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Jan
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comment relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
There's also an interesting article from the journal מחניים: daat.ac.il/daat/history/nidhey/rabinovitsh.htm
Jan
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comment relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
Hebrew Wikipedia points to a recent article in the Israeli weekly Makor Rishon - אליהו בירנבוים, אי הנפלאות 1 באוגוסט 2008 מקור ראשון There were two primary centers of Jewish life, Kohanim founded דיגת, Israelites founded חארה כבירה. According to legend, the Israelites were from Zevulun since they maintained seafaring trade with nearby Phoenicians in Carthage. Also acc. to legend, because the inhabitants didn't return for the building of the Second Temple, Ezra cursed the Leviim on the island and they died off. To this day, Leviim aren't permitted to permanently reside for more than a year.
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revised Setting aside Shabbat to answer the President's call
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Dec
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asked Is it permissible to use free public transport on Shabbat?
Dec
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comment Is it prohibited to ride public transport that also operates on Shabbat
Regular Egged bus lines run (at a reduced frequency) in Haifa and Eilat. The drivers include both Jews and Arabs.
Dec
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answered relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
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Dec
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answered does one have to take a Midrash/Aggadah literally?
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answered “עם לבן גרתי”? Really? “עם לבן ברתי” maybe
Nov
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
Can you provide a responsa that considers an electric razor to be a Torah prohibition (of the same type of electric razor that is considered permissible by others)?
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Nov
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
As a minor correction, <<carrying within an eiruv would still be issur diorayta>> -- by definition, an eruv cannot be made around a reshut harabim. In that case, it would simply be a string of wire without any halachic ramifications.
Nov
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
But what's interesting in his reasoning: זהו בדין יהרג ועל יעבר ככל אביזרייהו דעריות 'One should martyr oneself rather than commit this act, like all other 'trappings' of improper relations' (loose translation) The category 'Trappings of improper relations' includes a wide range of things, not all of them Torah prohibitions. Martyrdom should not be taken as an indication of the severity of the law. For instance, in times of persecution, one is expected to martyr one's self even for 'minor customs of Israel', based on Sanhedrin 74. Rambam takes such a position.
Nov
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
The source for R' Kanievski's statement is his compilation of letters קריינא דאיגרתא , 1:172 . The text in question was manually transcribed on this message board: hashkafah.com/index.php?/topic/6410-shaking-hands/page__st__100 He relies on the Chazon Ish for this decision.
Nov
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
That's a good one! The Chatam Sofer (Orach Chaim 72) (goo.gl/nvivX) fully permits it, but the Nodah BeYehuda (Orach Chaim 30) (goo.gl/VG6Va) prohibits. While the Nodah BeYehuda seems to decide that it is prohibited rabbinically, since it is only a temporary 'tent', he is 'חושש', also takes into consideration, the opinion of the Rif that even a tent with a roof size of a tefach (3-4 inches), may nevertheless be considered a permanent tent.
Nov
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comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
Do you have the text of R' Kanievski's responsa? He's clearly putting touch between the sexes under the rubric of improper relations (עריות) and therefore applying the general rule of ייהרג ובל יעבור , one should be willing to die before committing improper sexual relations. What's unclear is whether he is using that as a rhetorical phrase or he actually believes that. For instance, Rav Cherlow of Petah Tikva doubts that such a literal interpretation was R' Kanievski's intention - moreshet.co.il/web/shut/shut2.asp?id=36266
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