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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.


Mar
13
comment What defines “on this earth” from a halachic standpoint?
@SAH I was referring to R. Firrer. I think his theoretical claim depends on a reading the gemara in kidushin in a specific way, but otherwise has no basis, and mitzvos would apply as long as you are alive, regardless of where you are.
Mar
13
comment What defines “on this earth” from a halachic standpoint?
He was just suggesting it theoretically that in space maybe your not obligated in mitzvos. But if the limmud in the gemara is from "all of the days which you are alive" (as opposed to "on the earth") then it would apply to space to.
Mar
11
comment Why is it that there's NO mention in the entire Torah (including Tanach) considering the Brain (Moach) as the source for thought?
Tanach is not a science book. It spoke to people at that time about God, morality, the human condition, etc. but not chemistry, biology or physics. See R.S.Hirsch and other who discuss this more.
Mar
3
comment Are you Yotzei Mikrah Megillah if you're spacing out?
you can still be listening intently and just not understand every word. if you're spaced out though, it seems you're not yotzei.
Mar
3
comment Are you Yotzei Mikrah Megillah if you're spacing out?
The Talmud explicitly says you're yotzei in such a case, but that doesn't mean you're not listening.
Feb
28
comment Are you Yotzei Mikrah Megillah if you're spacing out?
Even if it goes out the other ear, I think you may still be yotze. When your spacing out, you can often still 'remember' the last few words said, but not before that. I think even that might be enough to be yotzei.
Feb
26
comment Are you Yotzei Mikrah Megillah if you're spacing out?
@HachamGabriel, if you're half-asleep by saying the words, you can still know that you said the words. But if you're just passively listening, its very likely you didn't hear some words.
Feb
25
comment Are you Yotzei Mikrah Megillah if you're spacing out?
@SethJ, the gemara doesn't spell out clearly how much the person is focusing. Someone checking his phone may be less "hearing" it than someone half-asleep. Also, see DoubleAA's comment.
Feb
10
comment What opportunities do Orthodox women have to learn and participate in their communities outside the home?
There's a wide spectrum among orthodoxy. its true among the right-wing women don't generally learn gemara, but its different among more modern orthodox. e.g. YU has the Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Study yu.edu/cjf/graduate/GPATS
Jan
17
comment Can a convert be a prophet?
@DoubleAA I fixed his typo.
Jan
10
comment When do rabbinic enactments apply if the given reason no longer does?
A changing reality on its own wouldn't be enough. See that full Teshuva of R'Moshe and how he struggles to defend dancing on shabbos.
Jan
10
comment When do rabbinic enactments apply if the given reason no longer does?
@DoubleAA, I don't think its that clear cut either. If you had a real safek, you wouldn't do melacha, but I'm not sure how you would daven and you might wear tefillin. I think most hold there was also some kind of takana before they knew the day, and that it may have continued because of 'minhag avoseichem'.
Jan
8
comment When do rabbinic enactments apply if the given reason no longer does?
Right, but it's like a regular gzeira which doesn't end, since it's not based on an external cheshash. R. Moshe discusses a couple of examples in his teshuva, so you can see where Yom Tov Sheni would fall in.
Jan
8
comment When do rabbinic enactments apply if the given reason no longer does?
I'm not sure exactly how it is defined, but I don't think that's considered an external cheshash. The fear there was people wouldn't know the day, not that some other force would threaten them.
Jan
8
comment Would time travel be assur/mutar?
@joshwaxman, So it's a rayah punkt fahrkert!
Jan
3
comment When do rabbinic enactments apply if the given reason no longer does?
I don't think any of those examples are so clear-cut.
Jan
1
comment Investing in Halacha
@SethJ maybe check Judaism.StockExchange~
Oct
25
comment Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom
It may be OK to walk in even out of pocket. Its likely modern bathrooms don't have the same halacha as bathrooms in the time of the talmud (before flush toilets, etc.)
Oct
22
comment Why do most of the shuls in Manhattan face the wrong direction?
See torahmusings.com/2012/10/orientation-during-prayer and hakirah.org/Vol%2011%20Shore.pdf
Sep
27
comment Am I liable to be stoned for my devotion to Hashem and the Jewish people?
Also, 'liable to death' is an expression used for certain sins, but it doesn't mean there's any punishment from human courts.