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Beurei Hatefilah mentions two versions emanating from Siddur Rav Amram Ga'on , which includes an overall longer version than the version found in Art Scroll / Birnbaum Ashkenaz (Some siddurim include parts of Rav Amram's version esp. for Shabbat pre-Kohen aliyah.) You will notice that his version has mainly psukim and just the last, brief words of הכל הבו ...


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I don't know if they address this concern particularly in terms of the expense. However, the knowledge that murex indigo is chemically identical to plant-based indigo is something knowable only in the 20th and 21st century, when we know about atoms, molecules, and chemicals. If plant-based indigo failed the gemara's test for fastness, and this was just a ...


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In the introduction to the Shulchan Aruch, the Mechaber, HaRav HaGaon Yosef Caro Z"tzl explained that his work was meant to be learned over a period of 30 days. (lol) Thus, from a stand point such as that, the basic source of psak halacha shouldn't take more than a month or so to actually take in at least on a basic level. The Talmud on the other hand can ...


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The Chida in Shem Hagedolim cites this story from the עומר השכחה (c. 1500) where it was the Rif who blessed the young Rambam. The Chida explains that the Rif died well before the Rambam was born and replaces the Rif with the Ri Migash who died when the Rambam was seven years old. See page 148 on the bottom of left column here ...


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Nice timing, Terri! A couple of weeks ago I was given a pile of books, and in it was one called Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy by Dan Rottenberg. It has step by step instructions for finding out information about your Jewish relatives. It also has a list of over 2000 Jewish names in the back, with information about what families are ...


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It is an odd assumption that we would be celebrating a failed revolution of Lag Baomer. Another point. There is actually no need for the Talmud Bavli to hide anything negative said of the Romans. Their Parthian hosts would be more than happy to hear such stuff. And in fact they didn't hide negative statements about Romans.


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Rav Yosef Yozel Horwitz the Alter of Novahrdok (1847–1919) already cites it in his talks compiled in the Sefer Madreigas Ha'adam in Darkei Habitachon (chapter 13 s.v Vezeh Lashon Harambam)


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the fact that the sources say he had 24000 students leads me to speculate that this number was known because of a count taken as they enrolled as part of bar kochba army- there a count would be taken-otherwise at that time there were no needs or practice of counting students---second rabbi chaim kolitz in his book rabbi akiva-says the wording pairs of pupils ...


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Please see the website here- it explains that the Phoenicians (who have the same blood and alphabet but different religion) were frequently equated with the Hebrew people. The Phoenicians were known for their ships, as were the tribe of Dan. The Spartans were even called Sephardi (form of it) before the name was given to Spain. ...


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it is hinted in the book of Job: "Behold, G-d does all these things with man two or three times" (Job 33:29) http://www.chabad.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/1388275/jewish/Men-Not-Women-Reincarnate-202.htm also the Vilna Gaon in Even Shlema says from this verse that one has a maximum of 3 gilgulim to rectify himself


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I've heard that it is this way because Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz composed it in his circle who was made up of the greatest Achronim. Rabbi Alkabetz was one of the members of the esteemed Safed circle of scholars and mystics, which included Rabbi Yosef Caro, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero and Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, the holy Ari. They accepted it and that caused all their ...


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The Haggadah of the Maharal, to the extent that it is not just collecting comments of the Maharal from elsewhere, was a forgery, and was generally accepted as being from the Maharal. I heard that the Radzhyner Haggada to this day cites the Maharal Haggada as a source that one must drink the kos shel Elyahu as a fifth cup, despite that the Maharal himself in ...


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Well, you wanted scholarly sources, so here is one in "Seventeenth Century Hebrew Books Volume 2" by Marvin J. Heller 2011 p. 665: Caro's authorship of Maggid Mesharim has been disputed. A number of writers, particularly those who did not wish to attribute a mystical work to a leading halakhic authority, questioned Caro's authorship, an attribution that ...


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Really the distinction is one between the medieval period and the modern period. The Shulchan Aruch was written at the very end of the medieval period and was one of the first Jewish books to be printed during its author's lifetime. The printing aspect is hugely important; before that any Jewish work (any work in general) was competing for scribal time & ...


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This page (it is too much to simply copy and paste) speaks of the medrashic concept that the righteous die on their birthdays [scroll down to citation 27 in the text]. As such, acknowledging that Avraham Avinu was righteous, and the gemara mentions possibilities for the Yahrzeit: Avraham Avinu (2124 - 1638 B.C.E.:), according to some sources (Bava Basra ...


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In 1848, Rav Yisra'el Salanteer ordered Jews of his town to eat on Yom Kippur because of the dangers of the cholera epidemic. Source It was to him a matter of "when we have to act for the sake of God; then the law must be dispensed with. "In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man." Then he ordered announcements to be posted in all ...


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From http://www.chabadnj.org/page.asp?pageID=%7B829583A0-2C90-449A-B619-2362C8B418FF%7D The first Holy Temple was inaugurated by King Solomon on the 8th of Tishrei, and was celebrated for the next 14 days. In that year they did not fast on Yom Kippur, which fell right in middle of the festivities. The sages worried that they had erred in the matter, but ...


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First of all, meat can be eaten raw (unsalted, unroasted, un-anything, straight from the carcass) after just rinsing it (YD 67:2). Regarding salting, a non-trivial number of rabbinic authorities (even current ones) have allowed using sugar to 'salt' meat when salt was not an option (for availability or medical reasons). See this article for a sampling of ...


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See OU.org that broiling is an alternative method for Koshering meat. The Torah forbids the consumption of the blood of an animal. The two accepted methods of extracting blood from meat, a process referred to as “koshering”, are either salting or broiling.



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