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Note, I'm assuming that Ethiopean Jews are real and kept up their Torah knowledge throughout their exile. The Rambam (he quotes the Introduction to the Mishna) famously said that if there's an argument about something, it's a clear sign it's not a Halacha LeMoshe MiSinai. It could be an argument in interpretation or whatnot, but it's not a clear cut ...


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Logically, anyone not well-versed enough in the halachos of Shabbos and daily life to avoid regular transgressions should prioritize studying practical halacha. (Keep in mind that studying Chumash with Onkelos (or using Rashi as a substitute for Onkelos) is a weekly halachic requirement.) However, if studying other subjects (such as mussar or chassidic ...


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I am going to answer this question for kabbalah in general sense it answers most of what you ask about the Arizal as well. Typically there are two ways to deal with kabbalistic teachings: to accept them as divinely inspired or as definitely complimenting what is written in Torah shebichtav (Written Torah; Pentateuch) and to deny them as being fallible ...


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Just a thought - one of the components of the prohibition of lifnei iver is giving bad advice (Sefer Hachinuch). Some use this to explain how helping someone violate a Rabbinical prohibition could be catergorized as a Biblical violation of lifnei iver, because it is bad advice to do so. So if someone would ask you whether or not they should hooble, and you ...


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There is a dispute of the Rishonim as to whether or not daughter in law is a relationship prohibited to Noahides (Ramban vs. Rashba). The Ramban (to Yevamos 98a) holds that Noahides have no prohibition of relationships with relatives who are not blood relatives. He brings a proof to this from the fact that Yehuda absolved Tamar upon discovering her ...


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Rambam Ch. 9 of Kings & Wars lists all prohibited relatives for Noahides, and "sister-in-law" is not on the list. Therefore, Yibum is not overriding any prohibition for them. Mr. Noahide, you want to marry your brother's ex-wife? That's totally your choice (well, you have to ask her first), whether there were kids or weren't; whether the marriage ended ...


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Chanuka has a prohibition of work while the candles are lighting. Not exactly like other Yamim Tovim, but still. We have Hallel Not allowed to fast or eulogize


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R' Shlomo Zalman Aurbach, in Maadanei Aretz ch. 18, writes that Halacha trumps Dina D'Malchusa Dina. For example, if A took B to secular court and won, B would have to pay A as a result of Dina D'Malchusa Dina (even though A was not allowed to take B to court to start), but B could then sue A in Beis Din for his unjustified losses in secular court, because ...


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My subjective opinion is that this book is more focused on the theoretical foundations of the melachot. While aruch hashulchan and mishna brurah is very focused on giving you the psak, eglei tal is more focused on explaining the definitions of the melachot. My assumption is that if a posek knows the eglei tal well it will help him to come to a conclusion ...


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Someone can be made Eved to pay back for something when he has no money, not necessarily bought with money.


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I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but not knowing the motivation of your question, maybe this will be helpful to you. It isn't being punished directly for the thought, but a person could be punished as the result of a thought: The Tiferes Yisroel commentary to Keilim 25:9 writes that both Rashi (Kiddushin 41b) and the Rambam (Hilchos Pesulei ...


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The Rosh in Niddah ch. 8 siman 8 writes the following: דבדרבמן הולך אחר המיקל וכל שכן בכתמים In Rabbinical rules we follow the lenient opinion, and certainly by kesamim. The Divrei Chamudos אות צ there sources this comment to the last line of the previous Siman of the Rosh, in which the Rosh quoted the following: כל שיעורי חכמים להחמיר חוץ ...


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Rambam Rotzeah 7:9 (English) אחד כוהן גדול המשוח בשמן המשחה, ואחד המרובה בבגדים; ואחד כוהן גדול העובד, ואחד הכוהן שעבר: כל אחד מארבעתן שמת, מחזיר את הרוצח.‏ If any of the current or former Kohanim Gedolim die, he goes free. As the Mishna (Megillah 1:9) states: the only difference between a current and former Kohein Gadol is that the bull offered ...


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See OUTLINES OF HALACHOS FROM THE DAF prepared by Rabbi Pesach Feldman of Kollel Iyun Hadaf.


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( Bold part of answer is the real answer; the rest is just background ) Rabbi Ribiat writes in The 39 Melochos (in the corrected edition, Misrad Hasefer 2004) [Section 2, Chapter II, section G; page 214]: If a Melocho is performed in what is Halachically recognized as an irregular mode, it may be considered a "Shinui" (שינוי). ....a Melocho ...


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I'm not sure if this answers the question, but while the messenger may not realize that he's being מזכה לחבירו שלא בפניו, he is certainly aware that he's a messenger. Tosfos there (Gitin 11 ד"ה התופס לבעל חוב, and see also Tosfos to Kesuvos 11a) actually write that זכין works in a manner exactly like שליחות - so one could easily imagine that דעת שליחות is ...


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This question is the subject of a teshuva of Rav Ovadia Yosef in Yabia Omer 1:41-42, and he returns to this subject in many later teshuvos as well. He writes regarding this question that דבר זה הוא מקצוע גדול בתורה (so imagine this question upvoted by R. Ovadia Yosef). First of all, it isn't so clear that we actually do 'pasken' like the Shut min ...


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There are several Rishonim (collected in Encycolpedia Talmudis, but for example see the Raavid's comment on the Rambam Shofar Lulav V'Sukka 8:5 where he explicitly argues for his position because of Ruach HaKodesh - although he justifies it intellectually - see at the link the argument if the Raavid means it literally) that hold that the final Halacha is not ...



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