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Apr
7
comment Do mal'achim and shedim have brains?
They are mentioned in the Chumash. Anything that is mentioned in the Chumash plays a huge role, since a Torah scroll is invalid if anything is left out.
Apr
3
comment Do mal'achim and shedim have brains?
The Rambam said there is nothing positive that one can say about God other than that He exists. Hence, the descriptions "intelligent and self-aware" don't apply to God.
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
27
comment Why doesn't a ben niddah acquire the status of a mamzer?
It's definitely not true that the offspring of a Kohen and divorcee are mamzerim. There's no chaiv kares in the relationship. The marriage is a real marriage, but they are required to get divorced. This is a mishnah in Kesuvos.
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?