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May
15
comment Sadducees and Karaites - same beliefs?
I thought Essenes did believe in the Oral Torah on some level?
May
15
comment how do you pronounce the soft reish?
@Shemmy I say that because the Hebrew letter has a correct number, sound, color, spiritual power, etc associated with it. Part of using the power of a letter in speech is dependant on pronouncing it correctly. No two Hebrew letters should sound the same. Only in Habbanit are they all different. When I became religious and took this nusah, I had to learn all the letters we don't have in English, or in some other dialects of Hebrew.
May
14
comment how do you pronounce the soft reish?
@InSearchofEMeTh, there is very rarely a resh dgusha in the Tanakh, although I remember seeing one in Shir HaShirim. My Rav tells me his father knew when you would use it, and it was much more often, but I personally don't know. I wish I did.
May
14
comment how do you pronounce the soft reish?
Make a normal g sound, move is SLIGHTLY forward towards your teeth, and emphasize it to the point that it clicks. Ethiopians, who speak Semitic languages, have this sound as well. "Gh" is "ghayin" in Arabic, as in "Baghdad", it sounds almost like the French r. English r is as in American English, or West Country England English. Move your tongue forward more to emphasize the sound, and that is basically it.
May
14
comment how do you pronounce the soft reish?
Also, I think pronouncing Hebrew with the most authentic and original pronunciation is important for spiritual aspects as brought in Sefer Yetzira. Even if it means you think Iraqi or another Temani is more authentic than Habbanit (I won't be offended). But in actuality, Iraqi and Temani dialects are almost the exact same, only with minor differences. And I believe they are the root of the Ashkenazi dialect, where waw became vav, thaw became sav, etc (a double pronunciation of tav not being maintained by many Sepharadim).
May
14
answered how do you pronounce the soft reish?
Apr
28
comment Davening with an Egalitarian Minyan
Sounds like extremely good advice to me.
Apr
27
comment Wheelchair-bound and matir asurim, zokef kefufim?
Rambam also stresses that the brakhoth are to be done upon the action. He considers that when, say, people recite "poqeah `iwrim", "zoqef kafufim", etc with the tzibur for Shaharith, each is a brakha levatala because they are not said upon the action. With this in mind, there is no question from the standpoint of the Rambam that a person who is unable to do the action associated with a certain brakha cannot recite the brakha.
Apr
11
comment Skipped Halachot in the Tur/Shulhan Aruch
If the question is "why", I would venture to say that codes like Mishne Torah which contain a complete system containing all aspects of halakhat Haza"l, codes such as Shulhan Arukh do not. Although I've heard the specific percentage "86%" being the similarity between M"T and S"A, the latter is applicable for life in galut. This is evidenced by the fact, as you pointed out, it lacks some halakhot. However, I would have no idea why that would mean it lacks hilkhoth lashon hara`.
Apr
11
comment Seven Mitzvot of Benei Noach without Na'aseh veNishma
Good answer. And in other words, when the people of Israel accepted the 613, they had to accept it as being above and beyond their basic human obligations.
Apr
11
comment Skipped Halachot in the Tur/Shulhan Aruch
Hilkhoth Melakhim uMilhamoth (including laws on naziruth); laws pertaining to the Sanhedrin and its authority.
Apr
4
comment How are sorcery or witchcraft viewed in Judaism and Jewish Mysticism?
All sorts of people up-ed this question, as if the claim that Jews made up a system of "magic" in Babylonian exile isn't absurd and blemishing to the authenticity of our religion.
Apr
4
comment Ashkenazim and Kitniyot on Erev Pesach
Custom, not halakhic obligation.
Apr
2
comment Is Marijuana Kittnos
Either way, the halakha of Haza"l permits it on Pesah. =)
Mar
19
comment What happened to Chasidus?
...it is also tried against those systems and in real action. As stated, its style is circular, and it relies upon gravity and motion, momentum, and flow, rather than brute strength. I.e., on HaShem's forces and His will rather than a man's pride. Israelites dressed in colorful garments and wore a white imama/turban in peace and a black one in war. Men often wore a hizmi, a kilt-like garment. Tzniut wasn't an issue among men as it is made to be today (tzni`ut was an issue, just not by today's standards, I mean). And there as extensive health and natural cure knowledge.
Mar
19
comment What happened to Chasidus?
HodofHod, my Rav's community have a masora from bayit rishon. Kings were nazirim. The tribes of Yehuda and Binyamin shaved their mustaches, as did royalty. There were some customs of mourning that I am not personally aware of. There is a fighting system for lack of a better term that is circular, the otiot are found throughout the flow of the whole system, and different tribal styles exist, usually based on the animals or objects of their symbols. It is bio-mechanically natural and doesn't have the flaws (nor the elements of avoda zara) of the systems the goyim used...
Mar
16
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Mar
16
comment What happened to Chasidus?
I'd like to add, you say my words above contradict L"M 1. How wrong of you. You twisted my words to say that learning Torah does no good. On the contrary, you must learn Torah for its sake and especially for deed. That's why learning Torah is considered so high - it leads to you fulfilling its concepts. When someone comes to kill you, you're to kill him first. Shulhan `Arukh and Mishne Torah are 86% the same. However, the former is more shayakh to galut, as it lacks the inclusion of many laws pertaining kings, nazirut, wars, etc. You can NOT annul action with emuna; they go together.
Mar
16
comment What happened to Chasidus?
Yoel, My Rav and his brother, who share the same sentiment as I do, were known by and lived with Rav Yisroel Ber Odesser who claimed my Rav's brother KNOWS Liqutei Moharan. Note, they're not like some of the crazy NaNahim who take some things too far. My Rav also lived with and spent most of the time with Rav Yitzhak Qaduri z"l before his passing. I know several Rabanim who share my same sentiments as expressed. Because I realized them correct via my relationship with HaShem through hitbodedut, and through logic and being honest with myself, I adopted their views.
Mar
15
answered What happened to Chasidus?