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I just saw your question and wanted to let you know there is an online safrut course starting on November 15th. All the information can be found here: http://mastery.webyeshiva.org/safrut-certification/


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The Rambam knew the pasuk in Yirmeyahu. Just because one has a question based on a plain-text interpretation of a verse, that doesn't mean that people should stop teaching the Rambam. There are many Biblical verses, and many Mishnayot that are interpreted in ways other than what the plain-text meaning seems to be. Rambam designed his framework based on ...


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Shabbos laws can be very complicated and many activities that might seem innocent enough superficially can be potentially problematic, at a Rabbinic (d'rabanan), or even at a biblical level (d'orayta), which is why it is important to discuss potential activites first with a competent halachic authority. That said, there are e.g. prohibitions on creating ...


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THIS JUST IN: According to Orchos Shabbos chapter 9 siff 13, one must warn their chinuch aged child not to use building blocks such as Lego or the like to build a house or anything which has an Ohel of a tefach by a tefach if they are going to be using the space inside of it. And if they make this edifice it is not allowed to dismantle it. This is after ...


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The Talmud (Art Scroll Yevamot volume 2 63a4) PDF of actual gemara page states: Rav's wife would aggravate him. When he would tell her, "Prepare me lentils." she would [instead] prepare chimtzei (Rashi - possibly peas) [If he said, "Prepare me] chimtzei", she would [instead] prepare lentils. (Meiri states that she would do the opposit of what he ...


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According to the answer at Frumtoronto.com Rabbi A Bartfeld quoting Rabbi Shlomo Miller compares it to Lego and says that it is permitted.


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According to the "Duties of the Heart" love of God is a very advanced level. It requires lots of foundation work as explained in chapter 3 of the Gate of Love of God there. Here is an excerpt. You'll need to study the whole book to fully understand his words. What is the way to attaining love of G-d? I answer this question as follows: This request is ...


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The Shemirah Shabbath by Rav Yehoshua Neuwirth discusses games and toys in Chapter 16. The closest thing to a crafts which he mentions as permissible for children under bar-bat mitzvah age are (18) Toy building blocks and (30) blowing bubbles. In both cases, he seems to say that it is not permissible for an adult to encourage children to do so. ...


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Judaica Press explains in Yirmiyahu 18:9 that there is a machlokes between Rambam on the one hand and Abarbene and Ibn Nachmiash on the other hand about this matter. Rambam holds that the prophesy (by a true prophet) will come about but if the people sin, it will not last. I have also seen referenced (about the decree at Rosh Hashana for the coming year) ...


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A couple examples in Eruvin come to mind. 14a brings proof that for halachic matters, pi = 3, and then continues to explain the dimensions of Solomon's pool. This contains some prealgebra and simple geometry. Also 23b discusses the difference between 7.666 and sqrt(5000), with Rashi giving an interesting way of calculating the square root of 5000.


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Shearim Mitzuyanim Bihalacha points out the interesting language concerning Torah 'from his mouth', why did the Gemara not simply say from him? He quotes the introduction of the Darkei Teshuva to answer this, and I think it will answer your question as well. Darkei Teshuva wrote: if the Rav says a halacha with proper proofs, then one can learn (be מקבל) ...


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Proverbs 26:18-19 says: Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” Lying in a game is like playing with a rifle. Although it is only a "game", a bullet might inadvertently come out of the rifle and kill somebody. When a person gets used to lying, even if only in a ...


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Messilat Yesharim 12:46: Truth is one of the pillars upon which the world stands (Pirkei Avot 1:18). Speaking falsehood, then, is comparable to removing the foundation of the world; and, conversely, if one is heedful of the truth it is as if he maintains the world's foundation. Our Sages of blessed memory told us (Sanhedrin 97a) of a community ...


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maybe he was referring to this Sukkah 42a ... A MINOR WHO KNOWS HOW TO SHAKE THE [LULAB]. Our Rabbis taught, A minor who knows how to shake [the lulab] is subject to the obligation of the lulab; [if he knows how] to wrap himself [with the tallith] he is subject to the obligation of zizith; [if he knows how] to look after tefillin, his father must ...


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When I was learning in yeshiva, I came home for Pesach and saw a homework sheet that Rabbi Moshe Juravel, a seasoned Mechanech in Baltimore (who studied in Lakewood) had sent home with my second grader brother. He had asked each child to ask his father what HIS Minhag was for Karpas. I was so impressed with that simple idea! It brought back a memory from my ...


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For a child of chinuch age (let's say .. 7, 8, or 9), there's a rabbinic obligation to give them an otherwise-real mitzva. For a three-year-old, there's a meta-obligation to raise them in such a way that they'll be ready for mitzvot later on. If a plush lulav helps that, then why not? A pasul lulav is a bit trickier as people may confuse it with the real ...


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My neighborhood has a number of yeshivot. I have read the brochures of 2 of them and have stopped at a third one a few yeasr ago, as my sone had been considering a semicha program. Some commonalities: Most of the Gemarah study seems to focus on one or more from this list: The 1st 3 Masechtot of Nezikin (The "Bavot"), Sanhedrin, sometimes Edyot or ...


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Cheating your opponent at chess (as an example) by using (without their knowledge) a software program that helps you pick the right moves would almost certainly be "G'neivat Daat" - stolen knowledge.. i.e. you are withholding the fact he is playing against a program. Similarly using such help with scrabble (words with friends) etc. would be too. This is ...


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A Rosh Kollel told me that he was told the reason is because, in the middle of a long debate between Abaye and Rava, we find תרגמא רבא אליבא דאביי, Rava interpreted on behalf of Abaye. Namely, Rava answered a challenge to the opinion of Abaya even though he was the "nemesis" in the debate. This teaches a fundamental lesson in learning the Talmud, which is ...


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Dose of Halacha writes that there are 2 issues - 'sefiyah' and 'chinuch'. He brings sources that allows you to have a young child (too young to understand) do melacha: The Gemara (Sukka 42a) writes that parents are obligated to teach and train their children to do mitzvos before they become bar / bas mitzva. This obligation, chinuch, only applies when a ...


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The song is a wonderful song. I don't think that it poses any theological problems. Actually, it expresses one of the tenets of Torah Judaism. Children understand very well that there are things that are true that they don't understand. They understand that lack of understanding does not take away from a truth expressed. On the topic of the words of ...



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