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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.


Oct
3
comment Is the Book of Life ever really sealed?
According to that view, yes, that's what "sealed" means. God isn't going to change the entire course of events for every individual who delays doing teshuva. However, there are smaller ways in which God may alter the gzeira so it is less harmful. E.g. the Gemara gives an example of a gzeira for less rain, but it ends up comeing in just the right time and place.
Oct
3
comment Halachic authority of books
Few rishonim considered the Geonim binding. The Rambam originally followed many of their rulings in his perush haMishnayos, but became much more independent in his Mishneh Torah. Tosafos often argues with them, though often just doesn't deal witrh them at all. The Raavad was an exception who considered the Geonim binding.
Oct
3
comment Pharmaceuticals and Kashrut
If its just swallowed (not a chewable), then its not considered food or eating, and one may normally swallow it even on pesach without worrying what's in it.
Oct
2
comment Tikkun Olam source
True. M. First demonstrates that the original text of aleinu was לתכן olam, to establish the world under God’s sovereignty, which fits the context much better. hakirah.org/Vol%2011%20First.pdf
Sep
26
comment Uman for Rosh Hashanah?
@yoel he just says "please cut the arrogant and condescending attitude.." and "please, buy my books". very polite.
Sep
26
comment Uman for Rosh Hashanah?
It seems problematic. See torahmusings.com/2010/08/uman-rosh-hashana
Sep
25
comment Am I allowed to answer my friend's Halacha question?
I added a citation. @yydl, most desserts have been discussed before, so you're just quoting a book. It's a psak if it was a new food and you rule based on your understanding of the sugya.
Sep
22
comment Can I lend out a Library Book?
I guess one would have to ask them. However, I don't think you need to ask Netflix (or Quikster~) before lending out there DVDs.
Sep
21
comment Why doesn't the OU put DE on food packages anymore?
I heard the same from someone familiar with the OU. The issue is that no one knows this, so they wait 5 hours before eating pretzels, etc. Also, its harder to check every ingredient than a simple DE. Not sure why the OU does this...
Sep
21
comment “Is the market-based distribution of income fair or unfair?”
I just came across this PDF (via Hirhurim) which contains some discussions of relevant issues: fraseramerica.org/Commerce.Web/product_files/…
Sep
20
comment Do Jews think that all the unbelievers would go to hell someday?
"except for a few special cases" does include certain important beliefs (The Mishnah lists a couple, the Rambam a few more).
Sep
19
comment The Inquisition
Is this on-topic and not easily google-able?
Sep
16
comment Is it better to kill 1 person or let 5 die?
Whatever it is, flipping a coin is definitely the wrong thing to do and perhaps a violation of ' לא תנחשו ולא תעוננו '.
Sep
16
comment Is it better to kill 1 person or let 5 die?
If that's the case, I assume shev v'al ta'aseh would also apply. Unless somehow by steering the train the person is already involved in doing something so maybe it would make it less of an action to steer one way?
Sep
16
comment Is it better to kill 1 person or let 5 die?
If you're steering the train and must pick one path then obviously choose the path that kills less people since there's no shev v'al ta'aseh either way, you should try to minimize deaths.
Sep
16
comment Is it better to kill 1 person or let 5 die?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/3646/…
Sep
16
comment Is it better to kill 1 person or let 5 die?
Note: I just noticed this very related question here: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/3646/…
Sep
15
comment Does the end justify the means
my knowledge of Kant is based on this: youtube.com/watch?v=xwOCmJevigw
Sep
15
comment Can I lend out a Library Book?
I assumed it was a public library, but I'm not sure if it would be different for a private one, unless they say so. (a) they collect payment from whoever took it out, so that shouldn't matter to them. (b) the member still needs to be the one to take it. if it's a physical item, i think that's enough to motivate people to get membership. so I don't think Netflix tries to prevent people from lending their borrowed DVDs, but it might not want them lending their online subscription.
Sep
13
comment Is there a Possuk in Tanach that starts with a Samech ס and ends with a Aleph א?
did you try searching one of the Torah programs that can check for you?