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answered How do non-literalist Jews interpret the “year zero” in the Hebrew calendar?
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answered Why 1 box for the tefillin shel yad and 4 boxes for the shel rosh?
Aug
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answered What is the point of praying if your fate is already decided on Rosh Hashana?
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Jul
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revised What clothes do the members of Neturei Karta wear? Why?
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answered What clothes do the members of Neturei Karta wear? Why?
Jul
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comment Aside from the days set aside for impurity, what exactly is a man allowed to do with his wife in regards to intimacy?
@Shokhet -- most Ashkenazim and some Sephardim say our tradition has been lost as to which ones. R' Ovadya Yosef zt"l said for mainstream sephardim, they don't "treif" up your dishes, but don't eat them.
Jul
23
comment Am I allowed to give my kid a non-Hebrew (non-Jewish?) name?
JD Bleich says "they didn't change their names" means I was born Zev, but now I go to City Hall and tell them to make it William instead. That's different than what I choose to name my children.
Jul
16
revised The concept of glatt
more precise translation
Jul
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answered What is the “Minimum” of beliefs to be considered Orthodox?
Jul
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comment Bishul Akum: State Dinners
@CharlesKoppelman not sure I understand your point. If I walk into a vegan restaurant where a non-Jew has cooked lentils from scratch, then as far as I can see that would be a serious Bishul Akum issue. (We focus on the main ingredient, lentils; regardless of how/if they're seasoned.) Whereas my grocery store may carry OU pre-cooked, vacuum-sealed lentils; not a Bishul Akum issue. The rule was set as "whatever is good enough for a state function", and has some local subjectivity to it. (The Star-K talks about foods that would be good enough to stand alone in some countries, but not in others.)
Jul
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answered Bishul Akum: State Dinners
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Jul
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answered The concept of glatt
Jul
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comment What's the source for naming children after Alexander the Great?
Rav Moshe says it can't be that the Jews were forced to name their children Alexander, or else he would have forced them to have the statue. (As the Gemara says he respected the Jews.) It's certainly possible that he asked nicely about the statue, and they felt bad so they offered to name their kids instead. (Rav Moshe's point is that it's not all-out prohibited to give your kids non-Jewish names. "And don't tell me those who named their kids Alexander were absolutely forced to do so..."
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