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May
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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
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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.
May
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comment Are homeopathic remedies kosher?
@Daniel I just posted it myself: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/28590/758
May
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asked Are placebos permitted without telling the person they are getting one?
May
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comment Are homeopathic remedies kosher?
@Daniel Ask: "Does Judaism allow placebos where the person thinks it does something, and is thereby cured, even though the item does nothing. Is this gnevas da'as, or because it can help them it's permitted to mislead them this way."
May
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comment Are homeopathic remedies kosher?
A davar ha-maamid can not be batel. It's irrelevant that the substance doesn't actually make a difference (because homeopathy isn't a regular medicine, it's a mental tool) - the person who makes it/eats it thinks it does, so in their eyes it's a davar ha-maamid.
May
8
comment Is it a greater mitzvah to return a lost item anonymously?
If you returned it anonymously the owner might think that someone had stolen it and was too embarrassed to admit it so returned it anonymously instead. It's probably better not to mislead the owner this way.
May
8
comment Blowing shofar at a wedding
Do a single blow, not sh'varim, etc. Ask them how long they want it - that's for them to decide, but probably go shorter so it doesn't get weird. And blow it right next to the chuppah, so people will look at the couple, and not at you. (But point the shofar upward, so it doesn't deafen everyone standing near you.)
May
7
comment Is it considered tzaar baalei chayyim to deliberately feed a live animal to another animal?
Snakes don't actually need live animals, they need warm animals. So people warm the dead and frozen mouse in the microwave. (No, I've never owned, or fed, a snake.)
May
6
comment Making siyum on learning that “over laps”
I don't have any sources to back me up.
May
6
comment Did Chava tell Adam she was giving him fruit from the etz ha'das?
I'll try to find a definitive source, but I remember reading that she did not, but Adam was culpable because he did not ask.
May
6
comment What is the meaning of this painting?
Other than the sheep, these are all basically random letters, and many of them are not written correctly, so it's hard to even tell what the letter is, never mind spelling words.
May
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@AL Your archaeological links don't really apply, obviously there is evidence of old civilizations. I thought you had evidence of continuous uninterrupted civilization occurring through the time of the flood. Not just occurring before or after.
May
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@AL I said the opposite of that. Did you skim what I wrote? "a large scale flood is not proof of God". i.e. you have a good question.
May
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comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
@DoubleAA I don't think there is a "baseline" of holiness. i.e. no such concept of extra pure, normal, etc. But loosing some (falling) causes Tuma.
May
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comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
It's the change in holiness that causes tuma, not the value.
May
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answered Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@DoubleAA BTW that sentence is not precise either - it doesn't say where the "scalar inflation field" came from - or even what it is (naming something is not the same as knowing what it is). But anyway saying that God left out details that we don't need of how the world came to be is not the same as saying God included inaccurate details.
May
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@DoubleAA That sentence is unnecessarily complicated. You can also say "In the beginning many many years ago there was a big fire which sent ashes everywhere and those ashes rained down and became the world." The desert Jews could understand that, and it's not inaccurate (it's just not complete). But Hashem did not say that.
May
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comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@AL People must also have free will to disbelieve, i.e. there can not be irrefutable proof that God exists, or there can be no free will. However this doesn't actually answer your question, since a large scale flood is not proof of God. I was only commenting on a portion of what you wrote, this is not intended as a complete answer.