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Apr
9
comment Why does God command Shmuel to be deceptive?
much better. changed my vote
Apr
8
comment Taanis Chalom on shabbos when a fast day is pushed off
@DoubleAA unclear, b'pashtus not but it is preferable to perform the make-up fast as soon thereafter as possible. I believe these factors contributed to the psak but cannot say for sure.
Apr
8
comment Why does God command Shmuel to be deceptive?
-1 that doesn't answer the question as to why be deceptive. There are any number of other ways to deal with a possible sakana besides being deceptive.
Apr
4
comment What עִיקָר is the wicked son denying?
thanks @TamirEvan I got it from Mechon Mamre, I've added it in from your comment
Mar
18
comment How was Shmuel permitted to kill Agag?
@msh210 good question. I happen to not like that answer because it says that he cut agag into four pieces. I find it hard to believe that could be done with a wooden implement.
Mar
18
comment How was Shmuel permitted to kill Agag?
if downvoters could explain the problem with the question I would be happy to improve it.
Jan
7
comment why are kohanim mentioned in connection with judgement
thank you, +1 from me
Jan
5
comment why are kohanim mentioned in connection with judgement
but they were not the only judges. why would the verse focus on kohanim and not just use the generic term judge?
Jan
5
comment why are kohanim mentioned in connection with judgement
but they were not the only judges, correct? If so the pasuk should have focused on the term judge, not kohen.
Jan
5
comment why are kohanim mentioned in connection with judgement
religious instruction yes, but they were not the only ones who served as judges and whatever the case the focus in the pasuk should be on going to the judge, the type of judge (kohen, levi etc.) shouldn't matter
Jan
5
comment why are kohanim mentioned in connection with judgement
what about the rest of the items listed in the verse?
Jan
5
comment why are kohanim mentioned in connection with judgement
what none of these answers to date addresses is the judicial authority. the question is not 'should a Jew consult a Kohen about torah matters?' I agree that he should. The question is as far as who can decide a matter of law. When that is the case the person who's word counts is the judge (be he kohen or otherwise).
Jan
3
comment Can you ask God to kill you?
@BruceJames see the maharsha on that gemarah who cites josephus (or perhaps the later yossipun) and resolves the discrepancy by saying that though they did stone him he ran away and they assumed he was dead because of the ensuing story about him sleeping for 70 years.
Dec
22
comment What is the symbolism of Choni Ha'Magel's circle?
the Maharsha is also m'dakdek from the language of the pasuk in Havakuk (2:1) that Havakuk also drew a circle.
Dec
22
comment Why did Bigtan and Teresh want to kill the king?
I have seen at least one commentator who explains that they intended to do exactly that. A double homicide. Furthermore, there are those who explain that they were angry with Achashveirosh for having appointed Mordechai to an office of prominence and demoting them which was another reason for targeting him specifically.
Dec
3
comment Why aren't some the daily brachot made only once in a lifetime?
@DoubleAA eitz chayim, heichal adam kadmon, shaar alef, anaf heh. CF Likutei Halachos (R' Nathan Sternhartz) Yoreh Deah, Basar B'Chalav 4:1
Dec
2
comment Why should one have marital relations as if forced by a demon?
@JimThio though techincally he may find ways to have children outside of wedlock the preferred way is through marriage. It is not the only means to the end, though generally the Rabbis have put the kibosh on the other ones.
Dec
2
comment Why should one have marital relations as if forced by a demon?
@JimThio to the best of my understanding there is not mitzvah to get married per say, the mitzvah is to be fruitful and multiply. However since a man cannot do that in an appropriate halachic way without being married the mitzvah is seen as a 'heicha timzah' or means to an end.
Nov
4
comment what is the first recorded instance of the phrase “im yirtzah Hashem”
Dear @unforgettableid why do you want to know if you can lick snot on yom kippur? judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/31837/…
Nov
4
comment what is the first recorded instance of the phrase “im yirtzah Hashem”
@Fred see edits