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I'm a self taught programmer whose taken a break to go back to school and study Software Engineering.

וישמע משה ויפל על-פניו -- And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face.

The truth of a fact can only be proved by a fact, not by reasons or reasoning. Reasons and reasoning can establish its probability or its necessity but can never prove its actuality. The veracity of a messenger can only be proved by his sender, the sending of Moses only by God himself. That is why no word of an answer from Moses himself could refute the accusation of Korach. If God would not consider it right to confirm the veracity of his being commissioned by God, in face of this denial of it, then his mission was at its end -- ויפל על פניו.

Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, Parshat Korach

I wish I had God's PGP Key.


8h
comment At what point do we reject a minhag?
@Shokhet You can follow the link to read what I was talking about, although it turned out not to be directly related to this question since שהכל is considered valid for any food.
21h
comment The disappearance of וסת קבוע and הרגשות
Why do you assume that the physiology of women has changed? What evidence is there that women's menstrual cycles have changed over the past few hundred years, or even since Talmudic times?
22h
comment The disappearance of וסת קבוע and הרגשות
Why do you assume that nature has changed? Most women have pretty regular periods and lots of women have hargasha. If you count the feeling of blood flowing then pretty much all women have hargasha.
1d
comment Why wine for kiddush
@DoubleAA I'm trying to answer all three questions.
1d
comment Why is Shmita only Rabbinic nowadays?
Is his opinion pretty representative of the general consensus?
Sep
19
comment At what point do we reject a minhag?
@Shokhet I'll try and look it up after Shabbat...
Sep
19
comment At what point do we reject a minhag?
There are lots of examples of customs that were rejected. See my answer for one example.
Sep
17
comment Rav Ovadia Yosef's Books Online
I just noticed that it's not the whole Yalkut Yosef, it's Kitzur Yalkut, but I'll let you keep the +1 anyways :-)
Sep
16
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@YEZ The reason my answer is going to be so long is because I'm putting in allot of background info for context, that's not directly part of answering the question, but that I feel makes it easier to understand the big picture.
Sep
16
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@YEZ - More or less, but according to what I've read there is a serious dispute whether or not it is actually codified halacha or still just has the status of minhag.
Sep
16
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@YEZ I've already got a pretty thorough answer I've been working on for a few months, I just need to run it by a rav before I post it to make sure I haven't made any mistakes since this is a pretty sensitive topic - it's about 12 pages typed.
Sep
14
comment Is it permitted for a couple to have relations during the daytime?
@DoubleAA I'm trying to say make your criticism constructive and phrase it in such a way that it encourages better questions, and doesn't sound like you're making fun of the person. Andrew's comment is constructive without coming across as snarky.
Sep
14
comment Is it permitted for a couple to have relations during the daytime?
@DoubleAA But what if the husband is a Talmid Chachamim, or the house is dark, or the person has an insatiable urge, or, or, or... there are all kinds of strange exception and leniencies in Judaism - you'll never know unless you ask.
Sep
14
comment Corporations, Jewish Shareholders and Interest
@GershonGold When you talk about lending, is the intention lending to another Jewishly owned corp, or to an actual Jewish person or both? Does he deal with lending when the purpose isn't covered by heter iska, like mortgages?
Sep
12
comment Answering Atheist about Torah miracles
@MonicaCellio Regarding arguments about how far back the Torah goes, see this: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/44538/2205
Sep
11
comment Is a rare steak kosher?
@user6591 Talk to anyone who is an expert in MT and they will tell you that Rambam's intent is exactly what it appears to be, i.e. that chalita with vinegar is a form of kashering and the meat may be eaten raw after doing this. There was a long discussion of this on a Rambamist forum I used to participate in.
Sep
11
comment Is a rare steak kosher?
@user6591 All I did was translate what is quoted above from the Mishne Torah - I'm not sure why it was down voted - my translation is accurate and supports my above assertion. The fact that the Shulchan Aruch contains a different opinion doesn't nullify Rambam's opinion.
Sep
10
comment Is there anywhere that you can buy Kosher non Glatt meat?
Most meat sold in Israel is not glatt.
Sep
10
comment Is a rare steak kosher?
If raw unsalted meat is kosher, why do we bother kashering with salt or vinegar? By the way, I know people who do chalita, and will not eat any ground meat - they cook their meat, then grind it and make it into hamburgers.
Sep
8
comment Are you allowed to save a non-Jew's life on shabbos?
You may want to take a look at some of these posts by a doctor who is also an O. Rav: rationalistmedicalhalacha.blogspot.co.il/…