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In the Path of the Just ch.1 Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato says: Behold, our sages, of blessed memory, have taught us that man was created solely to rejoice in G-d and to delight in the splendor of the Shechina (divine presence). For this is true joy, and the greatest possible pleasure that can possibly exist. The place of this joy is, in truth, in ...


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Partially but mostly not. You have to understand the important distinction between the written torah and the oral torah. Think of it this way: judaism is like a speech, and when a speaker gives a speech, he does not write down every last word he is planning to say with every last detail. Rather, he writes major themes/topics in the form of bullet points. The ...


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Effectively, this was the question of R' Yehoshua in Rosh Hashanah 2:9. There, he was forced to follow the ruling of Rabban Gamliel of Yavneh at such a time as there was no Jerusalem-based authority. He was an older sage, and a student of Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai - surely his view was equally valid? According to R' Dosa ben Harkinas, the source for his ...


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This part of the question: If it's just a matter of distracting people from beit hamidrash why not ban reading Torah and Nevi'im as well (aside from the kriah and haftorah)? Answer: Kesuvim are attractive to read and you get involved in them more than in other parts of Tanach as Chazal say שאין קורין בכתובים בשבת מפני ביטול בית המדרש שהם מושכים את הלב ...



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