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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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answered The Zohar on Morning
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answered Chazal and Rain Clouds
Jul
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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.
Jul
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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.
Jul
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comment Matrilineal Descent
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/26066.
Jul
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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.
Jul
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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.
Jul
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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.
Jul
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revised Which Rabbi claimed he was metaphorically born at the top of a mountain?
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Jul
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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.
Jul
29
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.
Jul
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comment Receiving an Aliyah/Dukhening While Wearing a Catheter
@Shokhet Here (it was deleted): judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/40118/…
Jul
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comment Is it permitted for a Ben-Noach be an atheist?
@Yishai Interestingly, see Rashi (Sanhedrin 96b, s.v. גר תושב), who appears to follow R' Meir ('Avoda Zara 64b) that rejecting 'avoda zara is sufficient to become a ger toshav (unlike the Rambam, Hil M'lachim 8:10‌​, who seems to follow the Chachamim).
Jul
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comment Is women saying Kaddish an issue of Kol Isha?
Perhaps there could be a distinction between a woman reciting kaddish with no melody (or just some subtle cadence) and a woman singing it operatically.
Jul
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comment Which rabbis are knowledgeable about sexual dysfunction and accept Sholom Bayis questions?
@DoubleAA OP commented about his rabbi: lots of bias, personal issues, prejudice may interfere in his judgment. If OP really doesn't trust his rabbi or has irreconcilable personal problems with him, it seems like OP has no choice but to circumvent his rabbi entirely. If possible, he should probably also find a new rabbi to guide him in halachic and personal matters in general.
Jul
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comment Can a Jewish woman sing in front of a non-Jewish man?
@DoubleAA I agree that that is an important concern. (I had edited that point into my previous comment just before you posted yours). I would hope Rabbis Fisher and Bronstein (Bornstein?) were aware of that important aspect of tz'niyus, but perhaps they felt that singing has some unique status that allays that concern, וצ"ע.