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comment Status of Catholic saints in Judaism
chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/562222/jewish/…
Apr
15
comment The history of the Sephardic Chief Rabbi's outfit
Mashiach was traditionally used as a first name among many sephardim.
Apr
13
comment Which (if any) Rishonim ascribe to a haskafah of hashgacha pratis over everything?
@warz3 Not sure, but if you google the text you'll find the source in translation. I also remember reading similar statements in other chapters of that sefer.
Apr
13
comment Which (if any) Rishonim ascribe to a haskafah of hashgacha pratis over everything?
From Rabbenu Bachya: "His generosity is universal and His kindness is all-embracing, as written "The L-ord is good to all, and His mercies are on all His works" (Tehilim 145:9) and "Who gives food to all flesh, for His kindness endures forever" (Tehilim 136:25), and "You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing [with] will" This is brief, but still suggests Providence over all living things.
Apr
13
comment Which (if any) Rishonim ascribe to a haskafah of hashgacha pratis over everything?
Here's Rabbeinu Avraham: "[T]he bitachon incumbent upon all the religious people...is a firmly placed conviction and a genuine, heartfelt awareness that the natural causes and normal channels are directed by God's detailed will for each person, in every time and every situation." (Guide to Serving God, p. 213).
Apr
1
comment Which parts of Shacharit are skippable, optional, or not universally recited?
I don't agree with the reasons for putting this question on hold. There should not be too many answers, because few people have enough experience and knowledge to be able to answer all the questions. A good answer would not be too long, because all it would need is one sentence or so for each of the 22. For example, the answer to each of them could be something like this: 1) Everyone says this, and it is an obligation (see Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim XYZ:AB); or 2) Many say this, but it appears to be a optional, as it is not in Shulchan Aruch or its commentaries, and is not in all siddurim.
Mar
31
comment Which parts of Shacharit are skippable, optional, or not universally recited?
@NoachmiFrankfurt Maybe so, but this doesn't mean it's compulsory -- perhaps only some recite it? For example, I think most siddurim have mah yakar, but in the Koren Sachs siddur he says "some say" mah yakar, suggesting this is an optional practice.
Mar
31
comment Which parts of Shacharit are skippable, optional, or not universally recited?
@CashCow See the link
Mar
31
comment Which parts of Shacharit are skippable, optional, or not universally recited?
Thanks. I've also heard R' Soloveitchik was opposed to saying Yigdal.
Mar
30
comment Which parts of Shacharit are skippable, optional, or not universally recited?
No. People should answer if they feel like they know the answer to my question -- that is, whether everyone says each of the 22, whether some people do, whether they're considered an obligation and according to whom, etc.
Mar
30
asked Which parts of Shacharit are skippable, optional, or not universally recited?
Mar
20
comment Examples of considerations when bringing gifts to religious Jews
Dunno...That's just what the Kitzur says. I'd be interested in seeing where he got that from and whether people hold by that today. I don't think they do, as it's easy to find Orthodox sites (like Chabad) suggesting for people to bring gifts to Shabbos meals.
Mar
19
comment Examples of considerations when bringing gifts to religious Jews
I just read in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one should not give gifts on Shabbos (since any transaction could potentially lead to writing), but I don't know if anyone holds by that now.
Mar
17
comment Are there any Torah sections dealing with frustration and anger management?
Thanks and you're welcome, @Baruch!
Mar
16
answered Are there any Torah sections dealing with frustration and anger management?
Mar
13
comment Are these “Teachings of the Jewish Talmud” and does a typical Jew believe this?
Some people have set up websites to debunk anti-Semitic websites such as these. Here's one: talmud.faithweb.com
Mar
12
comment Seeing signs from God
In terms of "things going wrong," be careful not to read too much into this (ie, that the goals are wrong), because there are also chassidic teachings to the effect that obstacles always occur when one is trying to accomplish a particularly holy and worthy goal. azamra.org/Advice/obstacles.html
Mar
12
comment Seeing signs from God
I don't know about rishonim, but there are many references in chassidic thought to looking for signs or hints Hashem is sending you, including through little manifestations of Divine Providence. This concept is mentioned often in the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and Reb Nosson of Breslov, and in books the contemporary Breslover author Rabbi Shalom Arush. See these search results from some examples from the teachings of Rebbe Nachman: google.com/…
Mar
12
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Mar
3
revised What's kabbalistic term for chakras?
fixed spelling