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Jan
27
comment Rashi: Caleb married Miriam
You beat me to it, although I would have linked to Chabad's Tanakh with Rashi, which has English translations, as well( and gives the source as Sotah 11b, where the Ma'amar referred to begins).
Jan
24
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
@pzkd ... Thirdly, if the answer would have been posted as a comment to the original question, I would have understood that you had what seems like the basis for a proper answer, but were unsure about the details, and how they related to the subject of the question, and I might have just asked for you to clarify what you meant, nothing more.
Jan
24
comment How was Saul a Tzadik if he wiped out Nov?
@pzkd Considering that the discussion here seems to have focused on the lack of source(s) as reason for down-voting, I'd like to clarify: I didn't down-vote merely for the lack of a source for your answer, but rather for the combination of that and the ambiguity of the answer itself. If your answer was more assertive and clear, but without a source, I would have only voted for Monica Cellio's request for a source( which I did anyhow). If the answer was sourced( even if only with the link you later brought), even as it was, I might have commented on it, without voting ...
Jan
24
comment Can a convert be a prophet?
@SethJ Even so, one could still argue that they qualified for receiving certain lower levels of prophecy, but not for higher levels, or becoming prophets. Also, conversion is not the issue, being a Jew is, and Benei Yisra'el before Matan Torah were no less Jews than their descendants towards the end of time of the First Temple were. In any case, Judaism( in the form of the Torah) for them to convert into, was only given after they received prophecy( so they were gentiles rather than converts?).
Jan
24
comment Why did Avraham prefer the daughters of Aner, Eshkol and Mamre over Eliezer's daughter?
The second Da'at Zeqenim Ba'alei ha-Tosafot gives the same answer as the Siftei Chakhamim( a couple of pages later) I mentioned in comment to the original question.
Jan
24
comment Can a convert be a prophet?
@SethJ Does receiving prophecy make one a prophet? ( I would think that a prophet is one who passes the prophecy on to others). More generally, I think you're touching on a more basic question: How do we define prophecy and prophets? Is any communication from God really prophecy? Is anyone God speaks to a prophet?
Jan
24
comment Can a convert be a prophet?
@SethJ I didn't say that Billaam's gift of prophecy was, in itself, limited, nor that non-Jews couldn't be prophets, nor that only one gentile was ever made a prophet( I wasn't even voicing my own opinion in the matter). I was saying that, according to the Rashi I cited, the bar for gentiles, especially Billaam, becoming prophets was lowered( to deny gentiles an excuse for not repenting), and one could not learn from them to Gerim who, like native born Jews, don't enjoy the same leniency( and have to be better qualified for prophecy).
Jan
18
comment Understanding the servants' hard/soft hearts
@ichangedmyid b a didn't say the Avadim were advisers, but that they "were his hired slaves, sort of like advisors"( and I say they were his servants, rather than his slaves). Also, regardless, even though he didn't have to listen to them( even with advisors, he'd have no obligation to listen to them), why need there be a reason for him doing so?
Jan
18
comment Learning Hilchos Chalev and Seder Kodshim as segulah for Refuah
@Yehoshua Yes, Siman 588(תקפח), but it turns out that would be in the editions based on the Berlin edition( in turn based on the Parma manuscript), like the one here. In those based on the Bologna edition, it( at least, the relevant part) is in Siman 261(רסא), like here.
Jan
16
comment Learning Hilchos Chalev and Seder Kodshim as segulah for Refuah
I'm not sure about as being a Segulah for Refu'ah, but Sefer Chasidim ( in Siman 588, also in Siman 1) says that one who learns a Torah subject that is a "Met Mitzvah", i.e. that others don't study( he gives Seder Kodashim as an example), is greatly rewarded. Maybe R. Chaim was suggesting learning those subjects to increase your friends merit( for them being today's "Met Mitzvah"), which could pay back in answering prayers for Refu'ah.
Jan
16
comment Understanding the servants' hard/soft hearts
Re: #1( and to an extent #2): Why not accept Or ha-Chayim's explanation for it in 10:7( s.v. "Ad Matai Yihiyeh etc.")? Re: #3: I'd say "servants" would be a better translation than "slaves", and +1 for b a's comments.
Jan
13
comment Can a convert become a synagogue president? Why or why not?
Re: the synagogue president getting stepped on by everyone, I thought it was always that way( "כמדומין אתם ששררה אני נותן לכם - עבדות אני נותן לכם" Horayot 10a-b), so I don't see how that's a mitigating circumstance.
Jan
11
comment Can a convert be a prophet?
@BruceJames One could argue Billaam was given the gift of prophecy only to prove to gentiles that they did not refrain from repenting for lack of a prophet to guide them in God's ways( see Rashi on Bamidbar 22:5 s.v. "'Eretz Benei Amo"). So, one couldn't learn from that about gentiles qualifying to become prophets, or mi-Qal va-Chomer whether Gerim qualify either.
Jan
7
comment Story with Rav Safra — halacha l'maseh?
Does Baba Batra 88a( s.v. "Tanu Rabanan", just before the Mishnah) qualify as a "sources in the realm of halacha that speak about this sort of situation and how one should be nohag"?
Jan
7
comment Arguments for Rabbinical Law
What do you mean when you say "direct Torah Laws"? Torah she-Bikhtav alone, or also the Torah shebe-Al Peh that was given with it?
Jan
7
revised Why did Avraham prefer the daughters of Aner, Eshkol and Mamre over Eliezer's daughter?
More direct links to the verses cited.
Jan
7
suggested suggested edit on Why did Avraham prefer the daughters of Aner, Eshkol and Mamre over Eliezer's daughter?
Jan
7
comment Why did Avraham prefer the daughters of Aner, Eshkol and Mamre over Eliezer's daughter?
What about Siftei Chakhamim's answer( Ot Tav at Bereshit 24:39)?
Jan
6
comment Why did David HaMelech tell Shlomo to punish Shimei Ben Geira?
@JimThio What does this have to do with the question asked, or more importantly, with the answer I gave?
Jan
6
comment Why did David HaMelech tell Shlomo to punish Shimei Ben Geira?
@JimThio I don't understand your comment: Who was he supposed to be forcing to swear? Where not to go?