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Jul
11
comment Definition of Leitzanus
@Yirmeyahu It's on the next page( though HebrewBooks mixed the pages up and put it as the page before the one you linked to), right column, 8th-9th lines from the top.
Jun
20
comment Are we allowed to ask someone if he's a convert?
"Asking someone if they are a convert simply to dig into their past is clearly not in the spirit of the law." Why not?
Jun
19
comment Additional names for refuah shlema
Though not directly answering your question, this may have bearing on it: Mishnah Berurah 119:2( s.v. "Rachamim") brings the Zohar which says one should be precise in one's words when asking for mercy, which suggests it's better to use full names. It also says there that when praying for a person present, one may omit their name entirely( like Mosheh Rabenu did, when praying for Miryam).
Jun
19
comment What does it mean when the “nation says something”?
For which? What I said about your first example to me is obvious from rest of the verses there. As for the rest of it, as I said "I think it's to be understood ...", i.e. I have no source. If I had it would have been an answer, instead of a comment.
Jun
19
comment Getting body piercings
"[C]ommentaries on self-wounding" where? which?
Jun
17
comment Getting body piercings
(1) Are you sure you've got the correct verse? Leviticus 19:28 brings the prohibitions of making a cut( or gouge) in one's flesh for the dead, and of tattooing one's self. (2) How does body piercing constitute "infliction of a wound" anyway?
Jun
17
revised Why pray for Y'hoshua and not Kalev?
The Gemara is in Sota, not Nedarim( see in linked Rashi to Sh'lach 13:16)
Jun
17
comment Why did God reveal himself only before there were recording devices?
"What difference does a couple of thousand years make to God?" None, but the revelation was not meant for His benefit. Why deprive Benei Yisra'el for some 3000 years, just to have proper recording equipment to corroborate the event taking place? ( Assuming one would actually have been able to record it.)
Jun
17
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Jun
17
comment What does it mean when the “nation says something”?
The first example you bring should not be a problem, because in those verses Mosheh was directing the people what to say throughout the ceremony, and even if what they were to answer was longer, it would be no different than people answering "Amen, Yehe' Shemeh Raba" in the saying of the Qadish. Regarding your second example, and in general, I think it's to be understood from the context that they didn't all say the exact words, or in unison, and that the Miqra is bringing a shortened version of what they said.
May
7
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May
5
comment Who is Moshiach?
@joshwaxman The phrase may be omitted in the translation, because it is omitted in the printed editions. The more interesting question to me is why the answerer doesn't mention "and fight(s) the wars of God"( Chabad's interpretation notwithstanding) which is both in the printed editions and in the translation.
May
5
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
More generally, could you cite sources for what you've attributed to the different _Mefarshim_( the Chida, for example)?
May
5
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
"It seems his death in the battle was his atonement. This is rashi's explanation". Where's that Rashi you mentioned?( I don't see it either in Eruvin 53b or in Berakhot 12b.)
Apr
21
comment What is so special about the 613 mitzvos?
@shlomo I don't know about others, but it seems to me that the Rambam did not recognize anything outside his count of Mitsvot being a Mitzvah de-Oraita, even if it is mentioned in the Torah shebi-Khtav, but instead would see it as part of listed Mitzvot, or as one of of their specific Halakhot. See, in his introduction to Sefer ha-Mitzvot, Klal 7 and klal 11.
Apr
21
comment What is so special about the 613 mitzvos?
@DoubleAA In my comment here, I'm not aware that I was using any category. When you brought your example for what shlomo was talking about, you used the term "biblical requirement" for it, whereas he was using "mitzva Doraita". Considering the different term you used, I was asking if you two were really talking about the same thing.
Apr
20
comment Eating meat on a regular basis
@RabbiMichaelTzadok Re: limiting meat consumption being found in any of the Law codes: How about Mishneh Torah Hilkhot De'ot 5:21[10], which states( in translation): "The Sages have directed [us] regarding the ways of the world: A person should eat meat only with appetite as [Deuteronomy 12:20] states: "If your soul should crave to eat meat..." It is sufficient for the healthy to eat meat [once weekly,] from Sabbath eve to Sabbath eve."
Apr
20
comment Eating meat on a regular basis
In Torat Kohanim it says: "אם כן למה נאמר אשר יצוד? רבי אומר לימוד תורה דרך ארץ שלא יאכל אדם בשר אלא בהזמנה זו". Chulin 84a also uses the term "למדה תורה דרך ארץ", to describe the rule "that one should not eat flesh except with this preparation".
Apr
20
comment What is so special about the 613 mitzvos?
@DoubleAA So it's a biblical requirement, but is it a Mitzvah? shlomo seems to be claiming that there are biblical Mitzvot that aren't part of the 613.
Apr
14
comment Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?
@msh210 +1 for the typo idea.( Sorry I didn't ping you in my last comment.)