Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

15

Danno got it right. But I'll go through the quotes anyhow. A. Non-Jews aren't humans. Keritot 6b. There are a handful of specific technical laws in the Bible that pertain to "an adam" which the Talmud interprets as "Jews only"; for a non-Jew we are more lenient. The idea simply is that most of the Torah's laws were intended for a Jewish audience, so ...


13

Likutei Moharan II 48: וְדַע, שֶׁהָאָדָם צָרִיך לַעֲבר עַל גֶּשֶׁר צַר מְאד מְאד וְהַכְּלָל וְהָעִקָּר שֶׁלּא יִתְפַּחֵד כְּלָל‏ According to Wikipedia, the song adaptation was composed by Boruch Chait of The Rabbi's Sons. Likutei Moharan II 24: מִצְוָה גְּדוֹלָה לִהְיוֹת בְּשִׂמְחָה תָּמִיד


13

These attacks are usually amalgamations of the following: Pure invention -- some of the books listed don't exist or the quotes are fabrications Mistranslations or selective quoting Out of context quotes (statements made in the course of a protracted legal argument presented as definitive statements of belief or statements made to make a legal point being ...


12

There is a letter by the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l (original Hebrew text available online at chabadlibrary.org; an English translation is at chabad.org) in which he discusses this. (He also provides a list of places in Chabad Chassidic writings that talk about tzimtzum.) To summarize: The two key variables here are: (a) whether tzimtzum means "contraction" ...


9

It's in אמרו לאלקים for Yom Kippur Shacharis. (I thought it's also in the Yotzer for Shabbos Shekalim, and the idea is indeed there, but not the exact phrase.)


9

It appears in the Babylonian Talmud (c. 350) several times; one such occurrence is in the last chapter of Yoma, which addresses the notion of repentance. (Page 87a): דאמר רב הונא אמר רב כיון שעבר אדם עבירה ושנה בה הותרה לו הותרה לו סלקא דעתך אלא נעשית לו כהיתר "As Rav Huna said in the name of Rav, once a person sins once and repeats it, it becomes ...


9

The posuk in Nechemiah 9:33 says the same thing: וְאַתָּה צַדִּיק עַל כָּל-הַבָּא עָלֵינוּ: כִּי-אֱמֶת עָשִׂיתָ וַאֲנַחְנוּ הִרְשָׁעְנוּ.‏ "You are just in all that has come upon us; for You have dealt truly and we have done wickedly." Also Pharaoh proclaimed in Shemos 9:27: ה' הַצַּדִּיק וַאֲנִי וְעַמִּי הָרְשָׁעִים.‏ "The Lord is the ...


8

Because thats when Moshe Rabenu lived until and no one can Live longer than him two sources that discus this reason and its shortcomings: THE REBBETZIN'S HUSBAND and Wolfish Musings


8

Hashem is the author of the Torah. Generally the author of a work writes it. Actually nowadays the author generally types it, nevertheless, we still say so and so "wrote" it. Who transcribed it or how they did so is incidental to who authored it. In other words saying Hashem wrote the Torah is just a generic way to convey in English that Hashem is its ...


8

The argument went much earlier. There were students of the Arizal who held that Tzimtzum is literal. For example, Yosher Levav (the author of the Mishnas Chassidim) wrote that it is based on both logic (that it is disgraceful for Hashem to be found in a dirty place) and because it is also what the Arizal taught him. The Alter Rebbe (Baal Hatanya) ...


8

"Yelchu Mchail el Choil" (Thilim 84:8) "They advance from strength to strength". ח יֵלְכוּ, מֵחַיִל אֶל-חָיִל; יֵרָאֶה אֶל-אֱלֹהִים בְּצִיּוֹן. They go from strength to strength, every one of them appeareth before God in Zion.


7

Zechariah 3 (7): כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אִם-בִּדְרָכַי תֵּלֵךְ וְאִם אֶת-מִשְׁמַרְתִּי תִשְׁמֹר, וְגַם-אַתָּה תָּדִין אֶת-בֵּיתִי, וְגַם תִּשְׁמֹר אֶת-חֲצֵרָי--וְנָתַתִּי לְךָ מַהְלְכִים, בֵּין הָעֹמְדִים הָאֵלֶּה. 'Thus saith the LORD of hosts: If thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, and wilt also judge My house, and ...


