Hot answers tagged

8

The עיקר תוי"ט already asks your question ibid ח: וְדִבְרֵי תֵּימַהּ הֵן, דִּבְהֶדְיָא שָׁנִינוּ בְּמִשְׁנָה ג' פֶּרֶק ב' דִּזְבָחִים חוּץ לִמְקוֹמוֹ פָּסוּל וְאֵין בּוֹ כָּרֵת‏ So it seems that the Bartenura was either badly copied or else simply used the common phrase חוץ לזמנן או חוץ למקומן "as a matter of habit". (For similar, see the עיקר ...


5

Rashi in Menachos 21a ד"ה דם שבישלו says that salting blood is like cooking it, based on the rule of מליח כרותח, that salting is like boiling. The Ran in Avodah Zarah (38b in dapei haRif, ד"ה גרסינן) also seems to contemplate that salting on Shabbos would be considered cooking (arguing with the Ramban). Similarly, the Tzlach (Pesachim 74a ד"ה ואמרתי) says ...


4

Including those listen in the question, those who wrote on Kodshim include: Rashi (11th century) Maimonides (12th century Tosefos: Rabbeinu Yaakov (ר"י) Rabbeinu Yitzchok Ben Asher HaLevi (ריב"א) Rabbeinu Gershom comments on seven tractates: Bechoros, Kerisus, Me'ila, Temura, Chullin, Menachos, and Arachin. The Shita Mekubetzes writes on all tractates ...


4

In his commentary on Leviticus 4:2, where the Torah introduces the קרבן חטאת ("sin offering"), R' Samson Raphael Hirsch explains its purpose with: The offering, with which a soul that has fallen out of focus of the Will of God which should form the centre which directs all its actions, seeks to regain the nearness of God, is called a קרבן חטאת. The ...


4

The talmud, on Niddah 31b, explains that the sin-offering (chatat) after birth is to atone for inappropriate vows she might have made during the birth. (Remember, no drugs to dull the pain.) From the Soncino translation: R. Simeon b. Yohai was asked by his disciples: Why did the Torah ordain that a woman after childbirth should bring a sacrifice? He ...


4

The story is from Avot deRabi Natan. Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai visited someone who was in severe pain and cursed out God because of it. The conclusion of the story is that the best thing for the visitor to do is be a good listener, not show up to lecture the sufferer about faith. So if I see someone now cursing out God because of the pain, it's not my place ...


4

Any meat that was burned on the altar was dipped in salt and then put straight on the fire. It was unrelated to the laws of kashering, as we also put straight blood on the altar! For instance Rambam Laws of Korban Procedures 6:4 כשמנתח אברי העולה, מוליכין את כל הנתחים לכבש, ומולחין אותן שם. ואחר כך מעלין כל האברים לראש המזבח, ומסיר גיד הנשה בראש המזבח, ...


3

Jews do have a teaching that when Abraham was childless that he slaughtered an animal when making a pact with God in which God promises Abraham that he will have a child. Later in Abraham's life, he slaughter's an animal instead of his son Isaac. God specifically tells him to sacrifice Isaac. However, the dates that these events happened are not brought down ...


3

While Rabbi Elazar Hakafar states that the reason for the chatas is that the nazir showed too much asceticism, others state that the reason for the chatas is that he lowered his level of keduasha. Rabbi Frand points out that there are times that a person needs to become a nazir in order to react to circumstances. This is similar to the story of Shimon ...


3

One can build a mizbeach today on the temple mount even without a temple. At one time not that long ago, there was talk of making a korban pesach there. http://www.yeshiva.org.il/midrash/15755 רבי עקיבא איגר כתב במכתב לחתנו, החתם סופר, כי הוא מציע לבקש משרי ירושלים ליתן רשות להקריב. החתם סופר, בשו"ת יורה דעה סימן רל"ו, משיב לו שהבעיה נעוצה במושל שהוא קפדן ...


3

According to R' Samson Raphael Hirsch's commentary on these sections of the Torah, the Red Heifer and the death of the righteous both accomplish the same spiritually educational mission: curing people of the illusion that they are solely physical beings without free will. R' Hirsch explains his understanding of the meaning of every aspect of the Red Heifer ...


3

The Baal Haturim points out that Shom, there, is mentioned twice. Miriam died there and was buried there. The gematria of Shom is 300+40 = 340, the gematria of atones mechaper is 40+20+80+200 = 340. This is the hint that there is a connection between 'atonement' reflected in the Red Heifer and 'there' repeated superfluously in connection with Miriam's death, ...


2

A better translation of "korban" is "that which brings one close". It's not that you're "giving up" something (e.g. an animal from your flock) in some sort of tit-for-tat scheme to balance out a debt or transgression; rather, you bring a korban because God commanded it and we want to follow God's commands. There are several types of korban, and you'll ...


2

According to חברותא women were allowed to offer korbanot on private altars? זר, (33) אשה (34), עבד (35), עובדים בבמה, וכן שאר פסולי כהונה, כאונן (36), יושב (37), שאינו רחוץ ידים ורגלים (38), שתויי יין (39) ומחוסר בגדים (40), כשרים בבמה. ‏ Unfortunately the online version does not have the sources.


