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Of course you fulfilled the mitzvah. Mitzvos require intent, not a declaration of intent! If you had intent, and just forgot the declaration of course you are yotzai. (See Nodeh BeYehuda YD 93 where it's clear a declaration is not a necessity) Even if you didn't have explicit intent while doing it, why else were you waving the lulav, counting the Omer etc? ...


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Like Avi said, this is called an Asmachta (אסמכתא), usually translated as "hints." The Talmud uses these is many cases, both for laws which are DeOraita (mentioned in the Torah) and DeRabbannan (rabbinic). For the DeOraita, the hint is used a memory device to remember the law. For the DeRabbannan, the are several opinions why the rabbis did this. Some ...


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Much more than just historical speculation is contained in the Talmud and tradition. The Rabbis talk about science, medicine, astrology, various things we'd now consider superstition, and many many odd stories. Why were speculations like this allowed into the authoritative tradition? Well, for starters, this was just "tradition" before it became ...


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Kabbalistically there is a lot of symbolism going on here The Rama M’Fano sees the 7 prophetesses as corresponding to the 7 attributes that God uses to relate to the world, to wit: Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchus. Avigail is among those 7 and represents the middah of Hod - commonly translated as glory. From this we can ...



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