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Dec
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asked Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
Dec
17
answered December greeting responses
Dec
16
comment Naming after bad people
Just curious if you can explain why "Nimrod" has become a common Israeli name? He was not a savory Biblical character and I can't identify a positive name translation either.
Dec
16
answered When blogging/emailing/etc., do I use “God” or “G-d”?
Dec
13
answered What do I need to know in order to properly have an aliya?
Dec
11
answered Mixed Minyan in a Shiva House
Dec
10
answered What's a good technique for a not-so-strong person to do [Ashkenazi] Hagbaha?
Dec
10
answered How do you vet a day school?
Dec
10
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
The "It's poetry" remark can't be argued with but at the same time seems like a cop out. However, I do appreciate the addition from R. Shlomo Goren, and the other answer regarding timing that follows. There is still the unanswered element of the question as to why we are directly addressing the moon with the phrasing of "you" instead of just referring to it as "the moon" as we would if we talking to someone other than the moon. It's interesting that 2b seems to have been readily addressed while I don't think 2a has been touched on.
Dec
10
answered Bereishit vs. science
Dec
10
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
The Nefesh HaRav answer's I have heard before and always seemed weak. Given sufficient resources and determination we can touch the moon. Do we want the same for our enemies? For a thousand years people saying the Tefillah believed it was an impossibility. It was widely believed for a long time that the <i>Rakiya</i> (firmament) was a solid surface. Now that we know these concepts are wrong, the Nefesh HaRav arrives at the weak answer that we can't just reach out and touch at <b><i>that moment</i></b> so we still say it. -- I might as well be talking to my shoe lace since I can't touch that wh
Dec
9
answered What makes a wine kosher?
Dec
9
asked What's with Kiddush Levana?