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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
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