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Jul
27
answered Why do the laws of kitniyot still apply today to Ashkenazi Jews on Passover?
Jul
27
asked Did the Rosh (Rabbeinu Asher) describe the culture clash moving from medieval Germany to Spain?
Jul
27
answered What was the 'evolution' of determining who is part of the Jewish people?
Jul
27
comment Homosexuality is “worse than murder”?
@Daniel, I don't know how we figure out the whole "worse than" thing. Presumably in general, more is expected of Jews. I don't think you can compare forms of death penalties from Jews to Noahides, as Noahides have no distinction. Decapitation is both the most severe and least severe for them; only Jews have this complex gradation with added nuance.
Jul
27
comment Why don't Jews think Jesus is the messiah?
@Moshe, Rambam here is talking about the moshiach, clearly the Davidic one (as he stated). The whole Ben Yosef thing is a lot murkier (and doesn't appear in the Rambam at all, to the best of my knowledge). Apparently it's not for us to worry about: we know what Mashiach ben David will look like; once we see that, we can look back and figure out how the whole ben yosef thing played out.
Jul
26
revised Homosexuality is “worse than murder”?
npov
Jul
26
comment If a pig was genetically modified to chew its cud, would it be kosher?
@Brandon, earlier I had just fleshed out the question. Now I looked it up and answered it. Thank you!
Jul
26
revised If a pig was genetically modified to chew its cud, would it be kosher?
Answered, reorganized
Jul
26
revised If a pig was genetically modified to chew its cud, would it be kosher?
Put question into actual question
Jul
26
revised Homosexuality is “worse than murder”?
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Jul
26
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
TriG, imho Joel's question has been asked and answered here as well as it's going to be. If there's a related question you'd like to ask (that can be answered, not merely discussed), please start a new question.
Jul
26
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
@TriG, exactly. The state made the (correct) call about the KKK and interracial marriage, effectively that your right to exercise of religion will not be protected if it involves racism. Currently we have religious exemptions from vaccination requirements, as well as the military draft. Is that "bigotry enshrined in law because they claim a religious basis?" Here the state made the call that it wasn't. From the perspective of a liberal society, decisions will have to be made as to what's "fair and reasonable", and what's "bigotry."
Jul
26
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
@TriG, the hotelier could turn around and claim that by the state requiring him to book the wedding, others are imposing their religious beliefs on him. The state is left with the (occasionally difficult) job of making judgement calls, depending on the case, as to what's "fair."
Jul
26
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
@TriG, social factors can inform halacha (Jewish law), but do not define it. We might say "halacha prohibits X but says you can do it if the alternative is getting sent to jail, so practically do X." But that's not the same as "halacha says X is permitted."
Jul
26
answered Homosexuality is “worse than murder”?
Jul
20
answered Could B'nei M'nashe have been placed with R'uven and Gad as a remedy to their separatism?
Jul
19
answered Would the internet be considered muktzeh due to Nolad (a new thing)
Jul
19
answered Requirments for the Document of a Jewish divorce and its messenger
Jul
19
answered Is using the internet on Shabbat against melachos?
Jul
18
comment What is the nature of the numeral “ashtei-asar” (11)?
@YDK, I wasn't claiming it was the Ibn Ezra; something similar along his lines, which I wouldn't have thought of before seeing his connection to eshtonotav.