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Jan
3
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
@JimThio (a) Read my comment again. I didn't say that they were guilty of treason. I said "If they were guilty of treason". (b) How did Saul know that they didn't know?
Jan
3
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
@pzkd You spent all of two days( between Monica Cellio asking for a source and you finding the related question) on this 30 seconds task. I had no way of knowing that when you wrote "whomever he wishes - under certain circumstances" you meant "anyone who rebels against a king". And, I still stand by my contention that saying "it's definitely something to consider" based on not knowing "[w]hether these variable [even] apply here" is not an answer. It's barely a comment.
Jan
3
answered How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
Jan
3
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
-1 Besides what Monica Cellio asks, you are asserting a need for consideration of a[n uncited] Halakhah, even though you don't know "[w]hether these variable [even] apply here"?
Jan
3
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
@JimThio Why do you harp on the fact that it was priests that Saul had killed? If they were guilty of treason against the king, being priests should not have saved them from a death penalty.
Jan
3
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
@JimThio Saul only ordered the execution of Achimelekh's Beit Av ( "father's house", see Samuel I 22:16-18). It was Doeg who, after fulfilling Saul's order, continued on and killed by the sword "both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen and asses and sheep" in Nov( ibid v. 19).
Dec
30
comment How did the 2 spies which Yehoshua sent have authority to save Rachav and family
@Danield (a) Malbim on 2:12 says "והצלתם את נפשותינו ממות, שהמוטל עליכם להציל אותנו לבל נהרג ע"י אחרים, וגם רמזה שיצילו נפשותיהם ממש ממות הרוחני, במה שיגיירו אותם". So: yes, converting her family was also hinted at. (b) Malbim on 2:12 says "אמרה הגם כי אחר שתעברו את הירדן לא תחיו כל נשמה, עתה השבעו טרם עברתם את הירדן, שהיה להם רשות לקבל גרים המשלימים עמם", that they could swear so because the verse you quoted only applied after Benei Isra'el crossed the Jordan. Before that, they were obligated by Joshua's promise to accept those who wished to make peace with them.
Dec
30
revised Why did David HaMelech tell Shlomo to punish Shimei Ben Geira?
Added links to commentaries quoted.
Dec
30
answered Why did David HaMelech tell Shlomo to punish Shimei Ben Geira?
Dec
30
comment Contemporary rabbinic views on social pressure to get people to do Mitzvoth
"[I]t could be that social pressure is really no different", but the right of the individual(s) to exert it may very well be different( and less) than that of the Beit Din. Where's the individual's right to do so?
Dec
30
comment Contemporary rabbinic views on social pressure to get people to do Mitzvoth
That statement only allows the Beit Din to apply physical coercion, and, mi-Qal va-Chomer , social pressure. They will have presumably deliberated over the case in order to decide whether to act on their prerogative. What about the individual( like in the OP's question)? What gives him the right to even exert social pressure?
Dec
27
comment Why is giluey arayos one of the big 3?
@DoubleAA [In your first comment] I guess you're referring to the Mishneh Torah Hilkhot Yesodei ha-Torah 5:10[7]
Dec
25
comment When did hashem stop the sun?
Does bringing back the shadow( and sun) ten Ma'alot ( Melakhim II 20:9-11) count?
Dec
25
comment What is Rashi proving with words in different languages
@Danield I don't know. I was only asking about your statement: "in cases where Rashi couldn't find any source for a word ...". I understood Rashi's use of words from foreign languages the way Menachem presented it in his answer. If you have examples of Rashi using words from foreign languages( other that Arabic or Aramaic, which make his use of them more a linguistic investigation), that don't have a prior source, I would like to see them.
Dec
25
comment How can we know God?
@LazerA Maybe "creation" is a bit too general: "humanity" would be more specific. In that context, from a Jewish perspective: that he speaks through prophets, that he hears and answers prayers, that he proclaims laws to live by, that he rewards the righteous, that he punishes the wicked. In knowing these things we know God better, and they do not derive from Yichid ha-Shem .
Dec
25
comment What is Rashi proving with words in different languages
@Danield the source for Bereshit 35:8( Alon ) is Bereshit Rabah 81:5. For the other two I found no source. Mind you, in both of the other examples you bring, Rashi is using Arabic words to understand the Hebrew ones. As Arabic and Hebrew are close languages, it makes more sense to learn the meaning of a word from one to the other( as opposed to learning from Greek, Coptic or Persian).
Dec
24
comment What is Rashi proving with words in different languages
Where does Rashi make connections to other languages, not made by earlier sources( Talmud, Midrashim , R. Moshe HaDarshan)?
Dec
24
comment What is Rashi proving with words in different languages
+1 for the first two paragraphs, at least, as they answer the question asked.
Dec
24
comment What is Rashi proving with words in different languages
I don't see that it's the Talmud in Sanhedrin that "is concerned with the origins of the word Totafos". Sanhedrin 4b seems concerned with where we learn that "[t]he Tefilin on the head has four compartments" from. It'd be better to say :"Rashi on Devarim 6:8 is concerned with the origins of the word Totafos, clearly it has no Jewish origin ...".
Dec
24
comment How can we know God?
@LazerA How about: how God interacts with creation? Knowing "that Hashem is the one power in the Universe" and that "there is nothing else" doesn't tell me that.