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Aug
21
comment Why not give tzeddakah before shmittah?
OK, so your question is that the Torah demands a gift, while the loan is only an option if the recipient refuses a gift, so where does the problem of shmittah arise?
Aug
20
comment Why remove tfilin before talis?
@Menachem, isn't that backwards? He says the hefsek is based on the length of time worn. We are looking for a basis of that length.
Aug
20
comment Why remove tfilin before talis?
@Menachem, how is that related?
Aug
20
comment Why not give tzeddakah before shmittah?
Dan, it seems the entire portion is referring to lending. The Rashi commenting on an allusion of the pasuk that one should initially gift, but the simple flow of words refers to a loan.
Aug
9
comment What is the philosophy or logic for considering masturbation to be sinful?
Adam, since you are still searching for reasoning behind "masturbation is sinful", it is too early to conclude that masturbation is less sinful than other sexual sins.
Aug
8
comment How can God be just in light of Deuteronomy 23:3?
@jake, either I am misreading you or you have a different answer. Your answer sounds like a religious caste system,- if you are born from a forbidden relationship, we place you in a lower caste. What I am saying is that a person born from such a relationship has a spiritual defect which precludes him from a spiritual bond with someone who is spiritually whole.
Aug
8
comment Tefilin with obstruction on hand
@Gabi, re your 1st question, I have already addressed- if the kesher is not tight, you haven't done the mitzva. but this can also be accomplished with the hankie. re your second question, the TMY is clearly talking about the upper arm. His point is that (acc. to some) so long as you have not wrapped the fingers, you have not done the full keshira. But he certainly isn't referring to the lower arm, or else the length of a strap would need to include those wrappings as well.
Aug
8
revised How can God be just in light of Deuteronomy 23:3?
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Aug
8
answered How can God be just in light of Deuteronomy 23:3?
Aug
8
comment How was kashrut affected by Science?
The simple answer to your question is yes, as many of the kosher laws we have are based on the scientific method. But there are many general rules which preclude using this method.
Aug
8
comment How was kashrut affected by Science?
Still, can you give examples of the issues that you question?
Aug
7
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Aug
6
comment Why is precedent set by individual rabbis, not courts?
@SethJ, It seems to me that a court is no more than the rulings of individuals. The Torah was mechadesh that a mix of rulings is not a safek and that we go by the majority of those individual rulings. In a new case, there is no rov since we start from scratch.
Aug
6
comment What is the Greatest Mitzvah?
@AdamMosheh, sorry, Tosfos Yom Tov.
Aug
6
revised Universal theory of Biblical eye-raising
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Aug
6
answered Universal theory of Biblical eye-raising
Aug
6
comment Universal theory of Biblical eye-raising
Are you looking specifically for a plain meaning? The kasav sofer has a couple of places where he interprets these words as 'a new understanding'. But I don't know if that is what you are looking for.
Aug
6
comment Ma'ariv is obligatory?
It isn't a halachic conclusion of the gemara, it is the gemara's interpretation of the aforementioned braisa. (Nor is it conclusive since there is an alternative i bais aima.)
Aug
6
comment Lithuanian minhag for talis katan material
If you are referring to the yeshivos of Slabodka and Mir, I would be surprised if they had specific personal minhagim, as students congregated there from many towns.
Aug
6
comment Tefilin with obstruction on hand
@DoubleAA, Siman 28: hebrewbooks.org/…