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Mar
23
comment “לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר” in al hanisim on purim this year
(1) That question asks why we celebrate Purim in the 2nd Adar not the first because of the verses that make a point of mentioning it being in the twelfth month. You're basically asking the same question the other way round. (2) What if I have an answer to your first question, and find the answer(s) posted to the question there equally satisfactory (or unsatisfactory), and have no answer of my own to it? (3) At the very least, your second question has no direct link to the 'wording of Al ha-Nisim' question, and should be asked separately.
Mar
23
comment Treating with Amalek
(1) I wasn't answering your question. (I only saw your response to my first comment after I posted the second one.) I was pointing out that the verses and the Mekhilta represent God's position and reality, not necessarily Halakha. Does Halakha have to follow God's position on a matter, or reality? (2) In my second comment I was pointing out the "sweetness" of the deal for them. If they're willing to accept Jewish sovereignty with all it's "bells and whistles", why must we eradicate them?
Mar
22
comment Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?
@Master_Yoda I don't see that he does. With regard to marrying them (which I mentioned in my second comment) the Rambam clearly states that, in spite of the context, all gentiles are included (Seven Nations or others). As I said in my first comment, the printed editions (which may be prone to censorship emandations) may restrict Lo Techonem to the Seven Nations, but the Mechon Mamre edition (based on Yemenite manuscripts) and Eliyahu Touger's translation (which usually prefers to follow the printed edition) don't.
Mar
21
comment Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?
@Master_Yoda I'm not arguing that anything is to be learned from the context of the verse. I'm arguing that restricting the Halakhah to the Seven Nations based on the context of the verse is problematic.
Mar
21
comment Treating with Amalek
Part of the terms of this peaceful surrender is acceptance of subjugation: "... being on a lower level, scorned and humble. They must never raise their heads against Israel, but must remain subjugated under their rule. They may never be appointed over a Jew in any matter whatsoever." (From Eliyahu Touger translation of Hilkhot Melakhim u-Milchamoteihem 6:2[1].)
Mar
21
comment Treating with Amalek
I thought the verse says that it is God who is eternally at war with them. The difference being that although we can make peace with them, God never will (like in Hilkhot Melakhim u-Milchamoteihem 6:7[5]). This might also help reconcile the Mekhilta.
Mar
21
comment “לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר” in al hanisim on purim this year
Isn't your added question a re-wording of the question you linked to?
Mar
21
comment Why is Purim on Adar II during a leap year?
Just wanted to note that the added Adar in a leap year is the first one. It has 30 days, whereas the second Adar, like the one in a regular year has 29.
Mar
21
comment Jewish Leap Year
If this is so, then why do we add the it before the regular Adar? Adar Bet, like the one in regular years, is 29 days long, and Purim falls in it. Adar Alef is 30 days long. I'd conclude from that, that Adar Alef is the added one.
Mar
21
comment Saying Birkat ha-Mazon without having said ha-Motsi before eating
@Shalom "(There are the odd exceptions, such as the pizza case above.)" My question is more for the case where one neglects to say ha-Motzi in the first place. "But no, saying the words of hamotzi per se is never a prerequisite for birkat hamazon." If I can get a good source for that, I'll accept your answer.
Mar
21
comment Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?
@Master_Yoda What "logic" of mine are you referring too? My first comment extends the prohibitions to all gentile idolaters. Gerei Toshav, being forbidden Avodah Zarah, would be outside this category. (See also the last Halakhah in the chapter, which says that all this applies only when - and because - we can't have Gerie Toshav.)
Mar
20
comment Saying Birkat ha-Mazon without having said ha-Motsi before eating
Does this mean that they sometimes go hand in hand? In other words, are there instances that would require me to have said ha-Motzi in order to say Birkat ha-Mazon?
Mar
20
comment Who was Cain's wife?
"[I]t is written by Adam"? I think the translation should be "... for it is written about Adam 'and he begot sons and daughters'(Bereshit 5:4), ...".
Mar
19
comment Showering on Shabbat and removing the chill.
@DavidFeigen Take into account that the Zomet water heater deals with these problems by making sure the water doesn't rise above 40 degrees Celsius, and checking periodically (instead of automatically) to warm it up again to that temperature. Also note that the article I linked to mentions using that water for washing hands, face and even bathing a baby but does not mention using it for bathing one's self in.
Mar
19
comment “לְחֹדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר” in al hanisim on purim this year
For what it's worth, neither Rambam's Seder ha-Tefilah (Mechon Mamre edition) nor Siddur Rav Saadiah Gaon have "bi-Shloshah Asar le-Chodesh Shneim Asar, Hu Chodesh Adar" in Al ha-Nisim, but Seder Rav Amram Gaon does have it.
Mar
18
answered If prophets can only be “good guys” how come Balaam become a prophet?
Mar
18
comment Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?
The context of the next verse in Deuteronomy is also "clearly restricted to the seven nations" with regard to marrying into them. Does that mean we could be lenient on that (Lo Ta'aseh 52 and Isurei Bi'ah 12:1) too?
Mar
18
comment Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?
Re: Hilkhot Avodah Zarah 10:1: Although Shiv'ah Amamin is used here (and presumably in most printed editions), the Mechon Mamre edition (here) uses Ovdei Avodah Zarah and Goy instead, and even Eliyahu Touger's translation (here) uses the more generic "idolaters" and "gentiles".
Mar
18
comment Showering on Shabbat and removing the chill.
Re: No. 2: Even if the hot water tank was off, if the water in it was sufficiently hot, by opening the hot water faucet you'd be letting some cold water into the tank that would definitely be heated by the hot water already there. I don't see the Safeq there. Regarding the opinion of Sephardic Posqim on washing with hot water, if you have the Hebrew for it, see R. Ovadia Yosef's opinion here and here.
Mar
17
comment How was Shmuel permitted to kill Agag?
All this does is change the question into: According to those who say Shemu'el ha-Navi was a Nazir Olam, how was he allowed to kill Agag if in doing so he became tamei l'mais?