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Jul
18
comment Source that “Yehi Khevod” should be said with special intensity
R' Shimon Schwab in the book of his shiurim on prayer, says that this is "of an especially elevated nature, and therefore one should try not to omit it," but doesn't actually speak about how one should say it.
Jun
10
comment What is Nivul Peh and who decides what it is
R' SR Hirsch in Horeb speaks about vulgar speech... I don't have my copy to hand, but I'll try to come back to this at home
Jun
10
comment Judaism and Communism
I believe Leo Levi discusses this in Facing Current Challenges... not sure if I'm confusing it with another book though
May
14
comment Is it permitted and possible to convert a Christian to Judaism without approaching rabbinical authorities?
Yeah, it's theoretically possible, but it wouldn't carry weight - converts via actual legit authorities have enough problems with credentials
Apr
30
comment Rav Hirsch and Black Slavery
AFAIK the Hirsch Haggadah is a posthumous compilation, so if anyone has an earlier source...
Mar
14
comment What are the sources for women to wear/ not wear pants?
Haha, no, I think if he hasn't responded in a year, it's over
Feb
19
comment Baruch Hu Ubaruch Shmo-Meaning
The same would apply to e.g. Baruch shem kevod malchuto. Good question!
Feb
2
comment Do I have to check my fruits and vegetables [for insects] before I put them in a smoothie?
To focus the question: would blending such fruits be considered "mevatel issur le-chatchillah," which is not permitted.
Jan
1
comment Omnipotence and Omniscience
What's with the unexplained downvote?
Dec
3
comment Ulchaparat pasha in Chazarat haShatz
Good question; at this point it's a halacha question, given that I don't (yet) know which governs this issue
Nov
12
comment Are corn chips mazonot?
Corn is never mezonot.
Oct
29
comment Going into a Reform synagogue to take a test
That question is specifically not about prayer or weddings, but about non-religious functions. I would see tests as perfectly fitting that original question.
Sep
30
comment Best practices for well-circulating Hoshanot
My comment was a bit fatalistic, so I didn't post as an answer. In my experience nothing ad hoc has worked, and in my informal estimation the only way it would work is with actual enforced patterns, something that I have never seen and that would probably meet with resistance in many places.
Sep
30
comment Best practices for well-circulating Hoshanot
Traffic cops. Otherwise some people will cut in and out to make sure they get around, and others will take the path of least obvious resistance instead of maximizing use of available space, and things jam up (see also hakafos). If this had an answer we'd be able to eliminate regular traffic jams too. #humannature #fail
Sep
24
comment Can I use a car's sunroof as a sukkah?
Sounds plausible, if you can get yourself positioned under the opening - rosho ve-rubo
Aug
13
comment Why didn't the Tur discuss traditional Jewish philosophy?
Downvoter, y u downvote?
Jul
25
comment Are there Torah Moocs (Massive Online Open Courses)?
What are the characteristics that distinguish MOOCs from such classes as are offered by webyeshiva?
Jul
9
comment Kalam Cosmological Argument
daat.ac.il/daat/mahshevt/kapah/1-2.htm#1
Jun
23
comment Historical evidence for Abraham
As far as I am aware there is indeed no archaeological evidence of Avraham's life.
Jun
20
comment What is the most successful way to do conversion for a Gentile girl in a relationship with a Jew?
It's my impression that the population of rabbis who deal with conversion is divided when it comes to the conversion of someone romantically involved with a Jew. I think the idea in North America is that commitment to Judaism is the most important thing about conversion, and the relationship casts a lot of doubt on the candidate's sincerity. In Israel the concerns about national integrity are stronger, so there may be a more willing attitude. Perhaps in areas with less distinction between ortho and heterodox groups also.