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comment Difference between Torah and the first five books in Christian bible
Discussed here: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/828/…
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comment Difference between Torah and the first five books in Christian bible
@msh210 This shouldn't have been closed. For goodness's sake, it has 13 upvotes. "Out of scope"? You guys are turning this into a site where only (quite educated) Jewish people can post questions about Judaism. Others need a ledge to stand on, and that ledge may fall a bit outside of Judaism per se. Letting those people in is far worth the (negligible) costs to the "purity" of admissible questions--which is already kind of a ridiculous idea when you think about it. [/rant]
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accepted How did Chazal know they were right about “who is a Jew”?
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comment Animal testing of cosmetics and other products
@Ariel that article you linked has so many problems, I don't even know where to begin. To start with, "industrial chemicals" != "shampoos, detergents, and other consumer products". Just one example of the high-intensity weaseling going on in that article
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comment 10th man drove to shul on shabbat
@Yishai Interesting answer, but I don't know what "derive benefit" [i.e., from a melacha] could possibly mean if it didn't include filling out a minyan. I think they intend the words "derive benefit" as broadly as possible, to encompass any type of collateral reward we could glean from the prohibited action. This would include the ability to complete a minyan. ("Melacha for the sake of a mitzvo" is a separate issue, IMO...)
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comment Loshon hara against non-Jews?
@Salmonius2: Thanks for your answer to my question. As for your comment, I disagree with most of it. First of all, ahavos habrios and chillul HaShem may be mitzvos with specific laws attached, but certainly not all the middos/sefiros I listed are that way. So I do think "Jewishly (in)advisable" is different from "halachically (in)correct." As for "ethically inadvisable," that most certainly does NOT need to be within the confines of halacha. I purposely distinguished it from halacha in my phrasing, and indeed it is not always congruent with halacha.
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revised Enabling a Jew in a melacha
added some layers of complexity to my question
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accepted Can you derive benefit from another Jew's melacha if it happened a long time ago?
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revised When does Shabbat's capital punishment end?
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revised When does Shabbat's capital punishment end?
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comment Bootstrapping problem: havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv) but lighting the candle is melacha?
@Shalom Thanks.
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comment Bootstrapping problem: havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv) but lighting the candle is melacha?
How is the baruch hamavdil made before havdala not a bracha levatala? We do make that blessing a second time just moments later...
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asked When does Shabbat's capital punishment end?
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comment When and how often should you make a bracha on a snack that is being passed around?
@DoubleAA I assumed he just meant to say bracha aharona.
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comment Is dvar sheina mitchaven permitted if the melacha is inevitable?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/28904/…
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asked Can you derive benefit from another Jew's melacha if it happened a long time ago?
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comment Amira Lakum: say you can't say?
I think an interesting extension of this question would be to ask if you may tell the non-Jew this before Shabbos (or on Shabbos, but not in conjunction with any specific request.)
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comment What is the difference between kosher and permitted food?
Thanks. I assume there are no "permitted" foods that are not in fact kosher?