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Apr
6
comment What Other Terms, Besides “Korban,” Mean Sacrifice in Some Form or Another?
@IsaacMoses (1) Where is Qorban used in the sense of "mechanism for coming close", but not in the sense of "sacrifice"? (2) Personally, I'd prefer a definition of "that which is brought close". Better yet: "that which is offered".
Mar
31
comment Netilat yadayim without a keli?
"It is known that ..." by whom? Where?
Mar
29
awarded  Yearling
Mar
3
comment Can a convert choose the Teimani (Yemenite) minhagim?
I think that, according to R. Ovadia Yosef, outside Eretz Yisra'el he is to take the Minhagim according to whoever the Mara de-Atra is where he converted. Also, I think that whichever he takes, when he moves to another place, he'd have to take the Minhagim according to the Mara de-Atra of that place. (For instance, if he moved to Eretz Yisra'el, he'd have to take the Minhagim of the Sepharadim.)
Feb
20
comment The Permissibility of Purim Torah
On a technical note: neither were the Yalqut Yosef, nor the Qitzur Shulchan Arukh based on it, written by R. Ovadia Yosef himself. On the other hand, the responsa in the cited Yechaveh Da'at was written by him.
Feb
8
comment Rambam, Shkiah, and Tzet HaKokhavim
If I'm not mistaken, in manuscript versions of Mishneh Torah he effectively defines Tzet ha-Kokhavim as being about 20 minutes after the Sheqi'ah. (I always understood him to equate the Sheqi'ah "with the actual sinking of the sun below the horizon", but am not sure there's an explicit source for that.)
Feb
5
comment Is one allowed to become a Talmid HaRambam?
@DoubleAA "IINM R Ovadia Yosef permitted an Ashkenazi to become a Sefardi". If I recall correctly: (a) That is in Israel, where he said that the Beit Yosef is the Mara de-Atra. (b) For the same reason, he insisted Yemenite and North African Jews, who moved to Israel, follow the Beit Yosef. (c) He opposed Sephardic students, who were studying in Ashkenazi Yeshivahs, adopting Minhag Ashkenaz.
Feb
5
comment Is one allowed to become a Talmid HaRambam?
(1) The responsa in Shu"T Avqat Rokhel were written over 400 years ago. Which Poseqim today allow people to become Talmidei ha-Rambam? (2) "... which implies that one should not be forbidden from doing so even if they don't" Does that mean one can change from a Sephardic Minhag to an Ashkenazic one (or vise-versa), regardless of the Mara de-Atra where he lives?
Feb
5
comment Is becoming a “Talmid HaRambam” limited to the Rambam?
(a) I don't know of any Poseq who explicitly allows one to change from Minhag Avotav (to the extent they allow it at all) to anything except to Minhag ha-Maqom. Do you? (b) To understand the responsum as you choose to, would mean that a Sephardic Jew can choose to become Ashkenazic (or vise-versa) regardless of the Mara de-Atra where he lives. Considering that at the time of the Beit Yosef, besides the Sefardim and the Musta'arabim (who followed the Rambam), there were Ashkenazim living in Tzefat, where's the argument advocating that switch?
Feb
4
comment Is becoming a “Talmid HaRambam” limited to the Rambam?
The cited responsum speaks not of "those who become followers of the Rambam" (emphasis mine) but of those who continued to follow the Rambam, when everyone else was changing to following the Rosh. ("והרמב"ם ז"ל ... וכל קהלות ארץ ישראל והאראביסטאן והמערב נוהגים על פיו וקבלוהו עליהם לרבן מי שינהוג כמוהו בקולותיו ובחומרותיו למה יכפוהו לזוז ממנו ומה גם אם נהגו אבותיהם ... שאין לבניהם לנטות ימין ושמאל מהרמב"ם ז"ל ואפילו רבו באותה העיר קהלות שנוהגים כהרא״ש וזולתו אינם יכולים לכוף למעט הקהלות שנוהגים כהרמב"ם ז"ל לנהוג כמותם.")
Feb
1
revised Netilat Yadayim: Blessing Before or After?
Added links to cited sources.
Feb
1
suggested approved edit on Netilat Yadayim: Blessing Before or After?
Feb
1
comment Disputes over Biblical Laws
When you say "Biblical laws", do you mean Mitzvot, or more general Halakhot? (My previous comment understood you to mean the former, but the discussion around the linked question suggests the latter.)
Feb
1
comment Disputes over Biblical Laws
(a) Do you mean that you are looking for discussions of the differences between the counts (of Rambam, Ramban, etc.) of the Mitzvot min ha-Torah? (b) "I understand that many potentially-Biblical laws have been debated, and sometimes settled, in the Talmud ...". You understand from whom, where (especially concerning debates in the Talmud, as to whether something is a Biblical law)?
Feb
1
revised Who did Yehoshua weaken with the sword?
Added link to Seforno on the chapter.
Feb
1
suggested approved edit on Who did Yehoshua weaken with the sword?
Jan
25
comment Why did David HaMelech tell Shlomo to punish Shimei Ben Geira?
@ShmuelBrin I don't know. Maybe for the same reason he told Avishai ben Tzeruyah to leave Shimmi alone in the first place (Shemuel II 16:10-12).
Jan
25
comment What did Rambam say about non-Jews putting on tefilin?
@Maimonist (1) You don't say! I only asked what I did, because the answer uses עכו"ם, and I was told that Ben No'ach refers to non-Jews in general, and Aku"m are idol-worshipers. (2) If you could cite the specific place where "the Rambam classifies ALL non-Jews as 'goyim'", I'd appreciate it (especially considering Ma'akhalot Asurot 11:5[8] says "וכל מקום שנאמר גוי סתם, הרי זה עובד עבודה זרה").
Jan
15
revised Different endings of Yishtabach
Added Adot ha-Mizrach to the examples of Nuschaot.
Jan
15
suggested approved edit on Different endings of Yishtabach