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I think you may be mixing up going to the bathroom and washing your hands. Orach Chaim 3:17 discussing someone who is witholding themselves from going to the bathroom says they are commiting the prohibition of baal Teshaktzu. I am not aware of anywhere that says that one who does not do Netilas Yadayim is committing such a prohibition. Baal Teshaktzu means ...


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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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Rav Hirsch says that the source is the phrase in Devorim 17:9 וְאֶל הַשֹּׁפֵט אֲשֶׁר יִהְיֶה בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם and to the judge who will be in those days Rav Hirsch explains the phrase as showing the principle that at all times one has to obey and follow the contemporary ecclesiastical authorities who are qualified by their ...


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See simply Bartenura 16, 1: בֵּין שֶׁאֵין קוֹרִין בָּהֶן. כְּגוֹן כְּתוּבִים, דְּאַף יְחִידִים אֵין קוֹרִין בָּהֶן בְּשַׁבָּת מִפְּנֵי בִּטּוּל בֵּית הַמִּדְרָשׁ כְּדִלְקַמָּן, שֶׁהָיוּ דּוֹרְשִׁים לָעָם בְּשַׁבָּת וּמוֹרִין לָהֶן הִלְכוֹת אִסּוּר וְהֶתֵּר, לְפִי שֶׁכָּל יְמוֹת הַחֹל הֵם עֲסוּקִים בִּמְלַאכְתָּן, וְאָסְרוּ לִקְרוֹת בִּכְתוּבִים ...


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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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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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