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Dec
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comment In What year was “Al Pi Kabalah” first quoted for a Halachic ruling?
Would Beit Yosef 's statement on Tur Orach Chayim 426 "והר"י גיקטילי"א בעל שערי אורה כתב בתשובה שעל פי הקבלה אין לברך על חידוש הלבנה עד שיעברו עליה ז' ימים" qualify with regard to R. Yosef Gikatilla (especially considering it is brought le-Halakhah in Shulchan Arukh Orach Chayim 426:4, even against the Rif, the Rambam and the Rosh who say one is obligated to do Qidush Levanah from the first day)?
Dec
4
comment Leaving the room during a kabbalistic dvar Torah
As I understand it, though learning Kabbalah without being learned in Shas and Poseqim is prohibited, reading [in the Zohar, for example] without understanding is allowed (and even considered meritorious). Wouldn't hearing the rabbi at a shul bringing kabbalah in his dvar Torah (which one would think is knowingly targeted at the potentially unlearned) qualify as permitted reading, rather than prohibited learning? There might be a better question with regard to being at a Shi'ur given at a Yeshivah (where a certain background would be expected on the part of the participants).
Dec
4
comment In What year was “Al Pi Kabalah” first quoted for a Halachic ruling?
I do have another question: Considering the Beit Yosef is actually a commentary on the Arba'ah Turim, bringing various Halakhic sources to bare on the latter, with the Shulchan Arukh bringing the author's actual Pesaq (and especially considering it's introduction claiming to decide Halakhah based on the majority of the Rif, the Rambam and the Rosh, unless existing custom or majority of other Poseqim is otherwise), does the Beit Yosef qualify as R. Karo making a Halachic ruling based on Kabalah (or as "recording the Halacha either 'al pi Kabalah' or by quoting the Zohar")?
Dec
4
revised In What year was “Al Pi Kabalah” first quoted for a Halachic ruling?
Corrected Wikipedia link.
Dec
4
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Dec
4
comment Is it Halachically wrong to avoid the rabbi's sermon?
How do you/we know the rabbi's Derashah, or sermon, was once taboo?
Nov
27
comment In What year was “Al Pi Kabalah” first quoted for a Halachic ruling?
(1) Where does the Bet Yosef mention the obligation to wash Negel Vaser before doing anything else being from the Zohar? Ba'er Heitev on Orach Chayim 1:1 s.v. ha-Shachar comments on the Bach's surprise at the Beit Yosef for not having mentioned the Zohar 's position on the importance of Netilat Yadayim before all else. (2) Hebrew Wikipedia's article on the Beit Yosef says it's writing (which took 25 years) was completed in 1547.
Nov
21
comment If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?
Regarding your translation: (1) Why do you translate "יש לו לטבול" as "he should dip", rather than "he is to dip"? (2) I would have translated "דברי חבירות" as "[the] articles of partnership". The Mishneh Torah mentions "דברי חבירות", and even enumerates them, in Hilkhot Metame'ei Mishkav u-Moshav Ch. 10, and Eliyahu Touger translates the term as "the restrictions/practices of a chavair".
Nov
14
comment Source for Jewish Chapter breaks in Tanach
As to what these divisions are, see Wikipedia's Seder (Bible).
Nov
14
comment How do you know when to make Chacham Harazim if you can't count Jews?
@Scimonster He would, only if he followed those Rabanim who permit using such a phone, in the first place (to say nothing about permitting him to be connected to the Internet).
Nov
14
comment How do you know when to make Chacham Harazim if you can't count Jews?
@SAH Or, you could memorize the relevant Siman (or maybe just the relevant Se'if, or add a few surrounding Se'ifim)
Nov
14
comment How do you know when to make Chacham Harazim if you can't count Jews?
... or fragments of earthenware (Rashi on Shmuel I 11:8), or lambs (Rashi on Shmuel I 15:4).
Nov
6
comment Were Haman's possessions hung on a tree?
On the other hand, you're probably right, as there is, in Otzar HaHochma, a "ספר אור אברהם על מגילת רות" (notice there's no Lamed before Avraham) by אברהם איתיאל בן משה גורביץ (not the one I mentioned in my previous comment), who, on the second page, has his name in English given as Avrohom Gurewitz.
Nov
6
comment Were Haman's possessions hung on a tree?
Re: spelling of "אברהם גורביץ": There is one by that name who's Rosh Yeshivah at ישיבת בית יוסף גייטסהעד. The English Wikipedia has his name spelled as Avrohom Gurwicz. I don't see Or L'avraham mentioned as one of his books, though.
Nov
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revised Were Haman's possessions hung on a tree?
Added link for source.
Nov
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Nov
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comment Can tea made without cli shlishi be drunk bdieved?
You're citing Sephardic Halakhah in your answer. Does the same apply for Ashkenazim? (I ask because (a) Ashkenazim and Sepharadim do differ quite a bit regarding Hilkhot Shabat, and (b) the OP cites Shemirat Shabat ke-Hilkhatah's opinion as the basis for his [edited] question.)
Oct
28
revised Is there a source where Emuna and Bitachon are described as separate ideas?
Link to the Ramban's Sefer ha-Emuna veha-Bitachon (though not from Kitvei ha-Ramban).
Oct
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Oct
27
comment Is a wooden knife מקבל טומאה?
Would Teme'im being allowed to slaughter Qodashim by using a knife fashioned from a reed haulm (קרומית של קנה), mean that a wooden knife is not Meqabel Tum'ah? (See Chulin 3a, and Rashi s.v. Qeromit shel Qaneh).