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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
suggested approved edit on Why did Pharaoh not think Moshe and Aaron were magicians?
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)?
Dec
23
revised Rambam claiming some of Hazal were superstitious
Link to cited Migdal Oz.
Dec
23
suggested approved edit on Rambam claiming some of Hazal were superstitious
Dec
22
comment Can you omit wearing a yarmulka for a job interview?
Equating the removal of a kippa to the washing of a car would work only if the person did it for all job interviews, regardless of how the perspective boss would be affected by it, e.g. if there were rules of etiquette that discouraged wearing a kippa at a job interview. Not wearing a kippa, where he otherwise would have, is not like painting a car in order to sell it, but like changing the auto body of a car in order to sell it to someone who doesn't like one's make of corresponding chassis. Also, in general, I don't think presentibility is a good enough reason to not wear a kippa.
Dec
19
comment Can you omit wearing a yarmulka for a job interview?
Your comparison to opening a barrel of wine would only fit, if he was not going to wear a Kippa/Yarmulka anyhow, and the boss drew wrong conclusions about his level of observance. The question asks about omitting a Kippa/Yarmulka that presumably would have otherwise been worn (even if he is permitted not to wear it), in order to offset the boss's bias, and I would say is more like dying the hair of an old slave to make him look young (assuming dying the hair of a slave is otherwise permissible).
Dec
16
revised Standing for Kaddish at a shul with a different nusach
Updated link to R. Jachter's article (published 03 July 2014 in the Jewish Link of Bergen County)
Dec
16
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