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Feb
5
comment What Bracha did they make on the Mahn?
@msh210 I was actually wondering in what scenario a cannibal would be worried about which bracha to make...
Feb
2
comment How should we respond to objectionable content in a public forum?
For the record, StackExchange does offer moderators-only a way to initiate private-ish conversations (including only other moderators and SEI-community team). But, as I said, it is moderator only - but that is exactly what it is for.
Jan
31
comment Product liability in halacha
And btw, there was nothing extraordinary about the McDonald's coffee case... Except for the stupidity throughout the case.
Jan
31
comment Product liability in halacha
It seems that one part of this question relates to the concept of "mekach taut" (a misguided sale), but that's not really the wider question of liability. (Although "lemon laws" do come close to that). I'm not putting this as an answer, though, since I feel that I'd still be missing the main part of the question.
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Oh I agree with you on that point - that is, they are both quite ambiguous, but then the whole story of Megillat Esther is inherently ambiguous. Without harping on emotional sore points, I respectfully suggest that you re-read it, focusing on the story without filters except the historical context.
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
"He sent" is at best ambiguous, either way it doesn't prove your point. And the fact that he lived in the palace, not the rest of the country, proves mine :). Either way, I think there might be enough meat here for its own question...
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Two points: "... and he sent", obviously Mordechai was the man in front. But moreover, while it may not have been a closely guarded secret, this letter was sent to the Jews (who, apparently, kept pretty much to themselves). Doesn't mean any one of them could just waltz up to the king, or even the crown prince, and say "Hey Darry, what's shakin' my Jewish homeboy??!"
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
On the other hand, even if all the Jews knew about this - they would not have been allowed to approach the reigning King and question his heritage. Don't forget, even the Queen herself was forbidden from approaching the king without his express approval. How would Shlomo from the butchershop (or even Ezra HaSofer) be able to start talking about his momma?
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
@avi Ah see, you're reading that through the filter of your expectations, and your context, not theirs. Where does it say she "came out" to the whole country? It was a private issue, between her and the King (and his personal advisors, of course, who were of course sworn to secrecy). From there on, it was all on Mordechai, the fear of the Jews, revenge against the enemies, killing all the haters, was led by Mordechai. He was mishneh lamelech, signed the letters, etc.
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Btw, and this is very much an aside, there is a large school of thought that Queen Esther was not really all into the Jewishness herself, except perhaps as nationhood, but not as a religion.
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Really? Queen Esther hid her Jewishness for years. Alluva sudden she's gonna go shouting to everyone? For all we know, by the time she revealed to Achashveirosh, her son could have already been grown. And he would have grown up in a culture and household where Jews are despised. That's not the type of world-shattering revelation that was so common back in the day...
Jan
9
comment How should a Jew deal with Anti Semitism?
Well, to be fair, a lot of the anti-semitism in Israel is self-sourced, that is to say Jews hating on Jews....
Jan
9
comment How should a Jew deal with Anti Semitism?
@avi Sorry to be "that guy", but do you think there is no Anti-Semitism in Israel...?
Jan
9
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Actually there is also the concept of tinok shenishba, however my point was not that he was not responsible, rather that he didn't consider himself Jewish. Not necessarily a big surprise, there - take into account the historical context, and the probability of him knowing is lowered considerably.
Jan
9
comment Start of the Upsherin ceremony
@msh210 That is possible, though in truth it seems to me that a lot of those lines have been blurred - e.g. Uman has become the trip du jour far beyond the boundaries of Breslavim - as such it might be hard to tell where it comes from, so yeah I might be wrong on the true origin. Either way, it's become "popular" as a result of the same fashion of adopting Breslov and Chassidish minhagim....
Jan
8
answered Start of the Upsherin ceremony
Jan
7
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Third possiblity, though he was halachically Jewish, he was not raised as such, and did not consider himself Jewish (possibly even not known it). This is still not a problem with the Gmara, since he had no "Jewishness" about him.
Jan
2
awarded  Civic Duty
Jan
1
comment How to practice when 2 customs collide
@YDK thank you, I understand that you were not asking specifically about Bet Shemesh, I just wanted to make it clear. So, out of curiosity, how far has this news spread??
Jan
1
comment Hebrew Pronunciation- Sephardic Ashkenaz
@YDK as I said, there are a few exceptions to the correctness of the Sefardi pronounciation. Also, I never said that one should necessarily leave one's parents' tradition, I merely said this was more correct (though, now that you mention it, in most cases I would think that it is better to do what is correct and not perpetuate one's parents' mistakes...)