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answered Can demons (shedim) masquerade Bas Kols?
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comment Story of love sick tree
Nice find! And just in time for the bounty!
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comment Sous-vide cooking for Shabbat
I'm confused. How is this different from cholent in a slow-cooker?
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comment What would have happened if Esav hadn't sold the bechora?
Is this question really answerable?
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comment How to hold your hands during the amidah?
Check out the tag. There are quite a few questions there
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comment Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?
@narnia New prophets are not allowed to contradict the Torah. If they do so, they would be considered false prophets. That's how we know that (according to Judaism) Jesus and Mohammad are false prophets. There have been many Jewish prophets, and they never contradicted the Torah that was given at Sinai. On the contrary, they usually showed up to rebuke the Jews for straying from the Torah.
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comment Dreams of conversion to Islam
@DoubleAA Judaism would probably say a non-Jewish pagan should convert to Islam
Nov
18
comment Can a public Torah reading be done by repeating words and trope as read by another?
I can't imagine that it would have been better to just do nothing at all.
Nov
18
comment Why don't we blow up the Al-Aqsa mosque?
There are a lot of reasons halachic and otherwise not to do it.
Nov
17
comment Were some Jews transformed to monkeys for violating the sabbath?
Narnia, that is correct. But the page in the Talmud isn't telling a story of this actually happening. It is simply discussing a hypothetical question of whether it is permitted. The result of the discussion is that it is permitted. So no, no punishment is mentioned because the discussion is not about a particular instance where people did this.
Nov
17
comment Were some Jews transformed to monkeys for violating the sabbath?
Narnia, no, that source shows that the "transgressions" mentioned in your source are not transgressions at all but actually permitted
Nov
16
comment Answering “Amen” etc after putting on tefillin shel rosh?
Why is it any different if he says two brachas?
Nov
16
comment Answering “Amen” etc after putting on tefillin shel rosh?
Why does only saying one bracha matter?
Nov
16
comment Were some Jews transformed to monkeys for violating the sabbath?
Narnia, as an explanation to @ShmuelBrin 's link, he points to a page in the Talmud where there is a debate about whether it is permitted to lay out nets to catch fish and other animals before Shabbat in order to catch them on Shabbat. Beit Shammai says that it is forbidden and Beit Hillel says that it is permitted. When it comes to determining what the actual law is, when Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai argue, we follow the opinion of Beit Hillel in almost all cases. So in this case, the law is that it is actually permitted to lay traps for fish ahead of the Sabbath.
Nov
16
comment Were some Jews transformed to monkeys for violating the sabbath?
Interesting. But I've never heard of such a story.
Nov
16
comment Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?
Another deal-breaking requirement is for the witnesses to be men.
Nov
14
comment Can Jews join Muslims in prayers, saying Jewish prayers alongside the Muslims saying Muslim prayers?
@Shokhet perhaps relevant
Nov
13
comment How do you know when to make Chacham Harazim if you can't count Jews?
@Danno What about half shekels?
Nov
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on May a woman who has had an affair remain married to her husband?
Nov
12
comment Is Jewish -Islamic system intermingling allowed in Judaism?
@narnia Davening with Muslim prayers would not fulfill a Jewish person's obligation to pray. We have a formulaic prayer which cannot be substituted with something else.