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Feb
1
revised Who did Yehoshua weaken with the sword?
Added link to Seforno on the chapter.
Feb
1
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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
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Jan
15
comment Different endings of Yishtabach
Re: Nusach Teiman: There are at least two Yemenite Nuscha'ot, Baladi and Shami, and only the Baladi (somewhat) follows the Rambam's Nusach (the Shami is more Sephardic). A link for a Baladi Yemenite Nusach: shtaygen.com/?CategoryID=1316&ArticleID=4427. Also, somewhat related: Why does Mishneh Torah have Shem uMalchut for Yishtabach?.
Jan
14
comment What's the takeaway message for Chanuka?
@YeZ "R' Weinberg's driving point was that whatever the message of Chanuka is, the starting point is that it was not an intrinsically necessary message ..." Wouldn't that mean that, according to R. Weinberg, there is no "the takeaway message for the holiday of Chanuka"?
Jan
14
comment What's the takeaway message for Chanuka?
Is there a Mi Yodeya policy about making answers as bite-sized as possible? Also, I thought that giving the reason for a point being the takeaway message was implied in the question.
Jan
14
comment What's the takeaway message for Chanuka?
@YeZ Fair enough (though personally I don't see it), but shouldn't that (the Chanukah specific parts, at least) be in the answer itself?
Jan
14
comment What's the takeaway message for Chanuka?
@Shokhet If you're talking about what led up to the Maccabean Revolt, we were still allowed in the Temple, only it was run by Hellenizers. Also, loss of governmental autonomy over land is not the same as being in exile. Moreover, Chanukah commemorates not the loss of those things, but the start of regaining them. Otherwise, Couldn't the same thing be said for Pesach with regard to Galut Mitzrayim (which was more of an actual exile)?
Jan
14
comment What's the takeaway message for Chanuka?
You could try and summarize how R. Leuchter sees "'mesirus nefesh' for Avodah" as a lesson from Chanukah (rather than just explaining what it means).
Jan
14
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Jan
14
revised Why did Pharaoh not think Moshe and Aaron were magicians?
Added tag for the Parashat ha-Shavu'a
Jan
14
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Jan
14
comment How do we know that we can interpret the torah non-literally beyond what is found in the talmud?
Why would we need to be allowed to do so?
Jan
14
comment What's the takeaway message for Chanuka?
Is "survival in exile" really the lesson of a Chag commemorating events that took place in Eretz Yisra'el (events that, in a way, marked the beginning of renewed Jewish sovereignty there)? I would have thought that would be a more appropriate lesson for Purim.
Jan
12
comment Exact text from Rav Eliyahu Lopian's “Lev Eliyahu” citing a story about the Chofetz Chaim
Maybe you're referring to the story brought here: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=50351&pgnum=60 (It says it's from part III, page 58 of Lev Eliyahu)
Jan
10
comment Birthdays in Judaism
"But one may permit it since it is a custom based on a rational reason". Any idea what rational reason R. Aviner is referring to?
Dec
31
comment Why did the Israelites build a golden calf in the desert?
Maybe because that's what came out (Exodus 32:24)?