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Mar
10
comment Do Animals Have an Afterlife
See Koheles (3:21): מִי יוֹדֵעַ רוּחַ בְּנֵי הָאָדָם הָעֹלָה הִיא לְמָעְלָה וְרוּחַ הַבְּהֵמָה הַיֹּרֶדֶת הִיא לְמַטָּה לָאָרֶץ. This is subject to various interpretations that have bearing on the question.
Mar
7
comment Neder to not eat pizza
Someone read this post and thought, "Eh, I don't like it." And an eh-ster does not comment (Eh-ster 2:20, "ein eh-ster magedes").
Mar
7
comment Soulmate for someone who died unwed
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/11953 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/2447
Mar
7
comment Can a mother taste her own breastmilk?
Sort of related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31959
Mar
7
comment What is the stance on reading and writing non-Jewish literature?
Somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31614 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25772 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/21764 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/33780 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25845 . Tangentially related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30105 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7473 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16981 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9936
Mar
7
comment What to do with stolen objects which are impossible to return?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31161
Mar
6
comment Which way does one turn first when saying the Oseh Shalom Bimromav?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15754
Mar
5
comment Why does almost every community say Lecha Dodi?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/28001 and this thread on the KAYJ forum.
Mar
5
revised What constitutes סכנת אבר and what can you do on shabbat
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Mar
5
comment Is there a guide from Arizal concerning the reaction to an insult?
As far as general sources, the b'raisa in Shabbos (88b) praises those who do not respond to insults, and Rashi's interpretation indicates that this extends to those who rejoice when insulted. See also Chovos Hal'vavos (Sha'ar Yichud HaMa'aseh, ch. 2), M'iras Einayim (Eikev), Magid Meisharim (B'shalach), Reishis Chochma (Anava, §3), Sha'arei K'dusha (Section 4), Tzava'as HaRivash (§2), and other sources, who indicate that one should strive to be equally unaffected by praises and insults.
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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