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Dec
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comment Online shiurim on the topic of religious OCD
See this great summary ou.org/jewish_action/10/2010/… of Avigdor Bonchek's "Religious Compulsions and Fears"
Dec
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Dec
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Dec
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Dec
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comment What is the point of having a rapist marry the woman he raped?
@user6591 that wouldn't be called "finding" her.
Dec
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comment What is the point of having a rapist marry the woman he raped?
@user6591 Deuteronomy was talking about "if someone grabs a woman out in the street and rapes her", i.e. stranger rape. This discussion is limited to that case. I don't know how prevalent date rape was in Mesopotamia 3500 years ago, but that's not what we're discussing here. (Not that in any way I am minimizing the horror of being raped by an acquaintance.)
Dec
14
comment Can a Kohen get a divorce?
We do some additional discouragement as he couldn't remarry his ex-wife. There may be cases where they prefer to find a preexisting flaw in the original marriage to avoid a "divorce" situation. You may have instead heard of a case (these happen) where a woman wants a divorce but still wants to be able to marry a kohen afterwards, so they'd seek to find a pre-existing flaw in the first wedding and void it instead.
Dec
14
comment What are the most commonly-held positions regarding Kol Isha?
@SAH Recorded - Rav Ovadiah says not a problem unless you know her personally. So Taylor Swift on the radio is okay (well vis-a-vis this halacha!), but a recording of my neighbor's wife is not. Groups - I'd say a large segment of MO Machmir and even Yeshivish Modern is more okay with radio than a group of real-live women [unless it's men singing davening or zemiros along]. Per last question: I'd always ask before singing in-person; I'd ask before turning on the radio if it's a man who won't shake a woman's hand in a business setting.
Dec
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revised What are the most commonly-held positions regarding Kol Isha?
More precise
Dec
13
answered What are the most commonly-held positions regarding Kol Isha?
Dec
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comment What are the most commonly-held positions regarding Kol Isha?
Rav Falk is describing a far-right perspective. Tradition, the journal of the relatively-centrist (or center-left, depending on your perspective) Rabbinical Council of America, published a piece from Rabbi Y H Henkin critiquing the book in rather serious terms.
Dec
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Dec
9
comment Should lust for one's wife be curbed?
@AniYodea Yocheved Debow's is great. (BTW Her father founded the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists.)
Dec
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answered Should lust for one's wife be curbed?
Dec
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answered Should one go out of his way to give his wife all the money and gifts she wants?
Dec
9
comment Who are the mitnagdim of today?
@NoachmiFrankfurt agreed, the early debate was about the mass popularization of kabbala in general, plus concepts such as tzimtzum gamur.
Dec
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revised Who are the mitnagdim of today?
Added messianism
Dec
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answered Who are the mitnagdim of today?
Dec
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comment What is the mur incense
@DanF it wasn't laziness. It was developing policies for those with very little education. (Not entirely unlike how the OU doesn't want to confuse Average Joe with OU-D vs OU-DE)
Dec
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answered What is the mur incense