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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.
Jun
20
comment When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?
Let's see, we have LA, Toronto, and Chicago in the running...
Jun
14
comment Mezuzah on a Two-Room Bathroom
FWIW the Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic has mezuzos on the outer doors in such an arrangement.
May
24
comment Can one trust the Kashrut of Alcoholic Beverages in bars?
Related question: whether one is permitted to consume alcohol in a bar judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/2254/…
May
5
comment Do permanently unmarried women need to go to the mikvah?
This may speak more to my ignorance than any deficiency in the question, but can you add the specifics of any other reason that a woman might have to go to the mikveh besides the marital one?
Apr
24
comment Responding to “that's not a Jewish name”
Heh, I'm a ger with a Germanic last name, so I have the inverse situation. If I were a McDowell or something (actually I'm Mackenzie and Helsher on my mother's side) I would probably devolve to something like "I bet Goldberg wouldn't have sounded particularly Jewish to Moshe Rabbeinu," but I guess that's a bit aggressive
Apr
8
comment Fixing incorrectly-said word in davening
Anyone up for sourcing this?
Apr
7
comment Fixing incorrectly-said word in davening
Hi Bruce, thank you for your detailed answer; my question does not concern itself with doubts, but rather which words or syllables one must repeat after a mistake is made. The question assumes that the individual realizes immediately and is not disoriented. I will clarify in the question.
Mar
14
comment Number of Yamim Tovim that fall on Shabbos
@DoubleAA I guess so; I was treating the question as abstracted from my particular situation, and as such I phrased it in the way I thought clearest, i.e. removing negatives that are not necessary to the question.
Mar
14
comment Early bird discounts and ribbis
I agree with the first one as a dup; I added a comment there, which will hopefully be indexed, as I wouldn't think to look for magazine subscriptions in the context of finding existing questions which address this issue.
Mar
14
comment Are magazine subscriptions ribbis?
Similar cases: early bird specials, such as "buy before March 1, 10% off", or "tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door"
Mar
14
comment Number of Yamim Tovim that fall on Shabbos
Basically what @SethJ said: the question was spawned by my wanting to be able to say "there will be up to n days spread throughout the year like Shabbos" on interviews. My field is web development, and in some positions 24-hour on-call coverage can be an issue.
Feb
13
comment Permissibility of images of celestial bodies
I think it's rather stronger than an "assumption" that this prohibition is based on the worship of these objects. Also, as the OP I must object to others transparently attributing assumptions to me in edits.
Feb
13
comment Permissibility of images of celestial bodies
@DoubleAA the identity of which images are included in the Biblical prohibition at all is a machlokes Rishonim. Beyond that, I'm not well-versed enough in meta-halachah to know whether we ever "freeze" a Biblical prohibition based on historical considerations.
Feb
12
comment What are the parameters of Kiddush ha-shem?
Here's the Chinuch: does not appear to go into this breed of general Kiddush ha-shem, just the 3. hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=38670&st=&pgnum=141
Feb
12
comment What are the parameters of Kiddush ha-shem?
Here are some citations; I don't have the sefarim in front of me at the moment. he.wikisource.org/wiki/…