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Mar
25
revised Beginning a comprehensive study of Moreh N'vuchim
Added link to Friedlander's translation that's on Wikisource.
Mar
25
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Mar
20
comment The development of conversion
Related to your parenthesized question, see "Is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to non-Jews", and the other questions in the "Linked" section there.
Feb
26
comment Is Yishmael a nabi (prophet) or tzaddik of some sort?
Related (Re:Yishmael being a tzaddik of some sort): Why Avraham hated Yishmael if he was a tzadik.
Feb
19
comment Covering eyes for Shma which isn't THE shma
Re: the answer to "Covering eyes for leolam yehey": There is another answer there that doesn't make a distinction between needing to fulfill the Mitzvah of Qeri'at Shema and not needing to, and always requires closing ones eyes when saying the Shema during Qorbanot. Maybe your handy Artscroll siddur uses a similar ruling for Shema she-Al ha-Mitah. What does it (the Artscroll siddur) say about closing ones eyes when saying the Shema during Qorbanot?
Feb
19
comment Covering eyes for leolam yehey
Although what you say about "covering one's eyes is done to help one concentrate" may be true, I don't see it implied in the text of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 17:3. It says there that it is customary to say the first verse aloud to to arouse one's intent/concentration, then that the right hand is put over the eyes, all in a list of other dos and don'ts for saying the first verse that aren't necessarily related to concentrating.
Feb
12
comment Getting body piercings
@AleksandrSigalov Bamidbar 31:50 and Shemot 35:22 only demonstrate that Benei Yisra'el owned nose-rings and ear-rings (which they acquired either while still in Egypt, or from the spoils of the war against Midian), not that they wore them. Shemot 32:2-3 took place during Ma'aseh ha-'Egel , before they were taught the whole Torah.
Feb
5
answered Why is it called Even HaEzer?
Feb
5
comment Framing a Page from a Holy Book
(1) Can you bring a cite of a source for what you say in the first paragraph? (2) I find it a little hard to believe that anybody, besides the Kohanim at work there, could see much of anything of the Aron ha-Berit, with it being in back of the Heikhal, and Mizbach ha-Olah standing between the Heikhal and the Azarah where most male Jews would be standing.
Feb
5
comment Getting body piercings
@SAH (Regarding your bounty comment) Before embarking on an attempt to justify ear piercing, why not improve the question with a better explanation of why it should be assumed to not be allowed. (The verses cited talk about other things, and actual cites of "commentaries on self-wounding" haven't been forthcoming. I do not see what Sifri on Devarim 25:3 helps here.)
Jan
4
comment What Other Terms, Besides “Korban,” Mean Sacrifice in Some Form or Another?
Where is the "in order to gain something else valued more ... or to avoid an even greater loss" in your example? Otherwise, it is an example of trading down or at a loss, not of a sacrifice.
Jan
1
comment Where did the “a cat will always be a cat” story about the Rambam come from?
@IsaacMoses I was wondering about something along that line, but with a story somewhat closer to ours here, but I was unable to find anything at the time. Good find! My guess is that somewhere in the storytelling traditions of Europe or the Middle East there is a story that is closer in form to ours than "The Cat and Venus" is. Still, this is definitely a good starting point.
Oct
20
revised The Rambam on health
Added link to the Tzitz Eliezer responsum.
Oct
20
comment Divrei Kabbalah in Maimonides' Usage
Related: "Definition of the Written Law".
Oct
20
suggested approved edit on The Rambam on health
Oct
11
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Oct
11
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Oct
6
revised Was man created before or after the animals?
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Oct
6
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