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May
24
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
@AaronGreenberg, it's a metaphor, even if in the past (and immediately for you, me, and any non-astronauts) it was literal.
May
23
comment What is the point of the luchos if they are never even taken out of the aron?
Part of the problem is punctuation and run-on sentences.
May
23
comment Traditional review of Heschel's “Torah min HaShamayim”
Right. That's kind of what I was getting at. I don't think any Gedolim would have written about it. Now, on the other hand, you may find someone lesser-known in today's American/Israeli Yeshivishe veldt, who had great renown in his time, such as en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Brodie.
May
23
comment Rubbing the Havdalah wine
I think you meant @ShmuelBrin.
May
23
comment Traditional review of Heschel's “Torah min HaShamayim”
OK, but I don't think R' Moshe was in the business of writing book reviews. Are you looking for some kind of Haskamah?
May
23
comment Traditional review of Heschel's “Torah min HaShamayim”
Having said that, looking for a more comprehensive treatment is understandable.
May
23
comment Traditional review of Heschel's “Torah min HaShamayim”
"Also, I am familiar with R' Gil Student's review...I am looking for the review of a more prominent and authoritative figure..." I do not know him and I am not an avid reader of his blog, but I think it should be pointed out that Gil Student has successfully established himself as among the most learned and smartest, and certainly among the most prolific and well-respected, writers and thinkers in the Modern-Orthodox-right-of-center circle that you may be looking to hear from.
May
23
comment How to learn Amidah, Shma and others?
@Millthorn You should be aware that your converting rabbi(s) will probably require you to move to a Jewish community within walking distance of a synagogue.
May
23
comment How to learn Amidah, Shma and others?
@Millthorn May I suggest Skype?
May
23
comment Should I wear tefillin during Chol HaMoed?
@DoubleAA, ok, he argues that. But the Zohar doesn't.
May
23
comment Non-Jews and kosher wine
@Millthorn, you should probably edit your answer to remove the confusing language, and possibly rephrase those parts of the question.
May
23
comment Should I wear tefillin during Chol HaMoed?
@DoubleAA, see here for starters: parsha.blogspot.com/2008/04/…
May
23
comment Should I wear tefillin during Chol HaMoed?
@DoubleAA, fair enough, but both opinions are based on assumptions that have extremely serious consequences. Essentially, each assumption implies that the non-adoption of it is heretical. That's why I called it wishy-washy. Yes, Kavanah is a factor, but how do you have proper Kavanah if you have a doubt that your action might be Kefirah?
May
23
comment Non-Jews and kosher wine
Thanks for the clarification. I've amended my answer.
May
23
comment Non-Jews and kosher wine
@msh210 Gotcha. I've incorporated your comment into my answer.
May
23
revised Non-Jews and kosher wine
Incorporated comment from Msh210. Also amended in light of clarification of poster.
May
23
comment Non-Jews and kosher wine
@msh210, Correct, but I don't think I used the word boiled, did I? I tried to use the word "cooked" (in quotes, deliberately).
May
23
comment Should I wear tefillin during Chol HaMoed?
@DoubleAA, those are sort of quirky Halachically wishy-washy solutions to a very complex problem. But on paper, the two positions are mutually exclusive. You're only wearing Tefillin on condition that it's what you're supposed to do? That's like saying I'm only eating this cheeseburger on condition that the meat is soy.
May
23
comment Non-Jews and kosher wine
Just in case there is some misunderstanding of the term "Melochos" (plural of Melacha), and possibly also "Mitzvos" (plural of Mitzvah) see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melacha and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitzvah
May
23
comment What makes a wine kosher?
I'm not sure who user1040 is or if he/she will ever see this comment, but a simple edit will make it clearer. A knowledgeable reader might understand the intended meaning, but a casual reader looking for information might not. I'd +1 this answer if it were improved.