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Sep
10
comment Why don't Jews think Jesus is the messiah?
@Loewian -- you find the answer in that the gemara specifically quotes Isaiah 53:10 ("For it is said: And the Lord was pleased with [him, hence] he crushed him by disease." The next verse in Isaiah tells us that by causing this suffering to one whom God loves, he thereby bears the iniquities of other sinners. Rashi says this in his commentary to Isaiah 53:12, and I think Rashi says it also in his commentary to Berachos 5a. I don't have that with me, however.
Jul
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Jun
15
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May
28
comment Understanding “The Bruriah Incident”
This explanation bothers me. The Gemara (A.Z. 18a) is trying to explain R. Meir's self-exile. The Gemara cites the brothel incident as one reason, and the cryptic "missa Bruriah" for a second possibility. Rashi's detailed discussion is there to explain the second. It seems to be too detailed to be a mistake. Perhaps Rashi brought down a mesorah that was taught but suppressed from the public (it is, after all, terrible loshon hora); the error may have been in the decision to reveal it. Given R. Meir's plot to embarrass R. Shimon ben Gamliel (Hor. 13b) R. Meir appears to lack good judgment.
May
23
awarded  Popular Question
May
19
accepted Were there any sages who supported the Zealots during the seige of Jerusalem?
May
19
comment Am I Supposed to Believe that the Messiah is coming today, or that he is coming generally
I recall a Hasidic story that suggested that we should be prepared for Moshiach's immediate arrival at all times. The story relates that a Hasid heard that the Moshiach was at the town center and he should hurry to greet him. The Hasid went to put on his best clothes, but noticed that they were in need of repair. By the time he made himself presentable, the Moshiach had gone on to another town. Sorry I can't remember the source.
Apr
21
accepted Is metzitzah b'peh required when an adult is circumcised or in the case of hatafas dam bris?
Apr
13
awarded  Good Question
Mar
30
comment Does Jewish tradition indicate that Jewish people tend to be rude?
@MonicaCellio When parents and their children charge the table, and no one corrects them, it becomes accepted behavior. I have not been to a shul or a Jewish event of any size where this wasn't the common behavior.
Mar
25
answered Does Jewish tradition indicate that Jewish people tend to be rude?
Mar
13
revised Is this really in the Talmud?
"no where" changed to "nowhere." It's one word, not two.
Mar
13
reviewed Approve Reason behind pinky during hagba
Mar
4
comment Can a Jew have a non-Jewish “bashert” or vice-versa?
As I understand it, the convert's Jewish soul existed and was present at Mt. Sinai, but did not fully join his body until he converted. Nevertheless, there must be some element of that soul in one's body. I know that one reason I decided to convert was that all of my ideas on religion turned out to be Jewish.
Feb
18
comment Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?
What about genetically altered animals?
Feb
18
revised Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?
Substituted species for animals.
Feb
18
revised Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?
Fixed a missing attribution.
Feb
18
comment Is there a halacha for writing a biography of a gadol? If so, what is it?
@Nafkamina I suspect that the sons might themselves write a biography of Rabbi Anemer, z'tl.
Feb
18
answered Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?
Feb
18
comment Is there a halacha for writing a biography of a gadol? If so, what is it?
@Nafkamina I will only say that he died a sudden and violent death and that he is buried in Bet Shemesh. Also, there is a very long eulogy written on his matzevah by his son, referring to the Rav as a martyr, among other things.