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May
25
revised Redistribution of refuge cities after expansion
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May
24
comment does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
I kind of resent that generalism. I consider myself "haredi", and yet do not take a literalist stance toward midrash/aggada at all.
May
24
revised Redistribution of refuge cities after expansion
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May
24
answered Redistribution of refuge cities after expansion
May
24
revised Why do we say Pesach seder brachot both nights?
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May
24
comment Why is Judaism not Racism?
Possible duplicate: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1295/jews-vs-non-jew
May
24
comment Why is Judaism not Racism?
Also, because it is hard to divorce "racism" from its negative connotation, I believe a different term should be used. Perhaps ethnocentrism, or even supremacism, which are more neutral? Do those fit with what you are trying to ask?
May
24
comment Why is Judaism not Racism?
If you are using the term 'racism' without negative connotation, why are you trying to find a reason why it is not racism. Would it be better to ask "Is Judaism/Zionism racism?"
May
24
answered Diaspora of Egypt: has it already happened?
May
24
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
@Dima, I apologize; you are correct. Although Jewish culture is irrelevant to the definition of "Jewish" in a halachic sense, it is indeed relevant as an answer to this question, as one may or may not describe themselves as Jewish depending on how "emotionally Jewish" or "culturally Jewish" they are.
May
24
comment Berachos over food mixtures
People have the same problem with cholent: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6213/cholent-falafel-bracha
May
24
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
@IsaacMoses, Fair enough.
May
24
comment Yichud in Elevator
According to this, "As for the odds of getting stuck in an elevator. They're about once in a lifetime for the average person using elevators on a daily basis."
May
24
comment Yichud in Elevator
@yydl, How probable is it to get stuck in an elevator? Personally, I never have.
May
24
comment Yichud in Elevator
@yydl, One should also bring his tefillin along on elevators in case it gets stuck for the whole day. :)
May
24
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
@Dima, Yes, that may be true, but I was simply trying to say that Jewish culture has no influence over the definition of a Jew. You say, Defining what it means to be Jewish, on the other hand, is a bit tricky. but it is not tricky at all. Your subsequent "simple halachic definition" is all there is to it. "Who the Jews are as a group" is irrelevant.
May
24
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
I like your definition of Zionism, but not so much your definition of Judaism. Being Jewish has a strict halachic definition. As much as Judaism may have a culture, having "Jewish culture" does not make someone Jewish.
May
24
answered Yichud in Elevator
May
24
comment People half-standing for אלקינו in zimun
Kind of like putting up the mezuza diagonal.
May
23
comment What is the meaning of Davar Shebakedusha?
Relevant hearsay from R' Chaim Soloveitchik: elomdus.blogspot.com/2007/12/zimun-of-10-people.html