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Jun
7
comment Why does the prefix She- appear in only Tehillim, Shir Hashirim, and Koheles?
I think it's pretty clear that "she-" dates to Shelomo's day or so. In Shofetim, we have "sha-", and in the chumash we have only the full "asher". What people who think these books were written in a different sequnce than mesorash asserts does with this data point is beyond me.
Jun
3
comment Why do some people wear their tzitzis out for people to see, and others don't?
The Mahari Bruna (#96) ruled against wearing them out, and he was a 15th cent Yekke. As for the MB, witnesses say that despite 8:26, the Chafetz Chaim (its author) personally did not wear his tzitzis out. And while the author followed Litvish norm over numerous pesaqim in the MB, how does that fit with s"q 26's strong condemnation? Also, 8:25 records both sides of the debate, and even for the MA's position, the MB says it would be okay (but non-ideal) to wear the tzitzis out after the berakhah for the time it takes to walk 4 amos. So I really can't figure out the Mishnah Berurah's position.
Apr
12
comment Tzitzit tying: the real way
7, 8, 11, 13, though, closely matches the way the 39 melakhos of Shabbos divide up. The first 11 melakhos (Shabbos 7:2) describe the steps necessary to grow wheat, turn it into flour, and make the lechem hapanim. The next 13 are about preparing the cloth of the curtains of the Mishkan, from the wool to the dying to the weaving and sowing. Seven melakhos relate to preparing hides into leather, and the last 8 are simply “none of the above."
Apr
12
comment Tzitzit tying: the real way
I think the differences between the minhagim is whether we are reminding ourselves of Hashem's Creation of the universe, or our own creative activity. The Shulchan Arukh has us look at just two corners of tzitzis during Shema because the 10 knots correspond to the 10 Sephiros. So it is unsurprising that his tzitzis refer to Hashem's 40 Acts of creation.
Apr
12
comment Tzitzit tying: the real way
G-d created the world in 10 statements, each of which had 4 aspects. Thus, 40 represents creation. R' Aryeh Kaplan zt"l discusses this when explaining why a miqvah must contain 40 se'ah of water, and why the mabul required 40 days of rain. However, one of those 40 is creation ex nihilo -- making something from nothing. So human emulation of Hashem's creativity is "arba'im chaser achad -- 40 missing 1". Which is how the mishnah describes the number of categories of creative acts prohibited on Shabbos and the maximum number of lashes beis din metes out.
Apr
12
comment Tzitzit tying: the real way
Avi (4 years ago) brings in a more complicated issue. The gemara there discusses the number of sets of windings, not the number of windings per set. IF (and this is not a given) a set of winding is offset by knots, then this gemara contradicts the Sifra which says there are 5 knots. We -- both Ashkenazim and Sepharadim -- follow the Sifra. 5 knots. The Rosh says that this is because the whole talk about winding coming in sets depends on tekheiles and therefore is not relevant today. (Whether that's still true it an even bigger tangent...)
Dec
4
comment Hand Cream Glycerin
Washing is more than the usual case of "tangible benefit" (hana'ah) because sichah, rubbing on one's body, is often considered a type of "drinking".