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When a person doesn't have Smicha, he can't do anything that requires a Beis Din (a Jewish court). Therefore, technically we shouldn't be able to Force someone to come to court. Arrange divorces. Arrange conversions. Make a new month. Hillel II (who was an Amora in the middle of the Gemara's time) was mekadesh all Roshei Chodoshim until the coming of ...


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Taken at face value, this statement is an outright lie. Though it is clearly intended to make Yitzchak think that Yaakov was actually Eisav, it is still unsettling that Yaakov (who is often thought to be the paradigm of truth) could lie like that. Therefore, Rashi gives his interpretation of how to read Yaakov's words: אנכי המביא לך ועשו הוא בכורך ...


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Chabad has this: A well-known saying in the Mishnah goes like this: "Be bold as a leopard, light as an eagle, swift as a deer and mighty as a lion to do the will of your Father in Heaven" (Rabbi Judah ben Tema, Ethics of Fathers 5:20). This saying is also the opening quote of the Shulchan Aruch (The Jewish Code of Law). The leopard often ...


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As stated by Vram, we still give it because it provides a useful institution for "certifying" knowledge of the various parts of halacha. We even have different types of smicha for different applications; yoren yore vs. yuden yuden, for example. The premise of your "gneivas da'as" comment is that, due to the similarity in name, people would think they're ...


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R' Zevin writes in "A Treasury of Chassidic Tales" page 291: R' Yehuda Tzvi of Rozla was once visited by a Chassid who gave him a kvittel (prayer request) with the accompanying traditional pidyon (money given to a Tzaddik). The Rebbe asked him (rhetorically) how he, the Rebbe, was allowed to receive a pidyon; after all, the money is only given on ...


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The earliest reference I can find to an aversion to lying in prayer is a rashi on Shabbat 24a sv Arvit which quotes the Geonim saying that one should not say Aneinu on a fast day at ma'ariv and shacharit (which is the simple reading of the gemaras and the majority opinion in rishonim) lest one become weak later into the fast and need to eat, thereby ...


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Here is an excerpt from Kovetz Minhagim, An Anthology of Chabad Lubavitch customs regarding pregnancy, childbirth, circumcision, redemption of the firstborn, and the birth of girl: It is the custom of chassidim who are careful to conduct their lifestyles according to the practices of old that they conceal their wives' pregnancies until they have ...


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You ask if there's a problem with telling someone he's sinning. No, it's one of the 613 mitzvos, based on Lev. 19:17. But there are ways to do it and ways not to: see e.g. Rambam, Deos 6:7: … gently, with soft language. He should make sure the fellow knows that he's telling him this only for his own benefit, to bring him to life in the world to ...


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Radak says "Ain Somchin al hanes" Do not rely on miracles. He also compares it to Yaakov being afraid that Eisav was coming, David fleeing from Shaul and other incidents In Pesachim 8b and Yoma 11a we are told that the protection during the mission is only if the danger is not imminent. In this case, Shmuel asked for natural means to protect himself ...


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I once heard the following explanation: In Parshas Beha'aloscha (Bamidbar 8:3), after Aahron Hakohen was tasked with lighting the Menorah, the Torah tells us that "ויעש כן אהרן" - Aaron did so. Rashi there cites the Sifrei (1:5) that it was necessary for the Torah to advise us that Aahron in fact complied with the Divine instruction, for "this shows Aaron’s ...


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This question can be approached from different perspectives. First is the is what the law of the land is. Although halacha does not always follow secular law, in questions of business conduct we are obligated to follow the law of the land, which we know by the term "dina d'malchuso dina." On this, Rav Yitzchak Shmelkes (Beit Yitzchak, Yoreh De'ah 2:75) ...


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My own thought: There is no indication that when God spoke to Avraham about Sarah laughing he was in any way angry at Sarah (it does not say v'yichar af, not does it ever say that Sarah was punished). Furthermore had God been angry at Sarah why wouldn't he have spoken directly to her (as he did with, say Miriam and Ahron)? Rather, God was in fact ...


