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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?
Dec
13
answered What's done on Zos Chanuka?
Dec
12
comment Does the Kohen Gadol place his seal on oil used for the Menorah?
@Danield The problem with "miracle oil" is that the Torah requires oil from olives, not oil that came from a miracle. This was natural olive oil just compressed to 1/8 of it's volume. But what is interesting about this explanation is that if so the miracle of Chanuka did not take place then but rather 180 years prior.
Dec
12
answered How did Yaakov and his family survive “when they finished eating the grain that they had brought from Egypt”.
Dec
12
comment Does the Kohen Gadol place his seal on oil used for the Menorah?
+1 Very interesting, though this doesn't fit with the girsa in our gemoras (Shabbos 21b) לא היה בו אלא להדליק יום אחד. One of the answers to the Beis Yosef's question is based on the alternate girsa אפילו יום אחד
Dec
11
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@yair Regarding Yaakov still being afraid see Likkutey Sichos vol. 5 pg. 391 (my own translation): "Although Devora was sent to notify Yaakov that he could return, and it is therefore understood that Yaakov did not need to be afraid of Esav - however, with regards to danger of life . . it is obvious that we do not rely even on testimony of a mother." (Except that this kinda makes the Maharsha's answer not make sense..)
Dec
11
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@yair I found the Be'er Sadeh in Mikra'os Gedolos - Echad Asar Mefarshey Rashi; I cannot find it online anywhere though.
Dec
11
comment What is the source for Rambam's “physician's oath”?
I highly doubt that the oath appears anywhere in Rambam's Guide for the Perplexed - it's quite out of scope for a work on philosophy.