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Dec
19
answered Question regarding ונביא גדול הוא קרוב ממשה רבנו in Rambam's Hilkhos Teshuva
Dec
19
comment One-in-Sixty Versus Roiv- Why both?
Incidentally shishim does not mean 60 percent. It is one in sixty which is closer to two percent.
Dec
19
answered One-in-Sixty Versus Roiv- Why both?
Dec
19
answered Asara Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
Dec
18
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
@Ariel I am really not in a position to defend the calculation, but I do still want to point out that regardless before the invention of the telescope we only knew about the few thousand stars visible to the naked eye. Also, I am pretty sure that this was not said in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Dec
18
answered About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
Dec
17
comment Can you pick your nose?
Certainly an interesting midrash, though I doubt this can be used as a basis for a halachic proof, since אין לומדין מן האגדות
Dec
17
comment What is it with the donkeys all over Parashat Mikeitz?
See here: yeshiva.org.il/forum/print.asp?id=98041
Dec
17
comment How did Yosef showing his circumcision prove anything?
@Menachem The Tzeida Laderech asks on Chizkuni based on what you are saying that Yishmaelim don't do priya. However Chizkuni himself seems to be saying that they did do it but due to their age it looks different. If so this should be case with the Egyptians as well (at most their bris would have taken place two years prior).
Dec
17
comment How did Yosef showing his circumcision prove anything?
I don't understand something in Chizkuni: he first asks that perhaps he was a Yishmaeli and answers that since they only have a bris when they are older the priyah is not apparent. He then asks perhaps he was Egyptian, and gives the two answers above. Why doesn't the answer regarding Yishmaeli not work to negate him being Egyptian?
Dec
16
revised How did Yosef showing his circumcision prove anything?
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Dec
16
revised Aveilus for an adoptive parent
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Dec
16
answered How did Yosef showing his circumcision prove anything?
Dec
16
revised Why do we need a neshama yesera?
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Dec
16
comment Why do we need a neshama yesera?
+1, See Likkutey Sichos (vol. 31 pg. 191) where the Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that there are two distinct explanations for the concept of "neshama yesera", that of the revealed parts of Torah, and that of the hidden parts. The Rashi above is consistent with the answer according to the revealed parts, while my answer tries to explain the esoteric meaning.
Dec
16
answered Why do we need a neshama yesera?
Dec
16
revised Why did Yosef wash his face after crying the second time but not the first?
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Dec
16
answered Why did Yosef wash his face after crying the second time but not the first?
Dec
15
answered Aveilus for an adoptive parent
Dec
13
answered Can you go to a shul dinner if you are in aveilus?