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Jan
14
asked Why did Moshe and Aaron need to use a staff in initiating the plagues?
Nov
29
comment How/Why do amulets work?
Why do you assume that they do work in some other manner than psychologically helping the person?
Oct
17
comment What was the sin of the builders of the tower of Bavel?
@PM Apparently according to the Ralbag the world operates under laws of nature which God set up. These laws of nature can result in a natural disaster for man. It is not God causing the disaster in a direct manner. Apparently to preserve the species God would intervene.
Oct
17
answered What was the sin of the builders of the tower of Bavel?
Oct
17
answered What was the sin of the builders of the tower of Bavel?
Oct
15
comment What does Kadosh really mean?
@AdamMosheh Thanks for the bounty Adam!
Oct
9
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
23
comment Status of feet while making a bracha or davening
My Zeida as well did not like us to walk in socks. It was a superstitious concern that, just like a mourner walks without shoes, so to if you walk with out shoes you may come to be a mourner. It was not a Halacha or Torah concept as I understood it.
Sep
21
comment Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?
@Caleb Thanks for the formatting additions!
Sep
20
comment If a person stops doing the bad action or begins to do the right action, why does he still need to do Teshuvah for a חטא (sin)?
@Double AA I changed back the Tags. I do believe part of the answer lies in the fact that it is a Halacha. This is not just a philosophy question, but the legal requirement and formulation of the Mitzvah of Teshuvah.
Sep
20
revised If a person stops doing the bad action or begins to do the right action, why does he still need to do Teshuvah for a חטא (sin)?
edited tags
Sep
20
comment If a person stops doing the bad action or begins to do the right action, why does he still need to do Teshuvah for a חטא (sin)?
@Double AA Thanks for the edits.
Sep
20
revised Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?
Corrected based on Seth's suggestion.
Sep
20
asked If a person stops doing the bad action or begins to do the right action, why does he still need to do Teshuvah for a חטא (sin)?
Sep
20
asked Why do Teshuvah for an accidental חטא (sin)?
Sep
20
comment What is the benefit to praying with a Minyan?
What does it mean that the Shechina is present? When we pray with a Minyan we don't see anything different? So, what do you mean by Shechinah?
Sep
20
comment do we really have free choice?
@AaronShaffier Thank you for the question. In the example I gave I was trying to isolate one issue, "Does knowledge equal causation?" Therefore it is sufficient to utilize inanimate objects to illustrate the point. In the example you gave regarding a person predicting the behavior of his friend, the reason he can not know with certainty is that presumably he does not know all the factors going into John's decision. When predicting human behavior (assuming no free will) the challenge is ignorance of all the factors involved.
Sep
15
answered Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?
Sep
15
answered Why G-d had to confuse people's languages in the land of Shinar?
Sep
15
comment What is the benefit to praying with a Minyan?
What is the benefit of Shechina being present? What is Shechina?