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comment Clarifications on Faith
Well, on average only -- even data of very dramatic results will not give you the ability to determine whether a particular individual (based on his outcomes) had one parent or two, because there are a considerable amount who do not conform to the trend (two-parent kids who turn out "bad" and vice versa.)
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comment Clarifications on Faith
There are hundreds of reputable peer-review studies documenting these outcomes, which you can easily find by Googling. To state this obvious, this does not mean you can tell whether a particular individual was raised by a single parent.
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comment Clarifications on Faith
Yes, the decline of traditional sexual and marriage norms (outside of Orthodox Jews and strict adherents of other traditional religions) has resulted in a rapid expansion, now encompassing a large proportion of the population, of single parent families, and children raised in such families on average have far worse outcomes in all kinds of measures. (Of course, the word epidemic is used only metaphorically -- strictly speaking the term relates to the spread of physical disease.)
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answered Clarifications on Faith
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comment Having guests for a Friday mid-day or afternoon meal?
Ha! Or maybe Isru Chag? :)
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asked Having guests for a Friday mid-day or afternoon meal?
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comment Is there a shatnez concern with cheap unlabeled thread in sewing kits?
A potential problem with your answer: I can imagine people using cheap sewing kits to fix buttons, but would them use them in sewing machines? Anyway, I hope your conclusion is valid.
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asked Is there a shatnez concern with cheap unlabeled thread in sewing kits?
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answered Is un-pedigreed Jew assumed mamser for marrage to Orthodox girl even after he becomes Orthodox?
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answered Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
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answered Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
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comment How to pray for something
Rav Arush cite some sources in his book In Forest Fields. The general idea of praying in one's own words obviously occurs in Torah and Tanakh, Rambam says this was the original mode of prayer, and there are examples of Tannaim in the Gemara praying spontaneously in their own words. Rebbe Nachman claims that the great tzaddikim throughout history achieved their spiritual levels through similar practices. That said, some aspects of the Breslov approach are probably new, or at least written down for the first time in Rebbe Nachaman's and Reb Noson's teachings.
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answered Does Jewish mysticism involve “feeling” G-d?
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answered What is the Orthodox Jewish view of the afterlife?
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answered How to pray for something
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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.
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answered How do you explain tzniut to a little girl?
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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.
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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.
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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.