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comment Do some parents hide Jewish ancestry from their children? If yes, WHY?
Just my 2cents on the agnostic issue raised above: Agnostic means, first and foremost, that one doesn't CARE whether God exists. God's existence has no affect on one's life, therefore even if it were proven one way or the other, it wouldn't matter. Thus, it is possible to remain Agnostic forever. (this isn't the classical definition.)
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comment what percentage of Reform Jews are halachically Jewish?
@Hartzl - While I understand where you got 26% from, I don't think you can assume that those with only one Jewish parent are neatly split 50-50 between mother and father. All we know is that 52% have just one Jewish parent. It could be that 42% have a Jewish mother, and only 10% have just a Jewish father, for example. Additional data on intermarriage by gender is required.
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comment Flying on Shabbos
This question can probably be generalized to any form of public transit where you are not personally doing any Melacha. Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/12331/…
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comment What is the stance on reading and writing non-Jewish literature?
Some would hold that science books aren't ok either... This question could be generalized to secular culture in general. As such, related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/25772/…
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comment Limited nature of products considered kosher
@Annelise - I didn't downvote, but it's unclear what exactly your question is.
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comment Pressing some common apologetic insights
I'm sure you could find stronger logical\rational arguments for the Revelation, but in the end, it all comes down to whether you believe the Torah and Judaism are from God. If you're interested in this line of thought, I believe AJ Heschel has some writings about it (although I haven't read any myself).
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comment Pressing some common apologetic insights
@Annelise - I'd love to give you a proper answer, but unfortunately I also see many logical problems with the above statements. Personally, I believe that at its core, Judaism, and religion in general, is irrational. Since the existence of God cannot be logically proven, the "Truth" or divinity of any text or tradition cannot be logically proven. All we are left with is Faith. Which is emotional, and not logical. I believe because it feels right, not because I know it is right. (Which is kinda post-modern, and the Rambam would have my head, but hey, that's me.)
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comment Are conservative, reform and those “off the derech” part of 'amcha'?
-1, because you assume Conservative Jews are not observant. I've seen Conservative Jews who are more observant that some "frum" Jews.
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comment Can photographs be considered idols?
Duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/26841/… ?
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comment Any famous Jews named Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc.?
And why are we assuming Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc, are all evil? Granted, Muhammad has a mixed record regarding Jews, but... (BTW, "Mahmud" doesn't have anything to do with Muhammad. It means "praise." ע"ש Wikipeida.)
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comment Any famous Jews named Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc.?
What about other gentile (or Christian) names? I know several Jews named "Paul" or "Matthew" etc.
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comment What scriptures did Josiah discover in Kings II?
This question would be better if it weren't clearly a polemic.
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comment Rav Herschel Schachter on the kollel system
This appears to be the only recording on YU Torah that might possibly address this question: yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/809040/Rabbi_Hershel_Schachter/…
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comment Ramban on the mishkan being commanded before the Golden Calf
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/15221/…
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comment Ramban on the mishkan being commanded before the Golden Calf
Rashi (who follows the Midrash Tanchuma), notes the many Scriptural and Talmudic indications that the Sanctuary was in response to, and an atonement for, the sin of the Golden Calf. Accordingly, Rashi is of the opinion that the divine instructions contained in the sections of Terumah and Tetzaveh were communicated to Moses on Yom Kippur, following Israel's repentance, G-d's (full) forgiveness, and Moses' receiving of the Second Tablets. (Source: chabad.org/global/popup/default_cdo/aid/1329/jewish/… )
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comment Ramban on the mishkan being commanded before the Golden Calf
I'm not sure you're correct. "Nachmanides is of the opinion that these occurred in the order in which they appear in the Torah. Thus, G-d's instructions to Moses regarding the Sanctuary came immediately after the revelation at Sinai, during Moses' first 40 days on the mountain. Their implementation was delayed by Israel's sin and the need for Moses to obtain G-d's forgiveness and a second pair of Tablets so that the donation of the materials described in the beginning of Vayakhel occurred on Tishrei 11 the day after Yom Kippur, followed by the Mishkan's construction and erection as per above.
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comment Does a Rov have to answer a question?
@gt6989b - Why didn't they feel they could give a pesak that would have been appropriate?
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comment Does a Rov have to answer a question?
@Yehoshua: What do you mean by "Rov?" A shul rabbi \ community leader? Or just someone with semicha?
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comment Why is the seder “beseder” (in order)?
Almost all of the Seder is minhag (custom), from the saying of Halachot (אפילו כולנו חכמים, etc), to the songs at the end, to the opening of the door for Eliyahu, to the dipping of the fingers for the plagues... What's unique about this aspect that makes it worth questioning?
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comment Song Lyrics in Hebrew
@Rachel - Please see this link: answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20140413220205AATbXHY