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May
13
comment What if somebody says the Shem Hameforash?
@DoubleAA Not me, that was R Moshe Feinstein who assumed that. And no I haven't dealt with those branches of belief - I answered what I know. There is plenty of room for more answers.
May
13
comment What if somebody says the Shem Hameforash?
@DoubleAA "since he does not believe in the sanctity of [God's] name and did not compose it for this purpose.... Since this is his intent, the names [of God he writes] do not become holy." If the person saying it does not believe in a single God then the word he speaks has no holiness.
May
13
comment What if somebody says the Shem Hameforash?
@DoubleAA Why should that be any different? The operative part of the blessing is the name after all.
May
13
comment Why do people say “God” in English and not “Gosh”?
@ShmuelBrin It is.
May
13
comment I am or was a religious jew and purposely ate non kosher
I don't think he means it literally.
May
13
answered Why do we still even try to do Sheluach HaKan?
May
13
answered What if somebody says the Shem Hameforash?
May
12
answered I am or was a religious jew and purposely ate non kosher
May
10
comment are bionic abilities legal for shabbos
This answer could be improved with sources but I can't right now.
May
10
answered are bionic abilities legal for shabbos
May
9
comment Why is birkas kohanim in the masculine singular?
@DoubleAA That's a tefilla by Yermiyahu - it's not the exact word of Hashem. (And before you say it's a prophesy, except to Moshe, a prophesy is not given word for word by Hashem.)
May
9
comment Why is birkas kohanim in the masculine singular?
@DoubleAA OK. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
May
9
comment Why is birkas kohanim in the masculine singular?
@DoubleAA My source [for not changing the text] is one of my teachers - I asked this very same question, and this is the answer I got.
May
9
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May
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answered Why is birkas kohanim in the masculine singular?
May
9
comment Shisha Asar Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
316 is an anagram for 613 the number of mitzvos :)
May
9
comment Are placebos permitted without telling the person they are getting one?
@MonicaCellio Nowhere in the question does it say "In the United States", it said "Does Judaism". I don't know why DoubleAA even brought up US law. And in any case it's not so obvious that it's required in the US anyway. When they do studies they will sometimes write the placebos name in some technical way hoping people do not know what it is without outright lying. And it's currently a big debate if doctors should be allowed to prescribe them - but anecdotally, they already do. It's not unusual for doctors to prescribe some pill that does nothing to someone with psychosomatic illness.
May
9
comment Are homeopathic remedies kosher?
@DoubleAA It does do something: It makes the person believe it does something. This "nothing" is the only reason the person is buying it.
May
8
comment Are homeopathic remedies kosher?
Are you sure bitul has to do with empirical measurement? CO2 from beer making is prohibited on Pesach - but there is no beer in there, only pure CO2. Reb Moshe Feinstein permitted Shellac because it is initially batel - yet it's afterward reconstituted and every bit of it is still there. (Never mind that many argue on him - the existence of this concept is what matters here.)
May
8
comment Are homeopathic remedies kosher?
@Daniel Homeopathy claims it works that way. It doesn't. It's a placebo. It's very effective though - don't get me wrong, but it works because the person believes it works. But the question "are you allowed to make someone worse in order to [try to] heal them" is yet another good question - but the amounts used in homeopathy will never actually do that.