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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.
Jan
1
comment Why Not Eight Days Until a Convert's Circumcision?
@Mbrevda From chapter 13 "The Conversion of Minors" in Lamm's Becoming a Jew, I do not get that impression; rather that a katan can become a ger. (He invokes "zechus hu lo.") p.193: "[at maturity] he is considered to have accepted the court's action on his behalf and to be a full-fledged Jew from the moment of his original conversion." See also the notes there.
Dec
30
comment Why Not Eight Days Until a Convert's Circumcision?
@Mbrevda adopt non-Jewish child, conversion is contingent on the child accepting it at coming of age
Dec
29
comment After chumashim with notes and Rashi, what's the next torah commentary I should acquire and study?
That Judaica Press English series you link to, has been discontinued, somewhere before Vayikra.
Dec
29
comment After chumashim with notes and Rashi, what's the next torah commentary I should acquire and study?
IMO this type of comparative study can obscure the fact that different approaches to mikra (or anything else) can be very different and have a personality - as you imply. This lends itself to being under-nuanced. I don't have any data on a "common path," but my inclination is to "dwell" with a single commentator for a while, to absorb that commentator's approach and perspective.
Dec
29
comment After chumashim with notes and Rashi, what's the next torah commentary I should acquire and study?
Older translation: Judaica Press, out of print??! Blue (older) or beige (newer) cover. amazon.com/HIRSCH-COMMENTARY-TORAH--7-set/dp/0910818126 I prefer that one, though stylistically the English is more difficult. Do not confuse the 7-vol set with the 1-vol severely abridged version. // New translation: feldheim.com/the-hirsch-chumash-1.html
Dec
28
comment Who determines the kosher status of “new” foods?
Consensus or organizations don't "make" a food kosher; they merely research the manufacturing process and decide whether they can vouch for the item's kashrut. It's up to the individual and/or his/her rabbi to decide whose certification to accept.
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
@HodofHod a convert is always ben/bas Avraham ve-Sarah, regardless of parental conversion. Personal name can theoretically be chosen by the ger (I chose mine), although I have heard of cases where the orchestrating rabbi(s) will choose a name, sometimes specifically Avraham.
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
Could be this is derived from Yevamos 48b: A ger who is nisgayer is like a newborn child (ke-katan she-nolad dami)
Dec
28
comment When (if ever) are converts still related to their relatives?
R Moshe Feinstein ruled that, notwithstanding the above, there is no mother-son (and presumably father-daughter?) prohibition of yichud for a ger, because (IIRC) it is not natural for any attraction to exist.
Dec
27
comment Source for the practice of not blowing out candles/flames?
Thanks - can you elaborate on any reasoning given? I found the Ben Ish Hai, but found it hard to scan through the text there.
Dec
27
comment Blowing out channukah candles before leaving the house
@H'Gabriel ha, you were mechaven to my question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/12702/…
Dec
27
comment Blowing out channukah candles before leaving the house
Aside from the question of whether you should go out before the time elapses, or whether you should have lighted them: if you must go out, do not leave them burning. The home of one of my community members burned to the ground a few years ago from a menorah. Aside from losing one's home, house fires are a risk to the neighbors as well.
Dec
27
comment First steps for someone considering conversion
If you can find someone to trust, this is a good thing; I was more independent and slow to trust people. Also, not all rabbis are equipped (personally or knowledge-wise) to address conversion candidates; your mileage may vary.
Dec
23
comment Fulltext search across sources: Gemara, Zohars, Rishonim and Aharonim
@H'Gabriel a large enough library may have it, especially if they are either academic, or participate in a consortium. Bottom line, ask or check out the library's website.