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Apr
30
comment Place to study Zohar
Hebrew University?
Apr
30
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
@ShmuelBrin, That seems a strange way of counting generations, but if this is how some hasidim count them, then okay. Also, doesn't anybody take the Kapuster hasidim into account? I mean, they weren't "Lubavitch", but they were Chabad...
Apr
30
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
What does he mean by "seven generations of Hasidic Rebbes who had followed the Ba'al Shem Tov"? There have been substantially more than that; does he mean seven up until a point? Which point? Certainly not up until the Baal haTanya.
Apr
29
comment Were there any sages who supported the Zealots during the seige of Jerusalem?
If you want to look further into the history of the Zealots, there is lots of material on them (material which is easy enough to find - authors like Martin Hengel and Martin Goodman spring most immediately to mind). Their leaders, acc. to Josephus and the Talmud, include people like Shimon ben Giyora, Elazar ben Yair and Menachem ben Yehuda.
Apr
29
comment Were there any sages who supported the Zealots during the seige of Jerusalem?
They do, but the only people today who "side" with the zealots are the so-called Sikrikim of Ramat Bet Shemesh, who named themselves after them. By contrast, by the way, R' Amram Blau (who founded Neturei Karta) contrasted himself with them, siding with Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai and likening the Zionist police force and military to those who fought against the Roman siege. He also, in the same context, likened Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai to Jeremiah, and the zealots to those who sought to repel the Babylonian invasion.
Apr
29
comment Were there any sages who supported the Zealots during the seige of Jerusalem?
You realise as well that it is very difficult to answer this question historically, since the only two documents to record this phenomenon are the Talmud and Josephus, and both are ideologically motivated corpora - neither of them records "history" as we understand it today. Josephus's bias is to show that the majority of the Jews and their leaders actually supported dialogue with Rome, and the Talmud's is to support Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai and show that the council at Yavne had unanimous rabbinic support. Both biases might be perfectly correct, but how would you know?
Apr
29
comment Root of word צְלוֹתְהוֹן?
(Also, @SethJ, I only answered in order to add the extra info. I thought your answer was perfectly fine, by the way, and gave it +1)
Apr
29
comment Root of word צְלוֹתְהוֹן?
I don't know, @SethJ - it certainly makes more sense to me that it would be plural. I'm not certain that it isn't (mainly because I don't know whether or not the plural ever appears with a possessive suffix, so I can't compare), but I am certain that the verb, תתקבל, is singular.
Apr
28
answered Root of word צְלוֹתְהוֹן?
Apr
28
comment What should I do if my synagogue faces away from Jerusalem?
A partial source is Mishna, Berakhot 4:5-6, which speaks of a person who cannot face Jerusalem at the moment of prayer, but who should direct his thoughts there instead.
Apr
28
answered Beginner on Rav Soloveitchik
Apr
28
comment Source for Rebbe Shimon leaving the Mareh on Lag B'Omer
Interestingly, it's also on daf ל"ג of Shabbos.
Apr
27
awarded  Revival
Apr
27
answered What does the word “Karpas” mean?
Apr
25
comment Is there any evidence that Rabbi Akiva's students fought alongside Bar Kochba?
@SethJ, I wasn't suggesting that it does. In fact, I think it's perfectly reasonable to suppose that the Bavli's redactors wanted to obscure their real cause of death.
Apr
23
comment Baal Teshuva — Interested in both Chabad and Breslov, now what?
I always heard of it as standing for Chabad, Breslov, Carlebach, Kook.
Apr
22
comment When should one change one's Minhag with one's Makom (and when should one not)?
Do you have any sources for any of this?
Apr
22
accepted Chasam Sofer on innovation
Apr
22
comment Chasam Sofer on innovation
Thank you! I just edited it into your answer for you. I've so far checked the first and the last of those, but it's destroying my eyes to try to read such tiny print. I shall check the other two momentarily.
Apr
22
revised Chasam Sofer on innovation
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