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Jun
12
comment Do multiple hechsherim (kosher symbols) on a product make its kashrut less reliable?
Sadly, it is not always just about trust between the different Kashrut orgs, or even a question of different stringencies - there are, sad to say, some Kashrut agencies that insist on their own certification for the sole purpose of money. It is a business, after all. (Obviously not all kashruyot, but there are some, and apologies if anyone is offended by this - but it is true).
Feb
21
comment Start of the Upsherin ceremony
@haircut yes, comments to that effect have been made, and I agreed that it has long been a Chassidish minhag - but that is not exactly "well beyond Breslov" (which sounds like it was always a mainstream minhag, which is only recently).
Oct
15
comment Explaining to children why we don't celebrate Halloween
Nice! Also contrast how Halloween is about death, and Purim is about living (notwithstanding Haman and his sons, but the celebration is basically "we weren't killed")...
Aug
15
comment Hebrew Pronunciation- Sephardic Ashkenaz
Well, of course he would say that ;-)
Apr
26
comment shiduch date haircut during sefira
Why would a "shidduch date" be special, as opposed to a "regular" date?
Mar
14
comment Can God destroy Himself?
The "nonsense" you mention towards the end is actually a better translation than "impossible", even though that is strictly what he wrote he meant it in terms of nonsensical. As in, "it is impossible to conceptualize such a concept", not that "it cannot be done".
Dec
24
comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
ah, right - well, it is spread out around the comments here. I don't really remember what was missing, but I will try to collate it all and summarize. Before Purim....
Dec
24
comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
@DoubleAA still what...?
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... :-) )
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
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....
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