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Believing Universe to be older than 6k years K'firah (heresy)?

Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisrael, wrote a series of letters to one of his students, Dr. Moshe Zeidel, regarding Torah and science. In letter 91 (numbering per ...
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Believing Universe to be older than 6k years K'firah (heresy)?

Definitely not. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a single rishon who was a Young Earth Creationist. The Ramban says that Bereishis 1:1 describes creation yeish mei'ayin (ex nihilo; something ...
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How to identify if a Chabad shul is Meshichist?

From what I have observed some will have the famous psak din declaring the Rebba as Mashiach hung up in the shul. Picture of psak din declaring the Rebba as Mashiach and making obligatory for ...
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How should a shul determine its hashkafa?

What you're defining would be a cult, a group of people in a community who all believe the same things, etc. In a healthy religious community, and I'm not even just talking about a Jewish one, you ...
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How should a shul determine its hashkafa?

It should be what's correct, notwithstanding what the haskafa of the members, local community, and local rabbinate is. The key to this is having a strong rov - he will be able to decide what is right ...
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How to identify if a Chabad shul is Meshichist?

If they have a sign saying “yechi” or encourage it being said. Sometimes it will be on the cover of the Aron.
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Does Shoftim 2:10 refute the Kuzari argument?

No, it does not refute the argument. The expression לא ידעו ("they did not know") does not necessarily mean that they literally did not know, rather that they "chose" to not know, ...
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Does Shoftim 2:10 refute the Kuzari argument?

The Kuzari speaks about this in Maamar 3:54: Al Khuzari says: I only know that the people of the second Temple forgot the Tōrāh, and were ignorant of the law of Succāh till they found it written. A ...
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How to identify if a Chabad shul is Meshichist?

The yellow moshiach flag is often proudly on display at such shuls
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What are some fundamental chasidic works of philosophy / theology?

I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned Kedushas Levi by Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev.
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