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There is a teshuva of the Rema in which he writes that if you find a Teshuva of the Gaonim, you could follow its opinion. I asked R' Zvi Berkowitz about this and he said this was restricted specifically to the period of the Gaonim, because the Rishonim themselves (on whom much of our codification is based) would have taken the position of the Gaon into ...


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Nice question. To me it seems that to begin with, the whole concept of having a system wherein people compete to "win" a mitzva opportunity is a tricky matter. If indeed everyone's intention is pure about it, i.e. all participants genuinely want to fulfill Hashem's mitzvah for it's sake, and competing is but a means to express that desire, then fine. But ...


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Although according to a simple reading of the Torah, the Covenant Between the Parts occurred after Avrohom came to settle in Eretz Yisrael after the age of seventy-five, the sefer Seder Olom here says that it took place in Eretz Yisrael when Avrohom was seventy, and he then returned to Haran for five years, returning to Eretz Yisrael with Sarah and Lot when ...


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Here is the second part of the answer: First part is here Finally we get to the main question. In Niddah 66a ( נידה פרק י דף סו,א ) we have: אמר רב יוסף אמר רב יהודה אמר רב התקין רבי בשדות ראתה יום אחד תשב ששה והוא שנים תשב ששה והן שלשה תשב שבעה נקיים אמר ר' זירא בנות ישראל החמירו על עצמן שאפילו רואות טפת דם כחרדל יושבות עליה שבעה נקיים אדבריה רבא לרב ...


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Is חומרת רבי זירה a Minhag or a Codified Halacha and how and why did it originate? This is a difficult and sensitive question. There are many Talmidai Chachamim on both sides of this question. In order to answer this question properly I feel it’s important to give some context and clarify what I am talking about and also what I am NOT talking about. So ...


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Shalom. See this WikiYeshiva Page: פרשת ההלשנה לרגל מלחמת שלושים השנים הטילה הממשלה מסים כבדים על כל הקהילות. הוא היה בראש הועד לקביעת המסים, שהגיעו לסכום של ארבעים אלף טהאלר. מנהגו היה לחלק את המיסים באופן שהעשירים שלמו יותר, כל אחד לפי כוחו. נוהג זה קומם עליו עשירים בעלי השפעה, שבזמן המלחמה הלוו כספים לקיסר למימון המלחמה והמלך נותר להם בעל חוב. הם הלשינו ...


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Seems like the Bet Yosef is one of the earliest to quote the Zohar as the source of a Halacha. The first instance, IIRC, is the obligation to wash Negel Vaser before doing anything else. The Bet Yosef [on the Tur] was written some time before 1555, as by then R' Yofef Karo had already summarized it as the Shulchan Aruch. [Source]


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As explained in אוצר מנהגי חב"ד, the practice in the main Shul in Lubavitch where the Rabbeim davened was not indicative of the official Chabad practice, but rather represented what the crowd chose to do. So whatever the practice was was not indicative of the actual position of the Rabbeim (i.e. what they would do in private). Often the Rabbeim would daven ...


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The number 70 in the time of Chazal was a "typological number" meant to convey a generic large number, much like people today use the term "millions" even if they do not actually mean that many. Thus, you find in the Talmud many instances of the number 70 which are clearly not meant to be exactly 70: ... המנבל פיו ומוציא דבר נבלה מפיו אפילו נחתם לו גזר ...


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Bava Metzia 87a: Until Abraham there was no old age; whoever wished to speak to Abraham would speak to Isaac, and the reverse. Thereupon he prayed, and old age came into existence, as it is written, And Abraham was old and well-stricken in age. So during the age when people lived 200+ years, they showed no signs of age.


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In short: there isn't, or at least, not sufficient evidence. The author of the article quoted in the question seems to misunderstand the sources he quotes. While it may be true that the Rashbam interpreted verse in question (Genesis 1:5) in a way that implies that night follows the day, he is in no way making a legal statement, and as he himself says ...


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One interesting example saying directly and explicitly that earlier authorities where wrong is in regards to Rambam's opinion that a woman's seven niddah days and eleven zavah days strictly alternate and various other aspects of his approach to niddah and zavah. The Chatam Sofer writes in regards to this: אי-אפשר לעשות להרמב"ם אפילו סניף בעלמה כי שיטתו ...


