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Sep
30
comment Is there a problem with extra aliyot on Simchat Torah?
For what it's worth, Ma'aseh Rav 231 says five are called on Simchat Torah: four for ve-Zot ha-Berakhah (the fourth being the Chatan Torah), and the fifth is Chatan Bereshit. Also, Ma'aseh Rav 132 says that only seven are to be called on Shabbat.
Sep
30
comment Is there a problem with extra aliyot on Simchat Torah?
(1) You're welcome.(2) Re: "מִנְהָגִים (not sure of that's a Sefer, or he means it's everybody's custom)": Based on the wording in Darkhei Mosheh 669:2, it seems to be referring to a book. Based on the Hebrew Wikipedia article on R. Isaac Tyrnau it's probably referring to R. Isaac Tyrnau's Sefer ha-Minhagim.
Sep
30
comment Is there a problem with extra aliyot on Simchat Torah?
"... I can't seem to find a source for your claim." Maybe one of the statements attributed to R. Ishmael at the top of 23a‌​, "דתניא ביו"ט חמשה וביוה"כ ששה ובשבת שבעה אין פוחתין מהן ואין מוסיפין עליהן דברי ר' ישמעאל"?
Sep
22
comment Kiddush cup with the name of angels engraved on the inside
@Shokhet To the question "[w]here in the Siddur of the Rashash?": See Siddur Nahar Shalom, Vol 4, p. 147-151.
Sep
18
comment Inviting a non-observant Jew on Shabbat or Yom Tov
@Curiouser According to Qitzur Shulchan Arukh Yalqut Yosef 512:1, echoing R. Ovadia Yosef's opinion, one is prohibited to cook for a Mechalel Shabbat be-Farhesya on Yom Tov, or even invite him over for Se'udat Yom Tov.
Sep
18
comment Chida's statement about shabbat violators
True, my bad. (I've deleted the offending comment.)
Sep
15
comment What halachic issues are involved in turning off a mobile phone while praying the quiet Amidah?
"On the other hand, turning it off will interfere with his prayers". Him worrying "lest it ring while he is praying" isn't already interfering?
Sep
14
comment When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?
@Fred Even though Shulchan Arukh Orach Chayim 108:2 is understood to follow that idea by saying, that when praying Tashlumin for Minchah in Arvit one is to say Ashrei before praying the Tashlumin, Qitzur Shulchan Arukh 21:1 explicitly says that one does not say Ashrei before praying the Tashlumin for Minchah.
Sep
14
revised Standing for Kaddish at a shul with a different nusach
Direct link to the Se'if in QSA-YY, and a direct link to the article by R. Jachter
Sep
14
suggested approved edit on Standing for Kaddish at a shul with a different nusach
Sep
11
comment What happened to the stones with the Torah inscribed in seventy languages?
(a) That only begs the question: What happened to those stones at Gilgal, since then (i.e. Where are they today?) (b) Deuteronomy 27:8 is talking about the monument built at Har Eival (see verse 4), further inland from Gilgal. You seem to be talking about a monument built at the Jordan river.
Sep
7
comment Source for Bless you
@Shokhet (1) By "it" you mean "sickness"? (2) if you mean "death": (a) Surely there are less afflicting ways to announce imminent departure. (b) Some people get sick, and get well to live long lives, yet others die in their sleep without warning. Sickness is hardly a reliable way to know death is coming.
Sep
7
comment Source for Bless you
What is merciful in there being sickness?
Sep
7
comment Why is “שבי” switched from masculine to feminine?
So, in other words, what you're asking is: Why doesn't either the first verse use שביתו (Shivyato, "his captives [in feminine form]"), or the second verse use בשבי (ba-Shevi, "among the captives [in masculine form]")? Am I correct?
Aug
24
revised Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
They're all translations.
Aug
24
comment Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
@MoriDoweedhYaa3qob (1) In your quote of R.Qafih's translation of Perush ha-Mishnah, if "ומיני נגינות" doesn't refer to instrumental music, what does it refer to? (2) In your last two comments, I think I'm missing what you're trying to say. Can you be more explicit about the point you were making?
Aug
19
comment How can the Rambam's Eighth Principle of Jewish Faith be believed in light of Hazal?
I was more responding to Maimonist's comments about "people tend to read into the Rambam's exact wording TOO much" here, and "it does say that 'every word' contains wisdom" in response to my comment on the question. (I should have, in retrospect, directed that part of my comment @Maimonist specifically.)
Aug
18
comment How can the Rambam's Eighth Principle of Jewish Faith be believed in light of Hazal?
(1) The formulation in Hilkhot Teshuvah 3:17[8] seems to support this understanding, as well. (2) Also, I'd be leery of scrutinizing the Rambam's language when working off a translation. I have access to two Hebrew translations: one says "Kol Ot she-Bah Yesh Bah Chokhmot", and another says "Kol Dibur ve-Dibur min ha-Torah Yesh Bahen Chokhmot".
Aug
18
comment How can the Rambam's Eighth Principle of Jewish Faith be believed in light of Hazal?
Where does it say, in the Rambam's eighth principle, that our Torah scrolls (or even any of those in his day) are letter-perfect, word-perfect, or even Parashah-boundary-perfect copies of the Torah scroll(s) Mosheh Rabenu wrote down?
Aug
15
comment Did Avrahom fail the test?
"[H]e lost communication with ... and other members ..." Other members of what?