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Apr
18
comment Conditions for Learning Kabala
Re: prerequisites: Ramchal had passed away by the age you cite the Shach and Or Lesion for starting learning Kabbalah, and was already visited by the Maggid when he was 20. Also, according to Nezir Elohim, he only married at the age of 26.
Apr
13
comment Why do we say ha-motzi before al achilat matzah instead of after?
You could ask the same question about Qidush ha-Yom: We say Boreh Peri ha-Gefen , then before drinking the wine we say Meqadesh ha-Shabat (or Meqadesh Yisra'el veha-Zemanim, or do the full Yain-Qidush-Ner-Havdalah-Zeman, as appropriate).
Apr
9
comment Rashi on Righteous Kings: Order
For what it's worth, the three are mentioned in the same order as Rashi does in Yalqut Shim'oni on Tehilim 102 (Remez 855), but chronologically in Vayiqra Rabah 30:3.
Apr
9
comment Rashi on Righteous Kings: Omissions
Actually, from a Midrashic perspective, omitting Josiah is more surprising, as Vayiqra Rabah 30:3, and Yalqut Shim'oni on Tehilim 102 (Remez 855), mention him, along with the other three, as one of the righteous decedents of David.
Apr
3
comment What עִיקָר is the wicked son denying?
@DoubleAA It's in Mechon Mamre's edition of the Hagadah at the end of Hilkhot Chametz u-Matzah (here), and in some editions of the Mekhilta on Shemot 13:14 (like the one I found here).
Mar
29
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Mar
23
comment Can you be buried in a Jewish Cemetery if you have a tattoo?
Related: Would a convert/Ba'al Teshuvah have to remove any tattoos they may have?
Mar
23
comment “לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר” in al hanisim on purim this year
(1) That question asks why we celebrate Purim in the 2nd Adar not the first because of the verses that make a point of mentioning it being in the twelfth month. You're basically asking the same question the other way round. (2) What if I have an answer to your first question, and find the answer(s) posted to the question there equally satisfactory (or unsatisfactory), and have no answer of my own to it? (3) At the very least, your second question has no direct link to the 'wording of Al ha-Nisim' question, and should be asked separately.
Mar
23
comment Treating with Amalek
(1) I wasn't answering your question. (I only saw your response to my first comment after I posted the second one.) I was pointing out that the verses and the Mekhilta represent God's position and reality, not necessarily Halakha. Does Halakha have to follow God's position on a matter, or reality? (2) In my second comment I was pointing out the "sweetness" of the deal for them. If they're willing to accept Jewish sovereignty with all it's "bells and whistles", why must we eradicate them?
Mar
22
comment Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?
@Master_Yoda I don't see that he does. With regard to marrying them (which I mentioned in my second comment) the Rambam clearly states that, in spite of the context, all gentiles are included (Seven Nations or others). As I said in my first comment, the printed editions (which may be prone to censorship emandations) may restrict Lo Techonem to the Seven Nations, but the Mechon Mamre edition (based on Yemenite manuscripts) and Eliyahu Touger's translation (which usually prefers to follow the printed edition) don't.
Mar
21
comment Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?
@Master_Yoda I'm not arguing that anything is to be learned from the context of the verse. I'm arguing that restricting the Halakhah to the Seven Nations based on the context of the verse is problematic.
Mar
21
comment Treating with Amalek
Part of the terms of this peaceful surrender is acceptance of subjugation: "... being on a lower level, scorned and humble. They must never raise their heads against Israel, but must remain subjugated under their rule. They may never be appointed over a Jew in any matter whatsoever." (From Eliyahu Touger translation of Hilkhot Melakhim u-Milchamoteihem 6:2[1].)
Mar
21
comment Treating with Amalek
I thought the verse says that it is God who is eternally at war with them. The difference being that although we can make peace with them, God never will (like in Hilkhot Melakhim u-Milchamoteihem 6:7[5]). This might also help reconcile the Mekhilta.
Mar
21
comment “לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר” in al hanisim on purim this year
Isn't your added question a re-wording of the question you linked to?
Mar
21
comment Why is Purim on Adar II during a leap year?
Just wanted to note that the added Adar in a leap year is the first one. It has 30 days, whereas the second Adar, like the one in a regular year has 29.
Mar
21
comment Jewish Leap Year
If this is so, then why do we add the it before the regular Adar? Adar Bet, like the one in regular years, is 29 days long, and Purim falls in it. Adar Alef is 30 days long. I'd conclude from that, that Adar Alef is the added one.
Mar
21
comment Saying Birkat ha-Mazon without having said ha-Motsi before eating
@Shalom "(There are the odd exceptions, such as the pizza case above.)" My question is more for the case where one neglects to say ha-Motzi in the first place. "But no, saying the words of hamotzi per se is never a prerequisite for birkat hamazon." If I can get a good source for that, I'll accept your answer.
Mar
21
comment Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?
@Master_Yoda What "logic" of mine are you referring too? My first comment extends the prohibitions to all gentile idolaters. Gerei Toshav, being forbidden Avodah Zarah, would be outside this category. (See also the last Halakhah in the chapter, which says that all this applies only when - and because - we can't have Gerie Toshav.)
Mar
20
comment Saying Birkat ha-Mazon without having said ha-Motsi before eating
Does this mean that they sometimes go hand in hand? In other words, are there instances that would require me to have said ha-Motzi in order to say Birkat ha-Mazon?
Mar
20
comment Who was Cain's wife?
"[I]t is written by Adam"? I think the translation should be "... for it is written about Adam 'and he begot sons and daughters'(Bereshit 5:4), ...".