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Apr
26
comment Why was the torah given on a mountain?
Are you trolling? You're not sure what mount means? And can you source this novel definition of God's name?
Apr
26
comment Can members of Hatzolah learn how to deliver a baby?
Seems to me the opposite: Could someone possibly become a member of hatzalaha without learning how to deliver a baby???? I read over an EMT manual and there was a complete chapter on delivering a baby in there, I can't imaging you could become an EMT without learning that.
Apr
25
comment Responding to “that's not a Jewish name”
I think there are two reasons for someone to ask that: Either they are rude, or they want to know the origins of the name. So answer them in that light. If you think they are being rude, then just say "Ok". If you think they are curious about the name, then tell them it's from ...., etc.
Apr
24
comment Is there a concept of time in Gan Eden and the world to come?
So if someone is in Gan Eden for 2 years, this means they experienced a sequence of events lasting 2 years - but since there is no past/present/future this doesn't necessarily take up any time on our world because their experience did not necessarily occur at any particular moment in history - and at the same time it occurred at every moment in history.
Apr
24
comment Is there a concept of time in Gan Eden and the world to come?
There are 3 levels of time: Time where there is a past/present/future (our world). Time where there is no past/present/future - but things still happen in sequence i.e. cause precedes effect (the world to come as humans see it). And time where there is no sequence, and effect may precede cause (time as Hashem sees it). (Posted as a comment since I have no source other than my memory of class from a long time ago.)
Apr
23
comment Why do plastic bags and not fuselages protect against impurity?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/27872/…
Apr
23
comment Using water filter/purification system on Shabbos
Yes actually, carbon tastes good in water, sort of sweet. But in a filter the carbon is in the form of a solid block and stays in the filter, it doesn't really mix with the water, but rather the water passes through it.
Apr
23
comment Using water filter/purification system on Shabbos
No, no filter works like this. The water never has any "chomer" mixed into it. You may be thinking of Flocculation, but water filters don't work that way. In a water filter the water passes through the active material (usually, but not always, carbon) which kind of "glues" the impurities to the material (this is called Adsorption, with a d not a b). There's never a stage when anything is added. The more the water touches the active material, the more impurities get removed. Filters are made to slow down the water to give it time to touch a lot of the surface area and remove all the impurities.
Apr
23
comment Using water filter/purification system on Shabbos
BTW I'm not asking to be annoying - understanding the construction of the filter can help understand what exactly is happening to the water.
Apr
23
comment Using water filter/purification system on Shabbos
So what is this "chomer"? I've never heard of a filter with such a thing. Can you link to any examples?
Apr
23
comment Using water filter/purification system on Shabbos
Can you link to or show this filter? I've never heard of a filter like this. To filter water, the water has to flow through the filter, not just near it.
Apr
21
answered What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?
Apr
19
answered Is idolatrous belief forbidden for Jews, or is it just practice?
Apr
19
comment Cooperating with the authorities on Shabbos
I think you should behave as if they were not authorities - i.e. does the situation merit violating a Rabbinic or Torah prohibition based on the situation alone. The fact that they are authorities, and might even arrest you should change nothing.
Apr
19
comment Should the Gemora allow boiled food on Pesach?
Re cream of wheat: Manischewitz sells a Hot Wheat Cereal, assuming you eat gebroktz.
Apr
18
comment Am I allowed to wear my Pebble Watch on Shabbat?
The thing that's lacking is he may have no idea what to edit in - and that's perfectly OK! FIRST let someone give a general non-specific answer (or comment), then after that we can nail down exactly what he means. But don't do it at the outset - wait for that general answer (or comment) first. By doing it that way (rather than understanding it perfectly first), we make things MUCH friendlier and easier for people, since now they actually understand what is non-specific about their question, and they see that people are actually answering them, not just demanding more info.
Apr
18
comment Am I allowed to wear my Pebble Watch on Shabbat?
@msh210 That's way better. You are not telling him his question was bad (incomplete), but rather telling him if he changes it he'll get more specific answers. This is good because sometimes people don't want just a specific answer - they want to see all options and opinions people care to offer.
Apr
17
answered Is idolatrous belief forbidden for gentiles, or is it just practice?
Apr
17
comment Would it be permissible to believe that Jesus is the messiah if that belief otherwise entails no rejection of halakha or Jewish tradition?
@ZackMartin I already answered this. You don't get to decide what the Rambam's basis for this ruling is, if you are not at the level of the Rambam. You are focusing on one perceived error, but you have no way to know if that error mattered to the ruling or not.
Apr
17
comment Am I allowed to wear my Pebble Watch on Shabbat?
@msh210 I know you didn't mean to, but I can tell you: You did. (It's not just you, don't take this too personally.) I remember being a newbie here, and man it's tough. And I've noticed that the less likely it was that anyone knew the answer, the more likely it was that "they" demanded (pointless) clarification on the question.