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I am currently employed in the nuclear industry and have university degrees in nuclear engineering and theoretical physics. I am primarily interested in science and philosophy but I also dabble in programing, information visualization, and fine typography.


Aug
20
accepted Why is it considered respectful to capitalize G-d and its derivatives/pronouns?
Aug
20
accepted Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
Aug
20
accepted Reconciling the evidence for the Uncertainty Principle with belief in an omniscient G-d
Aug
20
accepted What does Maimonides say about geocentrism?
Aug
20
asked What does Maimonides say about geocentrism?
Aug
10
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
9
comment Is the Talmud part of the Jewish canon?
Thanks for the clarification.
Aug
9
asked Is the Talmud part of the Jewish canon?
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@DovF, the comment about reducing the possibility of other sins is a very good point. I do not believe it is wrong, but it doesn't matter what I believe about it. I just wanted to know what are the justifications for believing that it is sinful other than "The Talmud says so." As I said above, that is a fine answer, it is just not what I was looking for.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
One of the most appealing aspects of Judaism, to me, is that it (in many forms) encourages practictioners to question why certain things are done. The Talmud is almost nothing but rabbis questioning why. I have to believe there are reasons why Jews consider masturbation sinful other than "because the Talmud says so." Having read the link posted, I see that there is discussion in the Talmud, I just wanted to see some of that here as well.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@yoel, I did not ask "Does the law approve of, or disapprove of masturbation?" I asked "Why is masturbation considered sinful?" These are different questions. One posible answer to my question is "Because the Talmud says so." but there are many other possible answers. If the question were, "Why do we not work on Shabbat?" one could answer "Because the Torah says so," but one could also answer "In order to remember the day on which G-d rested after creation." I am looking for the second kind of answer.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@DoubleAA, I thought I had asked for both it's reasoning and clarification of it. Isn't that what the question "Why is X considered Y?" means? I could certainly delete my disclaimer if it is seen as distracting.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@Dov F, Thanks for the link.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@SethJ, No, I don't believe it is necessary to start from a position of acknowledging that sin exists. I do not "reject" the talmud, I just don't think everything it says is absolutely true.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@DoubleAA, Yes, I understand. I was simply interested in more of a reason than, because the Talmud says so. Surely it gives reasons for the statement.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
@YDK, good point.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
Good answer but I would really appreciate it if you provided a quote. I was also hoping for some discussion of the justifications for the claims. The statement "Because XXX says so" does not carry much water with me, even if it is the Talmud.
Aug
9
asked What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
Aug
2
comment How long does one say Kaddish for a sibling?
My rabbi says 30 days, but did not give a source.
Aug
1
comment How long does one say Kaddish for a sibling?
@msh210 Yes, you are correct, I probably should.