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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.
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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.
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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
17
comment Answer after “Morid haTal” in the Amida
@Mol I always got the impression that saying "li-Vrakhah" was alluding to Birkat ha-Shanim, where in the winter we say "... ve-Ten Tal u-Matar li-Vrakhah ...".
Jul
15
comment Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
@MoriDoweedhYaa3qob I didn't say that there weren't any Teshuvot mentioning this, and am not sure that there aren't.
Jul
15
comment Rambam's responsum about treating depression with music
@Matt In Teshuvah 224 in the Blau edition, I don't see it mention using music for treating mental problems, or permitting listening to music on account of it improving the mind or soul (in cases where it otherwise would have been forbidden). If you do, please quote, or cite, where in the Teshuvah it says so.
Jul
6
comment In the days of the Sanhedrin, was one able to hold of his own opinion in private?
To clarify: Does any other legal system allow a person, who believes his own interpretation of the law to be correct (as opposed to that decided by the legislature or supreme court), to act according to his interpretation, as long as he does so in private (and so long as he doesn't advocate doing so publicly)?
Jul
6
comment Is there positive proof that the Rambam did not accept Kabbalah?
@Yishai In Shlomoh ben Yosef's translation of Rambam's opening to his commentary on Sanhedrin Ch. 10 (Pereq Cheleq), in the section on the seventh foundation, it says "ויכנס בזה שיעור קומה ועניינו" ( see here, five lines before the end of the page). In Yosef Qafih's translation it doesn't appear, but in the footnotes he says that it was in the first edition of Rambam's manuscript, but was later erased from it. (See also here, s.v. "Earlier I noted ...")
Jun
25
comment Why did the Jews complain that the mon would kill them after they spent 39 years eating it?
@IsaacMoses I didn't realize I was implying an intention, or even an inclination, to smoke. I was only trying to be a little careful in my wording, to avoid a side argument over the dangers of smoking. What an exercise in futility!
Jun
25
comment Why did the Jews complain that the mon would kill them after they spent 39 years eating it?
Maybe they were saying that it's just a matter of time before regular consumption would bring about death. Smoking is claimed to kill people, even though few if any will drop down dead after smoking daily for 40 days, months or even years.
Jun
24
comment Getting body piercings
@Shokhet Maybe something like Ibn Ezra suggests in his commentary on Bereshit 24:22? (On the other hand, see what Tzafnat Pa'anach has to say about Ibn Ezra's commentary here, line 9 onwards.)
Jun
24
comment Getting body piercings
@DoubleAA I was only suggesting what the OP might be referring to. Do you think he was referring to something else?
May
22
comment No mention of Korban Tamid in Amida
@DoubleAA The question you linked to demonstrates that some communities on some occasions don't mention the verses of the Qorbanot Musaf, but I don't see there a source there for it being only a Minhag, and not me-Iqar ha-Din. The only one I know of is the Mishneh Torah in the Seder ha-Tefilah (here). Are there any others?
May
21
comment Rambam on Olam Haba, Mashiach, and Techiyat haMeitim
Those are secondary sources, of which the first one doesn't seem to say where Rambam says (or infers) what is attributed to him, and the second references one source in general (the introduction to Pereq Cheleq), and lumps it with Ramban's Sha'ar ha-Gemul (who is, again, secondary), so I can't tell who was supposed to have said what. I found a direct reference for what I was looking for: In his Ma'amar Techiyat ha-Metim he says: "... ובארנו להם שתחיית המתים פינת התורה, והוא שוב הנפש לגוף, ולא יפורש זה. ושחיי העולם הבא אחר תחיית המתים ..."
May
20
comment Rambam on Olam Haba, Mashiach, and Techiyat haMeitim
Your order gives the impression that according to Rambam, an eternal Olam ha-Ba follows Techiyat ha-Metim. (@Yishai bases his question, "Why is resurection of the dead a fundamental of faith according to the Rambam?", on it.) Can you provide a source from Rambam for that part of the order? (I didn't see it in either of the links you provided for me.)
May
20
comment Maybe God lied?
What did we lack before we were brought into existence, that God gave us by creating us? In other words: Why is it good for us?