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Jul
22
comment Is it acceptable under Judaism to never marry?
And there may be people who just aren't cut out for marriage. But generally, marriage and parenthood are the right move.
Jul
21
answered Jewish Law in Employer/employee relationships
Jul
21
comment Where can the Phoenix be found in Jewish Sources?
Ther's also the Gemara about a "salamandar" made of ashes.
Jul
20
answered Prior to placing the meat on the altar in the Temple, was it “kashered”?
Jul
20
answered Getting heat rash from tefillin
Jul
20
revised Sweatpants and basketball shorts in the nine days
Added source
Jul
20
answered Why did Hashem create the world in such a way that a leap year is needed?
Jul
19
awarded  Revival
Jul
19
answered Sweatpants and basketball shorts in the nine days
Jul
17
comment Does a train conductor have to abandon his train if it is Shabbat?
@ShmuelBrin agreed you make every effort not to be stuck driving a train on Sabbath. But if something goes wrong and you're now in that situation, to abandon the train and all the passengers stuck sitting there on the tracks would be dangerously reckless.
Jul
17
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
17
answered Does a train conductor have to abandon his train if it is Shabbat?
Jul
17
comment Does a train conductor have to abandon his train if it is Shabbat?
This reminds me of Uncle Moishy's "Ain't Gonna Work on Saturday" lyrics.
Jul
17
answered Salvation of Hashem
Jul
15
comment Is the bracha for blueberries ha'etz or ha'adamah?
BTW for perennials that grow within 9 inches of the ground, common Ashkenazic practice is haadama as stated, but the Magen Avraham says it's still haeitz.
Jul
15
comment Is the Oral Law mainly of Divine origin or is it largely influenced by the rabbis/cultures of the time?
@Linora (welcome to J.SE, by the way.) Sorry, it was a personal conversation I had with him years ago. (I wasn't the student in question. He simply told me how he approached the student's question, as above, not how he then replied.) I do like Lord Sacks' comment that "science explains the what; religion explains the why."
Jul
14
comment Is the Oral Law mainly of Divine origin or is it largely influenced by the rabbis/cultures of the time?
@mevaqesh Rabbi Rakeffet says that the pshat he and his chevra had grown up with was this as well -- a communal "Tavo Me'era" tied to men having the chiyuv of Talmud Torah.
Jul
14
revised Is the Oral Law mainly of Divine origin or is it largely influenced by the rabbis/cultures of the time?
better formulation
Jul
14
comment Is the Oral Law mainly of Divine origin or is it largely influenced by the rabbis/cultures of the time?
@mevaqesh edah.org/backend/JournalArticle/1_2_henkin.pdf .
Jul
14
comment Is the Oral Law mainly of Divine origin or is it largely influenced by the rabbis/cultures of the time?
@DoubleAA yeah forgive me I'm going with Ashkenazic common practice today, whatever its source (or lack thereof). Would you advise a different example of a rabbinic obligation enacted only on men?