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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.)
Apr
14
comment Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?
No, I did not. Also, I was not making a claim. I was only expressing my understanding of what was said in the sources I gave for my answer( and others I left out), regarding something mentioned in the question, that I thought was worth mentioning. If I had based my "claim" on more rigorous research, like that which you asked about, I'd have used more conclusive language, and mentioned how I reached it.
Apr
13
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Apr
13
comment Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?
@msh210 Basically, it is based on the fact that it was the earliest usage of the term I found mentioned. Also the Mekhilta on Shemot 19:5 uses "כדי שתבקע אוזן", and the same on Shemot 19:18( which Rashi on Shemot 19:18 is said to be based on) uses "לשכך את האוזן", suggesting to me that the term evolved from at least one of those to what Rashi used.
Apr
12
comment Do Rabbis have to be Jewish by ethnicity?
@MonicaCellio Definitely "citation needed"( for it being "forbidden ... to ask someone if he's a convert")! I was unaware such a Halakhah exists, and still don't think it does.
Apr
12
comment Do Rabbis have to be Jewish by ethnicity?
Related: Can a convert become a synagogue president? Why or why not?
Apr
12
revised Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?
Typo correction.
Apr
1
comment Getting a head start on Shnayim Mikra
Following the given link takes me to ou.org/torah/index. A better link might be: http://www.ou.org/index.php/torah/article/faqs_about_shnayim_mikra/#.UVnbHJZ_bK‌​0
Apr
1
comment How strong was Midian's army?
@MonicaCellio If I had sources to back me up( or a more convincing way of presenting it), I would have already posted it as an answer, instead of as a comment.
Mar
31
comment How strong was Midian's army?
My understanding is that the war against Midian was God's vengeance( 31:3), and the number of soldiers sent was symbolic( 1000 from each tribe; 31:4-5), and the victory was meant to be miraculous( i.e. divine) in nature( for all the Midianites that were killed or taken captive, no Israelite died; 31:49). So applying rationality( size of Midianite army, ease of victory) to the question won't work.