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Aug
19
comment Following minhagim when praying in a different community?
So if you follow Rav Moshe Feinstein you're in good company, if you follow his father you're in good company too. It's all Judaism. :)
Aug
19
comment Following minhagim when praying in a different community?
@Daniel Rav Moshe's advice is to use your personal silent shmone esre. However as a boy, his father had him adopt the congregation's silent shmone esre too. (Mind you his father was raised Hassidic so he had more affinity for that text.)
Aug
19
comment How do you get your money from your home tzedaka box to your favorite charity?
@RomanKagan we can debate priorities of allocation, but fundamentally we fall back on Gittin 61a: מפרנסים עניי נכרים עם עניי ישראל ומבקרין חולי נכרים עם חולי ישראל וקוברין מתי נכרים עם מתי ישראל. "We sustain the non-Jewish as well as Jewish poor; tend to the non-Jewish as well as Jewish sick; and bury the non-Jewish as well as Jewish dead, as such are the ways of peace."
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
@Hugh If a woman cheats with a Jewish man after kiddushin (doesn't matter whether nissuin happened or not), the resulting child is a mamzer. If she's artificially inseminated with a non-husband Jewish man's sperm, Rabbis Moshe Feinstein and Shlomo Zalman Auerbach say the result is not a mamzer; the Satmar Rebbe (Joel Teitelbaum) disagreed.
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
@Hugh no. Modern-day "engagement", perhaps. But "betrothal" in Jewish law (trans. Erusin) happens when he's already given her a ring in front of witnesses declaring exclusivity, at which point anything else would be adultery.
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
If a single woman has relations with a man the product isn't a "mamzer" unless that man is her father/son/brother/etc. ("Illegitimate" i.e. pagum, yes, but that's of no halachic consequence). So no this child would not be a mamzer.
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
@DannySchoemann this is the problem with a vague question. You're quoting Gemara A and I'm quoting Gemara B, and we're both right, and no one's sure what the questioner really wanted.
Aug
18
revised Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
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Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
@DannySchoemann artificial insemination is still "a human biological father." Sorry if my language was unclear.
Aug
18
comment What is a Get Zikui and in what cases has it been used?
Rabbi Mendel Senderovitz is a mesader Gittin in Milwaukee (and travels all over).
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
@DannySchoemann which part are you challenging?
Aug
18
comment Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
@DannySchoemann sorry I don't see your answer
Aug
18
answered Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?
Aug
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answered Is a mother who has just given birth allowed to travel within a month or so of birth?
Aug
14
comment Is wasting seed a sin for a gentile ? Especially if he wants to convert in the future?
@Mil exactly. By law, unless you undergo conversion, you can eat all the pork you want. The "Jewish soul" thing is that some people may want to undergo conversion. But until that point, the only laws (and therefore the only sins) are the Seven Noahide ones.
Aug
14
answered Is wasting seed a sin for a gentile ? Especially if he wants to convert in the future?
Aug
6
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Aug
6
answered Chosson and Kallah Stand with backs facing the Audience
Aug
6
answered Origin of Unveiling
Aug
5
revised Rabbis and Politics
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