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comment How much weight must we give the Council of Sages opinions
"We" don't have councels of gedolim, specific organization's do. (R' Chaim Brisker was against the idea, as was the Chazon Ish.) But the fact that the Agudah poses its questions to a panel of rabbis doesn't make their word any more binding on me, or for that matter, in the personal lives of people who choose to join the Agudah or attend a shul that joined.
Feb
9
comment Are thoughts of sin punished halachically?
Seems self-evident to me: thoughts of sin that are resisted are sources of reward for fighting temptation. One did not perform a prohibition, thus "fulfilling" it. Thoughts of sin that are not acted upon due to lack of opportunity or social pressure or whatever are spiritual flaws with no offsetting merit.
Feb
9
comment What is the firmament?
I swapped out the bulk of the last paragraph for the version in my comment. Better?
Feb
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Feb
9
comment What is the firmament?
It does speak to what I called the met-issue. Chazal simply understood the verses as per then-contemporary science. Just as we today would with our contemporary science. None of which means they thought the raqia was a shell because the Torah said so. Rather, that the Torah looked to them like it was talking about a shell they took for granted existed (because their local scientists did). In the same way, it is likely 2,000 years from now, Jews are going to find our explaining Genesis using General Relativity quite antiquated and misguided.
Feb
8
answered What is the firmament?
Feb
8
comment Bereishit 3 :22 Angels or Hashem
Rocks don't know good and evil. Angels only know gravity as theoretical knowledge, if at all, but they do know good vs evil. After all, not only to they behave as per Gcd's Design themselves, part of that following His Design is supporting us people when we do and resist us when we work against it.
Feb
8
comment Why do people frequently change tunes toward the end of Lecha Dodi?
So do the first two verses. before we discuss exile: Shamor veZakhor and Liqras Shabbos. Perhaps it's just to link back to the original theme.
Feb
8
answered “Gay” people in the Torah, Talmud, Kabbalah?
Feb
8
answered Bereishit 3 :22 Angels or Hashem
Feb
7
comment Did God create color in Genesis?
The Ramban says #2.
Feb
4
comment What did the 70 elders see?
We scj(m) expats gotta stick together!
Feb
4
comment What did the 70 elders see?
There is no "and" at the beginning of either pasuq. Vav hachibur would take a sheva. These are instances of vav hamehapeches. (Personally, I think the pedantic translation of וַיִּרְאוּ would be past tense, future taxis, IOW, sight that happened before the sentence was uttered but after the point in time in the story that we're up to. Genesius would render vav hahifuch as past tense imperfect aspect -- "they were seeing", but there has been computer surveys of biblical verb usage since his day. But the main point: וַ- doesn't mean "and".)
Feb
4
revised What did the 70 elders see?
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Feb
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answered What did the 70 elders see?
Feb
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comment How do you CYLOR after posting on judaism.stackexchange.com?
I email him the URL.
Feb
1
comment Weighing mitzvot/aveirot
@yEz thanks for the paragraph I just inserted at the bottom of aishdas.org/10YemeiTeshuvah.pdf#page=45
Feb
1
comment Meaning of “emunah shlaima”?
@sabbahillel: however, the Rambam was speaking about theological knowledge, knowing ABOUT G-d (or at least, ruling out what He Isn't). Most of us strive to know G-d, the way one knows one's parents, or that NIRC exists. The Rambam spoke about duties to learn proofs. This is an entirely different approach to religion. (One that, as Shuby's father, I find off-putting.)
Feb
1
comment How to explain a specific phenomenon
I often experience it to. I help out on a parashah sheet. It is very often that a thought I hadn't heard before shows up in multiple handouts and then again in the rabbi's speech Shabbo morning. There is a second reason why such things happen... common cause. This wouldn't explain your book, unless it's a new book, but it could be that something happened this past year that cause a number of people to think in the same direction.
Jan
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