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The Rambam, and even the Kuzari, say that it is not forbidden to re-intepret the six days. And if you consider the fact that the Moreh Nevuchim and the Kuzari are opposites on many other issues, and that they are two of the greatest works of Jewish thought, then it follows that one can understand the six days as non-literal without feeling like one is ...


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Additional sources regarding shoes, sandals and slippers (but not socks) include: Rav Yosef Haim of Baghdad, in Parashat Pinhas Shana Sheniya, 16 Rav Haim Kanievsk There is also a disagreement on the length of sleep required for this to be a problem.


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In his introduction to Perek Cheilek, the Rambam writes that there are three kinds of people with different attitudes towards statements of Chazal that they don't understand: (1) those who accept their words according to their simplistic (and erroneous) understanding, thereby distorting their true meaning, (2) those who don't understand them and write them ...


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I'm not sure if this is exaclty what you're looking for, but the Rambam discusses Chazal's use of the term עינא בישא, and says that lehalakha, the way that we pasken, it isn't something that one shouldn't normaly care about. One might imply from this that the Rambam believed that either R. Abba amar R. Huna or whichever amora quoted him (Bava Basra 2b) ...


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Tosfos points out all sorts of leniencies that we apply today, not strictly using the definitions of the mishnas in avoda zara. Among other considerations, in a religiously-integrated society, applying religious discrimination in business dealings would cause a great deal of dangerous animosity. (Your local rabbi might advise, all else being equal, that ...


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Metzudat David interprets the verse in Jeremiah differently, (though in the Mikraot Gedolot, he is the only one to do so). He says that Jeremiah is telling Hananiah that He hopes Hananiah is right, but that bad prophecies have happened before, and just because Hananiah is prophesying for good doesn't make him any more believable than Jeremiah, unless the ...


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The Chazon Ish (Y.D. 62:20) writes that in all likelihood, Noahides are commanded against heresy, because belief in God is the foundation for all 7 commandments that they are actually commanded in. However, he himself is unsure whether this heresy is defined in the same way as it would be for a Jew, considering that there are some authorities who permit ...


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Copied (with slight modification) from another answer of mine: Almost all contemporary poskim, most notably the Chazon Ish, have assumed that at least some, if not all, of those halakhos are no longer applicable today to a person who doesn't believe in God, because we'd attribute it to his upbringing or the inability to be properly philosophically convinced ...


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As a supplement to Matt's answer; see Mishna Berura 2:1, who writes that מיושב: דאז בהכרח יתגלה גופו והאדם צריך להתנהג בצניעות ובושה לפני הקב"ה ואפילו כשהוא לילה ובחדרי חדרים הלא מלא כל הארץ כבודו וכחשיכה וכאורה לפניו יתברך....ע"כ האנפלאות יראה ללבשם או לפשטם ג"כ תחת הסדין שלא לגלות רגליו שדרכן להיות מכוסות לעולם במדינות אלו שאין הולכין יחף אפילו ...



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