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comment Did the Ramban say that mitzvos d'Rabbanan are only obligatory in the Land of Israel?
@Yishai if any point of clarification were required, I posit that it would be quite the opposite. He says "are not obligated". I worded it "are not applicable" to avoid a lengthy debate about what he really means (DeOraitha/Divrei Soferim, etc).
Aug
31
comment Origin of the term Motza'ei Shabbos
I don't like the title. I want to change it to "Meaning", rather than "Origin". But I'm not sure that is right. Thoughts? (Open to anyone, not just the OP.)
Aug
31
comment Will erasing G-d's name even in a Tanakh book render it not fit for use?
@Daniel, to the totally uninitiated, it may be unclear what Jews use our holy books for. The simple justification for keeping the question as-is, in my mind, is that someone unfamiliar with our rituals may be unaware that certain books/scrolls are used for public readings, and certain others are (usually) not, and that the "unfitness" for the scrolls may not apply to the books. I think that can be clarified in the answer.
Aug
31
comment Will erasing G-d's name even in a Tanakh book render it not fit for use?
@mil, as asked, the question raised a lot of confusion and deserved to be downvoted (though I was not the downvoter). I hope my edit captured your intent.
Aug
31
comment Signs of Judgment day
I'll add to @msh210's last point above: unless you have reason to assume they are the same; if that is your assumption, please indicate such (and, preferably, why).
Aug
28
comment Was stoning practiced in 30-32 CE?
Along the lines of @DoubleAA's comment, I think you can actually answer the entire question - as long as you assume that any questions of history do in fact relate to Judaism, and requests for "Jewish sources" do in fact refer to sources with a perspective on Judaism. That would make this mostly a non-answer, though it is very interesting.
Aug
27
comment What is the correct pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton?
@Jim, maybe.
Aug
27
comment Was stoning practiced in 30-32 CE?
The Talmud says that the Sanhedrin stopped practicing executions. Josephus was a Roman historian who happened to be Jewish, and whose knowledge and reports are often relied upon for all sorts of useful facts, but he is not considered a traditional Jewish source. Also, you cite his report on an incident three decades later than Mawia asked about.
Aug
27
comment Seeking downloadable practice files for High Holiday Shacharit practice
Virtual Cantor is a great resource. I believe their files can be downloaded onto Android if you long-press and select Save File.
Aug
27
comment Was stoning practiced in 30-32 CE?
That's a lot of information. So your answer is 1) Q: Was this practiced in Jerusalem in 30-32? A: Yes. Or possibly no. Probably yes outside of Jerusalem. Maybe. 2) Q: When was the last time this was done in accordance with Jewish law? A: Who knows? It might have been banned. Everyone says it was banned. It was probably banned. 3) Q: Do Jewish sources discuss whether the Romans interfered with this stuff? A: Yes, as shown above, modern academic sources, ancient Roman sources, and Wikipedia say that the Romans interfered. Also, a Jewish source says the Sanhedrin stopped it.
Aug
27
comment Authenticity of Rosh's commentary to Torah
Why would non-citation by his son prove its non-existence more than some holy rabbis' support for it proves its existence?
Aug
25
comment How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
This does not answer the question, which is seeking a translation that is useful in the context of its meaning in Shabbath.
Aug
25
comment How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
Perhaps "prolonged incident of forgetfulness with multiple inadvertent violations of Shabbath during that period"?
Aug
25
comment Does Judaism encourage secular learning?
"Does Judaism encourage secular learning?" In a word? No. In many more words, though, it may appear that Judaism does not discourage such subjects, and it may also appear that Judaism may not consider such subjects to actually be "secular" under certain conditions.
Aug
25
comment How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
I can't think of an English equivalent. But you may want to ask over on English Language & Usage SE.
Aug
25
comment How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
"Incident of forgetfulness"?
Aug
25
comment How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
"Absent-mindedness"?
Aug
24
comment What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew?
@WadCheber, that may be, and it may be what sparked the question, but the question is, "What is acceptable for Jews," which is a theological and/or Halachic question. Additional information about the historical figure may help provide context for the answer, which would do well as that link.
Aug
24
comment What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew?
@WadCheber, the tag is because the question assumes he existed as an historical figure.
Aug
24
comment What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew?
@WadCheber your comment above adds emphasis to my sense that this is an extended comment, not an answer. The basic answer provided, sans commentary (which can be reduced to just that link), is "I think you can believe two different things," which doesn't really answer the question. Summarize the position of those rabbis, perhaps, and that may be a more direct answer to the question than this is.