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Mar
1
comment What is the source for the current Shiurim that we have?
@DoubleAA I was responding to "What is the source of these two opinions?" but I concede it's ambiguous at best.
Feb
29
comment What is the source for the current Shiurim that we have?
I hope this shows precedent for the Noeh position as presented in the question. Is that not part of what was asked?
Feb
28
comment Is Mossad Assasination allowed in Torah?
@SethJ that's what I was referencing, but my impression is that those are supra-halachic solutions. IOW to my ear, halachos of murder deal with the individual, and discretion was taken by societal leaders to eliminate threats to the public, e.g. taking out murderers who couldn't be convicted via edim ve-hasraah. Halachah never really entered into it. That's just my impression though. I haven't read through the teshuvos of Ezra ha-Sofer lately :P unfortunately.
Feb
28
comment Is Mossad Assasination allowed in Torah?
When I see בא להרגך I think showing up at my door with a gun, now. How clear is it that this would apply to preemptively selecting and killing a likely murderer? I think the supra-halachic precedent of killing societal troublemakers is more promising for this case.
Feb
16
comment Circumcision when danger to life, born Jews and potential gerim
@Yirmeyahu as opposed to the weight of this mitzvah requiring negotiation with pikuach nefesh, especially with the mitzvah's life scope as Shalom mentions in his answer. In other words, the premise of my question: perhaps, in the face of aggadic evidence of the import of this mitzvah (e.g. afterlife), we might be more lenient than usual WRT pikuach nefesh.
Feb
8
comment Is kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu an idolatry (Avoda Zarah)?
to the OP: why/to what are you bowing? R' Akiva Tatz discusses bowing in some depth in Letters to a Buddhist Jew.
Feb
7
comment Taking a concubine (pilegesh) today
R Rakeffet's point is a straw man IMO: we're talking about invoking dinei pilegesh to implement an altogether different style of relationship. At least potentially.
Feb
7
comment Taking a concubine (pilegesh) today
@will re R Frand: more power to him for distinguishing between public policy and technical halacha.
Feb
7
comment Please clarify Mishlei 24:21 regarding mingling with dualists
Sounds like Gnosticism from your description.
Jan
17
comment Can the chazzan use the vernacular quietly?
@avi I don't follow your last comment at 21:14; my point was: assuming the Sha"tz has no formal halachic significance outside of the chazarah and devarim shebi-kedushah, it should not matter whether he uses Hebrew in the silent parts which are technically insignificant.
Jan
17
comment Can the chazzan use the vernacular quietly?
@avi seems to me the Sha"tz is only up there in non-public sections out of convenience or decorum; he's not actually effecting anything except for kaddish and amidah. No?
Jan
17
comment Can the chazzan use the vernacular quietly?
@IsaacMoses as always :)
Jan
6
comment Did any Achronim comment on the American Revolutionary or Civil Wars?
And here torahmusings.com/2011/09/finding-your-mendelssohn
Jan
5
comment Beginner on Rav Soloveitchik
Also: Abraham's Journey is wonderful.
Jan
5
comment Beginner on Rav Soloveitchik
I was privileged to attend a chabura on LMoF. It is awesome, but I needed the initiation in 20th-century theology, the background of the sefer, and RYBS's basic conceptual framework to really get the most out it.
Jan
3
comment Water from hydroelectric plant for netilat yadayim?
Now that I think about it, returning to "mechubar" status (e.g. entering a river after leaving the plant) may "reset" the water... not sure
Jan
3
comment What do the names Pesil, Pesa, and Pesha mean?
@AviPesa you don't know; so you speculate. Welcome to etymology :) In this case, I used "seems" b/c the page I linked to does not present any specific sources.
Jan
1
comment Torah Im Derech Eretz and Torah Umada
@ydk was that supposed to be ambiguous? Because it was.
Jan
1
comment Torah Im Derech Eretz and Torah Umada
That's R' "Hershel Schachter." It's my uninformed impression that RHS is more a talmudist/halachist and less a philosopher. But someone closer to him feel free to refute that. Torah uMadda is a slogan. I think it's meant to be open-ended, as evidenced by the number of interpretations even in R' Lamm's own book. As for Torah im Derech Eretz, there's R' SR Hirsch's conception, and then there are various peshatim on that expression in Avos, and... I presume you mean RSRH [judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6224/… ?
Jan
1
comment Hebrew Pronunciation- Sephardic Ashkenaz
hmm, I do this. For me, when I was learning the alef-beis at age 20, I hit ayin, and felt like, "what gives? this letter has a pronunciation, right?" I added ches and kuf later. That's about the extend of my sefardization. I pronounce dagesh chazak also, though that's not sefardi per se, just correct.