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Dec
30
comment Shisha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
@DoubleAA Koheles is the only other freestanding book with zero. Chagai and Malachi also have zero, but by our tradition are parts of the single book of Trei Asar. Tanach averages 18 non-Tetragrammaton-yes-Gematria-26 words per ten thousand words; other than the books above, the range is 1.6 for Daniel to 73 for Zechariah (or if you want a freestanding book, Yishaya has 46).
Dec
28
comment Tznius in semi-private locations - gym for women
Rabbi YH Henkin's sharp critique of Oz VeHadar Levusha: freepdfhosting.com/3637dbd864.pdf
Dec
24
comment Is there a Jewish protocol for civil disobedience to civil law?
Maimonides: "In general: any law enacted by the king for everyone, which does not single someone out, is not theft. Seizing from one individual alone, not in following with broadly-known laws, is strong-arming and considered theft." MLK: "An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal."
Dec
22
comment Online shiurim on the topic of religious OCD
rechovot.blogspot.com/2014/03/… adderabbi.blogspot.com/2014/09/rav-asher-weiss-on-ocd.html
Dec
22
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
16
comment What is the point of having a rapist marry the woman he raped?
@user6591 that wouldn't be called "finding" her.
Dec
16
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
13
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
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
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
1
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)
Nov
26
comment Questions about Polygamy in Jewish Law and Culture
@LN6595 Kohelet is "Ecclesiastes", as you said, written by Solomon 500 BCE or so. "EcclesiastICUS" is the book of Ben Sira, which came much later and is quoted by the Gemara.
Nov
26
comment What is an overview of Judaism's arguments against the “unconscious violinist” analogy used to support abortion in the case of rape?
@HaLeiVi beyond the scope of this question.
Nov
20
comment Is there a prayer I should say before taking off in a plane?
@OldBunny2800 when taking off, you're praying for a safe trip, not thanking God for something you have.
Nov
18
comment Is the Citrus flavored Ciroc vodka kosher?
Wow, I was expecting a "we don't know if it's kosher." This is actually knowing it's not kosher! Cool!
Nov
18
comment Is the Citrus flavored Ciroc vodka kosher?
Absolut, Smirnoff, and Svedka are among several of the kosher-certified citrus-flavored vodkas listed crcweb.org/LiquorList.pdf
Nov
12
comment If we don't cook a calf in its mothers' milk, why can we use eggs with chicken?
@CashCow see judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7236/21
Nov
4
comment The blessing over drinking fresh orange juice
The minority opinion -- ha'etz because those oranges were grown for their juice -- is the Chazon Ish, by the way.