Comments for Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:20:30 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Comment on Good Enough? by sevrinsky http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/good-enough/#comment-108302 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:20:30 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39302#comment-108302 Unfortunately, all too often, we are witness to Torah-observant Jews whose interpersonal dealings leave much to be desired. If only “don’t be a jerk” was accepted as the starting point for piety!

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Comment on Daily Reyd by JBHoren http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/daily-reyd-365/#comment-108298 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:31:37 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39299#comment-108298 I learned of Rav Oshry’s writings during the early-1980s, while a student at Yeshivat Aish HaTorah, and was later privileged to find and purchase a set of his שו”ת ממעמקים. I have limited my readings in them to ט’ באב. I try to find the “silver lining” in that dark cloud; it’s not so easy.

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Comment on Will The Kosher Switch Bring Mashiach? by Reb Yid http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/will-the-kosher-switch-bring-mashiach-2/#comment-108297 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:03:42 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39269#comment-108297 This may or may not matter to some of the commenters, but the switch is meant to be installed in place of a regular switch, so that on shabbos you use it in shabbos mode (indicator green) and on chol in chol mode (indicator red). And the internal workings are very similar–in chol mode the light pulses are quick and regular, and in shabbos mode they are randomized as to frequency and the other parameters mentioned. So even during the week one is basically doing a hasoras hamonei’ah. This seems to diminish the differentiation aspect between chol and shabbos methods of accomplishing the task.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by micha http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/daily-reyd-365/#comment-108296 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:44:38 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39299#comment-108296 Re R’ Shafran’s article: One thing I noticed about “חייב אדם לברך על הרעה כשם שמברך על הטובה — a person is obligated to bless over a calamity just as one blesses over something good.” (Berakhos 9:5)

Notice that the mishnah still recognizes the calamity as “ra’ah”, as something bad happening. Unlike R’ Shafran’s thesis, I do not think that there is something positive in a tragic event does not mean we’re supposed to be regarding it as positive altogether.

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Comment on Will The Kosher Switch Bring Mashiach? by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/will-the-kosher-switch-bring-mashiach-2/#comment-108294 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:39:18 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39269#comment-108294 You might also be interested in the shiurim of R. Chaim Packer and R. Ezra Schwartz about the Kosher Switch:

http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/817244/Rabbi_Chaim_Packer/Technology_and_Hilchos_Shabbas_30:_Kosher_Switch_part_2

http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/772637/Rabbi_Ezra_Schwartz/The_Kosher_Switch_on_Shabbat

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Comment on Will The Kosher Switch Bring Mashiach? by ssvarc http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/will-the-kosher-switch-bring-mashiach-2/#comment-108292 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:54:52 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39269#comment-108292 “But they do have a randomizer on the LED whose light you may or may not block. As do Shabbos mode ovens.
The Kosher Switch has a the same randomizer on the detector opposite the LED, but I don’t see how that makes anything more random.”

So my guess that there is a physical difference between the two switches (and even the approximate place in the design) is correct.

As to why that makes an halachic difference you would be best served asking the KosherSwitch company.

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Comment on Moshe’s Speech Defect and the Dangers of Demagoguery by Prophecy, Soothsaying, and the Line Between Them - Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com/2013/12/moshes-speech-defect-and-the-dangers-of-demagoguery/#comment-108291 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:30:42 +0000 http://torahmusings.dreamhosters.com/?p=19590#comment-108291 […] prophecy as the antidote to sorcery, as its replacement. He references here his earlier comments in the fifth Drasha, that Hashem chose Egypt as the site of the slavery so that Moshe’s prophecies would happen in […]

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Comment on Will The Kosher Switch Bring Mashiach? by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/will-the-kosher-switch-bring-mashiach-2/#comment-108290 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:54:55 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39269#comment-108290 There are two separate issues – is this switch like other switches? does a sign or logo make a difference? If I included the logo, you would not be able to answer the first question.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by ADCWonk http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/daily-reyd-364/#comment-108287 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:01:06 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39285#comment-108287 You write that: ” This statement concerns me: “Halakhic Judaism is at a crossroads, new realities confront us with new challenges. To authentically address them important conversations need to happen, some of Halakha’s principles need to be assessed and reevaluated.”” Taken in isolation, for sure, that’s a concern-generating question.

But then he gives examples that change one’s impression of that sentence. For example, the first one he lists: “What should the posek’s starting assumption be when answering a question? Does the posek assume things are assur, unless proven otherwise? Or, should the starting point be that things are mutar, in which case the onus is on the legal system to prove that the heter assumption was wrong.”

I’m guessing that most think a posek should be neutral on that. But I’m also guessing that most think than many poskim do have some sort of “assur until proven otherwise” or “mutar until proven otherwise” bias. (Quick, is “X” assur? No matter what “X” is, can we think of groups that are more likely to say no than yes or vice versa?)

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Comment on Will The Kosher Switch Bring Mashiach? by sigurdjarlson http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/04/will-the-kosher-switch-bring-mashiach-2/#comment-108285 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:15:26 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=39269#comment-108285 So I am not intending to offend or anything, and I am new to this, trying to make up my mind. I’m just wondering why you cropped out the bottom of the kosherswitch in your picture of it, especially when you are talking about how it is indistinguishable from other light switches. If you showed the rest of the light switch, you would see the logo and the flap that comes down, sabbath mode etc. Just wondering why you chose not to show that part of the switch. Thanks!

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