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comment embarassing an anonymous person online
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10693/472 (asks specifically about lashon hara)
3h
comment Are the works of Maimonides treated as divinely inspired?
We trust what he says in Mishneh Torah; do we hold Moreh Nevuchim at the same level? I thought I'd heard that that one was more controversial. (It also, being a philosophic work, isn't a source of halacha, and maybe that distinction is important.)
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comment Buying kitniyot during Pesach
I don't know the answer to the halacha question, but I wonder if you could skirt the immediate issue by borrowing from (Sephardic, Jewish) neighbors? Do you have any (and do they have enough to lend)? Any chameitz in their already-owned kitniyot would have been nullified, unlike any you buy from a store.
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comment “If God had not delivered us from Egypt we would still be slaves”? Really?
The comparison to US slavery came up at my seder this year. I wonder if a key difference is the purpose of the freedom -- "let my people go" is not the end of the sentence; it's "...so that they can serve Me". We were freed from Egyptian bondage for a purpose. Freed slaves in the US, on the other hand, were basically (as I understand it) just cut loose to find their own way. It's no wonder they were so easy to oppress with the laws and ill treatment that followed; they had no one to protect and guide them.
16h
comment Machsor Tom. I - Prayer book?
Hi and welcome to Mi Yodeya. Is there a table of contents? (Hebrew's fine.) If so, if you could scan that and the title page and add them to your post, it might help us identify which holy day this is for.
16h
comment Do Neanderthals had soul?
Comments removed: comments are for seeking clarification or suggestion improvements to the post, not for extended conversations or arguments. Take those to chat please.
Apr
14
comment Why does the torah give us exact dates for the flood?
@msh210 (oops, didn't see your months-old comment until now): an anwser that explains why the Torah felt a need to tell us it was a solar year, and why it couldn't just say that without exact dates, would fully satisfy me. The first part would still be interesting, albeit not a complete answer to my question. Thanks.
Apr
14
comment According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
@sam, see this meta post on pluralism. I think it's well-established that questions about Conservative Judaism are in-bounds on Mi Yodeya.
Apr
14
comment According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
@sabbahillel you can cancel a vote by clicking on the same vote button. (So click on the downvote button to remove your DV without adding an upvote.)
Apr
14
comment According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
@sabbahillel I made an edit that should make it clearer. It seems obvious to me that this is a question about Conservative Judaism, which is part of Jewish life and is on-topic. The word "doctrine" was a red herring.
Apr
14
comment Is it permissable to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
@sabbahillel the question presumes an eiruv, which is why I didn't repeat that here.
Apr
14
comment How do you pick a Hagada to use at the Seder?
Another thing along these lines that I have done is to use a haggadah with "average" levels of commentary, but invite everybody to bring a selection from his favorite haggadah (or other relevant source) to share at the appropriate time. (This works for a dozen people; if you have 20-30 you'll have to rein that in some, probably.) So everybody gets to share one thing not in "the" haggadah, we all benefit, but we don't dive into a deep-commentary haggadah for the whole seder.
Apr
14
comment According to Conservative Judaism, is one permitted to use an umbrella on Shabbat?
Good question (I don't understand why it was downvoted). I didn't find it in a search of their responsa site, and Google led me to others who couldn't find it either.
Apr
13
comment training gabbaim for Kri'at Hatorah
+1 for the highlighting suggestion. When I lein I give a marked-up printout to the gabbai where I've marked anything critical, which includes both "would change the meaning" and "for some reason I kept messing this one up in practice".
Apr
13
comment Why do we say ha-motzi before al achilat matzah instead of after?
@TamirEvan good point. I considered the general kiddush case but guessed that since we do that every week that might change the priorities (versus something we only change once a year). I hadn't thought about your last example; thanks.
Apr
13
comment Free sample of Chametz
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27478/472
Apr
13
comment Why don't we thank God for making us men/women?
Comments deleted (and one edited): what started as a discussion to improve this answer (good, that's what comments are for) turned into more of an argument, which isn't constructive to keep around. Baruch, please consider whether anything you've responded to here belongs in the answer. Thanks.
Apr
11
comment Is it appropriate for a Gentile to attend and/or participate in a Seder?
As for showing up after the food is cooked (to some to-be-specified level), I assume (but no source) that this is to prevent the host from adding some extra food to the pot/pan/etc, which would be cooking on the gentile's behalf, which is forbidden. So you show up late enough that that can't happen, and since there's usually more than enough food it works out.
Apr
11
comment Choir practice for Birkat Kohanim
Asking "should (or shouldn't) they do X" isn't a good fit for Stack Exchange -- it's an opinion poll, while SE aims for answerable questions. On the other hand, asking what the customs or halacha about practicing would be answerable, as would asking for ways to improve this in your congregation.
Apr
11
comment Praying for the life of the prophet's enemies
If a question is put on hold please fix the original question; don't just re-ask it. You can click the "edit" link under the original question to address issues raised in comments. Thank you. (I'm assuming you're the same person as the asker of the other question since these are very similar.)