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Graduate of Beis Medrash Oholei Torah and "Seven Seventy"; now a בעל הבית with ריחיים בצוארו but still trying to be עוסק בתורה

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comment Are sea sponges kosher?
@AL: we find that the Gemara considers coral to be a kind of tree (Rosh Hashanah 23a), even though it's actually also a type of marine animal (or rather, an accretion of them). So it's conceivable that halachah says the same about sponges; the key difference might be whether they stay in one place (corals and most sponges) or not (some types of sponges).
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comment How did Hevel offer an animal sacrifice, wasn't it forbidden to kill animals?
@msh210: since you deleted your answer on the related question I can't place this comment there, but indeed the Gemara in Avodah Zarah 8a states that Adam offered his korban on the morning after he was created (in gratitude for Hashem's bringing back the daylight). That would indeed have been before Hevel's korban, which was מקץ ימים, however that's defined.
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comment kosher food ideas without refrigeration
@msh210: okay, I assumed he/she meant that no specifically kosher brands are available. [FWIW, I found flour with a hechsher even in some quite remote places in northern Canada - once, if I recall correctly, in the grocery store at a native (First Nations) town.]
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revised kosher food ideas without refrigeration
msh210's rollback wasn't relevant to this
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answered Advantages of converts (in spiritual terms)
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comment Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?
...When a Jew sins, then as RSZ puts it, the nefesh ha-Elokis is dragged into it against its will, but still remains faithful to G-d, and will try to do whatever it can to influence the nefesh ha-bahamis. A non-Jew doesn't have a nefesh ha-Elokis, but he or she can - and is expected to - harness the powers of the nefesh ha-bahamis to do good (at the very least, to realize that helping another person helps oneself as well), like taming an animal and using it for work.
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comment Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?
@JimThio: no need to kid. Jews and non-Jews alike have a nefesh ha-bahamis ("animal soul"), which naturally gravitates towards personal satisfaction. (It can be trained to look beyond the self, but of course that takes a lot of work.) Obviously, in the case of a Jewish criminal, his or her nefesh ha-bahamis is still in that "animalistic" state. But they also have a nefesh ha-Elokis (which I mentioned in my previous comment), which naturally trends to G-d and seeks closeness to Him...
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comment Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?
@DoubleAA: "the Jewish soul" means just that - the nefesh ha-Elokis ("G-dly soul"), which is unique to Jews. At the level that we're familiar with (the world of Asiyah), each of these three appears to be something else; but the point of "they are all one" is that at a higher level - specifically, in Atzilus, the highest of the four spiritual realms - they are one and the same. (And higher than that - before tzimtzum - none of those entities can even be said to exist; to use RSZ's metaphor, they are like "the rays of the sun while they are still in the sun-globe.")
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reviewed Approve Kalam Cosmological Argument
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answered Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?