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Aug
18
comment Can we argue with gedolim when we are sure that we are right?
@ShmuelBrin Again, why would he need to? What would the goal be?
Aug
18
comment Can we argue with gedolim when we are sure that we are right?
@Shmuel Then why would you need to argue with them? In other words, what are you hoping to accomplish that the gadol's passing prevents?
Aug
18
comment Can we argue with gedolim when we are sure that we are right?
@Yehoshua "then they are not a gadol" I think most would argue that Shammai was a gadol, despite being the quintessential person without "the patience of Hillel."
Aug
17
comment Does apocalyptic Judaism still exist?
So, did these "apocalyptic Jews" have any writings? Any famous rabbis? I've just never heard of such a thing, especially the idea that "G-d has abandoned the world" (Ezekiel 9:9) to the forces of evil, which is just about as antithetical a belief to Judaism as they come.
May
7
comment Echad Veshiv'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
Aw, fiddlesticks.
Apr
7
comment How did the Ashkenazi Yom Tov “prayer mode” become so popular?
1) I don't know about other communities, but I've always heard the tunes referred to as "nusach" which isn't really helpful here since it's easily confused. 2) I've wondered about the "amein problem" myself before, and I think it'd be great as its own question (if it doesn't already exist.)
Feb
17
comment Does G-d want intermarried couples to divorce?
@ray Dibra SAH b'lashon bnei adam.
Feb
9
comment Why don't we see magic today?
I meant in the Chayei Olam! I'm not sure I want to get involved with modern sorcerers, just yet. :D
Feb
9
comment Why don't we see magic today?
Thanks for this answer! Do you happen to have a more precise location so I can look it up?
Dec
28
comment Did Esther eat at the first feast she made for the king and Haman?
By the way, Rashi to Megilah 16a (ולתעניתו) says that the "third day" is from when the decree was dispatched, the 13th of Nissan. Hence, though the fast was from 14th-16th (Rashi 15a, "יו"ט ראשון של פסח"), Esther went to the king and made the first feast on the 15th. That means that her 2nd feast was on the 16th, and would also have been during the fast. There are other opinions, like the Midrash Rabba, that hold that the fast was 13th-15th.
Dec
16
comment Trimming or Shaving the Moustache
Thanks for the answer! Funnily, I've been mistaken for Amish far too often, even with a mustache. Additonally, Chukas Akum seems to apply mostly to things that are immodest or (might) have idolatrous origins (see here), neither of which would seem to apply to the Amish mustache-ban (which seems to be anti-military in nature). If you have a specific source for this, or a reason to believe that Chukas Akum might apply to beards minus mustaches (as opposed to, say, beards plus overalls), I think it'd greatly improve this answer.
Dec
9
comment Are there any frum comic books?
There's an old one called Shaloman, who is basically a Jewish Superman. I don't remember precisely how frum it is, but it's definitely based around Jewish storylines. There are some online places that still sell it (e.g.)
Oct
26
comment Is it permissible to play with cards?
And here's the relevant Kedushas Levi he mentions: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=50006&st=&pgnum=51
Oct
12
comment Why do Jews look before crossing streets?
@Clint You wrote "Although you are correct..." which implies that you believe his opinion to be that be valid to Judaism. So I asked what you (with emphasis) meant by that. That being said, I'm sure you agree that it's a good thing to challenge flawed premises?
Oct
2
comment Why do Jews look before crossing streets?
@Clint, Do you have any source for this? It really doesn't fit with any normative Jewish theology that I've heard of. Also, what do you mean by "everything is predestined?" Surely there is free choice, and effective prayer, etc.?
Sep
22
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
And of course, everything is made up of multiple molecules, atoms, sub-atomic particles... I do not know, though I could make several educated guesses as to where the "composite" line is drawn. Recognizability, naming, visibility, etc., are all used in halacha for making similar distinctions. But these are only guesses, and this is not really meant to be a comprehensive explanation of that sugya nor to teach practical halacha. The first link provides multiple related sources for those who are interested in learning more.
Sep
21
comment Clarification on “The Bloody Court”
@Monica and Clint, I've re-edited to change it to a different site. This one is more commonly used here, but it's similar enough that I wonder if it isn't just a scrape. In any event, its not overtly anti-jewish, like the original one.
Sep
4
comment Do Chasidim avoid wearing ties?
@WAF Fixed. Hopefully, the photo from the official website will last a bit longer.
Aug
26
comment How are sorcery or witchcraft viewed in Judaism and Jewish Mysticism?
Relevant chat between YDK and myself is here
Jul
31
comment Is the Targum Neofiti a valid source of translation?
@not-allowed. No problem :). (I've upvoted, fwiw). The only thing I (personally) would add to the question is what the significance of it being authoritative would be, and why it or Onkelos is different from modern "authoritative" translations (e.g., Artscroll, JPS, et al.) This is, again, something more knowledgeable people might know, but I like to recommend keeping the bar as low as reasonably possible.