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Nov
3
comment What are good resources to find jobs for those contemplating Aliya?
P.S it also depends greatly on what type of job, what field, etc.
Nov
3
answered What are good resources to find jobs for those contemplating Aliya?
Oct
30
revised Birkat Kohanim in Mussaf on Simchas Torah?
removed localized jargon, changed to standard term
Oct
29
comment Can you become “more tamei”? If not, why do we worry about it today?
"A Kohen today can touch as many dead lizards as he likes" - that's a great quote! And the story just makes it even better...
Oct
28
comment Noach: why the people's food mentioned first
yes, but people's food is more important?
Oct
25
comment Which Kosher Certifications are trusted by all?
@avi I don't disagree, I was referring to the focus on a specific Rav's hechsher, to the exclusion of others, particularly in Israel.
Oct
24
comment Which Kosher Certifications are trusted by all?
As I mentioned in a comment above, this is most often a political/business statement. There are just as many competing insistances on "everything only R'Machfoud" or "it has to be R'Landau" etc.
Oct
24
comment Which Kosher Certifications are trusted by all?
@ShmuelBrill as I commented above, this is for (mainly) political reasons, and not so much from a halachic standpoint.
Oct
24
comment Which Kosher Certifications are trusted by all?
There are also several issues with conflicting stringencies, so it would anyway be impossible to get two opposing groups to agree on the halacha. For example, shmitta products - there are those who ban Jewish product, and there are those who ban product of land "sold" to gentiles.
Oct
24
comment Which Kosher Certifications are trusted by all?
This is not accurate - the 2 Israeli ones are not allowed in many places. Though to be fair, you did say "widely eaten", and not universal... So I guess it is close enough.
Oct
24
comment Which Kosher Certifications are trusted by all?
What @msh210 said. A lot of the differences between Kashruyot (at least in Israel, though I hear the same of US/UK) has more to do with politics (and, perhaps, "business"), than with halachic stringencies.
Oct
24
comment Did all animals come into the Teiva?
why not? If you take historical, scientific and literary context into account as part of your literal reading, it pretty much mostly fits.
Oct
23
answered Why do we say “Shmini Atzeres Hachag Hazeh”?
Oct
11
comment What is the difference between dati, chasidish, and charedi?
@msh210 Ah, not exactly what I meant... I was referring to the group usually called "Dati'im", most commonly referring to the Dati Leumi community, which excludes Chareidim (for the most part, though there are overlaps).
Oct
11
comment What is the difference between dati, chasidish, and charedi?
@msh210 Sadly, in Israel it is a very thick line. Very different outlook, political parties, society, etc. One of the only times these groups are lumped together are when anti-religious groups pejoratively address "you dosim"....
Oct
11
comment What is the difference between dati, chasidish, and charedi?
@Curiouser, that's part of the Israeli Chareidi outlook - many of them claim that no, Dati'im don't observe Jewish laws. Shocking as that is, I have heard many times the term tinok shenishba applied to Dati Leumi in a derogatory fashion.
Oct
10
comment What is the difference between dati, chasidish, and charedi?
@follick I agree almost completely, though there are other aspects of course. However, one point that is not accurate is that Chassidim are not a proper subset of Chareidim - there are plenty of "Dati Leumi" that are Chassidish. As you said, followers of Baal Shem Tov, and his way of life and Judaism. Not necessarily congruent with being Chareidi.
Oct
10
comment What is the difference between dati, chasidish, and charedi?
@msh210 surprising as it is, that is the case here. Sadly, American Chasidim (and other chareidim) that make aliyah are often confused by this, and by the time they realize the difference they are already part of the Israeli Chareidim. Historically, this goes back to kaspei chaluka, but that is of course not the whole story... And yes, most (almost all, though that is slowly changing a bit) Chareidi communities view going to the army as "going off the path".
Oct
9
comment Why is Ein Kelokeinu not said on Yom Kippur?
Rinat Yisrael (which is considered authoritative in many regions) does have it, both in nusach Ashkenaz and Sfarad (don't know about Edot Mizrach)...
Oct
5
comment On days when Kohanim Duchan, why do the Kohanim only do it once and not in each Shemoneh Esrei?
Something just occurred to me, this is probably a Eretz Yisrael / Galut type of thing, isn't it? I keep forgetting that Birkat Kohanim is not done all the time outside of Israel :)