This question is for Rabbi Becher.
Rabbi, I watch you "religiously" on JBS and am very impressed with the breadth and depth of your knowledge. Today I watched your talk on "Making it easy for the thief". It was wonderful.
Recently, I saw your discussion about "all Jews should be friends." I certainly agree because I think all people should be friends.
I am a Reform Jew. The word "reform" means "to correct the faults of." We are working to correct the faults of (traditional) Judaism in order to create a Judaism that is attractive to modern, western educated people. Our first principle is that G-d did not give us the Torah. In fact, I am currently reading a book titled "Who wrote the Bible?" which I got from my cantor. She gave it to me after she and I studied in a Chevruta as part of observing the mitzvah of hearing the shofar during Elul.
So, Rabbi, my question is "Do you still want to be my friend?" I am ready if you are!
I have understood that when we fast on Yom Kippur, it likens us to angels. We also recite Baruch Shem Kvod aloud on Yom Kippur because we are considered to be likened to angels. So does a person who is unable to fast for medical reasons recite Baruch Shem Kvod aloud or silently?