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Sep
15
comment sefarim on psak halacha
I thought this book was very well organized. The author also brought all of the sources which was very helpful.
Sep
11
comment Safek De'Oraysa Le'Chumra
@DoubleAA I edited my question to explain why (linguistically) I have this question.
Sep
9
comment Is it problematic to own and use a Swiss Gear bag?
Is Otzar Avodah Zarah available online?
Sep
9
comment Is it problematic to own and use a Swiss Gear bag?
Or multiplication... depending on how crooked you are. :)
Sep
7
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?
Sep
6
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)?
Sep
6
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.
Sep
3
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?
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!