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comment Why do we throw kids in the air on Simchas Torah?
Why is it either minhag or nonsense? No other possibility?
Oct
16
comment Torture in Jewish Law Used Against the Enemy
Check out this very interesting book about physical punishments meted out by Rabbinic authorities after the closing of the Talmud.
Oct
11
comment Does the State of Israel and ISIS(Islamic State) have similar halachic beginings?
"the halachic similarity between ISIS and state of Israel" What does that mean?
Oct
8
comment Buying pasul arba minim or non-arba minim for your small child
@DoubleAA I also think it would be more fun than a soccer ball, for that matter!
Oct
8
comment Buying pasul arba minim or non-arba minim for your small child
@DoubleAA He learnt about lulav and esrog in gan all week, his daddy and all the big boys have them, it's a major theme of succos... I think there is a certain cultural significance that will make this more meaningful/fun for him than a bouncy ball.
Oct
8
comment Buying pasul arba minim or non-arba minim for your small child
The idea wouldn't be teaching good values, it would be for his enjoyment.
Oct
7
comment 'Kashering' a milchig knife to make it parve (using hagalah)
@DoubleAA It seems like those 2 answers pretty much answer my question as well. Does that mean this question should be taken down?
Oct
2
comment Why do we get judged (Rosh Hashana) before Yom Kippur?
@YEZ I think one of the fundamental ways we understand the Torah is by judging the laws and ideas based on our own human rationale and understanding. We see these types of difficulties raised by the Avos, Moshe, Prophets, Chazal, Rishonim and Achronim. It seems to be a legitimate way to arrive at the true meaning of the Torah. That being said, I remember, more than once, the answer has been that God works differently than humans do, or we cannot understand. Very rarely though does the answer seem to be that God works anti-rationally so to speak.
Sep
28
comment How is the Sefer Ha'Aruch supposed to be used?
@sabbahillel Makes sense, I'll have to look into that.
Sep
28
comment How is the Sefer Ha'Aruch supposed to be used?
@sabbahillel That thought occurred to me but I wasn't sure. Also, I saw a couple of versions. Additionally, from how I have seen the Aruch quoted by Rashi it seems like he does give a definition outright.
Sep
22
comment What is the precise translation of the word ארשע?
@Scimonster I'm not sure, I just don't want to assume that they used a literal translation of the word. Usually translations will take context or explanation into account when translating. I have seen other translations of this pasuk.
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.)