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I founded mi.yodeya.
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Mashgiach Emeritus, MIT Hillel Kosher Kitchens;
Gabbai Emeritus, MIT Orthodox Minyan.

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comment What is the celebration of Yom Haatzma'ut?
@Mefaresh, the question at hand is asking about the meaning of Y"H to those who celebrate it. In the chapter you linked to, RYD"S says that he does not celebrate this day in particular, so this chapter is essentially irrelevant to the question at hand.
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comment What is the celebration of Yom Haatzma'ut?
@Mefaresh, as R' Soloveitchik did not celebrate Yom Ha'atzma'ut as a particularly special day, he wouldn't have provided an answer to this question.
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comment 5 Iyar vs. 10 Adar
@loewian Your question is a valid one. It is invalid, however, to assume or assert that these gedolim rejected tradition and "instead follow[ed] guidelines set by secular/antireligious institutions." Incidentally, besides Chanuka, Chag HaPesach also doesn't fall on the "date of cessation of hostilities." I'm not sure what other traditional precedents you'd consider, but the case for the rule that you assert is far from ironclad based on the small set of salvation-based holidays that we currently celebrate.
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answered What is the celebration of Yom Haatzma'ut?
10h
comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
@DoubleAA well, it wouldn't invalidate any answers, but it'd devalue all of them, making them into half-answers. I think it'd probably be a nicer move to ask a new question and cross-link.
10h
comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
@DoubleAA After it's been answered? meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/1231/2
10h
comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
@DoubleAA, I'm sure it'd make for a worthy added-value for this answer, so, OK, I may add it, but it's not what this question is asking about.
10h
comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
@DoubleAA judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/ask, and I'll look up R' Hirsch's explanation for you. :)
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comment 5 Iyar vs. 10 Adar
@loewian Yom Ha'atzma'ut was established as a Jewish holiday by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in 1950-51. The Chief Rabbis at the time were R' Yitzchak HaLevi Herzog and R' Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel.
12h
comment G-d can help and cast down
Did you look at the context?
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revised G-d can help and cast down
corrected translation
14h
comment Why must a Yoledet, a woman who just gave birth, bring a sin offering?
Note that the next line in the gemara is a pair of rebuttals (one of which is the same as @RCW's second, above) that apparently go unanswered: "R. Joseph demurred: Does she not act presumptuously (מזידה - intentionally -IM) in which case the absolution of the oath depends on her regretting it? Furthermore, she should have brought a sacrifice prescribed for an oath!" I suggest that my reinterpretation a la R' Hirsch resolves both of these difficulties, since it gets us out of the technicalities of oaths.
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comment Why must a Yoledet, a woman who just gave birth, bring a sin offering?
... It's probably not the case that all women vow while in labor, but it probably is fair to generalize that labor and delivery is a consuming experience.
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comment Why must a Yoledet, a woman who just gave birth, bring a sin offering?
IIRC, vows concerning himself are the primary intended purpose of husband-vow-nullification. // I suppose we could interpret this gemara through R' Hirsch's understanding and say that the oaths the gemara is talking about are just an example of behavior that comes from someone who's completely overtaken by a physical process, and that it's that overtakenness that she needs to recover from, more than the vows themselves, which are just symptom thereof.
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comment Why has the poro aduma no reason
wwd.vbm-torah.org/en/test-obedience
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answered Why must a Yoledet, a woman who just gave birth, bring a sin offering?
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revised What do we learn from Miriam's demise being juxtaposed to the Red Heifer?
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comment What do we learn from Miriam's demise being juxtaposed to the Red Heifer?
About R' Hirsch's understanding of another kind of טומאה: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/7535
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