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Sep
24
answered How strong was Midian's army?
Sep
24
comment Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
(1) Who says "belief in God is foundational to the 7 Mitzvot"? shouldn't the answer to that be[ part of] your answer? (2) My contention is that, based on the source you quoted, one need not accept that the 7 laws were given by God at Sinai in order to accept their obligation to obey them. (3) If you're basing yourself on those who are selective about what of the Rambam's they accept, maybe you should cite or quote them, rather than the Mishneh Torah.
Sep
23
comment Why did David HaMelech tell Shlomo to punish Shimei Ben Geira?
@JimThio As I see it, that is a separate question.
Sep
22
comment Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
(1) It does, because once you say there is an obligation to reach the 7 laws through intellectual investigation, and the laws themselves don't include belief in God, why can't one be an atheist( not being of 'the pious among Gentiles' not withstanding)? (2) Just because one "can figure out there is a Creator...", doesn't necessarily mean one has to.
Sep
13
comment rambam about non jews putting on tefilin, did rambam say non jews should not put on tefilin?
From the same place you quote, in Halakhah 9, it says an Idolater (עכו"ם) is forbidden to observe the Shabbat.( I mention this because, as you quoted, Halakhah 10 makes a distinction between a Ben No'ach and an Idolater, with regard to who we give Tzedaqah that we receive from them.) How do we know that this applies to non-Jews in general?
Sep
13
revised rambam about non jews putting on tefilin, did rambam say non jews should not put on tefilin?
A link better fitting with the "exact wording" quoted, and another for the cited but not quoted Halakhah 9
Sep
13
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Sep
13
comment Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
Well, Fred disagreed with me when I made the same claim you are making( see the revision history for my answer there). He makes a good point. Also, see b a's answer, which says a Gentile cannot excuse himself from the 7 Laws, because he can come to know them through intellectual investigation.
Sep
13
comment Does 'not in heaven' apply to kabbalah?
@not-Yahu Fair enough, but: (1) Aren't the minority opinions in the Talmud as normative and correct as the accepted majority ones? How does that work in Kaballah, where you are talking about one opinion( whether divinely inspired or of the majority) becoming normative? (2) In the example of Shabbetai Tzvi (Yemach Shemo), do his non-normative Kabbalistic opinions stem from a variant in Mesorah or lack of understanding, by him, of his teachers?
Sep
7
comment Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
This may be true, as long as we read the last part as saying "nor of their wise men"(ולא מחכמיהם), as it is in most printed edition, which the translation used in this answer is based on. But if we rely on the majority of Yemenite manuscripts( like here) that have the last part saying "but of their wise men"(אלא מחכמיהם), then one might still ask: What if one accepts the 7 laws out of an intellectual conviction, that does not include recognition of God, is he permitted to be an atheist?
Sep
4
comment Does 'not in heaven' apply to kabbalah?
@not-Yahu (1) When i said "rejected" I meant "voted against", as that is what "rejected" means "[i]n the Halakhic process". Opinions not based on "mesorah, logical deduction or other principles of expounding the torah"( e.g. those of early Christian exegesis) wouldn't even be considered in that process. (2) In the example in the question, I understood you to be talking about deciding between the Kabbalistic views of the Ramban, the Ramak, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, and others like them, and accordingly I asked.
Sep
4
comment Why build migdal bavel in a valley?
@msh210 Re-reading the original question, I see that what I should have asked was: How do we know that "the point of migdal bavel was to reach the heavens"( emphasis mine)? All that the verses say is that they intended to build "a tower, with its top in heaven", to make a "name" for themselves, lest they "be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth"( Double AA touched on this at the beginning of his comment). The answer to this question of mine should have been incorporated into the original question.
Sep
4
comment Why build migdal bavel in a valley?
If ha-Shem "swayed their hearts not to build it on a high place in order that they would not build it at that location", why not sway their hearts from building it at all?
Sep
2
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Sep
2
comment Does 'not in heaven' apply to kabbalah?
I sill don't understand: In the Halakhic process, even the rejected views are correct( 'Elu ve-'Elu Divrei 'Elohim Chayim), to the extent that some say that at a future date( sometime after the Mashi'ach comes) Halakhah will be decided according to Beit Shamai. The only problem is, that with many correct views, what do we do in practice, and the solution is to follow the majority view, even against a divinely supported one. In kabbalah, what does choosing a "normative position" say about the rejected ones? With more than one [correct?] view, why do we need to choose one as "normative"?
Aug
30
comment Does 'not in heaven' apply to kabbalah?
"Would we follow the majority or would [...] we would follow his minority interpretation instead". What do you mean by "follow"?
Aug
21
comment Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
I can't find, in the Teshuvah you linked to, the reference to the Rambam's statement re: the number of Mitsvot Adam ha-Rishon or No'ach were given,but according to Hilkhot Melakhim u-Milchamot 9:1-2[1]( in translation here) Adam ha-Rishon was commanded six, and No'ach was added one.
Aug
4
comment Why does Onkelos translate “לֹֽא יוּכַל” as “לָא יִכּוֹל” rather than “לֵית לֵיהּ רְשׁוּ”
... For example, though Me'at Tzori (מעט צרי), from you second link, isn't on HebrewBooks, and neither is Nefesh ha-Ger (נפש הגר) in the format it is on the OTZAR web-site( your first link), the later does exist, in a different format, on hebrewBooks. I assume in the first part of your answer you are referring to Nefesh ha-Ger on Devarin 12:17, but can't be sure, as you didn't cite the source, or quote it, and I don't have access to beyond the first 40 pages on the OTZAR web-site.
Aug
4
comment Why does Onkelos translate “לֹֽא יוּכַל” as “לָא יִכּוֹל” rather than “לֵית לֵיהּ רְשׁוּ”
You could have cited the actual sources, instead of just linking to the books on the OTZAR web-site and giving a page number, so that anyone who doesn't have access to the full books there, but may have access to the books in question from elsewhere( like a library with an extensive Jewish section, or somewhere else on the web that quotes it) can see for themselves. ...
Jul
16
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