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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.


Nov
18
comment Contract Law and Intentions
@Yishai Every mortgage broker I've spoken with here had said that the way the heter iska contracts are written it's impossible to prove home much profit is being made because no bank is interested in being your partner, they just want to lend to you at interest.
Nov
18
comment Contract Law and Intentions
@Yishai The problem is they don't define how profit is calculated, and since there is no definition either party can always dispute it.
Nov
17
comment Contract Law and Intentions
@DoubleAA Because most people assume a common sense understanding of the phrase. They know that a pig is not a cow, and so they reject the statement.
Nov
16
comment Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?
There was a case in Israel a few years ago where a man's girlfriend was brought to court in order to testify against him, and in the middle of the court session he handed her his watch, said at mikudeshet li and it was recognized as a legal marriage, and the prosecution was unable to force her to testify against him at that point.
Nov
14
comment Contract Law and Intentions
I want to understand why such a logical constract is allowed, when it seems to contradict a pshat understanding of Torat Emet. I'll edit the question accordingly later.
Nov
13
comment Contract Law and Intentions
@Matt I understand that people use it, but it quite frankly seems invalid, and I'd like to understand the justification for this type of contract in general.
Nov
13
comment Contract Law and Intentions
It's related to it and motivated by it, but not specific to it. It's a general question about Jewish contract law.
Nov
12
comment An actual Heter Iska Agreement
@DoubleAA Thanks, looks like a great source.
Nov
12
comment An actual Heter Iska Agreement
@Danno I looked at the monthly one and that's what I'm looking for in principle, do you think that's what used by banks here in Israel? I don't think any bank here would sign an agreement like that...
Nov
12
comment An actual Heter Iska Agreement
@Danno I do believe that's what I'm looking for, but I'll have to actually look at it before I know.
Nov
8
comment How beautiful for the bracha on beautiful people?
Is there a separate bracha specifically for a beautiful woman or is it the same bracha as for a man. I ask because Rav Steinsaltz mentions in one of his books a bracha said upon seeing a beautiful woman which occurs in the Talmud but doesn't list a source.
Nov
8
comment How beautiful for the bracha on beautiful people?
Rav Shteinsaltz specifically mentions that the is a bracha in the Talmud which is said upon seeing a beautiful woman.
Nov
5
comment Archeological proof of Exodus?
@MonicaCellio jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/…
Nov
5
comment Archeological proof of Exodus?
You're not quite right. While there is not direct archeological evidence of the exodus story, there is archeological evidence which correlates to certain things described in the story. There is a mud brick city hastily built around the time of the exodus, and there are stella recording cetain curses / plages, such as by an Egyptian frog diety punishing the ruler, which correlate to the plagues described in the exodus story. While these things in no way prove the exodus story, they do prove that it originates in Egypt and is at least somewhat based on historical events at that time.
Nov
2
comment What is the punishment spelled out explicitly in the Torah for having relations with a post-menstrual woman who has not gone to the Mikvah?
Related - What is the source for immersion after niddah: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38568/2205
Oct
30
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@yoel After examining the sources, it is clear that it did in fact start as a personal chumra that women took upon themselves by themselves. If you're interested you can take a look at my answer: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/47814/2205
Oct
30
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@YEZ I finally posted my answer if you're interested: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/47814/2205
Oct
30
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@Yishai I finally posted my answer if you're interested: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/47814/2205
Oct
30
comment Until what time before sunset (shekiya) can you work Erev Shabbos (Friday)?
Why the down vote?
Oct
29
comment Source for Immersion after Biblical Niddah
@Yishai - ok, didn't understand you - actually Ramban says in the very next paragraph that mikve is ok.