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Jul
17
comment Lashon Hara about one of a group
One reason this is a bad idea is because speculation is likely to run wild (at least in people's minds), and innocent people may be unfairly suspected. So it becomes אבק מוציא שם רע about many people.
Jul
17
revised Salvation of Hashem
note about rhyme
Jul
17
revised Salvation of Hashem
added 150 characters in body
Jul
17
answered Salvation of Hashem
Jul
17
comment If Yom Kippur Katan has to exist, why isn't it ON Rosh Chodesh?
@Danno Kappara doesn't imply that you should fast (for instance), as is a common practice on YK"K. There is also kappara on Rosh HaShana, yet feasting and some degree of rejoicing is appropriate for the day (see this answer) just as it is on Rosh Chodesh (Shulchan Aruch OC 419‌​).
Jul
17
comment Transcendence, Immanence, and Ya'akov
@RemDavNan That's the quote I cited above. On the contrary, it indicates that HaShem is transcendent and does not occupy space. Instead, the universe and space-time itself are constructs created by HaShem, and they exist within His infinitude (in some sense).
Jul
17
comment Transcendence, Immanence, and Ya'akov
B'reishis Rabba 68:10 also supports this: ר' הונא בשם ר' אמי אמר מפני מה מכנין שמו של הקב"ה וקורין אותו מקום שהוא מקומו של עולם ואין עולמו מקומו.
Jul
17
comment Impure baseball cap?
Regarding prayer in the presence of something that had animal urine on it but was washed, OP might be reassured by Rambam (Hil. K'riyas Sh'ma' 3:6 and 3:10; even though the Shulchan Aruch OC 79:6 mentions a stringency about animal urine that might possibly extend to cats, this would apply to pure urine rather something that was washed or diluted with the greater of a r'vi'is of water per urine deposit or enough to remove the odor).
Jul
16
comment Reconciling the evidence for the Uncertainty Principle with belief in an omniscient G-d
Relevant comment thread here.
Jul
16
comment Flying and sorcery
@mevaqesh I don't know if the gemara says that anywhere; it's from Rashi. But it's one of those long stories where it seems like he had a tradition for what the gemara was alluding to. Anyway, I think it's worthwhile to try to reconcile Rashi's understanding of kishuf with that of the B'midbar Rabba (even if it was compiled in the late 12th century, it's only one century removed from Rashi), but your approach is one way to go.
Jul
16
comment Reputation for non-Sha'atnez?
@Daniel Not only is that a reasonable thought, but I've heard from a sha'atneiz checker (contrary to the information in your answer) that certain types of wool suits (with certain characteristics) from certain manufacturers are reliably known to never have sha'atneiz and therefore do not halachically need to be checked. They also mentioned that most types of wool suits (that don't mention linen) in the modest to moderate price range are unlikely to have linen in the lining or elsewhere.
Jul
16
comment Flying and sorcery
By the way, I +1'd this some while back. I just haven't accepted it since I think it's not quite definitive without a source.
Jul
16
comment Flying and sorcery
+1. (a.) Your first suggestion is an interesting possibility that could fit with Rashi's wording "ושוב אין מכשפות שולטות בכם." (b.) Do you have a source that Bilaam used demons for his sorcery? (c.) Regarding your last suggestion, do you mean his body stayed on the ground? I'm not sure how well that fits with the context of the Midrash. And is there a source in Chazal that this kind of kishuf exists?
Jul
16
comment Cutting hair when Rosh Hodesh Av is a Friday
I see that Rabbi Monsour is also talking about Rosh Chodesh in general. So this doesn't really answer the question, as it has nothing specifically to do with the three weeks/nine days. -1.
Jul
16
comment Cutting hair when Rosh Hodesh Av is a Friday
First of all, this is talking about any Rosh Chodesh, not specifically Rosh Chodesh Av. Secondly, the Sh"A HaRav did not rule accordingly, he just said this is a stringency of R' Yehuda HaChassid that some communities follow.
Jul
15
comment Are there any limitations for an inclusion blessing?
@Daniel See also the first paragraph in this answer. Additionally, there is a dispute over whether ice cream is considered a food or a drink (see this answer and this answer).
Jul
15
revised Was Avraham really in the right going to sacrifice Yitzchak?
edited body
Jul
15
comment Was Avraham really in the right going to sacrifice Yitzchak?
See B'reishis Rabba (56:12), which notes that the original command to Avraham literally meant "bring him up there as an elevation" (B'reishis 22:2). Since that phrasing generally means to offer an elevation offering, the command was designed to make Avraham think he was supposed to slaughter Yitzchak even though that was never the true meaning of the command. See also Rashi (B'reishis 22:2).
Jul
15
comment Is one allowed to be Machmir against a psak?
I just want to add that I'm sorry if I have offended you. Perhaps some of my wording above was too harsh. In any case, I appreciate and enjoy many of your contributions on the site.
Jul
15
revised Wine made/handled by non-religious Jews
added ruling of R' Yosef Messas, h/t @Maimonist