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Jan
6
comment Why did God need to command the Jews not to kill?
Although the below answers by LN6595 are correct and make good points, your question is premised on an understanding of lama li k'ra s'vara hu that is not necessarily correct (at least not according to some opinions). See, for example, TzLa"Ch (B'rachos 35a), who says that this is only employed to establish halachic principles or direct the rabbis to establish rabbinic decrees, whereas actual biblical commandments must come from the Torah.
Jan
6
comment Is it permissible to listen to a Rabbi instead of a doctor?
Whatever advice the Gadol in the story actually gave, obviously he ruled that it was permissible and appropriate to give the advice and permissible and appropriate for the patient to follow it.
Jan
6
comment Is it permissible to listen to a Rabbi instead of a doctor?
@DanF That isn't a halacha about obeying all the patient's wishes. It's a halacha about erring on the side of trusting that the patient knows he has a certain medical need for food even if the doctors don't think he does.
Jan
6
comment If a woman has only had 1 partner since her last period (i.e not three months) is that sufficient to determine the father?
reports to the contrary were not to be relied on to defame a woman in good standing. Along similar lines, see Y'vamos 80b ("הא דעבד רבא תוספאה עובדא באשה שהלך בעלה למדינת הים ואישתהי עד תריסר ירחי שתא ואכשריה"), followed by Rambam (Hil. Issurei Bi'ah 15:19) and Shulchan Aruch (EH 4:14).
Jan
6
comment If a woman has only had 1 partner since her last period (i.e not three months) is that sufficient to determine the father?
Similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/62069
Jan
6
comment Is there a problem with Triangle K? If so, what?
@MichaBerger See this post from the Seforim blog (paragraph beginning "Returning to Ridbaz..."). See also this post (fn. 2, beginning "R. Gedaliah Silverstone..."). :)
Jan
5
comment Is there a connection between Hagar's distance and Yishmael's profession?
@EliezerSteinbock R' Ovadya MiBartenura isn't saying that Hagar primarily left her son for safety. He is simply explaining why the parenthetically mentioned distance was greater than necessary to avoid seeing Yishmael die. Had she stayed to supervise Yishmael, she could have prevented him from getting access to his bow. Since she was leaving anyway to avoid seeing him die ("וַתֵּשֶׁב לָהּ מִנֶּגֶד... כִּי אָמְרָה אַל-אֶרְאֶה בְּמוֹת הַיָּלֶד"), the Torah parenthetically interpolates "הַרְחֵק כִּמְטַחֲוֵי קֶשֶׁת", conspicuously describing her precise distance in terms of the range of an arrow.
Jan
5
comment Is Sarah old and withered, or young and attractive when Abimelech captures her?
+1. However, the simplest answer is that given by sabbahillel, namely that "withered" refers to her womb, and "enjoyment" refers to having a child; these verses don't address her physical appearance at all. The verses that do explicitly address her physical appearance regard when she was (at least) 65 years old (12:11,14), and even at that age she is described as "exceptionally beautiful."
Jan
5
comment Is Sarah old and withered, or young and attractive when Abimelech captures her?
+1. The very fact that Sarah was kidnapped and that Avimelech would have tried to violate her makes this explanation fit simply with the verses, besides the fact that the words in 18:12 could easily be translated consistent with this reading. Further, the verses (12:11,14) state explicitly that she was "exceptionally beautiful" at age 65, so she could have still looked young at an even older age.
Jan
5
comment Chafetz Chaim's opinion on how long peos need to be
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26312 (and see the end of Matt's answer where he mentions this).
Jan
5
comment Tu B'Shvat Seder: At night or day?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13200.
Jan
5
comment Tu B'shvat Seder
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/56908
Jan
5
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/56908 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13200.
Jan
5
revised Was Esau commanded in circumcision?
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Jan
5
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Jan
5
answered Was Esau commanded in circumcision?
Jan
4
comment Was Esau commanded in circumcision?
The Talmud (Kiddushin 18a) posits that Esau may have had the status of a non-observant Israelite (being descended from Isaac as he was), and thus his inheritance of Se'ir doesn't prove that the laws of inheritance apply to non-Jews (so another verse is adduced to show that the laws of inheritance apply to non-Jews).
Jan
4
comment Pirating software
Related to the dina d'malchusa dina aspect underlying this question: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9817 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38386. Related to another of the halachic issues that may have a bearing on the question (namely, the validity of EULAs): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13577 (and perhaps also judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37913).
Jan
4
comment Seeding free libraries with books with names of Hashem
A couple more data points: (1.) A person may not give a non-Jew a m'zuza (Bava M'tzi'a 102a) because of the possibility that he will not treat it respectfully (Sh'eilas Ya'beitz II, 121; see also this answer). For the same reason, a Jew must try to purchase sifrei Torah (likely also including other books of Tanach), t'fillin, and m'zuzos if he finds them in a non-Jew's possession (Mishna B'rura 39:17). (2.) A ספק ספיקא may be judged leniently even in Biblical matters.
Jan
4
comment Getting married at 18
@yEz Yes, but I think the ultimate conclusion is "הא לן והא להו", which is to say that someone who knows he will be able to focus on his learning after getting married should get married first, though perhaps the default assumption in the gemara and classic poskim is that the more typical case is where married life would interfere with focused studies. (Of course, even the b'raisa notes, "ואם אי אפשר לו בלא אשה ישא אשה ואחר כך ילמוד תורה"). | By the way, the Shulchan Aruch HaRav reference in my above comment was to Hilchos Talmud Torah (mentioned in Yishai's comment).