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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
Jan
12
comment Why does the Haftara of Mishpatim end before it starts?
May be of interest: Divrei Chaim blog: the haftarah that goes backwards. He brings S.A. O.C. 144 (but mentions M.B. #6 and #9, that say it's talking of a different situation, and not applicable today). He brings a "solution" in the name of R. Chaim Kanievsky to, instead, read on to the end of Ch. 35. (See also my comment there, referencing the Seder ha-Tefilah in the Mishneh Torah.)
Jan
2
comment Getting body piercings
@juanora He's probably referring to Gen. 24:47.
Jan
2
comment Pronunciation of גפ״ת
... On the other hand, Princeton University and most transliteraters of Hebrew books seem to prefer "gefet".
Jan
2
comment Pronunciation of גפ״ת
For what it's worth, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions and "A Popular Dictionary of Judaism" seem to prefer "GaPaT". ...
Jan
2
comment Pronunciation of גפ״ת
... because it makes them think of oil cake or pomace?!?
Dec
31
comment Why is Moshiach a “fundamental belief” (iqar)?
Maybe this question needs a Rambam tag added. I say this because R. Chasdai Crescas, Rashbatz and R. Yosef Albo, all relegate belief in the coming of the Mashi'ach from the core, to a second or third tier, with R. Albo being the most outspoken against including it in the Iqarim.
Dec
29
comment Pronunciation of גפ״ת
I'd be leery of using Wikimilon's suggested pronunciation, as there is another word pronounced the same way.
Dec
29
comment How many Mishnayot are there?
Note also that the tally can vary based on whether Pereq Qinyan Torah ( the "sixth" of Masekhet Avot) or Pereq Androginos ( The "fourth" of Masekhet Bikurim, which came from the Tosefta) were included in the count. If there is a tally of chapters mentioned as well, a total of 523 chapters would indicate neither were included, and a total of 525 would indicate both were included.
Dec
27
comment source for obligation to recite the shema
Why can't the two Mitzvot be sourced in the same verse, one in the "ve-Sinantam le-Vanecha" phrase, and the other in the "ve-Dibarta Bam" phrase( see Mishneh Torah, Mitzvot Aseh, Nos. 10, 11), regardless of what Halakhot are derived from the rest of the verse?
Dec
25
answered Did Levi see Moshe and Aaron?
Dec
19
comment Responses to Dor Daim / Talmidei HaRambam
Related: Is one a heretic if he does not believe in Kabbalah? See especially Double AA's answer there. He mentions Ovadia Yosef's answer regarding Dor Daim as being in Shu"t Mei'ein Omer. The JPG linked to in the answer has since been taken down, but it appears also in a rationalistjudaism.com article, mentioned in the comments( direct link to relevant JPG: here). @MoriDoweedhYaa3gob
Dec
12
revised Why does Yosef use intermediaries to ask Paro for permission to bury Yaakov, when until now he addressed Paro directly?
Added a link for Sforno's commentary on Bereshit 50.
Dec
12
suggested suggested edit on Why does Yosef use intermediaries to ask Paro for permission to bury Yaakov, when until now he addressed Paro directly?
Dec
12
comment Why does Yosef use intermediaries to ask Paro for permission to bury Yaakov, when until now he addressed Paro directly?
@MonicaCellio As he still hadn't buried Yaakov, and there was more mourning yet to come( see especially v. 10), he could have still been "dressed in mourning".
Dec
12
comment Is it ever a Chillul Hashem to discuss Torah principles?
For a posible source for your Rebbe's opinion, see also Mesilat Yesharim Ch. 20 (be-Mishqal ha-Chasidut), especially starting s.v. "הנה חייב האדם לשמור"( near the end of the chapter).
Dec
5
comment Why do Jewish people pray to God to punish someone who has ideas that are different from what Judaism teaches (Heresy)
When I wrote "[a] better definition is given by Wiktionary...", I meant "[a] better definition of heretic is given by Wiktionary..."
Dec
5
comment Why do Jewish people pray to God to punish someone who has ideas that are different from what Judaism teaches (Heresy)
The definition of heresy in the simple English Wikipedia is also unfortunate( the general English Wikipedia equivalent isn't much better in this regard), in that it gives the impression that one need not be a member of a given religious group to be a heretic of it. A better definition is given by Wiktionary: "Someone who, in the opinion of others, believes contrary to the fundamental tenets of a religion he claims to belong to"( see also heresy, there.)