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comment Mitzvah of living in Eretz Yisrael
How can one "see" an audio lecture? ;) Downloading now...
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comment Mitzvah of living in Eretz Yisrael
Probably more territory (incorporation of Kabbalistic elements into halachah) for an academic paper than a SE question, though it's probably already been written
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comment Mitzvah of living in Eretz Yisrael
"Kabbalistic Halachic reasons" - ooh, I think I smell a new JStack question...
Nov
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comment Non-Israeli pulpit rabbis who actively promote moving to Israel
Hah, reminds me of the story of R' Yehudah ha-Levi: over the course of his life, he became convinced that a person should yearn for EY. The Khazar king in the Kuzari called the Chacham out for not going, and eventually RYhL moved there himself from Spain. This, when it took weeks or months and EY was largely wasteland IIUC.
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comment What justifications are there for not moving to Eretz Yisrael?
I think it's time to fork this into a new question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/11084/…
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asked Mitzvah of living in Eretz Yisrael
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comment What justifications are there for not moving to Eretz Yisrael?
@avi: What's the cost of living in those communities? (not being sarcastic)
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comment What justifications are there for not moving to Eretz Yisrael?
We need to clear up what "some level of mitzvah" means. Also, what "accepted consensus among the rishonim" means per se, and what the implications are for us. IMO a broad decision like moving to EY goes beyond mechanical halachah, i.e. involves a holistic look at the person and his/her life.
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answered What justifications are there for not moving to Eretz Yisrael?
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comment What justifications are there for not moving to Eretz Yisrael?
@avi: not if you've concluded they're not going to follow you.
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Oct
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comment First it says everyone had their own language; but then it says all spoke one before being split
CR Jonathan Sacks deals with the question of the languages at chiefrabbi.org/ReadArtical.aspx?id=1823 - not a classical approach.
Oct
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comment Which parts of the head should be covered by the kippa?
IgM the very first one, OH I 1. I did not review the text before posting. I think some clarification of his position is in order, there may be more there, but I'm short on time
Oct
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answered Which parts of the head should be covered by the kippa?
Oct
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comment Can you become “more tamei”? If not, why do we worry about it today?
To clarify, there are in fact degrees of tumah, but that relates to type of object and exposure, not number of exposures. Non-kohanim have no issur to become tamei. And Shalom's answer.
Oct
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comment How could Yaakov name his children Gad and Dan?
For one thing, who says Yaakov knew about them? For another, the Torah provides rational explanations for their names; perhaps this mitigates the similarity. Thirdly, the Torah gives Rachel and Leah as the parties that named them, FWIW.
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comment Cutting tzitzis strings
I was also told a flame is OK; I use a candle. Easier and neater than teeth.
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