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Jul
7
comment What problems are faced by children born out of wedlock?
Good point, @DoubleAA... Do you know if this scenario would preclude a daughter later marrying a kohen? (Or a son from serving as a kohen, etc?)
Jul
7
comment What problems are faced by children born out of wedlock?
I'm happy with information that pertains to any time, @HodofHod - ideally to the Mishna, but if somebody were to bring something from the Rambam (for example) or the Shulchan Arukh, that would be most welcome.
Jul
7
asked What problems are faced by children born out of wedlock?
Jul
3
comment Would coffee in beer be kosher?
Just curious: why would it be non-kosher? Assuming that the coffee is kosher (I know of no reason, personally, why it wouldn't be), and assuming that it's not Pesach, under what circumstances would the combination of the two result in something forbidden for consumption?
Jul
1
comment Why were there no Jewish philosophy tracts until the Rasag?
@DoubleAA - He died c.50 CE. How many "traditional" texts could he have interacted with? If a precondition for writing Jewish philosophy is that you show an awareness of the rabbinic literature and that you're not part of the Talmud itself, then the OP's question is tautological. How could there be anybody before the latter geonim?
Jul
1
comment Why were there no Jewish philosophy tracts until the Rasag?
@DoubleAA - Philo is not a Jewish philosopher!?? Philo was absolutely a Jewish philosopher; the fact that his contribution to later Jewish philosophy was minimal in no way detracts from that. Nor, incidentally, does the fact that he wrote in Greek. Saadiah wrote in Arabic; Ahai wrote in Aramaic. Nobody wrote Hebrew philosophy, which is why Ibn Tibbon had to invent so many words. And Alexandria was, at the time, a major centre of Jewish life.
Jun
28
awarded  Yearling
Jun
25
comment Eternal Gehinom
I suppose that a biblical basis for the concept of eternal damnation might lie in Isaiah 66:24 and Daniel 12:2, but there are other echos of it in the rabbinic literature as well (cf: Berakhot 28b, שאם כועס עלי כעסו כעס עולם, ואם אוסרני איסורו איסור עולם).
Jun
24
comment The purity of non-priests, non-Jews and non-humans who eat terumah
Why would you say that? How is somebody who is not Jewish "sufficiently Jewish" for anything?
Jun
24
asked The purity of non-priests, non-Jews and non-humans who eat terumah
Jun
24
comment Is it possible for a Reform Jew to break halacha or violate a mitzva?
I understand you to be asking about whether or not a Reform Jew can ever consider themselves to be breaking Shabbat, and I think you're making the erroneous assumption that when it comes to Judaism, Reform Jews just throw their hands up in the air or something, shrug and say "Who cares". Their understanding of the halakhic system is that individuals can define for themselves just what it means to them. That means that they might see themselves as keeping Shabbat despite their performing certain malakhot, but it doesn't mean that they don't think Shabbat exists.
Jun
24
comment Why do some transliterate “Balaam” when the Hebrew is “Bilaam”?
Similarly, why do people always say "Bamidbar"? My guess is that "Bamidbar" (and "Balaam") sound closer to the phonological constraints of Germanic languages than do "Bemidbar" (and "Bilaam"). Do you hear Sephardim and Mizrachi Jews say Balaam as well, or is it just Ashkenazim (and North Americans)?
Jun
20
comment When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?
Okay, +1 :) It's an interesting question, and I would think goes for working out in the gym as well.
Jun
20
comment When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?
Can you please explain why you think it would be a problem? Is it just because of your comfort (perhaps you don't enjoy being excessively sweaty), or is it for fear that you are ruining the beged? If the former, I would think that מצות לאו ליהנות נתנו, and in the case of the latter would advise that you wear a garment between the tallit qatan and your skin. If I'm not mistaken, such a garment needs be worn anyway...
Jun
19
comment Rambam held of Timtum halev?
Also, the yeshivot of Sura and Pumbedita had been destroyed; there were no geonim in the 12th century.
Jun
18
comment freed slaves owe their redeemer (jews owe HaShem)
The US didn't free slaves. They just stopped enslaving them. There's a (huge) difference.
Jun
17
comment Why is wearing a hijab or turbans not common for Israeli jews?
The Mishna in Shabbat 6:6 mentions Jewish women in Arabic lands being able to walk around veiled on Shabbat, so it stands to reason that such head-gear is cultural and not environmental (were it the latter, it would have applied to women in Palestine as well, where the Mishna was written). I would assume the same for the kefiyyah and the hijab, etc, and have seen pictures of Jews of the Old Yishuv wearing such garb. The niqab, however, is a religious Islamic head-dress, though one adopted by certain fringe elements in Bet Shemesh.
Jun
15
answered A woman's singing voice when there are other singing voices
Jun
13
comment Why is the Shulchan Aruch definitive?
The Shulchan Arukh is not and never has been "the final word on halakha". If there are people today who think that it is, they are likely the same individuals who treat the Rambam as being the final word on matters of faith, and they should expand their library.
Jun
13
comment Why is “Y'sachar Dov” a popular combination name?
And what's this phonetic correlation between "Ber" and "Dov"? Do you mean semantic?