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Rambam In Igeret Teman states that every mitzvah has two 'parts' , or, 'aspects' , the one that benefits you (being away of idolatry, or In forbidden meals there is a health benefit to your body ) , and the part that you are fulfilling the will of god weather that brings your body or mind some physical or spiritual benefit, or not. Rab Elchanan Waserman ...


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wearing leather footwear is associated with being able to work and provide for one's needs. For this reason we also admit the bracha in the morning, "...who has provided me with my every need." while it isn't done today at one point each of the brachos were said in a certain order and we related to certain articles of clothing with dressing in the morning. ...


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Perhaps the fact that Teffilin, Tzitzis and Succah all share the fact that their main kiyum mitzvah is not an actual action, but rather to be in the situation of passively being involved or enveloped in the mitzvah, special attention was required so as to ensure the proper kiyum of the mitzvah. As opposed to an action mitzvah like eating matzah or shaking a ...


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The Bach on Hilchos Tzizts Orach Chaim 8:7 explains the Tur's wording of Vyichaven when it comes to Tzitzs. The Tur writes " ויכוין בהתעטפו שצונו המקום להתעטף כדי שנזכור כל מצותיו לעשותם": one should have in mind when wrapping himself in tzizts that HaShem commanded you to wrap yourself in order to remember all the mitzvos to do them. The Bach explains ...


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It needs to have 2 walls and a small portion of a third, if it has Tzurat HaPetach. The Yerushalmi learns this out from a Limmud of the Pasuk " Isaiah 4:6: There will be a sukkah that will serve as a shadow from the heat during the day, a place of refuge, and a cover from storm and from rain. The Sages maintain that the verse refers to three different ...


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I heard from the Rabbi of a shul I went to growing up (and it can be found in Likkutei Torah quoting Pri Etz Chaim) that the Sukkah represents Hashem's watching over us, and therefore the Sukkah has the "form" of an arm giving a hug - 2 full walls and the third wall a tefach, corresponding to the two parts of an arm plus a hand, bent to wrap around those ...


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wikipedia: A yad (Hebrew: יד‎) (Yiddish: האַנט), literally, "hand," is a Jewish ritual pointer, popularly known as a Torah pointer, used by the reader to follow the text during the Torah reading from the parchment Torah scrolls. Beyond its practical usage, the yad ensures that the parchment is not touched during the reading. There are several ...


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I am sorry that I don't remember who I heard this from, but I recall learning that the idea behind the death penalties was to show how serious the matter under discussion is. Violating Shabbos, for example, has a death penalty, even though it is almost never carried out, in order to teach that observance of Shabbos is more valuable than one's life. The ...


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It is possible for someone to be mistakenly executed for a crime he was innocent of. The system is reconciled by the belief that God knows that the person executed was guilty anyway of some other sin or otherwise deserved to die. For example: see the story of "Vinegar son of Wine" in Bava Metzia 83b. (This story, however, did not involve a beit din, but a ...


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I'd like to answer along two dimensions, one about capital punishment and one more broad. First, it is possible for the conditions to be met under which capital punishment can apply. Tractate Sanhedrin in the talmud discusses in great detail the relevant laws. We know that sentences of capital punishment were carried out in the past. They were rare, with ...


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If the Torah system is from God then surely it must be perfect. so you have questions about it, go and learn from the right teachers. In practice, however there are so many conditions in Jewish law that must be fulfilled that an actual execution only was carried out something like once every 70 years.



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