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Feb
12
comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
Well, I guess if you want to ignore the Gemara, the meforshim and all Jewish tradition and the chain of Oral Torah from that time to this, then I guess there isn't any other evidence other than that.
Feb
7
comment How much must one do to to sign a contract?
No, those poskim are not saying that it's OK to violate secular law, they are saying that aside from the question of Dinah D'Malchusa there isn't any prohibition against copying some non-material idea, song, saying or such. That if secular law didn't prohibit it, there would be no halachic problem with doing so. It's not stealing if you haven't actually taken away any material item.
Feb
7
comment Why offer the Nations mitzvos from the Torah that are already in the Noahide Laws?
Aggadah is not the same thing as Midrash. And, in any case, Rashi makes clear that this is Pshat on the Pasuk in Devarim 33:2. I don't understand how anyone could say that the Chumash is not historical or not Halachically binding, Chas V'Shalom.
Feb
6
comment Why offer the Nations mitzvos from the Torah that are already in the Noahide Laws?
This is NOT just a midrash. It was taught by R' Yochanan (Avodah Zara 2b) and learned out of a pasuk in Devarim (as well as one in Habbakuk).
Jan
26
comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
Yes, that's it.
Jan
3
comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
Those are all good things, but they are good things the government decides to do, not you, and the government does it with money you never had any control over and never had in your possession. It's not "Your Money." If a friend of yours makes a donation to a worthy charity in your honor, do you need to give Maaser on that money too? If your boss decides to deduct money from your paycheck to give to widows and orphans without giving you any choice about it, is that "Your Money?"
Jan
2
comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
Or if a homeowner tells a (Jewish) painter he's going to pay him $1000 for painting his house, but after it's done the homeowner says he's only going to pay $500 because that's all he feels like paying (not an uncommon problem for independent contractors), then does the painter need to pay Maaser on $1000?
Jan
2
comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
In a similar way, if your boss says I'm giving you $50,000, but I'm keeping $15,000 of it so you only get $35,000 and you have no choice in the matter, then why should you pay Maaser on the $15,000?
Jan
2
comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
The main part of the argument is that you never had that money. It was never in your hand. To give another example, if I tell you that I am giving you the Brooklyn Bridge, but you can't sell it, you can't charge any tolls or do anything else with it, then do you have to pay Maaser on it?
Dec
30
comment Jewish tunes similar to non-Jewish ones
I can't access that link
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
Of course, in practice, conversion is a very complex area of Halachah and one needs to consult not just their local Rabbi, but an expert in these laws.
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
I should also note that the laws between parents and children who convert can be complex. Even though Yichus is severed, a convert who has had children before converting may still be considered to have fulfilled the Mitzva of Pru U'Revu, and a child still may have obligations to their pre-conversion parents even if the parents don't convert.
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
CYLR, I think their is some leeway for a convert to choose what they want to be named, but in general, yes "bas Sarah Imeinu" would be correct.
Dec
25
comment How are Spartans the son of Abraham?
While I know of no source for this, it would make sense since the dominant characteristic of Edom is that they "Lived by the sword." I can't think of any society that exemplified this characteristic more than classic ancient Sparta.
Dec
19
comment Jeans as Hukot HaGoyim
@HodofHod I agree, here's my upvote too
Dec
8
comment Saying Mashiv HaRuach in the Southern Hemisphere
As far as Mashiv HaRuach goes, you're arguing with R' Yehoshua (Ta'anis 2b) who learns that it IS a seasonal request and we don't mention it out of season because rain then is a sign of G-d's anger (chas veshalom).
Dec
2
comment Suggestions for Kosher iPhone apps
There are also many iphone sefarim available here jewishcontent.org/iphone
Dec
2
comment Moving muktza garbage cans?
I would like to note that January 5 2010 was a Tuesday. This was not actually posted on Shabbos.
Nov
9
comment What's the deal with all the washings?
What I said was that for washing to be effective in terms of Taharah it needs to be either in a valid mikvah or poured from a complete unbroken vessel. This is clear from the Mishnah that I referenced above. The law about a vessel is in Yadayim 1:2.
Oct
9
comment What is the difference between dati, chasidish, and charedi?
The culture in the US is certainly different, I say as a Chasid with a job. Few in my community study in Kollel for more than a year or two. In Israel it is different. As for "joining the army is viewed as if you are abandoning the Torah" I must disagree with you.