Comments for Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:39:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Comment on Daily Reyd by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/daily-reyd-238/#comment-80945 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:39:09 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37359#comment-80945 Agudath Israel of America, the leading ultra-Orthodox umbrella group, does not promote or oppose vaccinations. Kamenetsky sits on the group’s rabbinical board.

“It’s a matter of some contention,” said Rabbi Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel. “There is a small, but not insignificant, part of the populace that is persuaded that vaccination can be a dangerous thing.

I wonder if this is a general insight into Agudah’s decision making calculus – if a minority opinion is held even by a miyut sheino matzui there is no official Agudah position on the issue?

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Comment on Daily Reyd by MiMedinat HaYam http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/daily-reyd-237/#comment-80935 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:01:38 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37350#comment-80935 regarding hoboken synagogues, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaim_Hirschensohn

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Comment on Sacrificing the Sinner by Elon Weintraub http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/sacrificing-the-sinner/#comment-80934 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:12:14 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37316#comment-80934 In all these cases, my impression was there was no chance of the sinner repenting without punishment, and the danger was the punishment would drive him further away not that it would mode repentance any further. Is that a correct assessment?

I’ve only seen maybe one or two of these teshuvot inside.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by mycroft http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/daily-reyd-235/#comment-80924 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:01:03 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37314#comment-80924 A lot of Agada is available in translation-as a youngster way before I studied gemara I read Louis Ginzberg’s Legends of the Jews. However, one can certainly understand at least a basic level agada relatively easily-gemara is very demanding.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Moshe Shoshan http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/daily-reyd-235/#comment-80839 Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:21:15 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37314#comment-80839 Artscroll, for better of for worse makes the gemara not very demanding, lots of frum jews now learn with minamal effort, dont see why chilonim cant as well. Besides alot of Agada is pretty accessible in translation.

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Comment on A Maimonidean Perspective on Biblical Criticism by Joel Sklar http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/a-maimonidean-perspective-on-biblical-criticism/#comment-80805 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:27:28 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37250#comment-80805 Even though his concept is hard to fully reconcile with the current critical theories, Prof Mordechai Breuer does try to bridge the divide.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Tal Benschar http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/daily-reyd-235/#comment-80803 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:31:26 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37314#comment-80803 Suppose someone concerned with yichud were to start an App named HeRide, that would have only male drivers for male customers? Would that be permitted?

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Comment on New Periodical: Tradition Summer 2014 by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/new-periodical-tradition-summer-2014/#comment-80802 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:24:19 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37310#comment-80802 I don’t know what he said in the past so I cannot answer. But my impression is that he does not publish old material in Tradition.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by micha http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/daily-reyd-235/#comment-80800 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:06:17 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37314#comment-80800 Half-Shabbos is a non-entity. As I told you shortly after the piece came out, “Julia” and her cousin, the two interviewed for the Jewish Week article, don’t believe anyone is “keeping half-Shabbos” for any duration of time. They were trying to describe the first steps of someone heading out the door. It starts with not trying to resist the addiction, or not wanting to be out of the loop for a full 24 hours. This then grows into full detachment. Not that it’s some stable state that we should be adding the half-Shabbosers to those who don’t even conform enough to try to avoid the OTD label.

The idiom went from the parents to the teens. (Ask your own teens how many heard of it before some authority figure’s warning.)

BTW, R’ Matisyahu Solomon mentioned over a decade prior that among the dangers of the cell phone was the likelihood of it leading to chilul Shabbos. People at the time didn’t understand; and besides, the audience was focused on and expected a peritzus message anyway.

Last, I wonder why the Tablet story discussed MO in particular. It’s not like any segment in O is being more or less hit than any other. Nor that being MO shapes how the phenomenon expresses itself compared to the same situation with a yeshivish teen and his phone.

(PS: while I don’t know the cousin well enough to tell you what happened since, “Julia” is back in the observant community and takes her Yahadus very seriously. A happy ending on that front.)

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Comment on New Periodical: Tradition Summer 2014 by Elon Weintraub http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/09/new-periodical-tradition-summer-2014/#comment-80799 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:25:36 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37310#comment-80799 Is “Do the Deceased Enjoy Property Rights?” just a restatement of their old mahlokhet. Or does Rav Bleich elaborate further and new arguments that he did not before?

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