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comment Does sorcery/black magic exist today?
I always wondered about the dibbuk stories... do you know of anyone who explains what that's all about?
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comment What is a Hava Amina Teretz?
I think it would be hard to answer you without knowing where you heard the term "hava amina teretz" (and in what context or in what Gemara specifically)?
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comment What is a Hava Amina Teretz?
Just to refine a little bit... A kasha or kushya is a difficulty or attack, a teirutz is a removal of the difficulty or attack. A She'eila is a question and a teshuva is an answer. There is a distinction between a teirutz and a teshuva.
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comment Does sorcery/black magic exist today?
@user6591 The Gra would have a proof of there was a declining progression of abilities. And is it true that the Rambam dismissed biblical magic based on his own observations in his time?
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comment Does saying “I promise…” constitute any halachic obligation?
@DanF The truth is that I never fully worked out my position on using material from people who are not Orthodox or even not Jewish at all (C.S Lewis for example). I just wanted to point this out in case it does make a difference to someone. The Rambam I was referencing is Hilchos Teshuva 3:8, (specifically the way I saw it explained by a quote of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik's address at the 1975 RCA convention.)
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comment Does saying “I promise…” constitute any halachic obligation?
And to address your question specifically: according to the normal understanding of the Rambam (by Orthodox Jews) many conservative leaders are considered kofrim or apikorsim. And since Torah necessarily requires Yiras Shamayim and a whole bunch of other middos in order to learn/interpret it properly (it's not an academic task) I assumed that for many people (Orthodox Jews) the fact that the author of this article is a conservative leader is extremely important.
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comment Does saying “I promise…” constitute any halachic obligation?
I specifically started the sentence with "For what it's worth" so that I wouldn't get asked that question, but since you have... It seems to me that most people who are answering questions on this site are Orthodox so the safe assumption would be that answers are GENERALLY coming from the orthodox "camp". Since it's not readily apparent from your answer or the article that the information is not from the orthodox "camp" I wanted to point that out.
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comment Does saying “I promise…” constitute any halachic obligation?
For what it's worth, that article was written by a leader of the Conservative movement.