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May
3
comment Mekubal in New York
I can understand why you would want a Torah scholar to help you out, but what do you need a mekubal for?
Jun
9
comment How can I respond to challenges to the Kuzari argument for the transmission of Torah from Sinai?
@DoubleAA Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Jun
2
comment How can I respond to challenges to the Kuzari argument for the transmission of Torah from Sinai?
Shmuel, so you must not believe that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, because it was a one-time event that took only a second, in the middle of nowhere (at that time America was in the middle of nowhere) witnessed by just a single group of people (Americans).
Dec
12
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
If it doesn't matter whether it's 21,000 or 22,300, then why does the Torah bother to write it?
Dec
5
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
This doesn't answer my question. I want to know why it should matter to me whether there were 22,000 Leviim or 21,000 Leviim or 22,300. This is fine if the Torah were a historical text, but the purpose of the Torah is to teach me how to live my life. What do the numbers of members of the tribes teach me?
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
@Menachem, that question is why the numbers are repeated. I want to know why the numbers are given in the first place.
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
It is obvious that every letter in the Torah is important; otherwise, why would a Torah with one letter wrong be invalid?
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
What do you mean by 'rigorous definition'?
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
It is Torah 101 that every letter is important.
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
By 'important', I mean that it teaches a halacha or a hashkofic insight.
Nov
25
comment Is it assur to play sports with a yarmulke?
I just edited the question.
Nov
25
comment Is it assur to play sports with a yarmulke?
That's a good point @ShmuelL.
Nov
20
comment Is it assur to play sports with a yarmulke?
Why did this question get downvotes?
Apr
3
comment Why is there a difference of opinion about whether modern magic is prohibited or permitted?
@sam, magic has nothing to do with swiftness. That's only what magicians tell their audience - "the hand is quicker than the eye". Magicians are really no quicker than non-magicians. Magicians use only psychology plus sometimes dexterity to fool their audience.
Dec
25
comment Is visiting Antarctica permitted for a Jew?
You can close. I didn't know this question has been addressed. Thank you.
Sep
5
comment Why do Sephardic Jews dress in black and white?
I'm guessing that it's probably a simple function of economics. The attire of Litvish Haredi in Israel is much cheaper (and mass-produced) than what the Sephardic Jews used to wear (which was hand-made).
Jun
25
comment Bracha on Smoking
Just as we say "L'chaim" on alcohol, we should also say "L'mavet" on a cigarette.
Jun
6
comment Why was Chassidus controversial?
What exactly was the point of disagreement between the two groups at first?