Aqibha Y. Weisinger Etc

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comment Source in Jewish writings for Moshiach?
Said scribd.com document contained pre-Rambam sources. Unfortunately, I have no pre-Rambam manuscripts that I can hand deliver to the asker of this question.
Mar
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comment Source in Jewish writings for Moshiach?
Okay, but he asked for sources and I have provided a handy link to a number of sources. If he were to ask for what the views are, I would gladly provide them
Mar
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comment Do gentiles have neshamot?
The quotes about tzelem elokim and nishmat chaim are the main sources. The authors of "Torat Hamelech" who allowed the murder of non-jews, adduced proof from their assertion that there is a qualitative difference between Jewish souls and non-Jewish souls. I do not think that approach works in the sources.
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Feb
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comment Divrei torah written by a heretic
...His "ie a devout idolater, or a Mumar to idolatry", seems to be specifically avoiding your reading, and defining apikores differently than Rambam.
Feb
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Feb
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comment Divrei torah written by a heretic
You gave the Rambam's opinion on what constitutes an apikores. Then, you brought the shulchan aruch's psak on an apikores's works. But the Rambam does not include an apikores in his version of the halacha. A min and an apikores are different things, which you would have known had you read the mishnah torah you quoted in full Second of all, the lashon does not seem to imply an apikores in the way a guy like, say, Martin Buber was.
Feb
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comment Neighbors inappropriate mail
If you have been reading his mail, you are in violation of a takkana rabbeinu gershom, no matter what kind of smut he is receiving.
Feb
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answered Do gentiles have neshamot?
Feb
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comment Is Rashi really pshat?
Learned in Rav Herczeg's shiur in my Yeshiva, and I talked with him every so often about this. This is a good summation, but I would put it that Rashi has a conception of peshat that views aggadot chazal on a continuum of making sense with the passuk, with some aggadot being "more peshat" than others, whereas Ibn Ezra and Rashbam view peshat and derash as separate entities, as you have said correctly.
Feb
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comment Heretical Material Permitted in Maharal's Netivot Olam?
....One needs to keep in mind that what is published in a book is typically for the sake of knowledge and is not meant to destroy. Therefore don’t reject and block out criticism. We do not find that in previous ages that people prevented and rejected discussion of religious issues at all and there was no dissent from this attitude."
Feb
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comment Heretical Material Permitted in Maharal's Netivot Olam?
...They believe that when they refuse to speak about religion this strengthens the religion and gives it greater power. This is simply not true because avoiding the words of one’s religious opponents is simply nullifying and weakening his religion especially when he says “shut your mouth and don’t speak about these matters!” Thus the ancient sages, even when they found things in books which were against their religion they didn’t simply reject them. The intellect requires that one not react to criticism – especially concerning religion – by simply silencing the opponent....
Feb
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comment Heretical Material Permitted in Maharal's Netivot Olam?
....He should not leave the opponent saying, “If I could I would say more.” Because if he simply silences critics and questioners he is simply showing the weakness of his religion. Thus what I am advising is the opposite of what some people think....
Feb
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comment Heretical Material Permitted in Maharal's Netivot Olam?
Even if these question are against his faith and religion he should never say, “don’t speak!” or “shut your mouth!” If he did so than there is no clarification of religion. Rather his reaction to these types of religious questions should be “Say whatever you desire to express.”....
Feb
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comment Heretical Material Permitted in Maharal's Netivot Olam?
.....That is because someone with a weak indefensible position can not withstand opposition. Consequently it is not correct to reject out of hand any views which are opposed to his – especially those which are expressed not out hostility but out of genuine interest in his religion....
Feb
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comment Heretical Material Permitted in Maharal's Netivot Olam?
""This is also true concerning what they have written regarding religion also. It is not proper to hate their words but rather they should be brought close. If this is not done and the words of those who disagree are not accepted lovingly but rather are simply rejected – it definitely indicates that one’s religious views are weak and that is the reason criticism is rejected.....
Feb
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comment Heretical Material Permitted in Maharal's Netivot Olam?
But he did read it. Quote from end of Be'er HaGolah, in which he attacks Di Rossi(see next comment)
Feb
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comment Divrei torah written by a heretic
True. As Rabbi Meir put it, "I found a pomegranate, I discarded the peel and ate the fruit"
Feb
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answered Source in Jewish writings for Moshiach?