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Dec
29
comment How many Mishnayot are there?
Note also that the tally can vary based on whether Pereq Qinyan Torah ( the "sixth" of Masekhet Avot) or Pereq Androginos ( The "fourth" of Masekhet Bikurim, which came from the Tosefta) were included in the count. If there is a tally of chapters mentioned as well, a total of 523 chapters would indicate neither were included, and a total of 525 would indicate both were included.
Dec
27
comment source for obligation to recite the shema
Why can't the two Mitzvot be sourced in the same verse, one in the "ve-Sinantam le-Vanecha" phrase, and the other in the "ve-Dibarta Bam" phrase( see Mishneh Torah, Mitzvot Aseh, Nos. 10, 11), regardless of what Halakhot are derived from the rest of the verse?
Dec
25
answered Did Levi see Moshe and Aaron?
Dec
19
comment Responses to Dor Daim / Talmidei HaRambam
Related: Is one a heretic if he does not believe in Kabbalah? See especially Double AA's answer there. He mentions Ovadia Yosef's answer regarding Dor Daim as being in Shu"t Mei'ein Omer. The JPG linked to in the answer has since been taken down, but it appears also in a rationalistjudaism.com article, mentioned in the comments( direct link to relevant JPG: here). @MoriDoweedhYaa3gob
Dec
12
revised Why does Yosef use intermediaries to ask Paro for permission to bury Yaakov, when until now he addressed Paro directly?
Added a link for Sforno's commentary on Bereshit 50.
Dec
12
suggested suggested edit on Why does Yosef use intermediaries to ask Paro for permission to bury Yaakov, when until now he addressed Paro directly?
Dec
12
comment Why does Yosef use intermediaries to ask Paro for permission to bury Yaakov, when until now he addressed Paro directly?
@MonicaCellio As he still hadn't buried Yaakov, and there was more mourning yet to come( see especially v. 10), he could have still been "dressed in mourning".
Dec
12
comment Is it ever a Chillul Hashem to discuss Torah principles?
For a posible source for your Rebbe's opinion, see also Mesilat Yesharim Ch. 20 (be-Mishqal ha-Chasidut), especially starting s.v. "הנה חייב האדם לשמור"( near the end of the chapter).
Dec
5
comment Why do Jewish people pray to God to punish someone who has ideas that are different from what Judaism teaches (Heresy)
When I wrote "[a] better definition is given by Wiktionary...", I meant "[a] better definition of heretic is given by Wiktionary..."
Dec
5
comment Why do Jewish people pray to God to punish someone who has ideas that are different from what Judaism teaches (Heresy)
The definition of heresy in the simple English Wikipedia is also unfortunate( the general English Wikipedia equivalent isn't much better in this regard), in that it gives the impression that one need not be a member of a given religious group to be a heretic of it. A better definition is given by Wiktionary: "Someone who, in the opinion of others, believes contrary to the fundamental tenets of a religion he claims to belong to"( see also heresy, there.)
Dec
1
comment Why do Jewish people pray to God to punish someone who has ideas that are different from what Judaism teaches (Heresy)
@msh210 I'd say: No. The other question understands Birkat ha-Minim to be directed against heretical Jewish sects. This question, as it stands, understands it to be against all those who disagree with what Judaism teaches, including non-Jews, and asks especially about the latter.
Dec
1
comment Seeking a M'tzudos-like commentary on Echa
I have a Qinot le-Tsh'ah be-Av booklet published by "SHAY LAMORA" which includes Eikha with Rashi and the [pseudo-] Metzudot commentary, about which it says: "הפירושים בלי כל ראשי תיבות/ והסדר עם רווח בין השורות/ למגילות רות איכה ואסתר / שבהם פירוש המצודות חסר/ ערכנו פירוש בית מצודות / מהבית ומהמקורות שמהם נשאבות/ ועל יסוד שערכו בליוורנו/ אברהם טולוסא וישראל קושטא/ ועתה נתחבר בירושלים/ ונערך מחדש בכפלים/ בעזרת השם הגדול והנורא/ במכון שי למורא". It seems to concur with what @Menachem says.
Nov
29
comment Why do Jewish people pray to God to punish someone who has ideas that are different from what Judaism teaches (Heresy)
@msh210 I think he understands those words to mean that the heretics slander Jews after Jews pray that God punish them. I think the use of the word 'then' is causing the confusion, and shouldn't be there( it isn't used in the equivalent in the regular English Wikipedia)‌​.
Nov
22
comment Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?
Re: the article you mention, are you referring to "מדוע אמונת המשיח היא עיקר ויסוד בדת"?( I haven't read it myself, but the title is similar, and the author's name is the same.)
Nov
11
comment Ladies first or men first?
Regarding the verse you bring, it should be noted that in other places Ya'aqov's wives are mentioned before his sons. In 30:26, when requesting Lavan to let him go he said "give [me] my wives and my children". In 32:27, when preparing to meet Esav, "he took his two wives and his two maidservants and his eleven children" to cross at Yaboq. Later, in 33:6-7, when his family was finally presented before Esav, only Yosef went before his mother( and Rashi on 33:7 gives a reason why that was).
Nov
11
comment Ladies first or men first?
"[H]e didn't even know that verse that you quoted". Actually, the verse Manoach didn't know was Bereshit 24:61, concerning Rivqah and her maidens following after Avraham's servant( and not he following after them).
Oct
22
comment Does anyone pray according to Rambam's Seder Tefila?
@MoriDoweedhYa3gob (1) I would think using the Seder Tefilah that's in the Mishneh Torah for prayer would be more than a little inconvenient, unless you have it memorized. Do you have it memorized? (2) I read somewhere that the Baladi Nusach in Si'ach Yerushalayim differs in some places from the ancient Tiklal s, and elsewhere that the Tiklal s differ in some places from the Mishneh Torah ( even from the Qafih edition). Are you sure you use, in your prayer, "Rambam's language of prayer exclusively"( even saying that Qafih's version in the Mishneh Torah is the correct one)?
Oct
22
comment Does anyone pray according to Rambam's Seder Tefila?
@MoriDoweedhYa3gob Which Siddur do you use?
Oct
10
comment Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
Re: belief in God: My point is that without a positive command towards God, we can't imply an underlying requirement to believe in God, like we can for the 613 we are commanded. It could be there is one, but it could be there isn't one.
Oct
10
comment Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
(1) "[N]othing which says the two aren't linked" does not mean they are.( Also, see my second comment above.) (2) Being "allowed to live in Israel" could require accepting "Torah Min ha-Shamayim" as a form of accepting Rabbinical authority( beyond the stated laws), but to get a portion in the world to come it would be enough to just follow the laws( regardless of justification). (3) Without the "only", the statement gives one situation where situation applies, but there may be others( i.e. "this applies when ... [this also also applies when]"). Using "only" excludes any other situation.