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Progressive, halakhically-oriented Jew


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comment Are there any authorities who hold that one must be a zionist?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
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comment Are there any authorities who hold that one must be a zionist?
sure. No one would make that argument, but it's certainly settling and possessing the Land. Does Nachmanides claim that Jews should have political agency, or just be present?
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comment Are there any authorities who hold that one must be a zionist?
How does this exclude something along the lines of the Greek "exile" when the Jews had no political power but still possessed and settled in the Land qua Land?
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comment Are there any authorities who hold that one must be a zionist?
but does he advocate "help[ing to] establish and maintain a political entity for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel"? Or just to individually settle and take possession?
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comment If the majority of organic and/or free range eggs contain blood spots, why are they certified kosher?
@msh210 Life is busy. Answers deserve thought and some real research.
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comment If the majority of organic and/or free range eggs contain blood spots, why are they certified kosher?
relevant: kof-k.org/articles/…
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comment If the majority of organic and/or free range eggs contain blood spots, why are they certified kosher?
@code613 Depending on how free the hens are, and if there's a rooster around, the eggs may, in fact, be fertilized.
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comment If the majority of organic and/or free range eggs contain blood spots, why are they certified kosher?
Also, I believe it only counts if it's on the yolk or the little tail that hangs form the yolk, not floating in the albumin
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comment If the majority of organic and/or free range eggs contain blood spots, why are they certified kosher?
Are your free range organic eggs brown? Those are much harder to candle (source: my mother worked on a chicken farm in the 50s). Farmers I've spoken to say that the easiest-to-care-for-without-hormones chicken variety lays brown eggs, so that's why organic free-range eggs are often brown.
Dec
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comment Can a woman ever wear a prayer shawl?
@Shokhet You have as many clues as I do. This was over a year ago during which my life has changed in many ways!
Dec
19
comment Homebrewer then converts; are there leniencies that allow him to drink the beer he made?
Yes, of course. But only lenient toward beer... the question asked here is answered in the other, kal v'chomer
Dec
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comment Homebrewer then converts; are there leniencies that allow him to drink the beer he made?
dupe: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/30433/…
Dec
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comment Is this Kippa clip muktzeh?
.... do you really want to put something in your hair (and yarmulke!) that you just used to fasten an oily nut? Or shred carrots? Just saying, "melachah" is not really the primary purpose of this object.
Dec
16
comment Which model of Slow Cooker is kosher for Shabbat use?
"Any halachic problems"... like cooking on shabbat? Any slow-cooker when used improperly is melachah so they all cause some halakhic problems
Dec
16
comment Why is the wording “הערים האל” used? (Deut 4:42)
I would assume it has something to do with the rhythm of the pasuk.
Dec
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comment Is there anything wrong with messing with the rules of Dreidel?
related: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teetotum
Dec
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comment Best way to wrap retzuot around battim?
That's almost exactly what I do. I don't usually do the last step on the yad. One custom a friend taught me is to make 9 wrappings on each side of the yad. For my particular tefillin, it happens to work. He calls it chai wrapping.
Dec
10
comment How could the numerals יה and יו be used irreverently?
hilariously related: w3.org/TR/2002/WD-css3-lists-20021107/#hebrew (NOTE: this is an old version of the spec)
Dec
10
comment Writing the name chaya
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/33584/…
Dec
9
comment Joseph's name doesnt seem so meaningful, Why?
@armoose good question. If that's the focus of your question, I'd make that a bit more explicit. I tagged it rashi so that it's at least suggested.