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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #315 on: February 28, 2018, 11:51:09 AM »
Since you mentioned that can I get your take on Henotheism?
We believe that attributing divinity to anything other than G-d necessarily redefines Him to something other than the singular, all encompassing, infinite, limitless existence that defines Him...

Given the above
Is it possible Jews and Catholics pray to the same G-d?
When a Catholic chooses to pray to hashem one could make that statement in a general sense, but the precise answer is no.

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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #316 on: February 28, 2018, 11:54:39 AM »
Then explain to me what it means to you in the context you used it.

Here is mine: strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
Even according to your definition emunah in torah doctrine wouldn't allow for the possibility of another god. Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. One of our most famous verses would negate that possibility.
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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #317 on: February 28, 2018, 11:58:15 AM »
Even according to your definition emunah in torah doctrine wouldn't allow for the possibility of another god. Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. One of our most famous verses would negate that possibility.
All I did is ask for your definition. If you don't want to answer that, fine.
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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #318 on: February 28, 2018, 12:05:18 PM »
Implemented by man. Man is corruptable.
FTFUs. We don't believe in original sin

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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #319 on: February 28, 2018, 12:12:48 PM »
FTFUs. We don't believe in original sin
No need to ask about Baptism then.  :)
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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #320 on: February 28, 2018, 12:48:27 PM »
All I did is ask for your definition. If you don't want to answer that, fine.
Can you accept that there isn't a simple definition without a comprehensive understanding of the framework on torah and halacha? And that framework can take hundreds or thousands of hours of study.

Just to say faith and not understand what that faith entails is not defining emunah in context.

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1398519/jewish/Emunah.htm
https://www.ou.org/life/inspiration/difference-emunah-bitachon/
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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #321 on: February 28, 2018, 12:49:36 PM »
Is a strong desire to gain money and wealth; greed be a form of idolatry?

Reminds me of the oldie but goodie:

Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome.

One has a cross in front of him; the other one the Star of David. Many people go by and look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the cross.

A priest comes by, stops and watches throngs of people giving money to the beggar behind the cross, but none give to the beggar behind the Star of David.

Finally, the priest goes over to the beggar behind the Star of David and says, "My poor fellow, don't you understand? This is a Catholic country; this city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren't going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you're sitting beside a beggar who has a cross. In fact, they would probably give to him just out of spite."

The beggar behind the Star of David listened to the priest, turned to the other beggar with the cross and said: "Moishe, look who's trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing!

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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #322 on: February 28, 2018, 12:57:58 PM »
Even according to your definition emunah in torah doctrine wouldn't allow for the possibility of another god. Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. One of our most famous verses would negate that possibility.
Reb JJ can you explain your point more? are you saying shmah is proof of the possibility for other gods (thus the need for us to affirm our allegiance) or otherwise?

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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #323 on: February 28, 2018, 12:59:01 PM »
Can you accept that there isn't a simple definition without a comprehensive understanding of the framework on torah and halacha? And that framework can take hundreds or thousands of hours of study.

Just to say faith and not understand what that faith entails is not defining emunah in context.

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1398519/jewish/Emunah.htm
https://www.ou.org/life/inspiration/difference-emunah-bitachon/
I actually read the first link before. I guess you are saying in the content you used it faith is not what you meant. Emunah goes way past faith.
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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #324 on: February 28, 2018, 01:04:15 PM »
Reb JJ can you explain your point more? are you saying shmah is proof of the possibility for other gods (thus the need for us to affirm our allegiance) or otherwise?
Emunah in shema shows Henotheism is not possible in Judaism.
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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #325 on: February 28, 2018, 01:05:24 PM »
Emunah goes way past faith.
Yes, for sure. It's much deeper in a person and more encompassing in what is included in it than just faith.
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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #326 on: March 06, 2018, 09:58:03 AM »
Reminds me of the oldie but goodie:

Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome.

One has a cross in front of him; the other one the Star of David. Many people go by and look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the cross.

A priest comes by, stops and watches throngs of people giving money to the beggar behind the cross, but none give to the beggar behind the Star of David.

Finally, the priest goes over to the beggar behind the Star of David and says, "My poor fellow, don't you understand? This is a Catholic country; this city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren't going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you're sitting beside a beggar who has a cross. In fact, they would probably give to him just out of spite."

The beggar behind the Star of David listened to the priest, turned to the other beggar with the cross and said: "Moishe, look who's trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing!
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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #327 on: March 06, 2018, 11:00:36 AM »
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For some reason I always group that one in my mind with this bit (relevant joke is 6:03-7:37):

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Re: Torah stuff that doesnt make sense
« Reply #328 on: March 06, 2018, 11:05:18 AM »
My understanding is that most authorities from before Protestantism were of the opinion that it is not idolatry for gentiles but is for Jews but I cannot say that I really ever researched that extensively as it has few practical ramifications.
This is incorrect.

Those learning Daf Hayomi may want to take a look at an interesting tosfos on the bottom of 50a, todays Daf, where tosfos discusses the various items the Christians used and their status vis a vi takroves; the censors, the chalice, the vestments, the candles from Candlemas, etc. It is clear that tosfos, and the many rishonim who categorize some of the above as Meshamshei Avodas Kochavim ( Rosh, Ran, Nimukei Yosef, Mordechai, and many others) hold that it is classified as idol worship. These halachos are brought down in Shulchan Aruch YD 139 and the Rama concurs with these halachos as well. This is one of many clear indications that the often quoted Rama that shituf is allowed for a non Jew is an error. The Rama simply allows business dealing that may cause a non Jew to take an oath in the name of J, since some rishonim hold that professing such belief in an of itself is allowed for a non Jew. However there is no source in the rishonim that allows actuall worship of shituf for a non Jew whatsoever. This is included in the prohibition of Avodah Zara for a Ben Noach. This is the opinion of the overwhelming majority of achronim (pri megadim 156, Chadian Sofer ibid, Noda Biyehuda, etc.) This is clear from the aforementioned halachos in YD 139....

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Re: Torah & Hashkafa Questions (PC Free For All)
« Reply #329 on: March 06, 2018, 11:10:03 AM »
This is incorrect.

Those learning Daf Hayomi may want to take a look at an interesting tosfos on the bottom of 50a, todays Daf, where tosfos discusses the various items the Christians used and their status vis a vi takroves; the censors, the chalice, the vestments, the candles from Candlemas, etc. It is clear that tosfos, and the many rishonim who categorize some of the above as Meshamshei Avodas Kochavim ( Rosh, Ran, Nimukei Yosef, Mordechai, and many others) hold that it is classified as idol worship. These halachos are brought down in Shulchan Aruch YD 139 and the Rama concurs with these halachos as well. This is one of many clear indications that the often quoted Rama that shituf is allowed for a non Jew is an error. The Rama simply allows business dealing that may cause a non Jew to take an oath in the name of J, since some rishonim hold that professing such belief in an of itself is allowed for a non Jew. However there is no source in the rishonim that allows actuall worship of shituf for a non Jew whatsoever. This is included in the prohibition of Avodah Zara for a Ben Noach. This is the opinion of the overwhelming majority of achronim (pri megadim 156, Chadian Sofer ibid, Noda Biyehuda, etc.) This is clear from the aforementioned halachos in YD 139....
As I wrote, I never really researched extensively. Thank you for correcting me.