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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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revised Oops, you said Boruch Atta Hashem Elokeinu in error
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Sep
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comment Oops, you said Boruch Atta Hashem Elokeinu in error
@DoubleAA, I added a source. I'm not sure why it needs to be a pasuk, but that is the custom.
Sep
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revised Oops, you said Boruch Atta Hashem Elokeinu in error
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Aug
30
comment Oops, you said Boruch Atta Hashem Elokeinu in error
Who says you need to say a complete passuk? One can quote any part of a passuk. I'm aware some have a chumra to say a whole passuk, but that shouldn't affect what you do when stuck.
Aug
30
answered Oops, you said Boruch Atta Hashem Elokeinu in error
Aug
28
revised Does the rule of “zealots may strike him” also apply to a Kohen zealot?
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Aug
20
comment Is the Halachic concept of taste transfer accepted by scientists and chefs?
In actual halacha, if you cook something kosher in a pot that was used for non-losher, the food is still kosher if a chef cannot detect an added taste from the non-kosker dish (and it has to be a positive or neutral taste). Ashkenazim are usually more machmir though.
Aug
20
comment Can you drink a beer (such as Miller or Budweiser) at a bar?
@jeremy, it would be marit ayin if you drank sam adams from a budweiser bottle
Aug
19
comment Is the “I” consciousness from the body or from the soul
Even if the soul is as assumed in the question, how do you know it wouldn't follow the brain? So your nafka mina may not work.
Aug
6
comment Why is the beracha acharona for bread the longest?
@DoubleAA, each part gets own beracha = longer overall than "מעין שלוש" version.
Aug
5
comment Why is the beracha acharona for bread the longest?
@DoubleAA, since md'oraysa you need to mention 3 ideas, they made a beracha for each one. this is to give each idea its own importance (a little bit like not making mitzvos chavilos).
Aug
5
answered Why is the beracha acharona for bread the longest?
Jul
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
28
comment “Silk-Screened” Sifrei Torah
R' Belsky (cited above) 'somewhat defends the silk screening process'. His problem with silk-screened sifrei torah is that it would be easier to forge.
Jul
26
comment Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
By denying all miracles, one may deny other fundamental principles, but one can re-interpret specific miracles. Rambam himself was willing to re-interpret many miraculous stories, and he understood all miracles to have been "pre-programmed" in nature in some sense. I'll admit that one cannot re-interpret everything that doesn't directly contradict the principles. Some things may comes too close to denying a principle or implied principle, and there may not be such a clear cut-off. But understanding the first chapters of Bereishis non-literally do not run into any of those problems.
Jul
26
comment Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
@AL, While you can imagine it, the Rambam felt they couldn't. Note that he had a rather Aristotelian view of angels.
Jul
26
revised Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
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Jul
25
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@AL Sorry, I meant Plato. Rambam would have been willing to interpret bereishis to not mean creation ex nihilo, which is seemingly an important religious principle, so a fortiori he would have been willing to interpret details of later history (which are not important religious principles) as non-literal.
Jul
25
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
(In fact, the Rambam writes he would have been willing to re-interpret Bereishis to allow for a universe that always existed, just that Aristotle's proofs weren't convincing.)
Jul
25
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
but seriously, matters are not so simple. The Rambam writes how he intentionally wanted the Moreh to be cryptic and how he put contradictions in it so only a wise person could understand the true meaning. While he may not explicitly spell out that he understands maseh bereishis non-literally, that is what most people understand he is hinting to.