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Aug
18
comment “Nahhat Ruahh l'Yotzro” source
Here and here cite a version of that gemara in the name of R' Yehuda. Incidentally, see the end of אותיות דרבי עקיבא, which quotes this teaching as that of R' Yitzchak in the name of R' Abba.
Jul
24
comment Will firstborn sons or Kohanim serve in the Third Temple?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/28295
Jun
21
comment Flying and sorcery
Could be. It would be nice if you could better support the answer, though.
Jun
21
comment Flying and sorcery
@user2110 The linked article in the question does not support that claim.
Jun
21
comment Sheva Brachos when getting divorced
@msh210 Yoma 18b: רב כי מקלע לדרשיש מכריז מאן הויא ליומא רב נחמן כד מקלע לשכנציב מכריז מאן הויא ליומא
Jun
11
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Jun
3
comment Halachic Relevancy of 'Proving God'
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13764
Jun
3
comment Halachic Relevancy of 'Proving God'
"Nowadays, many of the classic philosophical arguments for God's existence... have either been disproven, or simply found not to be very convincing." Many intelligent people still find the argument from design and/or the cosmological argument to be compelling, it's just that the discussion has become more advanced in light of scientific advancement.
May
29
comment Keeping up with “local” standards of dress - of religious Jews, or of society at large
Note Seth's past comment on how to translate "יש בו משום צניעות".
May
29
comment Subjectivity in Halacha
For another example, how about hatov v'hameitiv? According to the Shulchan Aruch (223:6), a poor person should recite this on a new cloak or shoes, since this brings him joy, whereas most people should not recite this since new shoes are not so significant to them.
May
29
comment Subjectivity in Halacha
@Yehoshua If you are referring to Israel, 20.9 percent of Israelis (including Arabs) were estimated by the לשכה המרכזית לסטטיסטיקה to be smokers as of 2009. That's a large drop from the past. Are you arguing that less than 21% of the population can generate a דבר השווה לכל נפש?
May
29
comment Subjectivity in Halacha
The halacha is not subjective. The application of halacha is based on conditions that objectively exist but sometimes arose by subjective standards (such as preferences, attitudes, or community norms).
May
29
comment Do black hats make the Jew?
-1 Please cite a source for this supposed statement by the Shulchan Aruch. See also the comments on this question.
May
29
comment Do black hats make the Jew?
Source that two layers of material in a yarmulka are better than one? This claim is ubiquitous, but I've never seen anyone able to produce a source.
May
28
comment Shnayim mikrah v'echad targum - why twice?
@DoubleAA and Daniel: Yeah, the other question includes this one, and the answers there seem to answer this.
May
28
comment Shnayim mikrah v'echad targum - why twice?
related (duplicate?) judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8202
May
28
comment What does Tosfos 46B mean by “for the sake of the sukkah”?
@smu (1.) אטו סוכה means "on account of sukka" (not sukkos), while אטו נוי סוכה would mean "on account of sukka decorations". (2.) "The Esrog is forbidden to be eaten at twilight, and therefore, forbidden on the 8th day." That does seem to be Rashi's rationale, which Tosafos disputes on 10b (study that Tosafos for details). (3.) "R Yochanan seems strange for not taking Levi's position." To which explanation of Levi are you referring? According to Rashi, R' Yochanan is explicit in the gemara about why he disagrees with Levi. According to Tosafos... see the Tosafos (46b).
May
28
comment Does torah study refine one's character?
@good_ole_ray There are different ways to interpret this statement of Chazal (also found in Yerushalmi Chagiga 1:7). Based on to R' Kaplan's reading, I guess he either holds that this opinion disagrees with the Yerushalmi in Shabbos, or he might make distinctions between different kinds of abandoning the mitzvos (e.g. totally versus occasionally) or between different kinds of learning (e.g. with the intent not to fulfill versus without specific intent to fulfill).
May
28
comment Is private crossdressing authorized?
related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14479
May
26
comment What does Tosfos 46B mean by “for the sake of the sukkah”?
@smu (2.) On consideration, Tosafos likely refers to the sukka itself as the basis for the decree about esrog (as opposed to sukka decorations); Tosafos elsewhere writes that the muktza status of the s'chach is biblical, which would better explain the distinction between the eighth and ninth days in Babylonia, since the decree on account of sukka would be a fence around a biblical prohibition. This also fits better with the wording of Tosafos, since it says אטו סוכה and not אטו נוי סוכה. In that case, the concern is that if you eat the esrog you may also treat the s'chach as permitted.