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Dec
4
comment Why isn't the Kabbalistic doctrine of Sefirot considered Shittuf if the Christian Trinity is?
FWIW, I think the only real difference between the two is that we know more about the kabbalah and so we understand that it is not (necessarily) polytheistic. Were we to be similarly well-informed about Christian theology we would arrive at the same conclusion there too.
Dec
3
revised Can one rely on Kol Nidrei?
Corrected a typo
Nov
26
comment “עם לבן גרתי”? Really? “עם לבן ברתי” maybe
Also, while what you have asked is a question on Rashi, there's a partial (?) duplicate here: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/4088/…
Nov
26
comment “עם לבן גרתי”? Really? “עם לבן ברתי” maybe
It's also absurd to suggest that he abstained from consuming the gid hannashe. And, for that matter, that he performed any mitzvot that require of one that he be a kohen. Or within the land of Israel. Or in the presence of kohanim. Or where there was a beit miqdash. If one is forced to assume that these other mitzvot were only observed in a spiritual/metaphysical/rhetorical manner, why not this one as well? (But it's a good question, seeing as Rashi nowhere says any of that, and seeing as this one involves a clear violation).
Nov
26
asked Original Nusach for El Male Rachamim
Nov
26
comment Midrash is Mikra?
You could make an interesting counter-argument to all this, by the way, from the Mishna, Nedarim 4:3. There it clearly differentiates between מקרא and מדרש.
Nov
25
comment Basic laws, why is milk with meat not kosher?
I second @Avi. That is, after all, how the Shomronim understand it. (Also, since you specify ruminants, you might want to add that the prohibition was extended to include fowl).
Nov
18
comment Aristotle eating Aiver Min HaChai
He's referring to the primary nusach of the Alphabet of Ben Sira, which you can read here: daat.ac.il/daat/hasfarim/alfa-bensira1.PDF. The relevant passage is on p4.
Nov
18
comment Should I say shmei or shmeh?
I think that the most important thing to note here is that shortening the tzeire doesn't change the meaning of the word, but not pronouncing the heh does.
Nov
17
comment why was R. Eliezer ben Hyrcanus excommunicated?
I'm going to be "that guy", but you realise that excommunication is a Catholic phenomenon? The term denotes an inability to accept communion, and is inappropriate for describing cherem (and nidui).
Nov
17
comment Google says it is the Jewish Year 5774. The wiki says Judaism is 3000 years old. How is this discrepancy reconciled?
@Danno - My point was that the word "Judaism", which denotes a belief, is first attested in second Maccabees. See 2 Maccabees 2:21 where it mentions Ἰουδαϊσμός for the first time. (In that work, it's contrasted with "Hellenism").
Nov
16
comment Google says it is the Jewish Year 5774. The wiki says Judaism is 3000 years old. How is this discrepancy reconciled?
The year 5774 is from the creation of the world, not from the beginning of "Judaism". But questions that concern the beginnings of Judaism tend to be vague and difficult to answer. The word is first attested in the second book of Maccabees, but that's not to say that "Judaism" began then. Besides, what is Judaism? Something that originated with Abraham? With Sinai? With the exile? With the Mishna? Take your pick.
Nov
12
comment Interpreting the Zohar's Prediction of the year 1840
I'm confused. You said yourself that Tanya was published between 1797 and 1814... How then is it the most obvious candidate for 1840, such that the Zoharic passage implies that "there is something extremely monumental about the Tanya"?? And also, what you wrote about the industrial revolution might have been true for Jews living in England, but it affected different communities at different points in time, and was not true for Jews living in Belarus.
Nov
12
comment Saving a non-Jew's life on Shabbat
@Jason ... I did. Both at the beginning and the end.
Nov
12
comment Saving a non-Jew's life on Shabbat
@Jason - Yeah, I know - I worry about things like that as well sometimes. But truth be told, I don't know how to avoid that other than to add a dislaimer to the beginning and the end, like I did. The alternative is not to ask the question at all, but I was hoping to get an answer...
Nov
12
comment Saving a non-Jew's life on Shabbat
@Jason, it's a question about what the Mishna means, not about what the law/custom/"right thing to do" is.
Nov
12
comment Brisker Shiurim Online
Wouldn't any shiur of the Rav suffice for this? Or do you specifically mean from the Brisker rosh yeshivos?
Nov
10
comment Does Judaism believe in a form of Panentheism?
Since when does "Judaism" believe anything!?? Is theology so long dead in this religion that we can actually speak of what it, itself, "believes"? There are Jews who adopt panentheistic views, there are Jews who do not and there are Jews who expressly reject them. This question strikes me as absurd. You could just as easily ask whether "Judaism" believes in commemorating Yom Yerushalayim, or eating qitniyot on Pesach.
Nov
10
comment Can a teen threaten or attack one parent, who is beating or is about to beat the other?
Maran Shulchan Arukh = R' Yosef Karo? Rav Yosef = Rav Ovadiah Yosef?
Nov
9
asked Who Commanded Us, and For What?