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Oct
17
comment How to go about finding a personal Rav
The Mishnah you quote (Avot 1:6) talks more about Talmud Torah in general. The rest of your question talks about having a Rav for deciding [difficult] Halakhah questions. Maybe a more appropriate quote would be Avot 1:16: "רבן גמליאל היה אומר, עשה לך רב, והסתלק מן הספק, ואל תרבה לעשר אמדות".
Oct
15
comment Kiddush, Learning and Mitzvos for dead/niftar neshamos
(a) It is not the Sifrei who is saying that reciting memorial prayers and vowing to give charity does anything for the deceased on Yom ha-Kipurim, and it's not the Sifrei who is extending from the case for which Eglah Arufah is done, to that for which we do those things. (b) "Midrash Tanchuma") quotes Devarim 21:8 specifically in making its statement. Why not say, "The Torah's Wikipedia article says it was given in 1312 B.C.E. (or in 1280 B.C.E.)"?
Oct
15
comment Kiddush, Learning and Mitzvos for dead/niftar neshamos
Re: the Sifrei quote: The Midrash itself only says that the deceased too need atonement, and does so with regard to the slain person for whom there are no witnesses to testify as to the circumstances of the slaying. Dating that Midrash doesn't help, as it is others (like the "Midrash Tanchuma", or the Chazon Ovadiah Yamim Noraim mentioned by the Yalqut Yosef) who extend (a) the need of atonement to the deceased in general, and (b) the means of achieving it to reciting memorial prayers and vowing to give charity.
Oct
15
comment Kiddush, Learning and Mitzvos for dead/niftar neshamos
Re: the quote from Midrash Tanchuma: It should be noted that further down it say: "עד כאן חדש הוא. ומכאן ואילך מן הישן". According to Salomon Buber (see here; p. 29 of the PDF), the whole first section is the addition of the Mantua edition of 1563 C.E., which added it on top of previous editions (the Constantinople 1520 C.E. edition, and the Venice 1545 C.E. edition don't have it).
Oct
1
comment Who is the Moreh Nevuchim for?
Does Rav Moshe Wolfson agree that what the Rambam has to say, in the Moreh Nevochim, in explaining the Maaseh Merkava is wonderful and important?
Oct
1
comment Who is the Moreh Nevuchim for?
You're quoting from the translator's introduction to the Friedländer translation (the specific page you're quoting from can be seen here).
Sep
30
comment Is there a problem with extra aliyot on Simchat Torah?
For what it's worth, Ma'aseh Rav 231 says five are called on Simchat Torah: four for ve-Zot ha-Berakhah (the fourth being the Chatan Torah), and the fifth is Chatan Bereshit. Also, Ma'aseh Rav 132 says that only seven are to be called on Shabbat.
Sep
30
comment Is there a problem with extra aliyot on Simchat Torah?
(1) You're welcome.(2) Re: "מִנְהָגִים (not sure of that's a Sefer, or he means it's everybody's custom)": Based on the wording in Darkhei Mosheh 669:2, it seems to be referring to a book. Based on the Hebrew Wikipedia article on R. Isaac Tyrnau it's probably referring to R. Isaac Tyrnau's Sefer ha-Minhagim.
Sep
30
comment Is there a problem with extra aliyot on Simchat Torah?
"... I can't seem to find a source for your claim." Maybe one of the statements attributed to R. Ishmael at the top of 23a‌​, "דתניא ביו"ט חמשה וביוה"כ ששה ובשבת שבעה אין פוחתין מהן ואין מוסיפין עליהן דברי ר' ישמעאל"?
Sep
22
comment Kiddush cup with the name of angels engraved on the inside
@Shokhet To the question "[w]here in the Siddur of the Rashash?": See Siddur Nahar Shalom, Vol 4, p. 147-151.
Sep
18
comment Inviting a non-observant Jew on Shabbat or Yom Tov
@Curiouser According to Qitzur Shulchan Arukh Yalqut Yosef 512:1, echoing R. Ovadia Yosef's opinion, one is prohibited to cook for a Mechalel Shabbat be-Farhesya on Yom Tov, or even invite him over for Se'udat Yom Tov.
Sep
18
comment Chida's statement about shabbat violators
True, my bad. (I've deleted the offending comment.)
Sep
15
comment What halachic issues are involved in turning off a mobile phone while praying the quiet Amidah?
"On the other hand, turning it off will interfere with his prayers". Him worrying "lest it ring while he is praying" isn't already interfering?
Sep
14
comment When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?
@Fred Even though Shulchan Arukh Orach Chayim 108:2 is understood to follow that idea by saying, that when praying Tashlumin for Minchah in Arvit one is to say Ashrei before praying the Tashlumin, Qitzur Shulchan Arukh 21:1 explicitly says that one does not say Ashrei before praying the Tashlumin for Minchah.
Sep
14
revised Standing for Kaddish at a shul with a different nusach
Direct link to the Se'if in QSA-YY, and a direct link to the article by R. Jachter
Sep
14
suggested approved edit on Standing for Kaddish at a shul with a different nusach
Sep
11
comment What happened to the stones with the Torah inscribed in seventy languages?
(a) That only begs the question: What happened to those stones at Gilgal, since then (i.e. Where are they today?) (b) Deuteronomy 27:8 is talking about the monument built at Har Eival (see verse 4), further inland from Gilgal. You seem to be talking about a monument built at the Jordan river.
Sep
7
comment Source for Bless you
@Shokhet (1) By "it" you mean "sickness"? (2) if you mean "death": (a) Surely there are less afflicting ways to announce imminent departure. (b) Some people get sick, and get well to live long lives, yet others die in their sleep without warning. Sickness is hardly a reliable way to know death is coming.
Sep
7
comment Source for Bless you
What is merciful in there being sickness?
Sep
7
comment Why is “שבי” switched from masculine to feminine?
So, in other words, what you're asking is: Why doesn't either the first verse use שביתו (Shivyato, "his captives [in feminine form]"), or the second verse use בשבי (ba-Shevi, "among the captives [in masculine form]")? Am I correct?