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May
6
comment Is there a reason or pattern as to when the Torah uses אֵת instead of אֶת?
I learned that as well from my High School Rebbe. I have yet to find a place that it doesn't work. Nice!
Apr
21
comment Why must a Yoledet, a woman who just gave birth, bring a sin offering?
I guess I have a series of questions on this Gemara. Is this really true of all woman? Even if the "just in case" approach, I don't believe she would be held accountable for an accidental Shevua? Furthermore, her husband could nullify her vow? Additionally, Chatas would not be the typical offering for accidentally violating a vow, why here is it a Chatas? I was hoping for a an idea that would explain away these questions. Thank you Monica for bringing this.
Mar
25
comment When was the one time the Jewish people did not fast on Yom Kippur?
@DoubleAA I guess my focus is not to ask this as a riddle, rather to discover the time that the Jews did not keep Yom Kippur and the source for it. It is just obscure, it doesn't require "riddle" type of thinking. But hey, you must moderate as you see fit. =)
Mar
25
comment What is the longest word in Tanach?
@sabbahillel Thanks. I didn't ask about the shortest because I saw that on this link here: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/2116/…
Mar
25
comment When was the one time the Jewish people did not fast on Yom Kippur?
@Matt I would have to ask my student. I believe it was for a Yeshiva in Israel.
Mar
25
comment When was the one time the Jewish people did not fast on Yom Kippur?
@DoubleAA You could label it riddle, but I know they don't like riddles here too much. Also it is more of a Trivia question I guess.
Jan
27
comment Palm-reading in Judaism
@IsaacMoses Good question. He does quote: "כי לא נחש ביעקב ולא קסם בישראל"
Jan
27
comment Palm-reading in Judaism
@IsaacMoses Thanks for the comment. I was struggling with that. It would seem according to the Rambam there are no valid Torah sources that would hold such a thing. So I guess in that sense it is a response to the question "Are there Jewish sources which affirm the validity of the art of palm-reading? If yes..." So technically it is responding to the question asked. The answer according to the Rambam is "NO". Although there are positions that would disagree and say the Rambam is wrong and there are valid Torah positions that hold of Palm Reading. Would that satisfy the posting requirement?
Jan
26
comment Why should God punish the firstborn of another nation that was in Egypt?
Thank you for your thoughtful answer and clear distinction. How would you explain the "justice" of it?
Jan
26
comment Why should God punish the firstborn of another nation that was in Egypt?
@YeZ Those comments are referring to those that were captives in the prison. Are you suggesting the same answer would apply?
Jan
23
comment Why was it important for the Jews to leave Mitzraim with רכוש גדול?
@user6591 God did not create a random thing that he promised Avraham, just so he could fulfill it. There should be a significance of this command in and of itself. That is why I am asking it from this Parsha.
Jan
23
comment Why was it important for the Jews to leave Mitzraim with רכוש גדול?
Yes, as @DoubleAA said, why did his tell Avraham then? Why is it significant?
Apr
10
comment Why did Pharaoh try to kill Moshe?
@msh210 Thank you for the comment. I added two sources to the answer to bring partial support. However, it is a bit speculative. I could not find my source for Pharaoh knowing that Moshe was an Israelite directly. It is an assumption for the answer to work.
Apr
10
comment What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?
@Fred The duplicate didn't come up when formulating the question. Should I erase the question or allow for some new ideas that may emerge now?
Apr
10
comment What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?
@DoubleAA Thanks for the comments. It was lazy writing. I have updated the question.
Apr
10
comment May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?
@Fred I understand. Rabbi Abadi does talk about it in different places. I just linked to the simplest one which he says you can. No bounty needed. =)
Apr
7
comment Why don't we thank God for making us men/women?
@devirkahan I think the point is that if it were stated in the positive you would not be highlighting the issue of Mitzvot. By saying "making me free" that is a positive quality. The emphasis is on the quality of freedom. If it is stated in the negative it allows for the quality of Mitzvot to emerge and then a progression. In other words, to say thank you for not making me a gentile, slave and woman it begs the question "What quality in each of these are we thankful that we don't have?"
Apr
7
comment Why do you have to kasher kitchen counters for Pesach?
@NoachmiFrankfurt Assuming as you said, Chametz did get on to them, wouldn't the only concern be if you would put something very hot onto the counter during Pesach? For example if extremely hot food landed on the counter during Pesach? Otherwise there should be no problem. Correct?
Apr
4
comment Does God's providence extend to all people or only righteous people?
@Yossi Divine Providence is a deep subject. It really is the study of the entire Torah. I am merely focusing on one aspect of this deep and complex issue. Does Divine Providence when extended to individual man (as opposed to the nation) apply to only righteous people or even your average person? However, your point is well taken that Divine providence applies to more things than man.
Mar
17
comment How did Vashti grow a tail?
@gt6989b Thank you. I am not sure why Gavriel was the Angel of choice. I am not sure also what you mean by breaking the rules. The use of an Angel is a metaphor for some causative agent that allowed Vashti to perceive an idea that under normal circumstances would be beyond her. I am not certain what the specific agent of "Gavriel" teaches us. Something to think about. Thanks.