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Feb
13
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Feb
12
comment Is sincere repentance always accepted?
@YehudaW "אין כל דבר עומד בפני בעלי תשובה" means "nothing can stand in the way of penitents", i.e. proper repentance is always accepted.
Feb
12
comment Should you change the truth for peace?
I considered this also, but that might imply that Rav's case was somehow different from Avraham Avinu's case, where it was apparently necessary to change Sarah's words for the sake of peace (Bava M'tzi'a 87a): תנא דבי רבי ישמעאל גדול שלום שאפי' הקב"ה שינה בו שנאמר ותצחק שרה בקרבה וגו' ואדוני זקן וכתיב ויאמר ה' אל אברהם וגו' ואני זקנתי. So you would have to make a compelling argument for why the two cases would be substantially different.
Feb
12
comment Should you change the truth for peace?
Perhaps, although one may change the truth for the sake of peace, one should limit one's dishonesty as much as possible and not become accustomed to fibbing regularly, as Rav's son might otherwise have done to help his father on a regular basis (per לִמְּדוּ לְשׁוֹנָם דַּבֶּר-שֶׁקֶר, that the people had become accustomed to lying). Also, while Rav's son would be more dishonest by switching the order (implying that his father said something that he demonstrably did not say), Rav would not be as dishonest to ask for something other than his preference (which would have the same effect).
Feb
12
comment Could stones cut with a high powered laser be used to build the Beit Hamikdash?
@MatthewNajmon From a metaphysical standpoint, metallic iron implements constitute a class of items most prominently represented by implements of violence. Conversely, the class of implements of warfare or violence is most traditionally represented by iron weapons. Since people create iron implements of violence for the purpose of violence, the entire class of iron implements is metaphysically tainted. I don't think substances containing Fe would automatically disqualify an altar stone via touch (e.g. spinach, which I doubt would fall under the aegis of the biblical ברזל).
Feb
12
comment Is sincere repentance always accepted?
@YehudaW The Chabad website has R' Touger's translation.
Feb
12
comment Is sincere repentance always accepted?
@Shokhet I'd rather someone post a more thorough answer than that, but it is certainly an important source.
Feb
12
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Feb
12
comment Is sincere repentance always accepted?
Yes, sincere repentance is always accepted (but see Shokhet's comment). Y'rushalmi Pei'a (1:1): אם כשעשה תשובה אין כל דבר עומד בפני בעלי תשובה.
Feb
12
comment Could stones cut with a high powered laser be used to build the Beit Hamikdash?
There's a distinction between the stones for the altar and the ramp, and the stones for the Temple in general. Iron was never allowed to even touch the former, due to a גזירת הכתוב (Hil. BHB 1:15-16). Iron could touch the latter (at least acc. to R' N'chemya in Sota 48b), but the stones were hewn outside of the Temple (Rambam, ibid. 1:8). So a laser beam could touch the altar stones, but, depending on the reason why stones were hewn outside the Temple (because of the iron [R' B'chaye Sh'mos 20:22]? because of the work?), lasers may or may not be used for hewing stones inside the Temple.
Feb
11
comment Shortened אמת ויציב
This variant also appears earlier in a mid-18th century machzor published by R' Meshulam Zalman Frankel in Sulzbach.
Feb
11
comment Looking For HaMaspik
There's are excerpts here and here, for what it's worth.
Feb
11
comment Any pictorial resources for the first chapter in maseches Kla'im?
The title given on Google Books suggests that that book has a lot of pictures: ‎‫כלאי זרעים והרכבה‬: ‫מסכת כלאים : משנה, תוספתא וירושלמי לפרקים א־ב : בירור הסוגיות ורקען הבוטני־חקלאי בלווית 188 תמונות ושירטוטים‬ - ‫יהודה פליקס‬. (Snippet view only, sorry).
Feb
10
comment Can I help my friend who avoids the Internet on principle by booking airline tickets for him on the Internet?
Also, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10240
Feb
10
comment The Ear That Heard “Don't Steal”
@mevaqesh You are right... from the standpoint d'rash and the halachic source for the lav. It's a דבר הלמד מעניינו. But that doesn't necessarily speak to the p'shat or a homiletical interpretation.
Feb
10
comment The Ear That Heard “Don't Steal”
@mevaqesh (Also see this comment). Anyway, Rashi is just quoting Chazal in both places. Why not say that he is quoting Chazal from an exegetical standpoint in 20:13 and from a p'shat (or even homiletical) standpoint in 21:6?
Feb
10
comment The Ear That Heard “Don't Steal”
@mevaqesh See, for example, S'forno (Sh'mos 20:13): לא תגנוב. בכלל גנבה גנבת נפשות וגנבת ממון וגנבת דעת הבריות, אף על פי שעקר האזהרה על גנבת נפשות
Feb
10
comment What is Pas Shacharis
As the Tur says (OC 155:2), the purpose is to remain healthy and robust. However, see the Bach quoting the Mordechai, who says this refers to bread from a particular type of grain.
Feb
10
comment The Ear That Heard “Don't Steal”
Exegetically, chazal say this refers to kidnapping, but the p'shat reading also includes regular theft.
Feb
10
comment Source that “Teiku” References Eliyahu?
Also related: Comments and answer (and comments on answer) on judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38127.