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Dec
30
comment Is there debate about what the 10 statements are?
@barlop I know I had put it up, but at some point I had brackets and a footnote number, but no footnote at the bottom.
Dec
30
revised Is there debate about what the 10 statements are?
Putting back the link that was there and disappeared somehow. Sorry.
Dec
30
comment Are minor fasts obligatory?
@sabbahillel The rabbis in the Mishnaic era used to have a lot more minor fasts, which were established because of some dire threat to the Jewish community somewhere, that was overcome by something close to a miracle. Of course, each fast day was followed by a feast. The list got to be too long, and the rabbis chopped out all but the few we still have.
Dec
30
comment Are minor fasts obligatory?
When using an Art Scroll book on halacha, always read the Hebrew footnotes -- that is where the heterim are to be found. The English discussion is always strict.
Dec
30
comment When is it acceptable for a non-Jew working towards Orthodox conversion to grow peyot?
@YaacovDeane: Had you stopped with the first paragraph, I would have voted up. A convert should only follow what his rav tells him, at least until he's fully Jewish. There are disagreements about whether converts are allowed to start putting on tallis and tefillin, for example, prior to their conversions. Mine said not to; another rav required his candidate to do so before conversion. My rav's daughter recently recalled that 35 years ago, when I first came for Shabbos, I looked like "Tevye". My rav guided me to present a bit more moderate tone while under his tutelage.
Dec
30
comment Understanding העמק דבר on בראשית טו ה
Down--voter, you have a chance to change your vote.
Dec
30
revised Understanding העמק דבר on בראשית טו ה
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Dec
30
answered Is there debate about what the 10 statements are?
Dec
30
answered Understanding העמק דבר on בראשית טו ה
Dec
30
comment Al pi halacha, are descendents from Marranos considered Jewish?
I didn't see Isaac's comment when I wrote the previous comment. Yes, she has written a second book documenting how people with Spanish roots might establish that they descended maternally from secret Jews. Only Genie's mother was not in on the secret, apparently. She married outside the group of secret Jews. But the website shows photos of the town in Spain where they hid in plain sight with hidden synagogues and mikvahs, and a town crest that when turned upside down shows Hebrew letters (difficult to read, though). For her method to prove this go to her book "How I Found My 15 Grandmothers."
Dec
30
comment Al pi halacha, are descendents from Marranos considered Jewish?
I think that this should be reopened. I read a fascinating book by Genie Milgrom, "My 15 Grandmothers," in which this woman raised as a Catholic in Cuba and Miami, was converting to Judaism when her maternal grandmother gave her a very old hamsa and Star-of-David earrings. She did very detailed genealogical research and documented how she came from a direct maternal line of Jews - secret Jews who married only other secret Jews - before the expulsion in 1492. Priests who were also secret Jews, falsified documents to the church attesting that all were good Catholics. See www.geniemilgrom.com.
Dec
26
awarded  Yearling
Dec
18
answered May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?
Dec
16
answered Is there a connection between various 7 encirclings?
Dec
16
answered Shmiras Einayim Problem
Dec
16
answered Weighing mitzvot/aveirot
Dec
15
answered Source for teaching that God judges non-Jews with a lower standard
Dec
15
reviewed Close Details of Matzah Oven
Dec
15
asked Source for teaching that God judges non-Jews with a lower standard
Dec
14
reviewed Leave Open Halacha seforim on tefila