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Aug
13
comment Origin of the Escalator analogy
I heard it darshened by a Bobover friend like this: "In avodas Hashem, one must go up smoothly as a ramp, not leaping upward beyond ones means as on a staircase." Is that what you're looking for?
Mar
27
comment Why is techeles not universally accepted?
@GershonGold I know of both a litvish posek and chasidishe posek that wear techeiles.
Feb
13
comment If it's your minhag to daven Hanetz, do you do so even without a minyan?
Hanetz = Sunrise. Sunrise, by definition, can't happen 3 hours into the day :) Sof Zman Krias Shema happens 3 hours after hanetz. I think we're talking about different things here.
Jan
29
comment Is there a time limit for Borei Nefashos and Beracha Me'en Shalosh?
Yes, sorry about the confusion, that's what I mean.
Dec
30
comment Accusations against the Zohar HaKadosh:
It's important to understand that we view the sefiros as creations of Hashem, not as Hashem Himself.
Dec
30
comment Accusations against the Zohar HaKadosh:
Also, just food for thought, but consider that both the Baal Shem Tov and Vilna Gaon were renowned kabbalists. By extension, both the Litvish/yeshivish leaders as well as the "founder" of Chassidus held by the Zohar and by kabbalah. Nachmanides and many other rishonim did as well.
Dec
20
comment If it's your minhag to daven Hanetz, do you do so even without a minyan?
Netz isn't "sunrise" and Hanetz isn't "the sunrise?"
Dec
20
comment How to tell someone about Shomer Negiah
+1, great answer!
Dec
20
comment If it's your minhag to daven Hanetz, do you do so even without a minyan?
Awesome, thanks, that helps a lot :)
Dec
20
comment How to tell someone about Shomer Negiah
I haven't worked with them in the past, and I'm only out there for 2 weeks. They know about Shabbos, but yeah.
Dec
20
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
Who doesn't wear a hat indoors? :)
Dec
19
comment Was the world created with din or with rachamim?
@HodofHod Yes, you're right.
Dec
19
comment Was the world created with din or with rachamim?
@msh210 I'm interested in both, but unfortunately, no one has addressed the wording directly yet, as far as I can tell.
Dec
18
comment Was the world created with din or with rachamim?
Interesting, it seems kind of weird that the world was essentially created in a way in which it couldn't stand and then changed. I wonder why this is.
Dec
18
comment Was the world created with din or with rachamim?
So the world was created in din, then was changed?
Dec
18
comment Was the world created with din or with rachamim?
But why the use of Elokim as opposed to Hashem as the name used?
Dec
18
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
Up until fairly recently, it was much more dangerous to live around Christians, but not so much around Muslims. Both were dangerous, but especially during the Crusades, Muslims and Jews lived together, sharing a common foe seeking their annihilation.
Dec
8
comment Is being vegan “kosher”?
I once heard a friend remark that he would eat meat when moshiach came; also something very questionable if not outright wrong (cf. Gemara Bavli). I don't have any sources, but it seems to me that if someone is vegan or vegetarian as a matter of principle, there might me something wrong with it. There's many times on Shabbos or Yom Tov where I simply don't want (and thus don't eat) meat, but for me to convince myself that meat is morally wrong and thus make it disgusting to myself would seem to be pretty wrong. "Why are they trying to be more merciful than G-d?" Exactly.
Dec
4
comment Are there halachos which specify who is qualified for tzedakah?
Why the downvote?
Dec
4
comment Can someone have more than one potential soulmate simultaneously?
I once heard that the GR"A tz"l once remarked that if there were two things he could change about halacha, one of them would be re-allowing a man to have multiple wives. Food for thought.