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May
5
comment Why learn torah?
@sam On the contrary, in my opinion.
May
5
comment Halachically, do Israeli citizens own their land?
Possibly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/43845
May
3
revised Sounding the Shofar during the Omer?
Meaningful grammar fix. If this edit does not reflect your intention, and you meant to say that the instruments themselves are forbidden objects during this period, please revert my edit.
May
3
comment Reviewing studies 40 times or 101 times?
Note, though, that although the CS follows this understanding of the gemara in Chagiga ("וכן הוא מפורסם ומקובל שהשונה מאה פעמים ואחד לא במהרה הוא שוכח"), other opinions follow the contrasting view mentioned in my original comment. For example, when R' Chaim Volozhin was 19, he told the GR"A, "I reviewed seder Mo'ed 19 times, and it's still not completely clear to me!" The GR"A replied, "You expect it to be clear after only 19 reviews?" R' Chaim asked, "How many, then? 101?" To which the GR"A answered: "There is no fixed quantity! Rather, one must spend his whole life reviewing."
May
3
comment Reviewing studies 40 times or 101 times?
The Mishna B'rura is citing the Chasam Sofer (OC §20) in the context of how many times a person has to say the amida after we stop saying mashiv haru'ach before he can be assumed to be accustomed to the new formulation. The CS understands the gemara in Chagiga as you indicate, and comes up with a novel calculation whereby there are 101 t'filos over the 30 day period following the switch. Thereby, the CS synthesizes his understanding of the gemara in Chagiga with the Y'rushalmi in Ta'anis (2b, "א"ר יוחנן כל ל' יום חזקה מה שהוא למוד הזכיר").
May
3
revised “All that the Lord has spoken we shall do!” — did all the people say this, or just the elders?
edited for brevity and clarity
May
3
comment Location for medrash cited by the Chizkuni
dafyomi.co.il/discuss.php?gid=6&daf=66&file=1
May
3
answered “All that the Lord has spoken we shall do!” — did all the people say this, or just the elders?
May
1
comment Reviewing studies 40 times or 101 times?
Presumably, the point of the gemara in Chagiga is that, even if someone has already reviewed his studies 100 times, he will still benefit substantially from further study.
May
1
revised Rebbe Akiva's encounter with the stone
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May
1
comment Rebbe Akiva's encounter with the stone
+1. FWIW, in Akiva (p. 21)‌​, R' Meir Lehmann synthesizes the two accounts by presenting them as occurring during the same encounter. See also this answer which quotes a source that reconciles the two sources by saying R' Akiva's son at the time was from a prior wife. It says that first the daughter of Ben Kalba Savua' told R' Akiva to study, and when he became discouraged, the incident with the stone renewed his commitment (hence the wording in ADRN: "מיד חזר ללמוד תורה").
May
1
comment Goshen, the most immoral part of Mitzrayim
Regarding your final paragraph, perhaps you could answer that a spark of holiness inherent in the core of the Jewish soul continues to attract this specter of impurity even when a Jew sinks deep into the mire of sin.
May
1
comment Why does Yosef command the Egyptians to circumcise
@cham That's an interesting question, and it is discussed here.
May
1
comment Words of Torah Need Not Be Enunciated
The Shita M'kubetzes takes this position (is the Shita M'kubetzes on B'rachos actually the Ritva, though?).
May
1
comment Words of Torah Must Be Enunciated
Is this a duplicate of this question you asked four minutes prior?
May
1
comment Words of Torah Need Not Be Enunciated
Got it. Are you asking this with respect to whether there is a requirement to recite birkas haTorah before silent study?
May
1
comment Words of Torah Need Not Be Enunciated
Are you asking about studying out loud versus silently, or are you asking about pronouncing the words properly versus incorrectly? If the latter, are you asking about Torah shebichsav or Torah sheba'al peh?
May
1
comment Origin of “May God Avenge His Blood” (הי"ד)
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/193
May
1
answered Why does Yosef command the Egyptians to circumcise
Apr
30
comment Does Judaism recognize other religions?
No, you didn't. I just wanted to spell it out and also mention R' Emden's view (the Scribd link is protected).