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Aug
24
revised Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
They're all translations.
Aug
24
comment Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
@MoriDoweedhYaa3qob (1) In your quote of R.Qafih's translation of Perush ha-Mishnah, if "ומיני נגינות" doesn't refer to instrumental music, what does it refer to? (2) In your last two comments, I think I'm missing what you're trying to say. Can you be more explicit about the point you were making?
Aug
24
comment Earliest permissible time to be yotzeh kriyat shema at night?
In case anybody wonders, my previous comment was directed at Dovid Benizri, whose comment now was an answer at the time that I responded to it (which is why I didn't bother to explicitly ping him).
Aug
19
comment How can the Rambam's Eighth Principle of Jewish Faith be believed in light of Hazal?
I was more responding to Maimonist's comments about "people tend to read into the Rambam's exact wording TOO much" here, and "it does say that 'every word' contains wisdom" in response to my comment on the question. (I should have, in retrospect, directed that part of my comment @Maimonist specifically.)
Aug
18
comment How can the Rambam's Eighth Principle of Jewish Faith be believed in light of Hazal?
(1) The formulation in Hilkhot Teshuvah 3:17[8] seems to support this understanding, as well. (2) Also, I'd be leery of scrutinizing the Rambam's language when working off a translation. I have access to two Hebrew translations: one says "Kol Ot she-Bah Yesh Bah Chokhmot", and another says "Kol Dibur ve-Dibur min ha-Torah Yesh Bahen Chokhmot".
Aug
18
comment How can the Rambam's Eighth Principle of Jewish Faith be believed in light of Hazal?
Where does it say, in the Rambam's eighth principle, that our Torah scrolls (or even any of those in his day) are letter-perfect, word-perfect, or even Parashah-boundary-perfect copies of the Torah scroll(s) Mosheh Rabenu wrote down?
Aug
15
comment Did Avrahom fail the test?
"[H]e lost communication with ... and other members ..." Other members of what?
Aug
14
comment How do soldiers in the IDF obey Deuteronomy 23:13?
As I understand it, many armies issue their combat troops an entrenching tool, which is basically a collapsible spade/shovel. The IDF might do so too.
Aug
12
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
(a) This just means you're extending the requirement to all Kippa wearers (in contrast to your earlier comment, where you agreed "that only a Gadol ba-Torah etc. would be required to act that way"). (b) Though I agree "that the reasoning behind a Talmid Chacham's actions generating a Kiddush Hashem/Chilul Hashem is that it is taken as representative of the Torah" I don't see how that extends to "any kippa wearer". How are they more obligated than other Jews?
Aug
12
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
Well, if one who is not a Gadol ba-Torah is not required, then that would mean that he could get away with not being "a good ambassador for G-d" when he is tired, in a hurry, etc., even in cases where a Gadol ba-Torah couldn't, without it beind in violation of Qidush ha-Shem.
Aug
12
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
I realize that. That's why I asked, rather than stated. My main point was to show that, even though Qidush ha-Shem may be done exclusively within Israe, it doesn't mean it isn't done for the edification of others.
Aug
10
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
Re: "... the main Kiddush Hashem is בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל": O.K., but before whose eyes? (Yechezkel 28:25, ibid. 39:27?)
Aug
10
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
It would help a lot, if, out of the 47.5 minute video, you would summarize: (a) Based on what does R. Osher Baddiel conclude that we are supposed to be Or la-Goyim? (b) How that obligates everyone of us to act, regardless of our situation at the time an opportunity presents itself, or our perceived religiousness in the eyes of others?
Aug
10
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
Re: Hilkhot Yesodei ha-Torah 5:11: The obligations mentioned here are for one who is a Chakham ("sage") and Gadol ba-Torah u-Mfursam ba-Chasidut ("of great Torah stature who is renowned for his piety"), and more in general, ha-Kol lefi Godlo shel Chakham (" [The extent to which] he must be careful with himself and go beyond the measure of the law [depends on the level of his Torah stature.]"). (All translations are from Eliyahu Touger's translation here.)
Aug
10
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
Shouldn't we first ask if we actually have a "duty to be good ambassadors for G-d", before asking about the extent of that duty?
Aug
10
comment Where is “Nachal Mitzrayim”?
@Gavriel According to Bereshit 10:19, the Canaanite southern border extended between Sodom and Gomorrah (Dead Sea area) and Gaza, which is by far closer to Wadi El Arish than to the Nile.
Aug
8
comment Where is “Nachal Mitzrayim”?
In modern Hebrew a river (like the Nile) is called Nahar (נהר), and Nachal (נחל) is used to describe smaller streams. Also, according to the Hebrew Wikipedia, in Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew, a Nachal may refer also to a valley, even if no water flows through it.
Aug
8
comment Earliest permissible time to be yotzeh kriyat shema at night?
And that means civil dusk, nautical dusk, astronomical dusk, none of the above? If the later, how is it's time figured? (This is where "different opinions" and "which sects [sic] of Jews hold by them" would come in.)
Aug
7
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
@YEZ It should be noted, though, that the verse is directed specifically at that prophet, and not at Israel in general. (It seems the same with Isaiah 42:6, but there the wording of the verses is ambiguous enough to suggest it might be directed at Israel in general.)
Aug
5
comment Why is Maimonides View of Karbonot not Consistent with Messianic Times
Related: "Maimonides and Sacrifices as G-d's concession to Mankind".