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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?
Mar
16
comment Why does Samuel turn to leave and then kill agag?
As I read it, Samuel and Saul were not in the same place as the rest of the people, when they had their conversation. Samuel intended to leave Saul, and go alone to the people, to deal with Agag. At Saul's request, he goes with Saul, and after Saul bows before God, he proceeds to deal with Agag.
Mar
16
comment How was Shmuel permitted to kill Agag?
@sabbahillel Actually, the verse suggests that he could have used an ax.
Mar
11
comment Why wasn't the Torah given to klal Yisroel as a DVD?
Related: Why did God reveal himself only before there were recording devices?
Mar
11
revised Mitzva of Netilat Yadaim
Added links for Shulchan Arba and Abudirham, and added a source for Natla in the Talmud,
Mar
11
revised Mitzva of Netilat Yadaim
Added link for translation to Aramaic + some spelling mistakes corrected.
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. (...)