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Jul
24
comment Which of the Napoleonic wars had no casualties?
Which, exactly, is "our side"?
Jul
24
asked Test tube meat: Pareve?
Nov
12
awarded  Student
Nov
12
comment Was chicken originally considered pareve? If so, when and why was this changed?
Why don't you write these up as an answer for the respective questions?
Nov
12
asked If we don't cook a calf in its mothers' milk, why can we use eggs with chicken?
Nov
12
asked Was chicken originally considered pareve? If so, when and why was this changed?
Nov
12
comment Origin of Reform/Conservative “scarf” talleisim
The "scarf" tallit is not related to Reform or Conservative Judaism specifically. I know a lot of conservative and reform Jews (especially the rabbis!) who wear a "larger" tallit gadol. It actually arises from the German Jews, not a specific movement.
Aug
14
comment Why were there no Jewish philosophy tracts until the Rasag?
What about Philo? Does that not count?
Jul
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awarded  Yearling
May
6
comment Why is Avraham's monotheism not mentioned in the torah?
@DoubleAA "Ur can mean fire" -- OK, fine, perhaps that's where the midrash comes from. But that doesn't infer any of Abraham's beliefs directly; it is still based on extratextual evidence. Where is the direct link? The OP is interested in where Abraham's theological beliefs are reflected in the p'shat, not in a deeper interpretation.
May
6
comment Why is Avraham's monotheism not mentioned in the torah?
"it does allude that he was thrown into a furnace at Ur Kasdim" -- Where, exactly? The verses that you quoted don't say anything about a furnace. Much of what we know about Abraham is from the midrash or Talmud, not from the Bible itself.
May
5
revised How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
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May
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answered How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
May
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revised First steps for someone considering conversion
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May
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comment First steps for someone considering conversion
@MonicaCellio No, I think it's part of the process. Deciding that you want to be Jewish is a learning process. Part of that should be "finding a teacher" (which Pirke Avot says that you should do) who you look up to and want to learn from. This does not preclude Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Humanistic, etc. teachers.
May
3
comment First steps for someone considering conversion
All I'm saying is that people have a choice. Conversion is a choice. If one does not want to go through an Orthodox conversion, that's their choice. They still need to work with a rabbi, because one cannot simply decide that they are Jewish. But they have a choice of what kind of Jew they want to be.
May
3
comment First steps for someone considering conversion
"in the context of becoming a member of a nation, acceptance by that nation is of paramount importance" (@IsaacMoses) -- Actually it is the other way around. As Ernst Renan argues in "What is a Nation?" (1882) the nation is a "daily plebiscite" so it is up to the individuals to choose to be a part of the nation rather than the other way around.
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answered First steps for someone considering conversion
May
3
answered Have there ever been inter-faith debates between Jews and Muslims?