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Mar
17
comment Rule 195 of Ayelet Hashachar by the Malbim
Or perhaps rule 195 is that there is no rule 195.
Mar
17
comment Rule 195 of Ayelet Hashachar by the Malbim
@Cauthon, you might have solved the mystery. I have a theory that the Malbim left it out on purpose to prevent people from abusing his 613 rules and darshan Torah for themselves. Perhaps the Malbim used that pasik to do this. I am guessing that none of this is by accident.
Mar
17
comment Rule 195 of Ayelet Hashachar by the Malbim
I'm not sure I understand what Isaiah has to do with my question. Can you please explain?
Dec
4
comment How can a Jewish convict repair public Chillul Hashem?
@DanF It is public record that he is in jail. Jail is "paying one's debt to society". He has been humiliated greatly from this; I would think it also pays for the chillul Hashem. People know that Jews aren't perfect and don't expect them to be perfect. A chillul Hashem is created when people get the impression that it is the Torah or Hashem that is at fault. It is Jews who do the right thing who atone for this. That's just my opinion.
Dec
3
comment How can a Jewish convict repair public Chillul Hashem?
Isn't going to jail the tikun?
Dec
3
comment Hillel's formulation of the Golden Rule
I see. I found this, which is similar to what I heard about the interpretation of what the goy wanted: torah.org/learning/parsha-insights/5761/achareimos.html#
Dec
3
comment Hillel's formulation of the Golden Rule
Where does it say it the Talmud that the goy was being sarcastic? And if he was sarcastic, then why did Hillel even answer him? The interpretation I have heard from Rabbi Gershonfeld is that "standing on one foot" meant that the goy had an unstable foundation of Judaism and wanted to understand it better. Shammai's approach scared him away, while Hillel's approach helped him.
Oct
26
comment Are there traditional Orthodox websites that counter thetorah.com?
As I recall, the book amazon.com/The-Pentateuch-Haftorahs-Translation-Commentary/dp/… has detailed arguments against the view that the Torah has multiple authors.
May
3
comment Mekubal in New York
I can understand why you would want a Torah scholar to help you out, but what do you need a mekubal for?
Jun
9
comment How can I respond to challenges to the Kuzari argument for the transmission of Torah from Sinai?
@DoubleAA Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Jun
2
comment How can I respond to challenges to the Kuzari argument for the transmission of Torah from Sinai?
Shmuel, so you must not believe that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, because it was a one-time event that took only a second, in the middle of nowhere (at that time America was in the middle of nowhere) witnessed by just a single group of people (Americans).
Dec
12
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
If it doesn't matter whether it's 21,000 or 22,300, then why does the Torah bother to write it?
Dec
5
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
This doesn't answer my question. I want to know why it should matter to me whether there were 22,000 Leviim or 21,000 Leviim or 22,300. This is fine if the Torah were a historical text, but the purpose of the Torah is to teach me how to live my life. What do the numbers of members of the tribes teach me?
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
@Menachem, that question is why the numbers are repeated. I want to know why the numbers are given in the first place.
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
It is obvious that every letter in the Torah is important; otherwise, why would a Torah with one letter wrong be invalid?
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
What do you mean by 'rigorous definition'?
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
It is Torah 101 that every letter is important.
Dec
4
comment Why does the Torah give the number of members of each tribe at the beginning of Bamidbar/Numbers?
By 'important', I mean that it teaches a halacha or a hashkofic insight.
Nov
25
comment Is it assur to play sports with a yarmulke?
I just edited the question.
Nov
25
comment Is it assur to play sports with a yarmulke?
That's a good point @ShmuelL.