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Aug
25
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.)
Aug
23
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.
Aug
23
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.
Aug
22
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.
Aug
8
comment Where is “Nachal Mitzrayim”?
@DoubleAA I understand that. My question was: before we took possession of EY, what was the border between Mitzrayim and whichever one of the 7 nations bordered them? Was it Nachal Mitzrayim?
Aug
8
comment Where is “Nachal Mitzrayim”?
@DoubleAA That's a good point, although if we were being given land that was already occupied by other nations maybe a (small) part of Mitzrayim would be given as well. In any event do we know that Mitzrayim's border ended with Nachal Mitzrayim?
Jul
28
comment Laser print Mikraos Gedolos Tanach online?
@NoachmiFrankfurt Thanks for the proper terms. I tried searching for what it's called but couldn't find anything. I called it laser-print because that is how I have heard people refer to that precise type of typesetting.
Jul
28
comment Laser print Mikraos Gedolos Tanach online?
Why did the question get down-voted?
Jul
27
comment Laser print Mikraos Gedolos Tanach online?
I don't see any laser print editions.
Jul
27
comment Laser print Mikraos Gedolos Tanach online?
Do you know where I can find the pdf's?
Jul
27
comment Does learning Torah or doing Mitzvos protect others from enemies?
The question would be: Is it assur/muttar/reshus to put yourself in a place of danger even though you are helping. I don't know why that's such a hard question to comprehend. Putting your feelings aside as to what the yeshiva bochurim should be doing, there's a halachic question to be asked here.
Jul
27
comment Does learning Torah or doing Mitzvos protect others from enemies?
@DoubleAA I agree that everyone must help, and yes I think there is a decision to be made of how many soldiers go in and which ones etc. If the way some people help is by endangering lives I think there should be a discussion... there are halachos that impact these kinds of decisions!
Jul
26
comment Does learning Torah or doing Mitzvos protect others from enemies?
@DoubleAA If one of these sources do demonstrate that learning Torah or doing mitzvos protect others from physical harm and that this works geographically, it would be an interesting question if we should transfer people to an area of active danger and harm. (I.e. that would be an entirely different conversation).
Jul
21
comment The Chofetz Chayim's system of the olamos
@ray The system explained there is Atzilus, Briyah, Yetzira, Asiyah. There is a fifth, above these, Adam Kamon (Tzachzachos) but I don't see any reference to the Chofetz Chayim's hierarchy.
Jul
16
comment The Chofetz Chaim's kiddush cup
@GershonGold Can you comment on what you are linking to and which page you are referencing?
Jun
24
comment What is the Zohar referring to when it speaks about 'Zer Anpin' (ז"א)?
@preferred I'm currently learning the Nefesh Hachaim and looking up the Zohar's that he quotes. I'm not looking to understand the Zohar's whole system or any single concept too deeply but I have seen Zer Anpin so many times I'd like a basic idea of what he means.
Jun
19
comment Is the Nefesh HaChaim truly representitive of the Gra's position?
Very interesting. Do you know which nefesh hachayim I can find this at on hebrewbooks?
Jun
17
comment Are there any late-Achronim who wrote like a Rishon (or early-Acharon)?
If I recall correctly, Rav Wolbe himself writes in the intro to Alei Shur chelek alef that he went through a few versions of the book over many years until he was satisfied with what he finally had published.
Jun
13
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
That's exactly my point. Nowhere in his response do I see him saying that psychiatrists are wrong. I could understand him to mean (a) like I wrote in the original comment that what psychiatrists say about the nature of children is essentially correct but the popularization of these ideas is the thing that have made hitting ineffective [and in earlier generations when these ideas were not known hitting could still be effective] or (b) psychiatrists understanding of the nature of children is essentially flawed and really hitting is good for the child but is now ineffective because...?
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
That makes sense to me, although I don't think the alternative has to be teaching him that life is painful.