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Aug
27
comment Drawing the line between not judging and not being a fool
@ClarusDignus what Daniel said. Rabbi Adin Shteinzaltz (who has mastered the traditional Jewish corpus, e.g. the Talmud, and then classical sources of kabbala, e.g. the Zohar) has commented: "today's pop kabbala is to religion what pornography is to love."
Aug
27
comment Are there poskim who sanction using nedarim today
Rabbi Hershel Schachter tells of one rosh yeshiva who passed away about ten years ago would continuously make a neder to quit his smoking addiction, find it impossible to keep, and have it annulled. This process repeated far too many times. Rabbi Schachter commented that he should not be using a neder in this circumstance.
Aug
26
comment בין אדם לחבירו - between man and his fellow man
Just as the Torah says to connect the Mishkan tapestries (which are conjugated in the feminine) isha el achota, "one to another." Not "each tapestry to her sister."
Aug
26
comment בין אדם לחבירו - between man and his fellow man
Hebrew is a gendered language, and uses the masculine as the default. I should point out that when Genesis says "G-d created the Adam in the likeness of G-d, in male and female"; Chizkuni translates Adam as "human", gender-neutral for the species.
Aug
20
comment What is the modern Jewish attitude towards the Zealots and Sicarii?
@DoubleAA the answers, however, are quite similar.
Aug
20
comment What is the modern Jewish attitude towards the Zealots and Sicarii?
Near-duplicate: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/61802/21
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
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
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
4
comment Curse on the Kennedys
I've heard the story circulate regarding several different big rabbis -- which means it probably wasn't any of them.
Aug
2
comment what is the single letter difference between ashkenazi and sephardi torah scrolls
From what I've seen, older Chumashim/tikkunim printed in the Ashkenazi world would print the Heh spelling as dominant, with a footnote about the Alef; or the two of them as equal possibilities. Newer chumashim/tikkunim have it printed with an Alef, with maybe a little footnote "by the way some Ashkenazi scrolls have a Heh."