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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.
May
26
comment What does Tosfos 46B mean by “for the sake of the sukkah”?
@smu (1.) Rashi doesn't provide an explicit reason, but the explanation fits with the flow and wording of the gemara. Abaye explains the reasoning of Rabbi Yochanan for distinguishing between sukka and esrog (i.e. that only sukka is muktza on the 8th in Israel) by saying that מיגו דאתקצאי applies to the former but not to the ladder. Then, the gemara immediately cites Levi's opinion that both are forbidden in Israel on the 8th. Apparently on this basis, Rashi infers that Levi holds that מיגו דאתקצאי applies to both.
May
26
comment What does Tosfos 46B mean by “for the sake of the sukkah”?
@smu (1.) The mention of fruits is on the very end of the gemara on 10a running into the very beginning of 10b, and Tosafos discusses that gemara. Basically, he explains why מיגו דאתקצאי לבין השמשות does not apply to esrog but does apply to sukka, and he mentions incidentally why esrog is therefore forbidden anyway on the 8th in Babylonia (since he rejected מיגו דאתקצאי לבין השמשות as a possibility). (2.) In this context, Babylonia is a generic term referring to the Diaspora. Babylonia was the main center of Jewry in the Diaspora during the time of the gemara.
May
26
comment Why is Jacob idolized and not villainised?
@DoubleAA Interestingly, the Ramban here implies that she was told the prophecy by Shem or another prophet ("ki hu gadol min hamagid li"), unlike the apparent suggestion of direct prophecy in the Ramban referenced in the Parshablog article.
May
26
comment Why is Jacob idolized and not villainised?
@DoubleAA Yes. That's an interesting article. (Also, I apologize for my spelling in my first comment; I meant "prophecy", the noun not the verb).
May
26
comment Why is Jacob idolized and not villainised?
@DoubleAA Also, the Ramban writes (ibid., 27:4) that Rivka knew from the prophecy related to her earlier (see B'reishis 25:23) that Ya'akov was supposed to take the blessing, and that she had never told Yitzchak this prophecy. Perhaps Aaliyah was referring to this.
May
26
comment Why is Jacob idolized and not villainised?
@DoubleAA See Targum Onkelos (B'reishis 27:13, "Alai is'amar bin'vu'a..."), who writes that Rivka told Ya'akov that she knew through prophesy that no curse would fall upon Ya'akov from obeying her. Rashi (Makos 24a, s.v. lo ragal al l'shono) cites this as evidence that Rivka commanded Ya'akov to do this based on her prophesy. The Ramban (B'reishis, 27:7) also writes that Rivka had ru'ach hakodesh.
May
24
comment May one eat cheese that is wormy?
See this article, especially the fourth paragraph: "Similarly, one will often find worms in cheeses that are hard, aged, or otherwise prepared in a way that gives the cheese a very sharp taste. These worms are kosher and are permitted to be eaten as long as they remain embedded within the cheese...."
May
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comment What does Tosfos 46B mean by “for the sake of the sukkah”?
@smu The esrog is muktza machmas mitzva, so on Shmini Atzeres you wouldn't be able to use if for its primary purpose (i.e. eating it). Tosafos discusses the decree upon esrog on account of sukka on 10b, in the context of the muktza edible fruits hanging as sukka decorations.
May
23
answered What does Tosfos 46B mean by “for the sake of the sukkah”?
May
22
comment Difference between Pesik Reshe Delo Niha Le, Pesik Reshe Delo Ichpat Le, & Melacha She'en Sarich LeGufa
... but that was not performed for the same type of purpose as that m'lacha was performed in the mishkan. For example, digging a hole to get dirt rather than to create a furrow would be eina t'zricha l'gufa but still nicha leih. This is an oversimplification of the topic, so hopefully someone will post a proper, thorough answer.
May
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comment Difference between Pesik Reshe Delo Niha Le, Pesik Reshe Delo Ichpat Le, & Melacha She'en Sarich LeGufa
According to Tosafos (Shabbos 103a, s.v. lo tz'richa), there is no difference between פסיק רישא דלא ניחא ליה and פסיק רישא דלא איכפת ליה. Rashi's position is less clear. See here for a brief overview of opinions. Regardless, p'sik reisha involves an incidental but unavoidable m'lacha that occurs as a result of an activity, while m'lacha she'eina tz'richa l'gufa involves a non-incidental m'lacha which is the basis for an activity...
May
21
comment Quail or fish in B'midbar 11:31?
@Kovesh It is conceivable, but I would expect that an identification as fish would have been more obvious if that was the case. Anyway, the Talmud identifies it as a type of bird (Yoma 75b).
May
21
comment Quail or fish in B'midbar 11:31?
Interesting question, but is wind more likely to carry fish or, say, birds and locusts?
May
21
comment Was Rambam affected by Islam?
In the Rambam's own words:וכן אלו הישמעאלים היום... טעותם וטפשותם בדברים אחרים היא שאי אפשר לאומרו בכתב מפני פושעי ורשעי ישראל. Doesn't sound like a big fan.