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Apr
7
awarded  Revival
Mar
31
comment Saying ביצה versus ביה
@DoubleAA I suspect this is what one of my litvish rebbeim would call chasidish nonsense, but I am way too polite and respectful to say any such thing. :)
Mar
31
answered Saying ביצה versus ביה
Mar
23
awarded  Taxonomist
Mar
16
comment Why no number of p'sukim for P'kude?
Brilliant, especially since according to my pocket chumash, which does list the number of pesukim it's 92.
Mar
16
comment Why no number of p'sukim for P'kude?
The copy I have in my bag (one volume cheap edition that I bought for shnayim mikra on the train, not a particularly notable edition) has the number of pesukim listed but without a mnemonic.
Mar
16
comment What's “צרה שלא תבא”?
I've always assumed it's the second option.
Mar
11
comment What is the Reform view of the origin of the Torah?
@ShmuelBrin I don't know why they picked monotheism. I usually chalk it up to the pintele yid, but in more cynical moments I suspect that it was because of the social climate when the movement was founded. Atheist religions didn't exist yet and monotheism was cooler than polytheism.
Mar
4
answered Are there reliable Rav Hamchshir for certified pre-owned Hondas?
Mar
3
comment Is Baal HaSulam kosher?
My yardstick was acceptance of the book in the Orthodox world. He's probably rolling in his grave about Berg (and from what you say, he's rolling both as a kabbalist and a socialist) but that doesn't change the fact that the Sulam is accepted enough that "zohar with peirush sulam" is a part of yeshivish idiom.
Mar
3
comment Drinking on Purim OTHER THAN at the required “Festive Meal” (Seudas Mitzvah)
@DoubleAA I don't know what you mean by "real" daas torah but a lot of us have learned under world-class roshei yeshiva. (I personally don't count any among my close rebbeim but others hear probably do.)
Mar
3
comment Is Baal HaSulam kosher?
His legacy might be complicated in the Orthodox world, but I don't think it's fair to say that his work has suffered because of it.
Mar
3
answered Is Baal HaSulam kosher?
Mar
3
comment What's kabbalistic term for chakras?
@DoubleAA because (at least according to OP) Kabbalah has an analogous concept.
Feb
26
comment Perl Programming in the Torah
There was a php vs. perl war at my workplace with all the Jews in the php camp. Based on some of the giant slabs of unreadable perl code we had to deal with, I feel justified in paskening that the only place Perl appears in the Torah is לא תקים לך מצבה אשר שנא ה אלקיך
Feb
26
revised Honor a first-time blood donor during shacharit?
hagbah
Feb
26
comment Honor a first-time blood donor during shacharit?
@DoubleAA I obviously wasn't suggesting alcohol actually be served, and yeah, I knew I forgot something! Editing in Hagba now
Feb
26
accepted What is the text of kiddush for Purim night?
Feb
26
answered Why couldn't the idols smell their hands or touch their feet?
Feb
26
comment What to do with Torah novella thought in the bathroom by accident
The Mishna Berurah on the subject in the laws of what you can and can't say in the bathroom might be relevant.