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I thought “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is the official stance in Judaism except in the case of marriage. Nu?
As a crazy, nutty, libertarian, I prefer to to avoid the conflict.
What’s ironic is that Obama is trying to get congressional approval to go to war, but his administration has said that it will go to war either way. It makes me wonder why he even wants congressional approval. Just so he can say he was constitutional about it? Well obviously he doesn’t plan on playing by the rules unless it’s convenient for him.
On a side note, the rav’s wife of our community went into labor on Shabbat morning. It’s a boy!
Well the only time I actually tear up is on Yom Kippur (which shouldn’t be a problem), but usually I’m too cheerful on other yom tovim to let it get me too down.
Seeing as a cousin isn’t a sibling, I think the laws of yichud apply here; but, I honestly can’t believe that anyone here considers talking to your cousin is a big deal, especially if you’ve been close to them since birth! The concern (practically speaking, not halachically) should be if that cousin is like a stranger to you, and not if she’s close to you (studies in kibbutzim show this to be the case).
It just seems so bizarre to me. This is anecdotal, but I’d never felt sexual attraction to any of my female cousins.
Only time I cry at shul is during the yizkor when I think about my father.
If you have to choose between keeping halacha and not blending into the gentiles, then keep halacha. The fact that the ???? is virtually gone from the Jewish community is a bit saddening. We invented the hijab!
Well thanks “from Long Island,” but I’m honestly not very good at self motivation personally so I don’t think I’m “top tier YU Yeshivish.” For example, I’ve found it impossible for the past week to get up for 7AM shacharis and an hour long seder following after it. So most of the times I find myself getting up to say the Shema, going back to bed and davening after class in private.
I’d have to move to NYC if I actually wanted to find someone that fit that hashkafa though and I know that won’t happen for the next 2-3 years.
By no means is she the reason why I’d want to be yeshivish. But she does bring up relevant questions in my life that I’ve pushed off to the side for too long.
True, interpretations are just that, interpretations and some are better than others. I ended up defending the idea of free will with a kaabalist interpretation that follows that all matter essentially has free will (because of stochastic phenomena in the universe). I end up contradiction myself on the subject quite often by ridiculing it and then using it.
yytz, I understand. I’m kind of conflicted with mystical subjects. Recently I’ve listened to a few lectures Daniel Matt and I saw the correlation and felt that his analysis between kabbalah and science was well founded. I even found myself accidentally discovering some of the core ideas of kabbalah when I tried to give a logical explanation of free will. I’m not against it; but personally for me, when I open up the Tanya and see that gentiles are said to have the same soul (as in type of soul) as a dog or a couch, it bothers me quite a bit and doesn’t seem like the values that I learned from Torah.
Thanks for your output.
yytz, interesting. Is it common to study in the morning and possibly at night while still working full time? I don’t want to feel like I’m sacrificing that physical Torah study, but I wish to apply it to the “secular” area of my life too.
I’m sort of happy that being yeshivish doesn’t necessarily imply that I’m going to have to be chassid and involve myself in chassidic teahings, because quite honestly I don’t care for any of it. I think I can draw a 1000 times more knowledge from Pirkei Avot than from the entire away of chassidic books.
Is it possible to be “yeshivish” and a Hirschian though? I don’t quite understand the core values of what it means to be yeshivish, so I’m afraid to stick connotations to it.
OURtorah, I was under the impression that “yeshivish” means very specific connotations in terms of attitude, ideology, and practice. I didn’t think being yeshivish would allow me to work.
ubiquitin, really? Darn.
Naftush, the reason I put square quotes behind “secular” in the phrase “secular disciplines,” is because I don’t think there are studies that aren’t Torah study, though obviously I am concerned with the amount of Talmud I actually don’t know and I feel like I should step up, if not just for me.
I understand that living life and being religious relies on accepting basic apriori principles, but when I refer to rationalist, I mean along the “Rambamist tradition.”
The person I’m labeling as yeshivish describes herself as yeshivish, so I’m not putting a label on her. I’m simply describing her using her own words.