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Maran Rav Ovadia was always upset that people wrote in Seforim that the Rishonim are wrong. What you should do? You should work hard to explain where the Rishon is coming from! He did however Pasken with chosing whichever Rishon is more accepted. Regarding Achronim see introduction to Eigeret Leben Torah by Rav Yitzcak Yosef it saids there that בעצם there ...


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It's mentioned in the Medrash Raba - Metzora 17:6 that the Girgashi went to Afriki (sic) instead of fighting with Yehoshua. גִּרְגָּשִׁי עָמַד [ופנה] מֵאֵלָיו, לְפִיכָךְ נִתְּנָה לוֹ אֶרֶץ יָפָה כְּאַרְצוֹ, הֲדָא הוּא דִכְתִיב (ישעיה לו, יז): עַד בֹּאִי וְלָקַחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם אֶל אֶרֶץ כְּאַרְצְכֶם, זוֹ אַפְרִיקֵי. ‏ In the Medrash Raba in Shelach ...


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It seems that Rambam anticipated certain aspects of Einstien's General Relativity. The traditional view was that time is absolute and constant: "Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to anything external." Issac Newton However, in the Guide to the Perplexed, Rambam sees time ...


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The claim that Jesus is mentioned in the talmud, or alluded to through a code name is not new. This website goes through the sources and shows that the premise might be false. The Jewish Press here summarizes some of the ideas in a single essay. Here's part of it: As it turns out, every allegation about Talmudic anti-Christian texts is based on the ...


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Your question ignores the reality of the twelve shvatim. Each with its own personality, its own sanhedrin, in some instances a definable different pronunciation of words and according to the Arizal different nuschaos hatefila. Having separate smaller groups is not necessarily a bad thing. I will relate a drasha I heard from one of my rebbeim in beis ...


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There have been several different sects of Judaism almost since the beginning of the religion. The oldest movements were Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes and Zealots Medieval movements included Karaites and Rabbinical Judaism Rabbinical Judaism split into Chasidic, Orthodox, Reform and Conservative in the US today Other countries have similar ...


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In Mishnah Makkot 1:10 there is a famous passage where, after discussing the laws of witnesses, the Rabbis debate how often the Sanhedrin should order the capital punishment. A Sanhedrin that would execute somebody once every seven years would be considered a violent Beit Din. Rabbi Elazar Ben Azariah says: "Once every 70 years." Rabbi Tarfon and ...


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Apparently Rambam said: בבוקר אכול כמלך, בצהריים כבן מלך ובערב כאביון eat breakfast like a king, lunch like the son of a king and dinner like a pauper. among his other advice for health which seems to have stood the test of time. I read about this study last year which seems to confirm the wisdom of the above advice: High caloric intake at ...


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R' Akiva Tatz addresses this issue beautifully in the shiur I attached below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBpjlW1yvyM


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The Tur (O.C. 625) indicates that you are correct in your question, as he explains why Sukkos isn't in the spring, since we got the huts after we left Egypt in the spring, and it should be then that we celebrate. But it was moved to make it more obvious that we are doing it for the Mitzvah, and not to appreciate the nice weather. This seems to imply that ...


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The Gra (commentary to Canticles 1:4) explains that the Clouds of Glory returned to the Jewish camp on 15 Tishrei after leaving due to the sin of the Golden Calf. (He reasons that Moshe came down with the second set of tablets on 10 Tishrei. He immediately gave the command to build the Mishkan on 11 Tishrei. The people brought gifts for two mornings. On 14 ...


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Since they are not annotated in any way, it's impossible to know of any given sefer tora what it's model was. Further, even if we knew that a given sefer was exactly copied from the Keter (Aleppo Codex), that would not help us recreate the vowels or accents. However, by taking the majority reading of specific selected Masoretic manuscripts, Rabbi Breuer ...


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According to Yerach L'Moadim - footnote 27 the composer was from Arab lands. The author of the Sefer Hayovlim was the one who made this Tefila known.


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The very influential and authoritative Ashkenazi Siddur Sfat Emet and its associated machzorim and chumash include references to two distinct major minhagim corresponding to the ones specified by ArtScroll: Polnischer Ritus (Polish rites) = נוסח פולין גדל וליטא and מנהג פולין Deutscher Ritus (German rites) = נוסח אשכנז, פיהם, ופולין קטן and מנהג ליטא and ...


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Chazal knew that metal utensils can absorb the taste of food, despite being seemingly perfect. Modern engineers also discovered that micro-fissures are created in metal by expanding and contracting, letting the taste of food enter it. See Dave's answer to "Blias" in today's pots and pans.



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