei kavod hatzibur (for the sake of the respect of the congregation)?
Jun
5
comment Late sunset times and Jewish observance
@SAH no, you can light candles that will burn into shabbos. you don't need to light at "candle lighting time" - that's actually the latest you may light. In Anchorage, where shabbos is as you say around this time of year (in part due to DST and crazy time zones that center in Juneau), I held by the zman. A family from Scotland told me they make kiddush, have a roll and go to bed. Kids don't usually make it. And havdallah is done in the morning.
Jun
5
comment Why does the Yom Kippur service seem to reenact Abraham's treatment of his sons?
First, the idea was mine before I saw the painting. If you want to accuse something of inaccuracy, accuse me. Second, as far as I understand, G-d is the chooser of lots, just as G-d chose to have Sarah petition Abraham (or to respond "shma kolech"). Third, though no children were harmed in the making of Bereshit, you must admit that these rituals are evocative of the story. If there's no source that backs this up, that's fine, it can tumble in my head. But surely we can get some meaning from this. That's my hope here - a source or an someone's original interpretation.