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Recent graduate with a BA in Computer Science, currently working on Learneroo.com, for interactive education. Blogs: Zappable.com, TorahJournal.com/Blog.


Sep
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answered Bentching in Yeshiva, a restaurant or other Public areas
Sep
5
comment Judaism and successful life - which details in jewish culture determines success?
There are many reasons to believe that it is genetic. For example, many successful Jews do not have a Jewish upbringing. The success rate is also not the so high for all Jewish groups.
Sep
5
comment Does a fathers obligation to teach his sons a parnassah extend to his daughters too?
The gemara in Kiddushin says it about Torah; I added in the passuk it quotes. I think its clear in the gemara that all the mitzvos are for the father to the son, but earning a livelihood wasn't the woman's responsibility.
Sep
5
revised Does a fathers obligation to teach his sons a parnassah extend to his daughters too?
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Sep
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answered Does a fathers obligation to teach his sons a parnassah extend to his daughters too?
Sep
4
comment Sheidim, fact or fiction?
It was given as an example. There are other reasons we wash our hands, such as "beriyah chadashah", that we're like a new creation when we wake up. Anyways, a gzeira can stay in a certain way, even if there are reasons to do it differently. Though most halachos relating to 'shedim' and 'zugos' are not in fact kept today, sonmething the rishonim already discuss.
Sep
2
comment Sheidim, fact or fiction?
OK I edited it. But besides the lack of evidence for them, I think many of the phenomena that they used to explain with demons now have other, more natural, explanations. Additionally, the Yerushalmi does not really mention shedim, and the Bavi itself says 'The Westerners' were not 'choshesh' for such matters. So I think a person can follow the Yerushalmi on this issue.
Sep
2
revised Sheidim, fact or fiction?
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Sep
2
comment Why the vast difference of opinion about the age of the Universe?
There is also a more extreme approach which I left out that says the science is completely wrong. While science is not certainly correct, at a certain point it becomes quite difficult to argue with certain conclusions. For example, there are not that many people who still think the earth is flat or at the center of the solar system. I think the age of the Earth and universe is a similar issue.
Sep
2
answered Rationalist Position on Bible Ancients' Long Lives
Sep
2
answered Why the vast difference of opinion about the age of the Universe?
Sep
2
answered Sheidim, fact or fiction?
Sep
2
comment Reconciling the evidence for the Uncertainty Principle with belief in an omniscient G-d
Tom, it may be that anything that is extremely unlikely can be considered a miracle above nature. Though I'm not sure that there has to be such a strong separation between them. Even without quantum mechanics, the splitting of the sea can just be considered a very unlikely event.
Sep
2
answered Reconciling the evidence for the Uncertainty Principle with belief in an omniscient G-d
Sep
1
comment Does a Food Mashgiach have to Sacrifice his Life?
Its comparable in that you cannot issue a public psak that distorts the truth out of fear of harm.
Sep
1
answered If you realize you're carrying on Shabbat, what's the best thing to do?
Sep
1
answered Does a Food Mashgiach have to Sacrifice his Life?
Sep
1
answered Scratch on a car: liability if panel was later paid by another
Aug
31
answered “Jumping” at the end of Shemoneh Esrei
Aug
31
comment What portion of his income would a Jew following the sacrificial laws give?
Also, there are some other gifts, such as the parts of the animal given to the kohen. One should also mention ma'aser kesafim, which according to a minority opinion is a biblical requirement.