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Feb
21
comment Tzitzit tying: the real way
This still needs a lot of cleanup, IMHO.
Feb
21
revised Is there any difference between Jewish G-d and Muslim G-d?
edited title
Feb
21
comment Is there any difference between Jewish G-d and Muslim G-d?
@Maxood, if a Muslim accepted that the Torah today remained uncorrupted, then he would not be a very good Muslim, since a core tenet of Islam is that the Qur'an is the uncorrupted truth, in contradistinction to the Torah. If he accepted that the Torah remains uncorrupted, I don't think the RaMBa"M would consider it wrong for the rabbi to teach him.
Feb
21
comment Is there any difference between Jewish G-d and Muslim G-d?
Maxood, and @IsaacMoses, I tried to re-capture the original intent of the question with my new edit. Please feel free to further edit it if either one of you feels it does not meet either the originally intended question or the site's requirements.
Feb
21
revised Is there any difference between Jewish G-d and Muslim G-d?
Tried to re-capture the OP's intent in a slightly more simplified question (and rolled back to OP's spelling of G-d).
Feb
21
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
They saw a resurgence of piety and spirituality, and a guy who seemed like the real deal claimed to be Mashiach and had a huge following. So, ok, to them, maybe he wasn't THE Mashiach, but maybe he was a precursor. At least that's the only way I can wrap my head around how people could still have believed in him yet remain Jewish. But, again, that's assuming R' Eybeschutz was even among them. And, again, even then, it is not absolutely, automatically heresy, if it was a desperate optimism rather than a new religion.
Feb
21
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
(In my mind) It's like the early, disillusioned followers of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who came up with excuses after he died that he could die and still have been the Mashiach Ben Yosef, not Ben David (distinct from those who still believe he was and is Mashiach and that he'll return - that's much closer to heresy). In other words, people were devastated by his betrayal, not to mention his death, and they weren't sure what to make of it. They desperately clung to the hope that the end of the bitter exile was near, because they couldn't face the fact that it was nowhere near over.
Feb
21
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
Moshe, Sabateanism was not a religion, though. It was a terrible, terrible mistake, but it was not a religion. Furthermore, there is one, solitary work that asserts that R' Eybeschutz was a closet Sabbatean. There is really very little evidence of this, save for the circumstantial "evidence" that there were a handful in his Yeshiva and that his son came out as one. Even if he were, R' Meir still tried to learn from Aher, and of his KU"P is valid on its merits, I don't see why we must discount it on account of the mistaken and misplaced hope that Shabtai Tzvi would be vindicated as a messiah...
Feb
21
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
Moshe, if you don't tag @simchashatorah he won't see it. But to answer your question, Kreisi UPleisi is a major Halachic work. I don't think it's possible to get Semichah without encountering it.
Feb
20
comment Bracha - Al Mitzvas Tefilin - does it count for the 100 daily Brachos
And here - haretzion.org/faculty/ramim @Adam
Feb
20
comment Bracha - Al Mitzvas Tefilin - does it count for the 100 daily Brachos
@Adam youtube.com/…
Feb
20
comment What kind of Mechitza is required when the women daven on the second floor?
The formulation of the question is confusing. Are you assuming something additional is needing, or are you also asking whether or not it is?
Feb
20
revised If sleeping suffices for “ad d'lo yada”, why drink?
fixed typo
Feb
20
answered If sleeping suffices for “ad d'lo yada”, why drink?
Feb
20
comment Are children adopted by Jews Jewish?
@Adam, I did say "normative Halachic practice," and, yes, I meant it as in your latter assumption.
Feb
20
comment Al Hamichyah - Wide land?
@alex, yes and no. He lived during Columbus's time, when, so we American schoolchildren were taught, the issue was very contentious.
Feb
17
comment Beracha upon seeing a friend on a webcam
I will try to get some time to read it. Don't have a copy so it'll have to be on Hebrewbooks, so Shabbath is out. :( But thank you for bringing that point. You got me. I have no idea how to reconcile the two.
Feb
17
comment In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?
@IsaacMoses, that's a fair point, but wouldn't most people starting up a new Minyan have an idea already about what works and what doesn't, and wouldn't it primarily need to be tailored to the local community's patterns of behavior?
Feb
17
answered Is there anywhere that you can get round machine Matzos?
Feb
17
comment In an average shul, how long before sunset does a combined weekday Mincha/Maariv service start?
This might be interesting sociological information to have, but I don't see how it is constructive from a Jewish Life & Learning perspective. (No downvote from me, though - yet.) Can you clarify what you're trying to get out of this question?