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comment Does a convert who goes off the derek have to go to the mikvah again upon making tshuvah?
Regarding your translation: (1) Why do you translate "יש לו לטבול" as "he should dip", rather than "he is to dip"? (2) I would have translated "דברי חבירות" as "[the] articles of partnership". The Mishneh Torah mentions "דברי חבירות", and even enumerates them, in Hilkhot Metame'ei Mishkav u-Moshav Ch. 10, and Eliyahu Touger translates the term as "the restrictions/practices of a chavair".
Nov
14
comment Source for Jewish Chapter breaks in Tanach
As to what these divisions are, see Wikipedia's Seder (Bible).
Nov
14
comment How do you know when to make Chacham Harazim if you can't count Jews?
@Scimonster He would, only if he followed those Rabanim who permit using such a phone, in the first place (to say nothing about permitting him to be connected to the Internet).
Nov
14
comment How do you know when to make Chacham Harazim if you can't count Jews?
@SAH Or, you could memorize the relevant Siman (or maybe just the relevant Se'if, or add a few surrounding Se'ifim)
Nov
14
comment How do you know when to make Chacham Harazim if you can't count Jews?
... or fragments of earthenware (Rashi on Shmuel I 11:8), or lambs (Rashi on Shmuel I 15:4).
Nov
6
comment Were Haman's possessions hung on a tree?
On the other hand, you're probably right, as there is, in Otzar HaHochma, a "ספר אור אברהם על מגילת רות" (notice there's no Lamed before Avraham) by אברהם איתיאל בן משה גורביץ (not the one I mentioned in my previous comment), who, on the second page, has his name in English given as Avrohom Gurewitz.
Nov
6
comment Were Haman's possessions hung on a tree?
Re: spelling of "אברהם גורביץ": There is one by that name who's Rosh Yeshivah at ישיבת בית יוסף גייטסהעד. The English Wikipedia has his name spelled as Avrohom Gurwicz. I don't see Or L'avraham mentioned as one of his books, though.
Nov
6
comment Can tea made without cli shlishi be drunk bdieved?
You're citing Sephardic Halakhah in your answer. Does the same apply for Ashkenazim? (I ask because (a) Ashkenazim and Sepharadim do differ quite a bit regarding Hilkhot Shabat, and (b) the OP cites Shemirat Shabat ke-Hilkhatah's opinion as the basis for his [edited] question.)
Oct
27
comment Is a wooden knife מקבל טומאה?
Would Teme'im being allowed to slaughter Qodashim by using a knife fashioned from a reed haulm (קרומית של קנה), mean that a wooden knife is not Meqabel Tum'ah? (See Chulin 3a, and Rashi s.v. Qeromit shel Qaneh).
Oct
27
comment Is a wooden knife מקבל טומאה?
I got the impression that a wooden knife isn't Meqabel Tum'ah, and that's one of the suggested answers to "How was Shmuel permitted to kill Agag" was that he used a wooden sword (though in that question it was rejected in the premise of the question).
Oct
20
comment Why don't we say “Misod” for Geshem and Tal?
Just to note: Not all places say either Tefilat Tal or Tefilat Geshem as part of Chazarat ha-Shatz , but rather on its own before [the Chatzi Qadish before] the silent Musaf.
Oct
19
comment What is the meaning of the phrase לצאת ולבוא?
@Nafkamina I don't see it in Rashi on Devarim 31:2, nor in Rashi on Sotah 13b. On the other hand, researching the matter a little further, I found that Iben Ezra on Devarim 31:2 does say that it means "in war", and I'm pretty sure it is he who Ramban on Devarim 31:2 quotes as "דעת ר"א".
Oct
17
comment What is the meaning of the phrase לצאת ולבוא?
@Nafkamina Where, in the Gemara, does it say it is referring to war?
Oct
17
comment How to go about finding a personal Rav
The Mishnah you quote (Avot 1:6) talks more about Talmud Torah in general. The rest of your question talks about having a Rav for deciding [difficult] Halakhah questions. Maybe a more appropriate quote would be Avot 1:16: "רבן גמליאל היה אומר, עשה לך רב, והסתלק מן הספק, ואל תרבה לעשר אמדות".
Oct
15
comment Kiddush, Learning and Mitzvos for dead/niftar neshamos
(a) It is not the Sifrei who is saying that reciting memorial prayers and vowing to give charity does anything for the deceased on Yom ha-Kipurim, and it's not the Sifrei who is extending from the case for which Eglah Arufah is done, to that for which we do those things. (b) "Midrash Tanchuma") quotes Devarim 21:8 specifically in making its statement. Why not say, "The Torah's Wikipedia article says it was given in 1312 B.C.E. (or in 1280 B.C.E.)"?
Oct
15
comment Kiddush, Learning and Mitzvos for dead/niftar neshamos
Re: the Sifrei quote: The Midrash itself only says that the deceased too need atonement, and does so with regard to the slain person for whom there are no witnesses to testify as to the circumstances of the slaying. Dating that Midrash doesn't help, as it is others (like the "Midrash Tanchuma", or the Chazon Ovadiah Yamim Noraim mentioned by the Yalqut Yosef) who extend (a) the need of atonement to the deceased in general, and (b) the means of achieving it to reciting memorial prayers and vowing to give charity.
Oct
15
comment Kiddush, Learning and Mitzvos for dead/niftar neshamos
Re: the quote from Midrash Tanchuma: It should be noted that further down it say: "עד כאן חדש הוא. ומכאן ואילך מן הישן". According to Salomon Buber (see here; p. 29 of the PDF), the whole first section is the addition of the Mantua edition of 1563 C.E., which added it on top of previous editions (the Constantinople 1520 C.E. edition, and the Venice 1545 C.E. edition don't have it).
Oct
1
comment Who is the Moreh Nevuchim for?
Does Rav Moshe Wolfson agree that what the Rambam has to say, in the Moreh Nevochim, in explaining the Maaseh Merkava is wonderful and important?
Oct
1
comment Who is the Moreh Nevuchim for?
You're quoting from the translator's introduction to the Friedländer translation (the specific page you're quoting from can be seen here).
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.