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Jun
10
comment Bitul BeRov - the classic case in real life
@sah We rely on Rov all the time. This is just the simplified version of the concept boiled down to its most basic, undiluted form.
Jun
8
comment Fasting for non Religious Reasons?
I'm glad you did. Shabbath Shalom!
Jun
8
revised Mesorah exchange between communities
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Jun
8
comment Most original form of the Hebrew Bible/Tenach
@nickecarlo, You're right. Sorry, I saw your name above his - my mistake.
Jun
8
comment Mesorah exchange between communities
@DoubleAA, I'm sure you're right. My question is essentially that - since we don't seem to accept their Mesorah on something, doesn't it make sense that they have the same doubts about us? Shouldn't the Hechsher Kashruth on a person/community allow others to exchange Mesorah with them? (Directed back at you: Should I reword it? Do you think it works as it is?)
Jun
8
revised Halachic status of kamut
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Jun
8
comment Halachic status of kamut
And Gershon Gold has proven me wrong about an absolute source!
Jun
8
revised Mesorah exchange between communities
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Jun
8
asked Mesorah exchange between communities
Jun
8
comment Why aren't Yemenites an ed echad on locusts?
@IsaacMoses, could you ask R' Zivotofsky if the reverse is true. Taking an extreme example, can Yemenites marry into Ashkenazi families, trusting the Mesorah that the Ashkenazim are in fact Jewish? What is it about the Mesorah of the Yemenites that precludes us from just accepting it? Just because we haven't seen it? Clearly this shows their Mesorah is stronger than ours (argumentative tone intended for effect, not actually to be argumentative)! Hmm, I think I have a new question.
Jun
8
comment Most original form of the Hebrew Bible/Tenach
@nickecarlo, "Actually, I'm looking for one that Jews can agree with that isn't biased". Well, we don't think our translation is biased. :)
Jun
8
comment Halachic status of kamut
@DoubleAA, it's irrelevant to my answer, since, first of all, I was coming up with some conceivable difference that ultimately doesn't really matter, and second of all, the point is about something that is (at least to the questioner) different from those things that are known to have that rule.
Jun
8
answered Halachic status of kamut
Jun
8
comment Why aren't Yemenites an ed echad on locusts?
Did you mean "would" or "wouldn't" in your penultimate sentence?
Jun
8
comment Rational approaches to superstitious ideas
On the other hand, isn't Nishtaneh HaTeva' a 12th century version of this very idea?
Jun
8
comment Rational approaches to superstitious ideas
@CharlesKoppelman, Wait, don't misunderstand - I'm talking about mainstream Orthodox groups. If Reform encourages people to explore their beliefs freely (I'm not sure that's accurate or inaccurate, btw), that is not what I'm asking. If one shul on the south side of Chicago that runs as traditionally Orthodox but for survival's sake has an open-door policy and the rabbi has a study group once a month to present off-beat ideas to attract more members, I'm not sure I'd buy that either.
Jun
8
comment Most original form of the Hebrew Bible/Tenach
@Shredder, If you have seen many translations and suspect them to be biased, why would then immediately reject the first translation you saw that differed from them?
Jun
8
comment Do Jewish people have a collection of books which are the equivelant of the Christian Old Testament?
Caraim (I assume you mean Karaites) are just a matter of a different understanding? How is a rejection of the entire system of Torah SheBe'al Peh just a matter of a different understanding?
Jun
8
comment Difference between Torah and the first five books in Christian bible
@msh210 Why is this out of scope but the dupe isn't?
Jun
8
comment Rational approaches to superstitious ideas
@Menachem, look at the reaction to RaMBa"M's.