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May
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comment How can the prohibition against murder be reconciled with capital punishment in the Torah (mitath beth din)?
My theory is that once someone has committed certain heinous crimes, they have denied G-d, and no longer are worthy of the life G-d gave them. This includes such acts as murder, since man is created in the image of G-d. It also, then, naturally includes such acts that fundamentally deny G-d's unity (idolatry), creation and mastery of the world (sabbath), and partnership with man, His servant, in creating the world and keeping it holy (adultery, etc.). I have no source, though. I've run this by some major Jewish figures in the Orthodox world, and they have found it intriguing, to be sure.
May
25
comment Milk and 'Ever Min HaḤai
I apologize for the typos. Written on my phone.
May
25
asked Milk and 'Ever Min HaḤai
May
25
comment All people in world are Jews?
@moses, The question of what defines a "Jew" has been asked and answered elsewhere on this site, both philosophically and semantically. While this was earlier than most of those questions, I was trying to avoid that issue altogether and focus solely on the Asker's core question, which was basically, "If the Jews stemmed from Noah, did that make everyone in the family line (going backwards to Noah) Jewish, since Jews are a nation as well as a religion?" My answer attempted to focus on the development of (different) nationhood(s) from the family line of humanity stemming from Noah. Make sense?
May
25
comment What's with Rus sleeping over with Boaz?
Aww, @Alex beat me to #4. I was all excited to explain that one! Yes, it seems David HaMelech (their great-grandson!) enacted that law.
May
25
comment What makes a wine kosher?
@AdamMosheh, I dunno, is he?
May
25
comment What makes a wine kosher?
Not at all. I'm saying the wording of the sentence makes it sound like idolatry should be encouraged because it's better than atheism. I'm just wondering if that's what R' Chaim ibn Atta actually meant or if a rephrasing of the sentence would help clarify some ambiguity.
May
25
comment Can the daughter of two people who could not marry a Cohen marry a cohen?
@Yishai, It's not even a standard Humrah, though. A standard Humrah is generally taking a more stringent approach because of some lone opinion that you want to account for. This more like Gebrokts - Minhag out of a desire to be more stringent, but with recognized boundaries. The boundary in this case, if I'm not mistaken, is the first generation. Once someone has been "born into Kedushah" as one of the sources says, there's no more reason to extend the stringency. In both cases, there is no prohibition, per se, on the marriage.
May
25
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May
25
comment What makes a wine kosher?
I don't see a Nafka Minah between the two, sorry. It still sounds like there is a requirement for an atheist to (at least) be an idolater if he cannot be a monotheist.
May
25
answered Can the daughter of two people who could not marry a Cohen marry a cohen?
May
25
comment Mamzer from non-Jew
I love this: "stricter strictures restricting".
May
25
comment Source online for the melody of “yetziv pisgom” said in the Haftorah for second day Shavous
No idea, but now the tune used at my Shul is stuck in my head.
May
24
comment Can the daughter of two people who could not marry a Cohen marry a cohen?
See: chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/468267/jewish/…
May
24
answered Can you recommend an alternative outer talit bag?
May
24
comment Can a mother undress in front of her daughter?
Welcome, Helen. Please remember that this is not a forum for Halachic advice or Pesak. We are here to share knowledge and to ask and answer questions for informational purposes, which can, and often does, include background information for asking a rabbi for Pesak. Please consult a competent Halachic decisor for practical advice. Hope to see you around the site!
May
24
comment Why do we sit in the sukkah in the autumn?
LOL............
May
24
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May
24
comment Who was Nehorai?
Sam, thanks for all the background! I Googled Nehorai and came up with an entry on Jewish Encyclopedia for Jose b. Nehorai.
May
24
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