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Mar
14
comment Did G-d or evolution create such horrible thoughts such as child sexual abuse?
Here's the same question, worded a bit more generally: Did G-d create abstract concepts or behaviors, or are they just a consequence of the nature of His creation?
Mar
2
comment What's wrong with “we want moshiach now”?
Was R' Shimon referring to the demand, or to the repetition?
Feb
28
comment How many Oreos in a kezayis?
@DoubleAA Actually, I'm so stringent that I don't eat Oreos. Except special runs. :D And then I make sure to eat at least 30. Cause I'm so stringent.
Feb
28
comment How many Oreos in a kezayis?
@DoubleAA Basically, yes. Mishna Berura and "most poskim."
Feb
23
comment Is there a Kabbalistic source for not walking with one's hands behind one's back?
@YEZ I haven't seen a definite source in the Arizal (the Ben Ish Chai doesn't cite one AFAICT), so while I trust the Ben Ish Chai of course, I brought an older definite (i.e., "clearly defined") transmission "chain link." Does it make the idea more reliable? No, I'd agree with you that it probably does not. If you want to, feel free to remove that part; I concede that it doesn't add much.
Feb
23
comment Is there a Kabbalistic source for not walking with one's hands behind one's back?
@YEZ The point was to give an example of this idea prior to the Ben Ish Chai, as well as a prominent Torah personality being careful about it. Unless you mean to say that the (Previous) Lubavitcher Rebbe isn't reliable enough. So yes, if that's your assumption, then the story is not a reliable example of this idea predating the Ben Ish Chai. (Imagine someone using the Zohar to say that a concept preceded, say, the Ramban. If you accept the Zohar as being from the Rashbi, the answer stands. Otherwise not.) So just like everything in Judaism, it depends on whether you rely on the transmission.
Feb
21
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
@ wberry, Judaism does not consider a "composite" G-d to be "one." There was actually a huge argument when kaballah began to be taught widely, as some people thought that the idea of sefiros meant that G-d had "parts." (He doesn't.) So the whether or not Christians consider it one or three gods, it is definitely, not a Jewish one, and not acceptable to Judaism. I'll leave the discussion on its possible idolatrous nature to those who are more familiar in this subject.
Feb
4
comment Is there a negative connotation to Yair Mazolam - יאיר מזלם?
I allowed for the possibility that there was some miscommunication between the author and the source, perhaps turning an indefinite article into a definite one, and that the bad omen was that the Rebbe found it necessary to give a special blessing. If you find out either of these are true, let me know so I can finally discover what felt tastes like. ;) That being said, perhaps you should add the question of "did" to your current question of "where."
Feb
4
comment Is there a negative connotation to Yair Mazolam - יאיר מזלם?
Maybe I'll have to eat my hat, but "Chabadniks explain," without a name or source, sounds like "some random Chabadnik I asked who wanted to find some portent of this story in the Rebbe's letter said..." "V'Yair Mazolam" is (as you've discovered) not a blessing the Rebbe gave commonly, but the obvious explanation is that it has a lot more to do with the boy's name. Then again, it's also not that common to see handwritten comments on the childrens' names in the Rebbe's congratulatory letters (I think), but even so, I doubt I'll have to start chewing any time soon.
Jan
22
comment Arba'a - mi yodeya?
@DoubleAA I don't disagree, but ultimately, if you want to count the names of Moshiach, and you leave out one, then you end up with the wrong number. If he'd said "4 are the names listed in <source>" then I'd agree with you.
Jan
19
comment Why Is the Possuk Read Backwards?
Continued: Siddur Rabbeinu HaZakein references some Siddurei HaArizal, but I did not find online copies of them. The Mishnas Chassidim also brings it, with the same reason as the Nagid Umitzva (and likely the same source).
Jan
19
comment Why Is the Possuk Read Backwards?
It's Kabalistic, and its origin is (AFAICT) the Arizal. The Nagid U'Mitzva (written by a student of the Ari, R' Yaakov Tzemach) says its purpose (as well as that of the surrounding verses) is "להנצל מקרי". Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg has some kabalistic explanations, but nothing explaining why it's in Krias Shema.
Jan
17
comment Why do we pray for G-d to smash down our fellow Jews?
SAH, As an additional point, if it helps, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in Hayom Yom quotes a kavanah that interprets "uproot, break, and crush" as referring to three evils (as opposed to people) that must be destroyed, and the fourth evil can be "subdued." (It's therefore the Chabad custom to pause between saying the last two.)
Dec
31
comment What does Isaiah 9:6 mean?
To be a bit blunt, why do we care how the Christians translate it? Why do you not use a Jewish translation? (I am blunt because this is not the first time you've been asked this.)
Dec
27
comment Why has Judaism traditionally discussed intimacy only privately?
@Malper, First, yeshivos could (arguably, conceivably) be considered semi-private. But even in yeshivos, there is a very strict subset of intimate topics that are discussed. These tend to be the those that directly involve torts and/or court administered punishment. For example, it is very unlikely that you will walk into a shiur on the nature or permissibility of various sexual acts. You could walk into a shiur on capital punishment in which certain acts are mentioned.
Dec
20
comment Shouldn't Judaism really be reformed?
@avi The mitzvah of Limud HaTorah is not lost if one doesn't become as great as the Rambam (or those he refers to). Chas veshalom to think of Torah learning only as a means to make oneself a great person. Yes, they had yeshivas for adults at the time (isn't there even a story where the Rambam ran away to one?) At any rate, are you telling me that you've met people out of kollel who think they can "plumb the depths" without consulting the works of (at least) the Rishonim?
Dec
20
comment Why are the Egyptians more concerned with the Exodus of the Jews than their own defeat?
Whoa! That is such an interesting pirush!!! Totally counter-intuitive (to me, at least), but it works! +1
Dec
18
comment Shouldn't Judaism really be reformed?
@avi I did not say that. Please show me which part of my comments you're having difficulty with.
Dec
17
comment Separate Ketchup Bottles
Hey @AlwaysLearning, I can kinda see where you're going with this, but perhaps you can expand it further. Perhaps include more of an explanation of nitzuk chibur and how it applies to ketchup bottles. Thanks!
Dec
17
comment Shouldn't Judaism really be reformed?
@avi Chas veShalom! Torah learning is never a waste of time.