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Is programming against Judaism?
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No. There is no problem with programming in Judaism. As far as mimicking G-d's creation, we do that all the time: all craftsmen create things. In fact, we are commanded to mimic G-d in certain ways: ...

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Echad - mi yodeya?
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Umm, 2 years later, and no one has gone with: One is Hashem, the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Creator of Heaven and Earth.

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a wheelchair user's taking "steps" before sh'mone esre
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Apparently, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach says that the three steps are an integral part of Shemoneh Esrei, and should be done whenever at all possible; to the extent that one should move his ...

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Why was Rabbi Yitzchok Alfasi known as the Rif - rather than the Ria? (הרי"ף - רבי יצחק אלפסי)
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Because "Alfasi" is really "al-Fasi". "Al-Fasi" is Arabic for "the Fezite" (Fez being the city in Morocco where he lived). So kind of like how the word "of" gets swallowed in "USA", the word "the" ...

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Are there any female kabbalists?
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Chabad.org has an article by Yael Levine Katz about three women with connections to Tzfas (Safed) that either were kabbalists, or exhibited kabbalist-like characteristics. Francesa Sarah mentioned by ...

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If a woman converts to Judaism while pregnant, will her child be a Jew?
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Yes (Yevamos 78a, Bechoros 46a), the child is completely Jewish. However, slightly different Halachos may be applied in some cases. (For example, whether the child can marry a Kohen.) There is also a ...

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Shelosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
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300 cups of chemicals must be poured over a persons head before the skull softens enough to permit brain surgery! (Kesubos 77b) R' Eliezer knew 300 laws about planting cucumbers through magic, and 300 ...

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What does "prohibited l’chatchila" mean?
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"L'chatchila" means "from the outset", meaning that before one did action 'x' the halacha was that it was forbidden. However, if one was not familiar with that halacha and did ...

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How can I make my Judaism more enjoyable?
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That reminds me of the anecdote from Rabbi Emanuel Feldman's book, Tales Out of Shul. A woman once told him, "Rabbi, I'm really not enjoying this week of mourning." Not everything in life (or Judaism)...

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Why do we bow down in the direction of the ark?
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Well, here's what comes to mind. Bowing is not reserved for G-d. There are many cases in the Bible when prominent Jews bowed to kings such as the prophet Natan bowing to David (Melachim 1:1:23) and ...

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How are sorcery or witchcraft viewed in Judaism and Jewish Mysticism?
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Sorcery and witchcraft are explicitly forbidden by the Torah. Period. However, there are other methods of manipulating nature that do not fall into the category of "sorcery". For example, ...

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Where are the magic cucumbers discussed in the Talmud?
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Sanhedrin 68a These were some of the final words of R' Eliezer, as he lay on his deathbed. 'Moreover, I have studied three hundred, (or, as others state, three thousand laws) about the planting of ...

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From the Torah itself how do we know that various names of God points to the same God?
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You mentioned this verse in passing, but as far as I can tell, it provides complete and convincing proof that G-d is known by multiple names. Exodus 6:2-3, from Mechon Mamre: וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים, אֶל-...

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How does Judaism deal with God and paradoxes?
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According to some Jewish authorities, especially Kabbalists and Chassidic Rebbes, G-d does not have to obey the rules of logic, since they are just another creation of His. As I wrote to a similar ...

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Shelosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
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Mesushelach was 300 years old when his father Chanoch passed away Bereishis 5 Yosef gave Binyamin 300 silver shekels after revealing his identity Bereishis 45 Hashem made Gideon and his 300 men ...

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How does someone not know they're Jewish?
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In Jewish Law, a Jew is a Jew and remains a Jew no matter what actions he or she takes. You could even say, "once a Jew, always a Jew". That means, if someone is born to a Jewish mother (because ...

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Touro's Synagogue's trap door
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This is actually an interesting question. The Department of the Interior's Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation (in its Historic American Buildings Survey) records (in 1972): The bema, or ...

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What does "to confuse the Satan" mean and why does it work?
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The Lubavitcher Rebbe said a sicha on this topic, and I really recommend reading it in full. Abridged and translated here. Original and unedited here. Worked-up version by the Rebbe here. In summary, ...

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Why is age 3 the age at which a girl is able to have intercourse?
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OK. The reason is that according to halacha a hymen will regrow if ruptured before the age of three.1 For this reason, it is considered as if no sexual act has occurred as far as the girl's halachic ...

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Does Judaism recognize other religions?
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TL;DR Judaism believes that non-Jews must follow the 7 Noahide Laws. This is irrelevant of which religion they follow. However, if they follow a religion that teaches ideas that are in conflict with ...

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Comedy and Jewish Life
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As far as comedy in Jewish history goes: the Gemara, in Taanis (22a), has a story where Eliyahu Hanavi tells Rabbi Beroka Hoza'ah that two particular men would merit the world to come. Upon asking ...

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Does anyone know where one can buy a hebrewbooks harddrive?
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I just had a nice long chat on their website with Chaim Rosenberg, the director The Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books. He said they are currently working on a new HebrewBooks drive, that ...

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Chachma, bina vaadat. Whats the difference?
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On a simplistic level, Chochmah is Wisdom. It is an ability or attribute of a person. Bina is Understanding. It is the use of Chochmah to understand something. Daas is Knowledge. It is the acquired ...

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Why do we think of the korban pesach as a sheep, not as a goat?
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See Tosfos "me'alyah", Pesachim 3b, where it says most were sheep. Background: A non-Jew came and told R' Yehuda ben Beseirah that he routinely goes to Jerusalem to eat from the Korban Pesach (which ...

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Pocket-size Talmud/Gemara
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Artscroll is currently making travel-sized paperback English Gemaras. Each only has about 1 or 2 chapters. Size: 7" x 10" There's also a "personal-sized" paperback Oz Vehadar. Size: 6.5 X 9.5 Blum ...

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Why do Jews look before crossing streets?
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First, G-d's omnipotence does not preclude free will, as the statement you bring clearly states. Omniscience does not mean that everything is decided already, only that G-d knows what you will choose ...

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Can Jews eat non-Kosher meat?
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No. A kosher animal must be specifically slaughtered and prepared according to Jewish laws in order for its meat to be kosher. These laws are very specific, governing the knife used, the method and ...

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Is it possible for a Gentile to convert to Judaism?
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Does this happen regularly within the community? Depends upon the community. I once helped computerize a Brooklyn Rabbi's conversion records, and over the course of ~15 years he had helped convert ...

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Naming after the living. Why is it considered bad?
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Naming children after the living is only discouraged among Ashkenazi Jews; among Sefardim it's not uncommon. (From Aish.com) Sephardi Jews also name children after relatives who are still alive. ...

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Is getting a tattoo of the Star of David "ironic"?
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I think the conclusion of that article sums it up very well. Indeed, in halachic Judaism, tattooing is forbidden, see Shalom's answer. (I can't say for Reform or Conservative, though I imagine they'd ...

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