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Oct
20
comment Is one allowed to drink alcohol on regular weekdays?
This is a nice answer to the question, because Rambam's statement clearly presumes that it is OK to drink wine with normal meals.
Oct
8
answered How do you explain tzniut to a little girl?
Oct
8
comment On what social issues were the rabbis ahead of their times?
@DoubleAA I don't agree. If they came to it independently but much earlier this would raise the prestige of Judaism in many people's minds, and also make some people more inclined to believe that divine inspiration was genuinely involved.
Oct
8
comment On what social issues were the rabbis ahead of their times?
That's not to say Judaism has to match modern values to be legitimate. But if there are certain things (restricting the death penalty, banning marital rape, stopping human sacrifice, recognizing the dignity of each individual, outlawing corruption) that Judaism did far before anyone else, this will legitimize Judaism in the minds of many people.
Oct
8
comment On what social issues were the rabbis ahead of their times?
If traditional Judaism (rather than some contemporary secular philosophy) originated many of the values and beliefs they hold dear, this may indicate that traditional Judaism is superior to secular philosophy. It may also convince some people that is genuinely divine, rather than socially constructed, if it was ahead of its time.
Oct
8
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Oct
8
comment On what social issues were the rabbis ahead of their times?
Yes, I have reason to think there are other examples -- people commonly claim that basic nearly universal notions today, such as the sanctity and dignity of individual human life, originally arose in Judaism.
Oct
8
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Oct
8
comment On what social issues were the rabbis ahead of their times?
Excellent point. Halacha's precise requirements for witnesses seem to be parallel to, and exceed, the detailed procedural protections provided by American law (which only came about in the last few decades).
Oct
8
answered Can a Ben-Noach practice another religion?
Oct
7
awarded  Peer Pressure
Oct
7
asked On what social issues were the rabbis ahead of their times?
Oct
6
comment Does Satmar have their own form of Chassidus?
If their chassidus is as well defined as anyone's, then how could it be correct to say that they don't have a chassidus? With each chassidic group, don't we just say that the teachings of their rebbes constitute the chassidus of that group? In the case of Satmar, by the way, I understand that they allow or encourage their chassidim to learn other chassidic seforim other than Satmar (such as Breslov), so they don't necessarily insist on learning only certain seforim.
Oct
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
5
asked When can one “bring in” Yom Kippur?
Oct
3
comment Ensuring that a community is mainstream
Noach, I believe Lakewood would be considered mainstream within Yeshivish circles (even if they're on the right even among at least the US Yeshivish population). I don't think the questioner meant mainstream to mean Modern Orthodox, or smack dab in the middle of the road.
Oct
3
comment Ensuring that a community is mainstream
Noach, I think you're right that a lot of YCT graduates are probably mainstream Modern Orthodox in their hashkafic views and halachic process. However, because of some of the graduates and teachers there, YCT has a reputation among some (both Modern Orthodox and Charedi) of being outside mainstream Orthodox Judaism (or outside of Orthodoxy altogether). That's why I mentioned it.
Oct
2
comment Ensuring that a community is mainstream
User6591: I took the sentence out.
Oct
2
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Oct
2
comment Ensuring that a community is mainstream
User6591: I meant unusually for Orthodox Judaism. I can't take that sentence out if it makes it easier. NBZ: I don't feel comfortable naming particular groups as cults; I think that's best left to the experts, ex-members, researchers, etc.