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A mitsva See Mishna Maccot chapter 2, 2: אַבָּא שָׁאוּל אוֹמֵר, מַה חֲטָבַת עֵצִים רְשׁוּת, יָצָא הָאָב הַמַּכֶּה אֶת בְּנוֹ {יא}, וְהָרַב הָרוֹדֶה אֶת תַּלְמִידוֹ, וּשְׁלִיחַ בֵּית דִּין {יב}: ‏ Bartenura: מַה חֲטָבַת עֵצִים רְשׁוּת. דְּאִי בָעֵי עָיֵיל לַחְטֹב וְאִי בָעֵי לֹא עָיֵיל: יָצָא הָאָב הָרוֹדֶה אֶת בְּנוֹ. דְּמִצְוָה קָא עֲבִיד:‏ Yqar ...


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Shearim Mitzuyanim Bihalacha points out the interesting language concerning Torah 'from his mouth', why did the Gemara not simply say from him? He quotes the introduction of the Darkei Teshuva to answer this, and I think it will answer your question as well. Darkei Teshuva wrote: if the Rav says a halacha with proper proofs, then one can learn (be מקבל) ...


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In the blog Daat Torah, the author (I do not know who it is) quotes Rabbi Horowitz. Rabbi Horowitz's website claims (I think correctly) that he is recognized throughout the Jewish community as an authority on raising children in these troubled times. Rabbi Horowitz quotes Rav Pam due to the enhanced sense of personal freedom and individual rights ...



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