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Jul
19
comment Lashon Hara damage
Rachel, thanks for the edit. The question has been reopened.
Jul
17
comment Lashon Hara damage
@DoubleAA good point. I think an on-topic question could be asked about any of the options I listed, but we don't know which this is about. Rachel, I'm putting this on hold temporarily; please edit to clarify. Also, note that we don't give p'sak or personal advice; we can't answer "what should I do?" but we can answer questions about what the halacha says, what techniques people have learned for bringing about change, and so on. Please check out our short tour for more about the site. Thanks for understanding.
Jul
17
comment Lashon Hara damage
I'm sorry to hear that; that must be very frustrating. Is your goal to not feel hurt by it, to get them to stop treating you coldly, to get the person who spread it to do teshuva, or something else? If you edit in a clarification it will help people answer your question. Thank you.
Jul
17
comment Shechiyanu on seeing Kotel
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Jul
17
comment Can one Shecht with a Wire
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Jul
17
comment Does the Zodiac really have influence on our lives?
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Jul
16
comment Shabbat on Tisha B'Av: any liturgical changes?
@DoubleAA thanks. I knew it was tied to that haftarah (which in turn is tied to Tisha b'Av) but didn't know whether there was anything else special about it. I've never hear that alternate melody for לכה דודי, for example. user4751, is there any difference between Shabbat Chazon on Tisha b'Av and Shabbat Chazon on some other date?
Jul
16
comment Shabbat on Tisha B'Av: any liturgical changes?
If Tisha B'Av on Shabbat = Shabbat Chazon then that's fine, but I did not know that when asking the question. This appears to answer what I asked, which is what's different versus other shabbatot, though it sounds like some further clarification might be called for?
Jul
16
comment Can or should a shul expel talkative members who are also the shul's major benefactors?
Related (about talking, not expulsion): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16269/472
Jul
16
comment Does a superficial malformation of the Tanach's cover defile the Tanach?
The damage is only to the cover and not to any printed text?
Jul
16
asked Shabbat on Tisha B'Av: any liturgical changes?
Jul
16
comment Kadosh-status of fruit grown during shmita but picked afterwards?
Sometimes people ask a general question because they have no idea that specific cases within that generality vary. Not everybody knows all the possible points of variation before asking a question. Alice, if your question was motivated by particular fruits please edit that in; if you're happy with general answers, I hope such answers will point out that there are special cases.
Jul
15
comment Why hasn't the sof zman kriat shema adapted to the sleeping patterns of today?
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Jul
15
revised Shechiyanu on seeing Kotel
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Jul
15
comment Why does Orthodox Judaism not believe in the New Testament?
@IsaacMoses that makes sense; I'd agree with "unclear" rather than 'dupe".
Jul
15
revised Why does Orthodox Judaism not believe in the New Testament?
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Jul
15
comment Why does Orthodox Judaism not believe in the New Testament?
@IsaacMoses the core tenet of Christianity is the special status of Jesus (moshiach and God incarnate, l'havdil), but Paul, a significant author in their books, also makes other changes -- abolition of the b'rit probably being the main one. Even without the Jesus claims that would be problematic.
Jul
15
answered Why does Orthodox Judaism not believe in the New Testament?
Jul
15
revised Why does Orthodox Judaism not believe in the New Testament?
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Jul
15
answered How to answer practical questions on the street