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Jul
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comment Moral Culpability in the Garden
Disclaimer: Someone should NOT wish for or seek out temptation, as inviting temptation is itself sinful (see Sanhedrin 107a where Rav Yehuda states this and also indicates that inviting a spiritual test leads to failure of the test; see also Bava Basra 57b, that a man who unnecessarily walks by a place where women are not fully dressed is considered wicked even if he closes his eyes as he passes). Still, if someone is presented with a spiritual trial despite their efforts to avoid one, it is an opportunity for spiritual growth by facing and correcting latent flaws in one's personality.
Jul
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comment Moral Culpability in the Garden
@curiosfellow For example, one explanation of Rabbi Abahu's remark (B'rachos 34b) that penitents are more meritorious than people who have never sinned is that those who have repented from sin have had the opportunity to discover and correct character flaws that led to the sin. Someone who has never had the opportunity to sin may never discover latent flaws and weaknesses in their personality. Thus, evil can exist in latent form even without sin.
Jul
8
comment Moral Culpability in the Garden
@curiosfellow As far as evil, the Almighty built it into the fabric of Creation (see Isaiah 45:7, especially in light of the Talmud's demonstration in B'rachos 52b that the phraseology in that verse implies a primordial creation). Sin is not required to actually happen in order for evil to exist as a potential and a concept.
Jul
8
comment Moral Culpability in the Garden
@curiosfellow Sorry, I didn't include the link because (a) I hit the character limit for that comment and (b) the text is pretty esoteric and in Hebrew. DA"H refers to D'rushei Olam HaTohu, a kabbalistic work by R' Elyashiv. Here is the link in situ.
Jul
8
revised The Chazon Ish pronunciation
Clarifying per OP's recent comment. If your intent is rather that you want a source supporting the C.I.'s approach, please edit accordingly.
Jul
8
comment Can a person say the bracha for thunder if he hasn't seen the lightning?
The converse case: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1944
Jul
8
comment The Chazon Ish pronunciation
M'gilla (24b): זיל אימא ליה כשאתה מגיע אצל וחכיתי לה' לא נמצאת מחרף ומגדף. Rashi (s.v. lo): שהיה קורא לחיתי"ן היהי"ן נראה כאומר והכיתי.
Jul
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on In the Rosh Chodesh leining, why is “Shabbas b'Shabato” pronounced with a pasach?
Jul
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Covering eyes for Shema
Jul
7
comment Moral Culpability in the Garden
@curiosfellow Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv explained that evil existed in Creation prior to Adam's sin, and that Adam wished to use his purely rational mind to understand the tree and the nature of evil and to thereby rectify Creation. However, the more he contemplated the tree, the more he was influenced by it, until he lost grasp of his true/false paradigm enough that he actually ate from the tree. When he ate from the tree, evil became part of his nature. Thus, he intended to improve Creation but ended up making it worse (DA"H 2:4:3-5).
Jul
7
comment May women wear tefillin as an amulet?
Findings from Qumran certainly suggest using tefillin-like objects as amulets (apparently without straps), similar to what the MB (citing the Magen Avraham) mentions.
Jul
7
comment May women wear tefillin as an amulet?
Fair enough, the theory holds - but it doesn't seem that they happened to be discussing a scenario where someone wears them in the normal manner yet, at the same time, as an amulet. They don't seem to address using it as an amulet in that way. In other words, that's not explicitly the case under disagreement.
Jul
7
comment May women wear tefillin as an amulet?
I don't think it's talking about a women wearing them as an amulet, but rather about wearing them as a tachshit. Anyway, as mentioned there, typical tefillin-like amulets don't have r'tzu'os and are not worn in the usual manner (see sk 156).
Jul
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comment May women wear tefillin as an amulet?
Please clarify what you mean by "wear[ing] tefillin as an amulet." Do you mean wearing it in the standard manner (wrapped around the arm and on the head), or rather as some sort of necklace or something?
Jul
7
comment Must one follow a community's candle-lighting time?
... Actually, he was probably citing R' Avraham ibn Nachmias.
Jul
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is one allowed to smoke Marijuana?
Jul
7
comment May a Jew sell marijuana?
Potentially related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1355 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27999 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25661 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27675 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/23277 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27369 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14303
Jul
7
comment Hebrew text of Mishna Berurah
@msh210 Seems to me that the last paragraph of the meta answer applies. Anyway, I +1'd your answer given how the question stands.
Jul
7
comment Hebrew text of Mishna Berurah
Are you specifically looking for an online copy, or would you also interested in finding a hard copy?
Jul
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is it permitted to have an abortion if divorce if imminent?