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An observant Reform Jew.


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Dec
15
comment Are gingerbread houses prohibited?
I see where you're coming from, but respectfully disagree. There is [almost certainly] no direct halacha dealing with gingerbread houses per se. So we're left to derive something by comparing different baraita and existing principles. This has to do with the adoption of another culture's symbols (which Jews have always done) in a way that doesn't harm Jewish distinctiveness or break laws. The main issue for interpretation is whether, in the current cultural milleau, gingerbread houses are considered distinctively Christian or more secular.
Dec
14
comment Is a male considered Jewish if his dad is Jewish and his mom is not jewish but the dad had his male child have a brit-millah
Reform says that to be considered Jewish, a person has to have at least one Jewish parent AND be raised as a Jew, or they have to convert. c.f. jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/…
Dec
14
answered Holes in walls above ten tefach
Dec
14
comment Gentile living with a Jewish flatmate
@msh210 check my answer below about chametz owned by a gentile who is renting a room from a Jew. All that said though, it is an act of consideration for the o.p. to refrain from bringing chametz into the house, just to prevent slip-ups. And kitnyot for the same reason if the roommate refrains from it out of tradition.
Dec
14
answered Is it Nivul Peh to ask if a phrase is Nivul Peh?
Dec
14
answered Are gingerbread houses prohibited?
Dec
14
comment Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?
I guess from a practical perspective it wasn't a positive commandment to own a copy, since pre-printing presses it would have been prohibitively expensive to own a Tanakh.
Dec
14
awarded  Editor
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14
revised Gentile living with a Jewish flatmate
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answered Gentile living with a Jewish flatmate
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14
awarded  Supporter
Dec
14
answered Only Yetzer Hara until age 13
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14
awarded  Teacher
May
14
answered Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?