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Dec
6
comment Why aren't Purim and Channuka considered a violation of לֹא תֹסִפוּ?
Seriously? Zuckerberg is your best example of authority on programming? Facebook's success had nothing to do with the quality (or lack thereof) of his code.
Oct
28
comment Blessing on the next American President (or any politician)
If you really believe that who gets elected will have any effect (positive or negative) on you directly, you probably don't need to say any brachot, since you are obviously a shoteh :-)
Oct
7
comment In Eretz Yisroel Kosher In Chutz Laretz Posul
I second @SimchasTorah's comment, why do you say it is automatically granted? Just because it is very common in certain neighborhoods, does not mean permission is granted. (This probably has more to do with Israeli chutzpa than any kind of implicit Israel permission... :-) )
Aug
13
accepted What is the preferable form of Biur Chametz?
Jul
19
awarded  Constituent
Jul
19
awarded  Caucus
Jul
19
comment Bris vs. critical thinking?
@TRiG you... are absolutely correct. I did make that assumption, not realizing I was assuming it. Reasonable assumption, but still, you are correct.
May
25
comment Dairy that you have to wait 6 hours after eating it
This sounds like a shopping question...! ;-) Anyway, I think I want to buy some of that...
May
10
awarded  Yearling
May
1
comment Called to the Torah before wedding
Fair enough, I was not rebuking you for mentioning it :). As for whether throwing candy is proper or not, there are several halachic reasons (and non-halachic), but that's really it's own question, isnt it...
Apr
5
comment What is the preferable form of Biur Chametz?
@SethJ Hehe, okay, yeah, thats the obvious best one - bal tashchit and all that - but I thought it obvious that I meant besides that.
Apr
5
comment What is the preferable form of Biur Chametz?
@DoubleAA that's odd, I seem to remember learning that davka for ashkenazim burning is not the preferred way, but don't remember the source or reasoning. Though perhaps it was more of an environmental/societal issue....
Apr
5
asked What is the preferable form of Biur Chametz?
Mar
18
comment Why do people get Chassidishe Shchita?
@IsaacMoses or even other more personal reasons, with little to do with actual kashrut... Politics, etc. "I don't want to give him my business!"
Mar
12
comment Is modesty a positive or negative commandment?
@Shalom "slippery slope" is a problem that cuts both ways - see e.g. the story of Adam and Chava, and the issue of touching the tree vs eating from the tree. I think it's a lot less of an issue, when it is clear that this is a fence, and not the mitzva itself. It seems that the lack of that distinction is what is causing a lot of problems in our society today.
Mar
11
comment Tznius and B'not Noach
Ah, but tzniut is not about what is forbidden to the Jewish man, it is about the woman herself.
Mar
10
comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
@yoel on the contrary, I am not rejecting traditional opinions, you are. I did not create a new theory on my own (though this too would have been legitimate), the alternate explanation goes back a long way (though I dont think all the way to Gemara times), and not "secular academia" as you say, but proper Orthodox sources. My question (I thought I managed to make this clear, but apparantly not) was of two parts: sources for this alternate opinion (which I cannot currently find), and the basis for the midrashim and Gemara. Usually these are based on something clear, and not yesh me'ayin
Mar
9
comment Achashverosh — was he or wasn't he?
As purim-ey as this is, is there any basis whatsoever for this suggestion? Any pre-existing scholarly opinion, or evidence whatsoever? Or is it just a snide attempt at belittling the valid, scholarly opinions regarding Mordechai?
Mar
9
comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
@msh210 I was kind of hoping for some sources and references on the alternate opinion, that Mordechai was a political / nationalistic personage, not a religious one (and, in fact, the whole Purim story is a secular, not a religious, one). This is a real, valid, rabbinical, sourced opinion - I don't know why everybody is so militantly against it - I remember most of the details from when I learned this back in yeshiva, but I do not remember any of those sources, or who agreed with these opinions. In fact, that was one of the main reasons I asked this question in the first place...
Mar
9
comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
In the meantime, I accepted @Alex's answer, even though I don't necessarily agree with it - it was a good, reasoned answer, and pretty much provided what I asked for (even though I was not convinced by it).