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Aug
22
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
Reb Yahu; the gaol of m.y is questions that can be answered, not merely discussed or debated ad infinitum. You won't find this convincing, I realize; nonetheless: a.) have to understand exactly what chazal banned and how (e.g. plenty of anti-missionary rabbis have read the New Testament) b.) have to understand rabbinic writing, how literally did Maharal mean "deserve to be burned and worse than chazal" [really, actually, literally? Better to read Galatians than Meor Einayim?].
Aug
22
asked If you're really thirsty (e.g. breaking a fast), do you make a bracha first on the water or solids?
Aug
20
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
I'll admit that this answer was somewhat controversial and "chappy." (And intended as such.) Notice how much more interest it's gotten than the astronomy answer. I don't think debating this further will help; I hereby vote to delete it.
Aug
20
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
He said "I consider this work [or portions thereof] worthy of burning"; IMHO, it's unclear whether that means "I therefore proclaim it assur for anyone to read it", or "I disagree very strongly with it and believe most people would not be well-served reading it." The fact that his students then quote it would indicate the latter; again I consider Maharal's words ambiguous.
Aug
20
asked How can I avoid Bishul Akum with a rice-cooker?
Aug
20
accepted How certain do I need to be that my Yom Kippur shoes are leather-free?
Aug
20
comment Me'or Einayim-The Maharal
Chalutzhanal, it makes for a simple illustrative example of outdated science, as I've heard it. I don't know the specific Gemaras one way or the other on that one. Probably in Rosh HaShanah.
Aug
20
answered Chalitzah signifigance
Aug
20
answered Me'or Einayim-The Maharal
Aug
20
answered Shemonim - mi yodeya?
Aug
20
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
He very strongly attacks Meor Einayim's approach, no doubt about it! But did he actually ever declare a ban?
Aug
20
answered What do you have to check for Shatnez?
Aug
20
revised What do you have to check for Shatnez?
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Aug
20
comment Sherlock Holmes & the Maharal of Prague
Exactly. And any claim that Maharal banned Meor Einayim is likewise fiction.
Aug
19
answered Does a discount to a poor person count as tzedakah?
Aug
19
comment How certain do I need to be that my Yom Kippur shoes are leather-free?
Certainly the logic of "trust in economics and regulation" would apply here; R' Moshe's heter for milk goes beyond that, that "knowing" counts as "seeing" with regards to the enactment on milk. For general kashrus, "knowing" is enough. So if we can apply a kal vachomer from food kashrus (and I'm correct on the metzius), should be fine.
Aug
19
accepted Is it proper for a man to hold open a door for a woman?
Aug
19
asked How certain do I need to be that my Yom Kippur shoes are leather-free?
Aug
19
comment Cities of Refuge when Moshiach comes?
If I understand correctly, that's the non-physical existence that comes AFTER Yemos HaMoshiach. (Someone please correct me if I'm getting the Rambam wrong.)
Aug
19
answered Cities of Refuge when Moshiach comes?