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Aug
8
comment Where is “Nachal Mitzrayim”?
In modern Hebrew a river (like the Nile) is called Nahar (נהר), and Nachal (נחל) is used to describe smaller streams. Also, according to the Hebrew Wikipedia, in Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew, a Nachal may refer also to a valley, even if no water flows through it.
Aug
7
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
@YEZ It should be noted, though, that the verse is directed specifically at that prophet, and not at Israel in general. (It seems the same with Isaiah 42:6, but there the wording of the verses is ambiguous enough to suggest it might be directed at Israel in general.)
Aug
5
comment Why is Maimonides View of Karbonot not Consistent with Messianic Times
Related: "Maimonides and Sacrifices as G-d's concession to Mankind".
Jul
31
comment Besides Cyrus, is there any other human explicitly declared as Mosiach in tanach?
Also, "the Lord's anointed, was captured in their pits" in Eikhah 4:20. (One would think it's referring to Tzidqiyahu, but Rhashi on the verse says it's Yoshiyahu.)
Jul
27
comment How do מושב יקרו and שכינת עזו work in the Oleinu prayer?
Actually, an answer could make a distinction between Yeqaro / Uzo and Kevodo to explain why the former is localized and the latter is not, but would have a problem if Kevodo is both localized and fills the world.
Jul
27
comment How do מושב יקרו and שכינת עזו work in the Oleinu prayer?
@DoubleAA Both the Mishneh Torah's Seder ha-Tefilah and Siddur Rav Saadiah Gaon have "Moshav Yekaro". Also, the Tur Orach Chayim 133 says that some say "ve-Kise' Kevodo", but it is incorrect, as "u-Moshav Yekaro" is the version in the Sefer Heikhalot.
Jul
27
comment Is there any reason to deny aliens?
@YEZ Beyond believing that something exists, an unqualified "believe in" can also mean trusting in the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something, and even attributing higher (god-like) powers to it. In my opinion, a better phrasing of the question could be: "Is there any reason that we couldn't believe in the existence of life on another planet somewhere?" Or: "Is there any reason that we couldn't believe that life exists on another planet somewhere?"
Jul
25
comment Is there any reason to deny aliens?
What do you mean by "believe in"? Believe simply that "life on another planet somewhere" exists? Believe that it represents some kind of deus ex machina?
Jul
25
comment What's her husband doing at the gates in the middle of her song?
Why not say that it's a testament to her valor, having attracted and been wedded by a man of such standing?
Jul
24
comment When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?
A third possibility: 21:1 is talking about when praying alone, but when praying with the Tzibur 20:11 applies and one would have to wait till after the last Qadish. On the other hand, going with the first possibility, it could be that 20:11 doesn't apply to the Qadishim after u-Va le-Tziyon. (25:4 says one may not leave the Beit Keneset till after the Qedushah of u-Va le-Tziyon, suggesting one can miss the Qadishim afterwards. See also 25:5.)
Jul
21
comment Which of the Napoleonic wars had no casualties?
According to Wikipedia, Tamuz 5569 was between June 15 and July 13, in 1809. (The Derashah would have been delivered on June 22)
Jul
20
revised Which of the Napoleonic wars had no casualties?
Link to the Derashah.
Jul
20
suggested suggested edit on Which of the Napoleonic wars had no casualties?
Jul
17
comment Answer after “Morid haTal” in the Amida
@Mol I always got the impression that saying "li-Vrakhah" was alluding to Birkat ha-Shanim, where in the winter we say "... ve-Ten Tal u-Matar li-Vrakhah ...".
Jul
15
comment Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
@MoriDoweedhYaa3qob I didn't say that there weren't any Teshuvot mentioning this, and am not sure that there aren't.
Jul
15
comment Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
@Matt In Teshuvah 224 in the Blau edition, I don't see it mention using music for treating mental problems, or permitting listening to music on account of it improving the mind or soul (in cases where it otherwise would have been forbidden). If you do, please quote, or cite, where in the Teshuvah it says so.
Jul
15
answered Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
Jul
6
comment In the days of the Sanhedrin, was one able to hold of his own opinion in private?
To clarify: Does any other legal system allow a person, who believes his own interpretation of the law to be correct (as opposed to that decided by the legislature or supreme court), to act according to his interpretation, as long as he does so in private (and so long as he doesn't advocate doing so publicly)?
Jul
6
comment Is there positive proof that the Rambam did not accept Kabbalah?
@Yishai In Shlomoh ben Yosef's translation of Rambam's opening to his commentary on Sanhedrin Ch. 10 (Pereq Cheleq), in the section on the seventh foundation, it says "ויכנס בזה שיעור קומה ועניינו" ( see here, five lines before the end of the page). In Yosef Qafih's translation it doesn't appear, but in the footnotes he says that it was in the first edition of Rambam's manuscript, but was later erased from it. (See also here, s.v. "Earlier I noted ...")
Jun
25
comment Why did the Jews complain that the mon would kill them after they spent 39 years eating it?
@IsaacMoses I didn't realize I was implying an intention, or even an inclination, to smoke. I was only trying to be a little careful in my wording, to avoid a side argument over the dangers of smoking. What an exercise in futility!