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Apr
22
revised Chasam Sofer on innovation
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Apr
22
comment What is special about Molech?
Aside from the fact that it involves murdering your children?
Apr
22
asked Chasam Sofer on innovation
Apr
22
comment Looking for Passages of harsh criticism in the Shakh
@Daniel - Ouch. Maybe I should rephrase the question :(
Apr
20
awarded  Tumbleweed
Apr
17
comment What does the concept of rehovot hanahar mean?
No, it just means that R' Chayim Vital equates it with yesod in a single passage that I just showed you. Whether or not other people also do so, whether or not he says anything contradictory anywhere else, and certainly where or not that's what it actually "represents", I have no idea. The piyyut titled El Mistater was authored by a contemporary of his named R' Avraham Mimin, who was a disciple of the Ramak. You might want to investigate how רחובות הנהר features, therefore, in Cordoveran kabbalah.
Apr
17
answered What does the concept of rehovot hanahar mean?
Apr
15
comment Why is it customary for Jews to grow beards?
I don't understand the last point. Why waste time cutting your hair or trimming your toe-nails?
Apr
14
comment Kohen flying over a cemetery?
elhamikdash.com/49876/…
Apr
13
comment Would I be allowed to sell my Chametz alcohol during the Prohibition?
I feel like this is a question about American law during Prohibition. How is this an halakhic question?
Apr
13
asked Looking for Passages of harsh criticism in the Shakh
Apr
13
comment The torah sometimes uses “olah tamid” and sometimes “olat tamid” but they seem to mean the same thing; what's the difference?
This is a great question, but to my mind the best part of it is the subsidiary question: why does Num 28:6 place a disjunctive accent under the nismakh?? I've never seen such a thing before. As for the rest, I think it's just a question of style. Adjectives can be formed with the genitive construct, but do not need to be. Sometimes it says הר הקודש, for example, and sometimes it says הר קודשי.
Apr
10
comment Would it be permissible to believe that Jesus is the messiah if that belief otherwise entails no rejection of halakha or Jewish tradition?
I think you need to pick a question and ask it. You've asked one question in the title and more than one (other) question in the body. Your final question is good, but should be cleaned up because it's very badly worded. And you should change the title, since the final question has nothing to do with Chabad messianism, but with whether or not it would be permissible to believe that Jesus is the messiah if that belief entails no rejection of halakha or Jewish tradition.
Apr
10
comment Sleeping between meat and milk
Amazing find! Tell me something: in the parenthesised section that interrupts that narrative, the author mentions having found certain relevant information "בסידור הגדול דהתניא זי"ע". The Tanya?? Is he referring to the siddur of the Baal haTanya, and referring to its author as "the Tanya"?
Apr
9
comment Eating Matzah of Tevel or Heqdesh
@msh210 - I included that line because he mentions it in the same section, and I imagine that it would be relevant to an understanding of where he's coming from. Maybe somebody knows if, elsewhere, he makes clear what his opinions are about a mitzvah that comes from an 'aveirah?
Apr
9
comment Eating Matzah of Tevel or Heqdesh
@msh210 - That is true... But I'm not sure how best to edit it now without totally messing it up. It is possible that the Bartenura is not agreeing with the Rambam, and that he also thinks it is forbidden to sit in a sukkah if you have made a vow that you wouldn't do so. My question presupposes that he doesn't think that; can an argument be made that he does?
Apr
9
comment Eating Matzah of Tevel or Heqdesh
Thanks, @DoubleAA; I decided to simply rephrase the question in accordance with the new information. Feel free to delete these comments if you think that would be appropriate.
Apr
9
revised Eating Matzah of Tevel or Heqdesh
Reworded the question, with a focus on the psak of the Bartenura, rather than on the actual halakha
Apr
9
comment Eating Matzah of Tevel or Heqdesh
Thank you! That then makes this a question on the Bartenura, and not on the halakha... I don't know if I can edit that into it - it's a whole other question. Should I delete it, or should I rephrase it and let you just post this as an answer?
Apr
9
asked Eating Matzah of Tevel or Heqdesh