2

Great question, I have my own original answer based on a saying of the Talmud: "Kohanim Zerizim Hem" (Priests are possessed of alacrity {in serving Hashem}) (see Talmud Pesachim 36a and many other places). I have seen the term "zerizus" used for "speed". (see Talmud Pesachim 4a: "Zerizim makdimin Lemitzvos"... "A "zariz" will do a mitzvah at its first ...


2

Are there specifications to build a Mizbeah? Yes, there are specification for building a Mizbeach - and the Rambam has codified them in the first 2 chapters of הלכות בית הבחירה Can one build a Mizbeah in our days? The Rambam (ibid 1:3) says that after the temple was built (i.e. nowadays), individuals may no longer have their private temples nor ...


2

See Tanya Iggeres HaKodesh Epistle 28. As summaries in Lessons In Tanya: To revert to the question concerning the juxtaposition of the two passages, the Alter Rebbe explains that an offering connoted an “arousal from below,” from the soul of the animal that derives from kelipat nogah. This, in turn, elicited a reciprocal “arousal from Above,” drawing ...


2

This question contains two incorrect assumptions. One incorrect assumption is that a guilt offering (korban asham) is less serious than a sin offering (korban chatas). The Ramban 5:15 indicates that the opposite is true, and the Rama (O.C. 603:1) actually quotes as accepted halakha: one must expend greater effort in repenting from a sin that he might have ...


1

The Raavad to Hilchos Nezirus 5(15) states that הכהנים בזמן הזה טמאי מת הן  Kohanim in our time are impure with טומאת מת. So, no there would not be Kohanim pure enough (physically, etc.) to ideally perform the worship and all the sacrifices. But when all or most of the community are impure from contact with the dead, sacrifices with a fixed ...


1

They are also referred to as "Chassidei Umot HaOlam", the righteous of the nations of the world as explained by Rabbi Meir Ibn Gabbai in Sefer Avodat HaKodesh, chapter 42 חסידי אומות העולם הם אשר קיימו כל תורת בני נח שהן שבע מצות שנצטוו Another name used for them is "Ger Toshav" as mentioned by Rambam in Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Issurei Biah, Chapter 14, ...


1

Meat that is grilled directly on a fire does not need to be soaked and salted. This is particularly useful information for those with restrictions on salt intake as they can still eat meat without worrying about the salt.


1

Perhaps it is because the theme of the Pesach offering(s) is the unity of the Jewish people whereas the Sukkot offerings are on behalf of the nations of the world and hence perhaps incorporate a theme of the diversity of the seventy nations (see http://ohr.edu/2349).


1

The Gemara is not saying that the Korban is to atone for the words spoken during childbirth. It is to atone for reneging on what was sworn then. The concept of ignoring what was said during a time of distress is that complaints which would otherwise be inappropriate can be understood as coming from pain. This wasn't meant to apply to promises and swearing. A ...


1

Why would He put the moon back? It wasn't just a punishment, it was a good point. They shouldn't be the same size. The Maharal discusses this Aggadah in a few places. The part that pertains to this question is that the Gemara is detailing the reasoning behind certain Maasei Bereishis. It had to turn out this way. However, being that the creation had an ...


1

That Chattas is for becoming Tammei. Rebbi Elazar Hakafar is being Medayek only from the words מאשר חטא על הנפש, which simply mean that he became Tammei from the Nefesh of the dead. But the phrasing of the Pasuk makes it look like he hurt a Nefesh. Rebbe Elazar Hakafar is saying that this hint has the negative attitude. It is not the theme of the whole ...


1

While I cannot say for sure without checking it up I believe the halachah is once the beis hamikdish was built one is not allowed to bring a sacrifice anywhere else; on this planet or on another.


1

Yes, the Temple of Onias מקדש חוניו היה מרכז פולחן יהודי במצרים. הוא היה מבנה בצורת בית המקדש ובתוכו מזבח, שבנה חוניו בלאונטופוליס, אשר שכנה במחוז של העיר און (הליופוליס) במצרים. המקדש התגלה בחפירות הארכאולוגיות במשלחת בראשות הארכאולוג האנגלי פלינדרס פיטרי. החפירות התקימו בשנים 1905 - 1906. This is not in t'nach since it was in the time of the second Bais ...


1

The phrase in Shabbos 33b and brought in Rashi on Ksubos 8b is בזמן שצדיקים בדור, צדיקים נתפסים על הדור. Rashi goes on to quote a drasha he apparently had in Shabbos which quotes Yechezkel 9 6 וממקדשי תחלו. In turn, see Rashi on Yechezkel there who quotes the gemara in Shabbos 55a "don't read ממקדשי rather ממקודשי from those separate to me. These are ...


1

Some possible answers (unsourced; edits are welcome): The korban pesach, despite its peculiarities, is an individual korban (group, actually; but anyhow not a single animal for the entire nation.) (OK, the entire nation can combine as a single group, but the korban is effective because of the group, not because of the nation.) The korban pesach is ...


1

In an extensive article in Dialogue, "Aquatic Perfection: The Fascinating World of Fish and Water," Rabbi Eytan Feiner suggests that fish are from a realm which does not require further perfection [which might also explain why fish do not require shechitah]. He also refers to the (pseudo-) Hiddushei ha-Ran, Shabbat 108a: כשבא נחש על חוה הטיל זוהמא עלי' ועל ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible