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Aug
12
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
Well, if one who is not a Gadol ba-Torah is not required, then that would mean that he could get away with not being "a good ambassador for G-d" when he is tired, in a hurry, etc., even in cases where a Gadol ba-Torah couldn't, without it beind in violation of Qidush ha-Shem.
Aug
12
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
I realize that. That's why I asked, rather than stated. My main point was to show that, even though Qidush ha-Shem may be done exclusively within Israe, it doesn't mean it isn't done for the edification of others.
Aug
10
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
Re: "... the main Kiddush Hashem is בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל": O.K., but before whose eyes? (Yechezkel 28:25, ibid. 39:27?)
Aug
10
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
It would help a lot, if, out of the 47.5 minute video, you would summarize: (a) Based on what does R. Osher Baddiel conclude that we are supposed to be Or la-Goyim? (b) How that obligates everyone of us to act, regardless of our situation at the time an opportunity presents itself, or our perceived religiousness in the eyes of others?
Aug
10
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
Re: Hilkhot Yesodei ha-Torah 5:11: The obligations mentioned here are for one who is a Chakham ("sage") and Gadol ba-Torah u-Mfursam ba-Chasidut ("of great Torah stature who is renowned for his piety"), and more in general, ha-Kol lefi Godlo shel Chakham (" [The extent to which] he must be careful with himself and go beyond the measure of the law [depends on the level of his Torah stature.]"). (All translations are from Eliyahu Touger's translation here.)
Aug
10
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
Shouldn't we first ask if we actually have a "duty to be good ambassadors for G-d", before asking about the extent of that duty?
Aug
10
comment Where is “Nachal Mitzrayim”?
@Gavriel According to Bereshit 10:19, the Canaanite southern border extended between Sodom and Gomorrah (Dead Sea area) and Gaza, which is by far closer to Wadi El Arish than to the Nile.
Aug
8
comment Where is “Nachal Mitzrayim”?
In modern Hebrew a river (like the Nile) is called Nahar (נהר), and Nachal (נחל) is used to describe smaller streams. Also, according to the Hebrew Wikipedia, in Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew, a Nachal may refer also to a valley, even if no water flows through it.
Aug
7
comment Do we have a right to not be ambassadors?
@YEZ It should be noted, though, that the verse is directed specifically at that prophet, and not at Israel in general. (It seems the same with Isaiah 42:6, but there the wording of the verses is ambiguous enough to suggest it might be directed at Israel in general.)
Aug
5
comment Why is Maimonides View of Karbonot not Consistent with Messianic Times
Related: "Maimonides and Sacrifices as G-d's concession to Mankind".
Jul
31
comment Besides Cyrus, is there any other human explicitly declared as Mosiach in tanach?
Also, "the Lord's anointed, was captured in their pits" in Eikhah 4:20. (One would think it's referring to Tzidqiyahu, but Rhashi on the verse says it's Yoshiyahu.)
Jul
27
comment How do מושב יקרו and שכינת עזו work in the Oleinu prayer?
Actually, an answer could make a distinction between Yeqaro / Uzo and Kevodo to explain why the former is localized and the latter is not, but would have a problem if Kevodo is both localized and fills the world.
Jul
27
comment How do מושב יקרו and שכינת עזו work in the Oleinu prayer?
@DoubleAA Both the Mishneh Torah's Seder ha-Tefilah and Siddur Rav Saadiah Gaon have "Moshav Yekaro". Also, the Tur Orach Chayim 133 says that some say "ve-Kise' Kevodo", but it is incorrect, as "u-Moshav Yekaro" is the version in the Sefer Heikhalot.
Jul
27
comment Is there any reason to deny aliens?
@YEZ Beyond believing that something exists, an unqualified "believe in" can also mean trusting in the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something, and even attributing higher (god-like) powers to it. In my opinion, a better phrasing of the question could be: "Is there any reason that we couldn't believe in the existence of life on another planet somewhere?" Or: "Is there any reason that we couldn't believe that life exists on another planet somewhere?"
Jul
25
comment Is there any reason to deny aliens?
What do you mean by "believe in"? Believe simply that "life on another planet somewhere" exists? Believe that it represents some kind of deus ex machina?
Jul
25
comment What's her husband doing at the gates in the middle of her song?
Why not say that it's a testament to her valor, having attracted and been wedded by a man of such standing?
Jul
24
comment When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?
A third possibility: 21:1 is talking about when praying alone, but when praying with the Tzibur 20:11 applies and one would have to wait till after the last Qadish. On the other hand, going with the first possibility, it could be that 20:11 doesn't apply to the Qadishim after u-Va le-Tziyon. (25:4 says one may not leave the Beit Keneset till after the Qedushah of u-Va le-Tziyon, suggesting one can miss the Qadishim afterwards. See also 25:5.)
Jul
21
comment Which of the Napoleonic wars had no casualties?
According to Wikipedia, Tamuz 5569 was between June 15 and July 13, in 1809. (The Derashah would have been delivered on June 22)
Jul
20
revised Which of the Napoleonic wars had no casualties?
Link to the Derashah.
Jul
20
suggested approved edit on Which of the Napoleonic wars had no casualties?