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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 :)
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 approved 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... ;-)