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comment Why no ashrei in maariv?
@msh210 I don't know if some halachic authority ultimately supervises all Torah content posted on the OU site. Do you? If not, only sourced material or material known to be written by a known halachic authority would count as "cit[ing] an authority directly on the point." (You can move these comments to chat if you like. The "take extended discussion to chat" link hasn't popped up for me yet).
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comment Why no ashrei in maariv?
@DoubleAA I wasn't suggesting that her gender matters. I was suggesting that, for all I know, she is an arbitrary person (without any particular halachic authority so far as I know) whose job it is to post various things on the OU's site. Some of these things are links to shiurim by OU rabbis, some are announcements, and some are Torah tidbits with an unknown immediate origin. Does she write the posts herself? I don't know. But I do know that she didn't cite the source for the information in this answer.
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comment Why no ashrei in maariv?
@msh210 Is a woman who happens to work for the OU an authority? (Unless you assume that everything she posts is from an OU rabbi, which very well could be, I suppose).
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comment The Zohar on Morning
Regarding your question about the Vilna Gaon reference, please see the edit to my answer below.
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comment Yeshivas of Modern Times
@ShimonbM +1 on your comment, except I don't necessarily think people entering Volozhin had thoroughly assimilated all of sha"s (from a b'kiyus standpoint), though some undoubtedly had. Maybe more typical was on the order of a few hundred blatt. And it's also worth noting that your comment only weakens the question partially.
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comment Matrilineal Descent
@YaakovEllis Being that he married her before the giving of the Torah, it is not so clear as we address it. To some extent, this answer discusses how we address it: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/26066.
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comment Matrilineal Descent
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/26066.
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comment “Praiseworthy is he who will clutch and dash your infants against the rock”?
@SAH 4. Although the wording seems deliberately graphic, it may be a symbolic reference to recompense for the enslavement and sale of the children of Jerusalem abroad. The actual meaning of the words may be that their children would also be scattered abroad (including to the places of the יֹשְׁבֵי סֶלַע). This would nicely complement Yo'el 4:6-8, and it would also explain the choice of the ambiguous אֶל־הַסָּלַע rather than עַל־הַסָּלַע.
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comment “Praiseworthy is he who will clutch and dash your infants against the rock”?
@SAH 3. The Targum indicates that it was the angel Gavriel, Tziyon's passionate guardian angel, who spoke these final verses. Gavriel is known as an avenging angel throughout rabbinic literature. Although it would be inappropriate for a person to wish such gratuitous cruelty upon children, Gavriel was in a position to wish for the good fortune of those who he knew would unleash such fury on the progeny of the destroyers of Tziyon.
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comment “Praiseworthy is he who will clutch and dash your infants against the rock”?
@SAH Some alternative possibilities I could think of: 1. The Jews were saying this out of pain. When we recite it, we are recalling their agony rather than approving of the statement itself. 2. The Radak says that "happy shall be he" is a specific reference to Darius, who visited cruelty upon Babylon. This verse is not an endorsement of his act, but rather a further insult to Babylon that its destroyer would become great.
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revised Which Rabbi claimed he was metaphorically born at the top of a mountain?
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revised Which Rabbi claimed he was metaphorically born at the top of a mountain?
@Rabbi: I included the quotes (in Hebrew) from the references you cited. You may wish to translate or further paraphrase them to improve the quality of your answer.
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comment Source in Hazal for holding sisith during qiryath shema`?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8817, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17508. Also related, but to a lesser degree: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15175, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/22580, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14664, and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6737.
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comment Receiving an Aliyah/Dukhening While Wearing a Catheter
@Shokhet Here (it was deleted): judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/40118/…