7

Interestingly (but unsurprisingly), there is a Wikipedia page about this! They give the spelling ןאוייעך, which is how the word would be transcribed into Yiddish based on sound alone.


7

Rabbi Re'uven Brauner wrote a pamphlet indexing verses used in prayer called "Shimush Pesukim" (in halakhah.com): http://halakhah.com/rst/pesukim.pdf However, the specific verse you quoted is not found in that index (nor do I remember it), except for a haftarah.


6

When I was young, my older brother and I counted a bunch of pomegranates. Some totaled 607, 624, and other numbers in that area. Although none totaled exactly 613, in our series of counting the average came out to 613! Thanks to msh, at the bottom of R. Zivotofsky's article I found that someone has an ongoing experiment regarding just this question and so ...


6

We say חזק חזק ונתחזק when we finish each Chumash. יהושע: כג. ו. וחזקתם מאד לשמר ולעשות את כל הכתוב בספר תורת משה לבלתי סור ממנו ימין ושמאול ישעיהו: מא. ו. איש את רעהו יעזרו ולאחיו יאמר חזק עזרא: י. ד. קום כי עליך הדבר ואנחנו עמך חזק ועשה דברי הימים א: יט. יג. חזק ונתחזקה בעד עמנו ובעד ערי אלהינו ויהוה הטוב בעיניו יעשה


6

It is mentioned in Kovetz Sipurim on the Lubavitcher Rebbe


6

It is a paraphrasing of Igeres Teman (pg. 42 in this edition).


5

I can't vouch for the reliability of this source, but the story is found in Warren Kozak, The Rabbi of 84th Street: The Extraordinary Life of Haskel Besser (HarperCollins, 2004), pp. 176-7 (cited in the Wikipedia article on the Shanghai Ghetto): When the Germans pressed the Japanese to turn over the entire Jewish community [in Shanghai], the Japanese ...


5

I also used to think it had to do with Moshe's age. But then this made me wonder why we say "You should live till 120", since it sounds more like a curse than a blessing to limit someone's potential age to a set number of years. Then it was pointed out to me that it isn't a curse, but a determination made by HaShem, explicitly stated in the Torah. In ...


5

נויאהעכ or ןויאהכ The Chof at the end is 2 mistakes - as it is instead of the Ches and if it was a Chaf it should be a Chof Sofit


5

Taanis 22b relates that Yoshiyahu said "צדיק הוא ה׳ כי פיהו מריתי" - HaShem is righteous for I have rebelled against his word. (quote from Eicha 1:18)


5

"The Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, righteous and just is He. Is corruption His? No; His children's is the blemish" - Deuteronomy 32:4


4

A possible source is Proverbs (9:8) אַל תּוֹכַח לֵץ פֶּן יִשְׂנָאֶךָּ הוֹכַח לְחָכָם וְיֶאֱהָבֶךָּ "Criticize not the scoffer lest he hate you; criticize the wise and he will love you." Another close one (26:4) אַל תַּעַן כְּסִיל כְּאִוַּלְתּוֹ פֶּן תִּשְׁוֶה לּוֹ גַם אָתָּה "Answer not the fool with his foolishness lest you too resemble him."


4

Maybe you're thinking of Bava Kamma 85a: "A doctor who heals for nothing [i.e., without pay] is worth nothing."


4

See Ari Zivotofsky, "What’s the Truth about... Pomegranate Seeds?" for a general discussion about the claim that the fruits have 613 seeds each; his final footnote discusses the מציאות (facts on the ground).


4

Regarding the first quote "The whole world is a very narrow bridge..." I can only find "A man must traverse a very narrow bridge...". Perhaps the songwriter wrote the song based on those words which are attributed to Rabbi Nachman. Regarding "It is a great mitzvah to be happy constantly". This is mentioned in Likuteh Morahan Tinyana 24 מצוה גדולה להיות ...


4

The original can be found in an article titled השבת וציונות authored by Ginzberg (full text). יותר משישראל שמרו את השבת שמרה השבת אותם (emphasis in the original)


3

Parshablog cites a [somewhat dubious] study which claims that the average number of seeds in pomegranates worldwide is 613. He also states that Malbim is the source for the 613 claim.


3

Just to contribute a tiny bit of data (while agreeing with the other answers that the count varies): Tonight I was dismantling a pomegranate while waiting for dinner to cook, and one thing led to another, and I found that this single data point had exactly 613 seeds. I only eat about one or two pomegranates a year, so I am unlikely to collect a ...



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