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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 :)
Oct
5
comment On days when Kohanim Duchan, why do the Kohanim only do it once and not in each Shemoneh Esrei?
Which Machzor? For which Chag? At least for 3 R'galim, my Rinat Yisrael has the Kohen version in Shacharit too. RH too.
Oct
5
comment On days when Kohanim Duchan, why do the Kohanim only do it once and not in each Shemoneh Esrei?
I'm confused... Why do you think they don't do birkat kohanim in Shacharit? Perhaps the kohen simply arrived too late (that has happened by us in the past :) )?
Oct
4
comment חס ושלום! (whatever that means)
@msh210 what about "חוס על עמך" and the like? It's the same root.
Oct
1
comment Uman for Rosh Hashanah?
No, of course not, that was obvious flippancy. However, there is room to discuss the difference between beseeching their deceased rebbe to intercede on their behalf, instead of doing all that is necessary.
Oct
1
comment Why are there so many accounts of the Hebrews' killing their neighbors and so few of their being kind or good?
In addition to the above comments, I think it is important to point out that the Bible is not a book of history - it is a book of morality. Any story presented therein is intended not to relate that which was, but to teach a lesson on what should be. Some of the stories of cruelty (not in the list you mentioned) are there to teach what NOT to do.
Sep
28
revised Why does the Bible contain many instances of group or tribal punishment and guilt?
removed OT
Sep
28
answered Why does the Bible contain many instances of group or tribal punishment and guilt?
Sep
28
suggested suggested edit on Why does the Bible contain many instances of group or tribal punishment and guilt?
Sep
28
comment Why use Babylonian calendar instead of our own?
@Curiouser the answer is actually quite accurate (other than that not all the names are Babylonian). Even before the exile the Hebrew calendar was lunisolar, all the talk wrt sanctifying the months etc is heavily tilted towards lunarity.
Sep
27
comment Uman for Rosh Hashanah?
"Spiritual pull" - more of a mystical pull. Those weak in character and moral fortitude always look for a "shortcut", a way to be considered "worthy" without having to earn it, being able to reach a level of ecstasy on request instead of working to get there. As @msh210 said, same as many go to India, but this time it's considered to be a popular thing even within some religious circles. It's easier to pray to R'Nachman at his grave, and automatically be granted your heart's desires, than to make the effort and attempt to commune with, let's face it, a much harder-to-grasp concept as G-d.
Sep
27
comment Uman for Rosh Hashanah?
@yoel that's a great quote! Wasn't going to click that link, but now I did. But where was the sinat chinam (besides in Uman, for all those that don't believe in it)?
Sep
23
comment Resources for the Kulot (leniencies) that the Rabbanut in Israel Takes
FTR, most of the Rabbanuyot make up new "chumrot", and not leniencies. Especially wrt Bet Shemesh, most of what the rabbanut there does is in the other direction, and not new leniencies.
Sep
11
comment Does Down Syndrome make one a Shoteh?
@Shalom, wow, so according to this, most people would be considered shoteh... ;-)
Sep
11
comment Are late or overdue fees Ribbis?
@msh210 are you saying that it is not okay to rent anything fungible? e.g. that cup of flour, or even renting a movie online (ala netflix)?
Sep
11
comment Cell Phone Jammers in Halacha
Do you have basis for thinking jammers would be forbidden? Annoying, yes, but according to halacha?
Sep
4
comment BinyOn or binyAn adai-ad in one of the sheva brochos?
It is always binyan. If you're asking, is it a patach or a kamatz, that is a different question - but pronouncing a kamatz as "O" is wrong, the correct pronounciation is still "A" (though probably a bit closer to "uh").
Sep
2
comment Bris vs. critical thinking?
Education? Then you'd realize that "unconscionable" is not based on good reasoning.
Sep
2
comment When to say LeDovid HaShem Ori in a minyan with different nusach
But @msh210's point is, you could discuss replacing the l'David from Arvit, with Mincha on the next day. If you said it in Arvit, then again in Mincha the next day, this would have no affect on the next Arvit - which is a seperate day, and a separate set of tfillot.