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Yes. There is a concept of "dina d'malchusa dina," the "Law of the Land is the Law." This means that according to Halacha, one must abide by the civil law of the land in which one lives. There is much discussion about the parameters of this din, but as laws generally do not concern themselves with the subjective "convenience" of those to whom they apply, ...


R' Nissim Gaon on Shabbos 132b says the following: ובזה הפירוש שפירשנו יסיר מלבך ספק גדול שמסתפקין בו בני אדם ושואלין עליו והוא שאומרין מאחר שאנו יודעין שאזהרת לאו קשה מציווי עשה היאך יבא עשה וידחה האזהרה של לאו שהיא חמורה ממנו ומדרך הידוע שהחמור דוחה הקל ולא עוד אלא שפעמים שעולה על דעתן שיש בענין הזה ענין חזרה בדבר הראשון. והתשובה הוא מה שהקדמנו שהאזהרה ...


The Ramban (Sh'mos 20:8) says that because positive mitzvos stem from loving HASHEM while negative mitzvos stem from fear of HASHEM and love is greater than fear.


I asked my LOR and he showed me the mishnah in trumos (Perek 5 Mishnah 8) which is the original source of the machlokes. If 1 piece of chulin falls into a 100 pieces of chulin, it is batel. If a second piece of trumah falls in, then there is a machlokes as to whether it was now considered 2 in a 100 (1 in 50) and asur or 1 in 101 and batel again. This ...


I can't give you all sources, but a brief summary of the Rambam: The Rambam discusses two types of derashos. In his Introduction to the Talmud, the Rambam discusses derashos in which the halacha is not in dispute, just the scriptural source is - the drasha is merely an attempt to identify the source, and the halacha preceded the source. An example is the ...


This is discussed in the Talmud (Shabbat 114) and the Rambam rules (Shabbat 5:21) that no Havdallah is recited after Shabbat when Yom Kippur falls on Sunday.


The calendar is set such that Yom Kippur CANNOT occur on a Sunday. Even if we went back to a system where the Sandhedrin declared the new moon, the problem remains of back to back shabbats. This creates problems with regard to food preparation. You would have to prepare food for both shabbat AND breaking fast Sunday night on Friday. In other words, your ...

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