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Mar
5
comment Is wine from a Miracle Machine subject to Stam Yenam?
Related article.
Mar
4
comment Revenge and keeping halacha
... Just to clarify my previous comment: A person's attitude obviously does not exempt him from his obligation to fulfill the mitzvos.
Mar
4
comment Revenge and keeping halacha
This is a machlokes rishonim, although I suspect that the OP's case is mutar l'chol hadei'os.
Mar
4
answered Revenge and keeping halacha
Feb
23
comment What does “Baruch shem k'vod malchuso l'olam vaed” mean?
Oh yeah, I missed that Rashba citation when I was skimming through your answer. Anyway, I read the entire section in Nefesh HaChayim, but I'm trying to reconcile it with the gemara in Yoma, hence my above comments. I understand that he says that the effect of saying ברוך in general is that it brings a hamshacha, but in this case it also clearly fulfills the requirement of הבו גודל.
Feb
23
comment HaTov Vehameitiv on hard liquor?
The Me'iri (Beis HaB'chira, B'rachos 59b) mentions and rejects an opinion that one should recite הטוב והמטיב on beer: הביאו לו שכר וכבר ברכו על היין שנפטר השכר בברכתו יש או' שאף על זה מברך הטוב והמטיב ואין הדברים נראין.
Feb
21
comment Can a child have the din of a “machalel shabbos b'farhasia”?
Realated: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16260
Feb
21
comment What does “Baruch shem k'vod malchuso l'olam vaed” mean?
Nonetheless, per the above-cited gemara in Yoma, it seems to me that the critical emphasis when reciting ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד is the hoda'a (which is also a shevach of sorts, particularly in this context which emphasizes that HaShem is the source of all b'racha), though I guess the bakasha element is still there.
Feb
21
comment What does “Baruch shem k'vod malchuso l'olam vaed” mean?
Interesting. The Nefesh HaChaim is based on Shu"t HaRashba (5:51,לשון ברכה תוספת וריבוי הוא... הכל מברכין אותו ר"ל נותנין הברכה ומודים שהוא אדון כל אותה הברכה... וככה ענין הברכות שאנו מודים לפניו... ומתפללים שיתמיד טובו לברכותיו כדי שידעו הכל שהוא ברוך). So there is a duality of hoda'a and bakasha. I think what R' Chaim Volozhiner meant by "אינו לשון תהלה ושבח כמו ששומה בפי ההמון" is that it doesn't mean that HaShem is great and has lots of blessings, but rather it is a hoda'a that He is the source of b'racha (see also, for e.g. Chinuch §420) as well as bakasha שיתמיד טובו.
Feb
21
revised Time for t'filah and you don't have a siddur: better to daven from memory or wait (and possibly miss the time)?
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Feb
21
answered Time for t'filah and you don't have a siddur: better to daven from memory or wait (and possibly miss the time)?
Feb
21
comment What does “Baruch shem k'vod malchuso l'olam vaed” mean?
"We therefore pray that His manifestation in this world should increase." See Yoma (37a), which explains the motivation for reciting this: "It was taught in a B'raisa: 'Rebbi said: "When I call out the Name of HaShem, ascribe greatness to our Lord" (D'varim 32:3). Moshe said to Israel: "When I utter the Name of the Holy One Blessed be He, you ascribe greatness [to Him]."'" This indicates that (at least on a פשט level) it is not a request, but is rather a means of praising HaShem (e.g. שם כבוד מלכותו is the source of ברכה for eternity).
Feb
21
comment Source for long payos
See this article, section VI.
Feb
18
comment Any sources that discuss חזרה (review) programs in detail?
Possibly related answer (depending on what you're looking for): judaism.stackexchange.com/a/10870
Feb
17
revised Family Event at non-kosher resturant
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Feb
16
comment Parable of man visiting diamond-filled island
For a somewhat similar parable in an earlier source, see the parable given by the nefesh in Chovos Hal'vavos (Gate of Service of HaShem, ch. 9).
Feb
16
answered Family Event at non-kosher resturant
Feb
16
comment Does Nivul Peh apply to writing?
@AvrohomYitzchok I didn't say it was appropriate, but it might be on the same level as writing non-lashon n'kiya, rather than equivalent to speaking nivul peh.
Feb
16
comment Permissible to speak lashon hara about repeat wrongdoers?
The topic is complex, and the halacha is subject to much nuance. See Chafetz Chaim (Hil. Lashon Hara, ch. 4:4-7, ch. 8:5-8, as well as chapters 7 and 10), and please CYLOR for practical guidance.
Feb
13
comment Sheidim, fact or fiction?
@RebChaimHaQoton כללא דמילתא כל דקפיד קפדי בהדיה ודלא קפיד לא קפדי בהדיה ומיהו למיחש מיבעי