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20h
comment Chida's statement about shabbat violators
Are you sure it's something the Chida was supposed to have said or written? I ask because the Hebrew Wikipedia article on the Chida quotes R. David Chai Hacohen as saying about him: "בתקופתו לא היה יהודי שחילל את השבת, לא היה יהודי שאינו שומר מצוות, ובוודאי שלא בפרהסיה". (My translation: "At his time, there were [in Baghdad] no Shabbat-violating Jews, no non-observant Jews, definitely not publicly so".)
21h
comment What halachic issues are involved in turning off a mobile phone while praying the quiet Amidah?
"On the other hand, turning it off will interfere with his prayers". Him worrying "lest it ring while he is praying" isn't already interfering?
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comment When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?
@Fred Even though Shulchan Arukh Orach Chayim 108:2 is understood to follow that idea by saying, that when praying Tashlumin for Minchah in Arvit one is to say Ashrei before praying the Tashlumin, Qitzur Shulchan Arukh 21:1 explicitly says that one does not say Ashrei before praying the Tashlumin for Minchah.
1d
revised Standing for Kaddish at a shul with a different nusach
Direct link to the Se'if in QSA-YY, and a direct link to the article by R. Jachter
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Sep
11
comment What happened to the stones with the Torah inscribed in seventy languages?
(a) That only begs the question: What happened to those stones at Gilgal, since then (i.e. Where are they today?) (b) Deuteronomy 27:8 is talking about the monument built at Har Eival (see verse 4), further inland from Gilgal. You seem to be talking about a monument built at the Jordan river.
Sep
7
comment Source for Bless you
@Shokhet (1) By "it" you mean "sickness"? (2) if you mean "death": (a) Surely there are less afflicting ways to announce imminent departure. (b) Some people get sick, and get well to live long lives, yet others die in their sleep without warning. Sickness is hardly a reliable way to know death is coming.
Sep
7
comment Source for Bless you
What is merciful in there being sickness?
Sep
7
comment Why is “שבי” switched from masculine to feminine?
So, in other words, what you're asking is: Why doesn't either the first verse use שביתו (Shivyato, "his captives [in feminine form]"), or the second verse use בשבי (ba-Shevi, "among the captives [in masculine form]")? Am I correct?
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
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?)