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Some unsourced thoughts (I can break these into separate answers if that's better): Abraham thought Sarah was too old, but G-d didn't want to embarrass him in front of his guests. Instead, he chose to embarrass Sarah (who is guilty of the same thing) because she was not face-to-face with the angels. Abraham could hear Sarah laughing and Abraham suspected ...


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There has to be some way of demonstrating who is reliable. Genevat da'at, based on the Gemara in Hullin 94a, is when someone thinks you did something contributory (or thinks you are willing to do something contributory) for their sake when really you didn't (or aren't willing to). Being uneducated isn't the same as falling victim to genevat da'at. Semicha ...


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I have no source, but I have always learned as follows: Contrary to popular belief, the main issue with lying has less to do with the words you use and more to do with the message you are conveying. If a friend at your home asks you for $5 and you say "I don't have any money on me" when the money is in the other room, that is sheker even though your words ...


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It doesn't make a difference that according to him the Eidim are Posul as Beis Din needs to believe the Eidim. We also can not stop him from bringing the Eidim, as Shavye Anafshei Chaticha De'isura is only applicable by someone prohibiting something on himself. (See the Sheeta Mekubetzes on Ksubos 9a who says that it is derived from the Din of Neder)


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דף על הדף קידושין דף יח עמוד א מכח דין זה שלעשו היה דין ישראל מומר, נתבארו כמה דברים: בתורתך שעשועי (תולדות) ביאר לפי זה, כיצד הותר ליעקב אבינו לגנוב דעת אביו ולומר (בראשית כז, יט) 'אנכי עשו בכורך', אלא משום שהיה לעשו דין ישראל מומר שאסור לאכול משחיטתו, ונמצא שבמעשה זה הציל יעקב את אביו מלאכול משחיטתו האסורה של עשו, ולאפרושי מאיסורא מותר לשקר, דלא גרע ממה ...


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References to times other than the recitation should be omitted (Aruch HaShulchan, OC 581:4). However, whether a reference is incorrect should probably not be judged at first glance. For example, shachar kamti can mean nighttime rather than early morning, so it should be recited even at night.


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It is a verse in Psalms (101:7) Speaker of falsehoods shall not appear before my eyes. דבר שקרים לא יכון לנגד עיני The Talmud in a few places (see Shabbos 149b, Chagiga 14b) explains that God will not allow any speaker of falsehood to remain in His presence. It follows that one should steer clear from any smattering of falsehood in prayer. See Baba ...


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Although Issac was going to give Esau the beracha due to him being the elder, Rebecca knew from nevua that Jacob was the one who was supposed to get the beracha, Jacob spent his time studying Torah instead of hunting, and Esau did sell the birthright after all. Esau was not dying, for right after eating he up and walked away, he didn't care so much what ...


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This custom is much wider than the Jewish world. Most women do not widely publicize their pregnancies until the third month because the rate of, G-d-forbid, miscarriage drops significantly at week 12. By month 5, women start to show, so it becomes nearly impossible to keep it a secret. However, my wife would ream me out my if I ever lied as a response to ...


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NO. NO. NO!!!!!! Jews have lived among idolators for thousands of years and knew well enough to leave their possessions alone. Whatever legend we have about what Abraham did in his father's shop teaches us something about the value of monotheism and the character of Abraham, but we have plenty of clearly-codified laws that come first. THE LAW OF THE ...


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The question is perhaps based on an Islamic spin on a midrash, as we can see from Ali's recently changed link, though I think one can say the same thing about the Islamic story as about the midrash. This was polemics, not "sneakiness". Consider the midrash: Terah was an idol manufacturer who once went away and left Abraham in charge of the store. A man ...


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Dr. Abraham S. Abraham (author of Nishmat Avraham) said that he met with Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach weekly. If he had no practical questions to ask, he'd make some up. So he asked on medical specialties other than his own or the like. It is possible that he made it clear that he didn't only ask questions l'maseh for him, but this may be a possible source. ...


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God "asked"( it seems to me it was a rhetorical question) Avraham why Sarah laughed, i.e. ridiculed the idea that she'd ever have a child( see Rashi on 17:17 s.v. va-Yipol Avraham al Panav va-Yitzchaq), to rebuke her for her lack of faith in his ability to deliver on his promise to give her a child. If He had said nothing, Sarah would remain unaware of ...



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