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Mar
11
answered Mitzva of Netilat Yadaim
Mar
11
comment Dancing on Yom Kippur
It may be worth noting that in the Mechon Mamre edition of the Mishnah (which claims to be based on the manuscript attributed to the Rambam) it says (Ta'anit 4:7[8]) "u-Vnot Yerushalayim Yotze'ot ve-Chonot ba-Keramim" ("ובנות ירושלים יוצאות וחונות בכרמים"), i.e. that they went out and waited (camped out?) in the vineyards.
Mar
8
comment Hashem studies Torah?
Why do you translate "Yoshev ve-Oseq ba-Torah" as "Hashem is engaged in Torah study" (or "Hashem studies his own Torah")? why not just translate it as "Hashem is engaged in the Torah"(similar to how the Soncino edition translates it), which can also imply that he teaches Torah (as Rashi seems to suggest, in s.v. "Yomam Yetzaveh")?
Feb
21
comment Didn't Rambam say Aleinu leshabeach?
It should be pointed out that Aleinu le-Shabeach does appear in the Seder ha-Tefilah in the Mishneh Torah, as part of the first middle Berakhah of Musaf prayer for Rosh ha-Shanah (section 47), as Shalom mentions in his answer.
Feb
16
comment Was Moshe a Tanya-tzadik?
@Efraim Based on Yerushalmi Berakhot 9:5 (67b), I'd say Avraham Avinu and David ha-Melekh would be prime examples. Regarding the latter, see also towards the end of Avodah Zarah 4b, and Rashi there.
Feb
14
comment Why doesn't Rav Saadia Gaon write about wearing tefillin even during prayer?
Where, in the Sidur, does he mention putting on Tzitzit in the morning, and should have mentioned Tefilin as well? (If you could also give a page number reference in the edition available on HebrewBooks, it would be much appreciated.)
Feb
14
revised What does it mean that God will blot out sinners from his book?
Provides links for Rashi from chabad.org, which have also English translations (of both the verses and the commentary), and strealines the other linked verses to fit.
Feb
14
suggested suggested edit on What does it mean that God will blot out sinners from his book?
Feb
2
comment source for obligation to recite the shema
@ray (I assume you were responding to my comment to your question.) (1) The Mishneh Torah I cited brings the source that way. (2) Even if you can argue that all the words that are between the words quoted is part of the source for saying the Shema, I still don't see how the words that come before those quoted (i.e. "ve-Sinantam le-Vanekha") are to be included.
Feb
2
comment Origin of the term Motza'ei Shabbos
For what it's worth, in Modern Hebrew "מוצא" also means 'exit', 'way out'. In that context, I'd say "מוצאי שבת" would mean 'Shabbat's exit'( in the sense of 'the place/time where one exits the Shabbat'). The plural form could be used because the term is referring to an area of time after one exits the Shabbat, rather than the specific time one exits it.
Jan
30
comment What were the arguments for and against man's creation?
(...) (3) If "all their hopes had been dashed and everyone knew that the coming of the real Moshiach was a long time off", there'd be no need to take a vote. The latter side would just go back and maintain like the former side (like "חזרו בית הלל להורות כדברי בית שמאי" in Eduyot 1:12).
Jan
30
comment What were the arguments for and against man's creation?
(1) "... having an evil inclination is an essential part of our being"? So "essential" that when King David saw he couldn't subdue his, he "killed" it (Yerushalmi Berakhot 9:5, and ibid. Sotah 5:5)? (2) "... and this is a very strong claim" - from what precedes, this claim is barely strong enough: if one of the reasons didn't exist, we'd have no excuse for not fulfilling God's will. If, on the other hand, either reason had been enough on it's own, together they'd provide a much stronger claim. (...)
Jan
27
comment sefer Yetzirah ox goring,or Golem damages
Related: Animals Created By Sefer Yetzirah.
Jan
27
comment Why are consumables eg “oil for lighting” mentioned in Shmos 25 (6) as needed for the construction of the mishkan?
Why is that a problem?
Jan
26
comment Custom of Rov speaking before Krias HaTorah on Shabbos
In an Ashkenazi (i.e. Nusach Ashkenaz) Beit Keneset I used to go to, one of the Gaba'im used to read a few Se'ifim from Chayei Adam, between Shacharit and Qeri'at ha-Torah on Shabbat.( The Rav would deliver his Derashah the evening before, between Qabalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv.) I think part of the idea was to add opportunities for saying Qadish.
Jan
26
comment Echad Ve'esrim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
"avoided like fire"? It should be something that every one of us can do!
Jan
26
comment Why are consumables eg “oil for lighting” mentioned in Shmos 25 (6) as needed for the construction of the mishkan?
As I understand your presentation of the answer, what they are saying is that the oil and spices are used to prepare the Mishkan for God to "dwell there"( because they beautify it), whereas the wheat for the show-bread, the animals for the sacrifices, and the wood for the alter are used in serving God in the Mishkan. What exactly is your problem with the answer?
Jan
24
comment Animals Created By Sefer Yetzirah
Possibly related, on the subject of Halakhah regarding animals created with Sefer Yetzirah: Michoel's answer to "Was Joseph's bad report on his brothers evidence or simply damaging".
Jan
15
comment Which prophets in tanach were prosecuted?
I guess you mean "persecuted" (i.e. afflicted, harassed, punished, or put to death for their troubles), rather than "prosecuted" (i.e. were charged or tried in a court of law).
Jan
13
comment Why does the Haftara of Mishpatim end before it starts?
@DoubleAA I have a Tanakh, given to me by the IDF at the end of basic training, which gives the Haftarah for the Ashkenazic and Sephardic customs as described in the question, but for the Yemenite custom it gives Yirmiyahu 34:8-35:19. See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haftarah#Haftarot_for_Exodus