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Jun
18
comment If a lefty becomes ambidextrous
See Shulchan Aruch (OC 27:6), and commentaries ad loc.
Jun
18
comment Are the notorious reshaim punished in Gehinnom forever?
According to a b'raisa (Rosh HaShana 17a), certain exceptionally evil people are indeed punished eternally ("כגון ירבעם בן נבט וחביריו יורדין לגיהנם ונידונין בה לדורי דורות").
Jun
17
comment Did the Torah Sages discuss evolution
Related to your most recent comment: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/432
Jun
17
comment Where is this Radvaz?
For context, the Rabaz (here) was referring to a case where a person was considering breaking the engagement because he was afraid of danger resulting from marrying a woman with the same name as his mother. By way of discouraging the person from breaking a preexisting engagement for this reason, the Rabaz suggests that it is more dangerous to break an engagement.
Jun
17
comment Did the Torah Sages discuss evolution
Hmm. It never occurred to me to associate the notion of maternal impression with microevolution.
Jun
17
comment Multiple brochos for one food type?
Somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/57762
Jun
17
comment Multiple brochos for one food type?
The Mishna B'rura (206:22) rules according to what (as you say) "one might have understood" (apparently due to ספק ברכות להקל resulting from a dispute among the poskim - see MB 211:32).
Jun
16
comment Was Caleb a foreigner (Non-Isralite)?
See T'mura 16a for a discussion of Caleiv's identity.
Jun
16
comment Is a horse included within the definition of “behema” with regard to Shabbat melacha?
@HaLeiVi If no one else posts a proper and detailed answer, I'll likely do so tomorrow. I just wanted to get the Cliffs Notes version out there quickly in the comments.
Jun
15
comment Chamisha Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
See also the P'sikta Zutrasa (B'reishis 49:10, s.v. שילה), who decomposes the 1,335 "days" in Daniel 12:12 into 1,000 and 335.
Jun
15
comment Is a horse included within the definition of “behema” with regard to Shabbat melacha?
This even applies to fish according to R' Akiva Eiger's understanding of Tosafos on Bava Kamma 55a, s.v. למינהו מיבשה (Chidushei RA"E OC 246, s.v. מצווה).
Jun
15
comment Is a horse included within the definition of “behema” with regard to Shabbat melacha?
Also, the mishna in Bava Kamma (54b) is explicit that this applies to all animals and birds, and the exegetical reasoning is discussed in the gemara there. The Rambam rules accordingly (Hil. Shabbos, 20:1).
Jun
15
comment Is a horse included within the definition of “behema” with regard to Shabbat melacha?
See the first mishna of chapter Bameh B'heima (Shabbos 51b) which mentions a horse in the discussion of animals there as it pertains to what they may carry on Shabbos. See also Rashi s.v. במה בהמה יוצאה, who specifies that the issue is שביתת בהמתו, as in the verse you quoted.
Jun
13
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Jun
13
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Jun
12
comment According to Chazal, does Beged Kefet matter?
Possible counterexample to show we don't follow the Rashba: Sanhedrin 4a, where Beis Hillel makes a ruling based on a k'siv of קרנות that we don't have.
Jun
12
comment When someone is gifted a divination object
Might this fall under ולא תביא תועבה אל ביתך (D'varim 7:26; see, for e.g., Rambam, Sefer HaMitzvos, Lav 25)?
Jun
12
comment husband needs to get his wife's permission to leave the house?
It's an additional halacha. For example, workers who usually work in their own city are generally obligated to be intimate with their wives at least twice per week (if the wife wishes), but they are still allowed to unilaterally travel outside of the city for a business trip for a duration of one week. Beyond that time period, they need consent because a long absence, even if legitimately work-related, could distress their wives.
Jun
11
comment Why was Kalev allowed to lie to his co-spies?
There are rishonim who view מדבר שקר תרחק as a generic biblical prohibition (e.g. S'Ma"K §227 and Y'rei'im §235, though the latter limits this to a case where harm could result from the lie).
Jun
11
comment Torah atones for all sins
To your side point: Yes, that makes sense to me.