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asked Are there poskim who sanction using nedarim today
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revised Intentions of chesed
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answered Does Judaism encourage secular learning?
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comment Does Judaism encourage secular learning?
this was ~1000 years ago. the trials of the generation have changed
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comment Does Judaism encourage secular learning?
are you asking regarding earning a livelihood or just for curiosity or some other reason?
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answered How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
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answered Intentions of chesed
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comment Is it forbidden to try to give a specific description of HaShem?
its all one objection. the rambam is not defining God.
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comment Is it forbidden to try to give a specific description of HaShem?
i hear. from what i read in the shaar yichud, we have no understanding whatsoever as to what it means to be an eternal or infinite being. these are just to negate the opposite. i assume the rambam means the same
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comment Is it forbidden to try to give a specific description of HaShem?
right, more correct to say negations than assertions. mamtzi doesnt say anything about His essence. just what He does.
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comment Is it forbidden to try to give a specific description of HaShem?
this is not a complete definition, and there is a breach in your words since animals are also called "alive".
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comment Is it forbidden to try to give a specific description of HaShem?
@msh210 i see. i was coming from how chazal understand the word definition (geder). Marpe Lenefesh on shaar yichud ch1: the meaning of the word "definition" is: "a correct and complete teaching on the thing that one wishes to explain what it is". Therefore one must call it with a name which is specific to it, so that the reader does not err that one's intent was for something else... for example, if we define a human being as a "speaking being" - this is a comprehensive teaching without breaches, but if you define him as an "alive being"
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comment Is it forbidden to try to give a specific description of HaShem?
the rambam seems to be listing what God is not. whereas a definition is a description of what something is.
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revised Is it forbidden to try to give a specific description of HaShem?
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answered Is it forbidden to try to give a specific description of HaShem?
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revised Conversations with G-d
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comment Conversations with G-d
@PaulineSpiteri there is a concept of tznius even alone. the talmud yomah 47 reports that Kimchis had seven sons and all served as Kohen Gadol. When asked what she had done to merit this, she responded, "My whole life, the beams of my house never saw the braids of my hair." which means she felt abashed b4 God even when alone. see also rama on shulchan aruch 1st halacha
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comment Conversations with G-d
if you are in a cave fleeing the romans like Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai then it is ok to make prayers with your private parts in the sand. but is it otherwise recommended?
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revised Conversations with G-d
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answered Conversations with G-d