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Dec
10
comment How to explain to friends/family that one will not attend an intermarriage
Sending a gift or even offering congratulations is unacceptable. I agree that you should try to give minimum offense, but you simply cannot in any way signal acceptance, encouragement or happiness with the act. Intermarriage is a profound rejection of Judaism, and while it is not done with any malice towards our G-d and religion it's simply not okay, and you cannot intimate that it is. After the fact, you should maintain relations with the couple as if you never noticed they got married, and similarly ignore anniversaries.
Dec
10
comment How to explain to friends/family that one will not attend an intermarriage
Sending a gift or even offering congratulations is unacceptable. I agree that you should try to give minimum offense, but you simply cannot in any way signal acceptance, encouragement or happiness with the act. Intermarriage is a profound rejection of Judaism, and while it is not done with any malice towards our G-d and religion it's simply not okay, and you cannot intimate that it is. After the fact, you should maintain relations with the couple as if you never noticed they got married, and similarly ignore anniversaries.
Apr
3
comment Understanding ones own 'middah k'neged middah'
Related: Interpreting divine messages
Apr
2
comment Is an ancient prutah muksah?
Could you not consider this kind of article effectively a work of art? It's there to be admired and studied, like a painting or sculpture - that's what you do with it.
Jan
13
comment What is one's purpose in life and how does one find it?
Related: How do you know what is G-d's will in a particular situation?
Dec
26
comment Full davening audio or video
Virtual Cantor seems to skip the parts not read aloud by the cantor...
Dec
6
comment What is the correct way to cook Jachnun on Shabbat?
Wikipedia: "[It] is forbidden to light a fire or cook on Shabbat. Jachnun is left in a slow oven overnight."
Oct
23
comment Chalav Yisrael milk: stringency or binding?
"He advised the same to everyone"? That's not what I heard. Do you have a source for that? Also, his endorsement of Rav Gross' book explicitly does not apply to halachic rulings. He never reviewed the book itself.
Oct
8
comment Interpreting divine messages
This is a kind of meta-answer on how to identify the messages yourself. I think it is applicable to the question.
Aug
27
comment Parent dying overseas - visit now or attend funeral?
@DoubleAA If those other facts influence the answer then they should be included in the answer.
Jun
12
comment Do modern Jewish cemeteries separate the “righteous” from the “wicked”?
No, it's because they married non-Jews. If they want to be buried next to their non-Jewish spouse they will have to be buried in another non-Orthodox Jewish cemetery.
May
28
comment Shnayim mikrah v'echad targum - why twice?
Whoops! Looks like a duplicate question that has already been well-answered. Sorry.
Mar
14
comment Can God destroy Himself?
Yes AND No. :-)
Feb
21
comment Obligation of community to support those who study Torah?
@DoubleAA I would be sincerely interested in an elaboration of the halachas and sources involved. There should be more answers to this question.
Feb
20
comment Obligation of community to support those who study Torah?
My Rosh Yeshivah was the late Rabbi Azriel Goldfein z"tzl, who got smicha at Telz Yeshivah and who was a talmid muvhak of Rabbi Mordechai Gifter. I have heard a shiur by Rabbi Gifter wherein he declares: "I am not an Orthodox Jew, I am a Torah Jew!", and Rabbi Goldfein held the same. In my experience he opposed the stratification of Judaism (he would have cringed to be called Chareidi or Modern Orthodox) so it is difficult to pigeonhole his hashkafa with a label.
Jan
15
comment Mistaken shehakol - correct it?
Thanks, Fred, that's what I thought. Why don't you put your comment into an answer?
Nov
15
comment How is shechitah done without machinery?
@Ariel It might have been uncommon privately, but it was definitely done regularly in the Temple, so there must have been a standard procedure.
Aug
4
comment Conversion and starting a family
@micstas Yes, the children of a hidden Jewish matrilineal line are Jewish, but ancestry like this is difficult to prove conclusively, and without documents or witnesses an Orthodox Jewish Court would probably require the full conversion process.
Aug
2
comment Nudity at home?
This source applies whether you are alone or not. I am looking for a perspective specifically in front of others.
Aug
1
comment Nudity at home?
I apologise if my question is a bit unclear. I am principally looking for source texts or tradition on the subject. I assume it is bad or frowned on and I am expecting to see answers supporting that, but I would welcome sources who disagree.