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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.


Jun
26
answered Why do we say Shelo Asani Goy?
Jun
24
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
There's a machlokes between R.Henkin and R.M. Feinstein over the status of non-halachik marriages for non-observant Jews. It depends whether one applies the principle of "ein adam oseh b'ilaso b'ilas znus". R' Moshe said one does not apply it in such cases, and they are not considered married once they separate. Everyone agrees that for non-Jews, that is the form of marriage that they have, so Halacha recognizes it as marriage (nisuin), just there isn't kidushin for non-Jews.
Jun
24
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
One of the issues with the New York State law (at least as initially proposed) is that it will cause legal problems for religious people and organizations. E.g a religious-owned wedding hall could sued for discrimination for declining to service a gay marriage.
Jun
24
answered Why wear Black hats
Jun
21
answered Wearing photo gray glasses on Shabbos
Jun
21
answered “Shelach Lecha”: What is “Lecha”?
Jun
21
answered Walking by an Automatic Door on Shabbos
Jun
21
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jun
20
answered Why do we say “ואתה עתיד ליטלה ממני”?
Jun
19
comment Can an apikores (heretic) count in a minyan?
No. He may have incorrect views of who can count for a minyan.
Jun
17
comment Can an apikores (heretic) count in a minyan?
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Jun
17
comment Can an apikores (heretic) count in a minyan?
I think he would have to recognize all the halachos of a minyan, such as who can be counted for one. It was based on a Rambam that discussed whether ka'arites could be counted for one.
Jun
17
answered Can an apikores (heretic) count in a minyan?
Jun
17
answered Reliable Ask-a-Rabbi Websites
Jun
15
comment Answering Multiple People Saying Kaddish Out-Of-Sync
I don'y think it was actually instituted, just if their were more kadish-reciters, they would say more kadish's. So if everyone's saying it at once, you don't need to say more (at the end of davening).
Jun
15
accepted Does participating in Torah discussion websites fit into the spirit of Torah sheB'al Peh?
Jun
15
accepted Why can people write Torah sheBal Peh nowadays?
Jun
15
answered Beginning a comprehensive study of Moreh N'vuchim
Jun
14
comment Answering Multiple People Saying Kaddish Out-Of-Sync
Btw, The reason there are so many Kaddish's is so each mourner can say one on his own (they didn't use to combine them). If they are combined, I don't see why there are so many repetitions.
Jun
14
comment Answering Atheist about Torah miracles
@Jake, I didn't know of another rishon to quote who tries to explain away many miracles. But Ralbag (in his perush on nach) seems to recognize certain miracles that break with the norm, as long as they don't change the fundamental nature of an item. I don't see how that would fit with his total denial of providence.