Comments for Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:59:38 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Comment on Daily Reyd by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84445 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:59:38 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84445 To take an extreme example (while understanding that there are clear differences), I would also consider it religiously insensitive to place ads on buses in Jerusalem saying that Jesus is God.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Moshe Shoshan http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84437 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:37:42 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84437 I am sorry, but people promoting their political and religious point of view is not “religious insensitivity.” It’s called democracy. The problem is that chareidim in Israel reject democracy. Living in a city run by charedim , I find that much more threatening to me, the state and Yiddishkeit than some women reading from the Torah at the kotel.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Joseph Kaplan http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84434 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:59:50 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84434 Why is expressing your religious (or political or ideological or scientific etc.) beliefs in an ad insensitive to those who disagree with those beliefs?

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84414 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:59:59 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84414 My point is that these are religiously insensitive ads. That should not be taken to mean that I condone vandalism.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Nachum Lamm http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84407 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:08:19 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84407 “I don’t defend vandalism but these are religiously insensitive ads”

I disagree with having any qualifier whatsoever here. If you want to be strictly halakhic about it, it can be pointed out that damaging someone else’s property is a sin, while being “insensitive” is not. (Nor, for that matter, is a woman reading from the Torah, even if it is objectionable on other grounds.)

But if you must have the qualifier, at least reverse the sentence so it makes it clear that you don’t think there’s any excuse for this. Do you?

By the way, perfectly pareve ads that simply showed the faces of completely tzanua women were vandalized too.

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Comment on The 9/11 Memorial and Jewish Law by cyberdov http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/the-911-memorial-and-jewish-law/#comment-84405 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:01:41 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37661#comment-84405 “If a graveside monument is impossible, an educational institution–including a museum–is a proper additional commemoration”.
This is your own opinion, not a halachic argument – right?

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Comment on Daily Reyd by micha http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-256/#comment-84313 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:21:44 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37653#comment-84313 Re “The Lost Art of Reading”: The author speaks of esoteric readings, not simply expecting anyone who can read would also read between the lines. I’ve seen the way the Moreh was turned into a Rorschach test, and would caution for limits in that regard.


As for R’ Aviner’s piece, R’ Lamm wrote about aliens at a little more length in Challenge (ed. R’ Aryeh Carmel) in the 1970s. And the Rav does a nice job discussing the meta-issues in “The Lonely Man of Faith” (complete text, poorly scanned). The issue of technology giving cultural predominance to Adam I. As science fuels technological progress fuels better standard of living, we tend to give dominance to the scientific worldview and “fill the world and master it. This leaves Adam II, the titular man of faith, not only existentially lonely and seeking redemption through covenant with the other — and The Other, but also alone among his peers.


Chabad sheluchim and kiruv kollelnikim leverage the “pastor’s wife” effect in a positive way. While the wives in such couples have no ordination, in practice many (probably most) of these rebbetzins do serve their congregation in a clergy role. (And their ability to do so is often a shidduch criterion among semichah students looking for that kind of life.)


Explaining Lulavim: Three years ago, the Daily Mail (London) carried a fashion/gossip piece on Jarid Kushner and Ivanka Trump which they mention “He also held some flowers in one hand – perhaps a gift for his wife.” Looking at the picture, they are obviously misidentifying his lulav.


Last, with respect to Freundel’s converts, the Rabbanut came out with a statement accepting all of them. It was premature to have expected an organization located in another continent and with fewer contacts with the people involved to come out with an informed statement on the subject with the same speed the RCA did. The JTA wire’s reporting was irresponsible by implying that the lack of resolution on day 1 meant problems ahead, and in fact may have itself caused such problems by coloring people’s memories (including those of potential spouses, children’s spouses, and their parents) of what was really an open-and-shut acceptance.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-256/#comment-84311 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:58:22 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37653#comment-84311 I decided to pray next to our car among the changing maples and oaks.

See Berachot 34b – it is chatzuf to daven in an open field.
Shulchan Aruch 90:5 dont daven in an open place; Mishnah Berurah one who is always travelling can daven in but try to daven by a tree.

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Comment on A Matter of Pride by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/matter-pride/#comment-84244 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:27:21 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37645#comment-84244 I’d add the elevation of material wealth as a value which de facto reduces the emphasis on other values.

When the MO community celebrates putting 5 kids in a community into a top Yeshiva as much as it would putting them into Harvard, we’ll know we are on the right track.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by shaul shapira http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-255/#comment-84165 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:24:20 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37641#comment-84165 “It is for their own salvation, not for Jewish salvation, it’s so they will see the second coming of the messiah,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a longtime critic of Eckstein. “A campaign of Christians to send Jews to Israel is morally offensive.”

I assume he’s not opposed to Christians seeking salvation or someone paying for other people’s aliyah. I don’t get his reasoning.

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