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Dec
25
comment Have any published sefarim referenced research done on Mi Yodeya?
If they used m.y, would they acknowledge it?
Dec
25
comment Is there any current rav or authority that issues conditional gittin?
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein wrote about how to do a pre-war conditional Get in EH4:111. This was May of 1967, probably intended for American soldiers headed off to Vietnam. Sounds like he intended for the procedure to be used; I don't know if it was.
Dec
24
comment Rambam (Maimonides), talks about different kinds of people
He also says that Category 1 people will take outlandish Talmudic statements, and translate them literally in public for the masses, insisting that's all there is to them -- which no one with a brain could handle. The Category 2 people, who just assume the rabbis were fools, ignore all the material in the Talmud that most scholars would tell you is vital from the perspective of the human condition -- ask any psychologist about the significance of the Jewish ways of mourning, which were developed by the rabbis of the Talmud. And Category 3 has so few people, it's barely a category!
Dec
24
comment Rambam (Maimonides), talks about different kinds of people
Maimonides himself gives the following example: the Talmud says "in the future, the land of Israel shall sprout forth fine cakes and luxury textiles" -- which must have sounded unlikely in the year 400, when the land was pretty empty and dusty. Sure enough, I've seen a kids' magazine with a picture that says: "when Moshiach comes, cake and clothing will grow from trees in Israel!", with an illustration. Maimonides says explicitly that this was metaphoric language for an economic explosion that would make goods as available "as if they grew on trees."
Dec
24
comment Rambam (Maimonides), talks about different kinds of people
Just to clarify -- this is in his commentary to the Mishna, introducing the final chapter of Sanhedrin (known as "chelek", or "share", as it addresses who has a share in the World to Come). There are a lot of larger-than-life stories in that chapter.
Dec
23
answered What's the point of a haftorah for Miketz if it's always Shabbat Chanukah?
Dec
23
comment Why did Yosef cause so much anguish to his family?
It's not so much "I want them to repent for selling me", but "let's see if they're still the type of people who would sell me, as evidenced by whether they'll defend baby Benjamin. If not, what's the point of reunification."
Dec
22
answered Why can't we drink wine that was made by a non Jew but by machine
Dec
22
answered How does one implement “zachin leadam shelo befanav” to give a gift on Shabbat?
Dec
22
comment Could the minhag of lighting menorah in Shuls have developed from when guests would stay in Shul?
Visitors was one historical reason; another was that there should simply be a congregational proclamation of the miracle. Regardless, the practice is now the norm, visitors or not.
Dec
22
answered Assuming Christianity is Avodah Zarah (RamBam), can I get my car fixed by a gentile right before/during Nittle Nacht?
Dec
22
answered If the majority of organic and/or free range eggs contain blood spots, why are they certified kosher?
Dec
22
comment May Jews sell wine to Christians for them to use in their religious ceremonies?
@rosenjcb that would possibly be another reason for leniency. But the Shulchan Aruch on this particular subject doesn't happen to apply that leniency, and it isn't necessary as long as the there-are-other-suppliers argument is available.
Dec
21
answered May Jews sell wine to Christians for them to use in their religious ceremonies?
Dec
21
answered How could the brothers drink with Yosef?
Dec
19
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Dec
19
comment Enslavement to mekarev the intermarried
Really bad idea. Among other reasons, at the moment she's doing nothing wrong by eating non-kosher, driving on shabbat, or not keeping taharat hamishpacha. All that changes if she's quasi-Jewish. And the biblical prohibition of nidda will kick in for him as well, which it currently isn't. There's a net gain, not loss, of sinning, if you do this.
Dec
19
comment May I temporarily enslave myself, to avoid missing a positive time-bound commandment?
@ClintEastwood we're ascending levels of obligation. A non-Jew can eat pork. A quasi-Jewish slave can't eat pork, but doesn't have to hear megillah. A Jewish woman has to hear megillah, but doesn't have to wear tefillin.
Dec
19
comment Tefillin right before sunset
@user6591 I would assume so! Though these days, people try to hit every chumra in the book against every other chumra in the book, resulting in some interesting outcomes ...
Dec
19
answered On Shabbat, if one can't sleep, may one consume valerian tea? Valerian root powder? Other non-prescription remedies?