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Mar
22
comment Source for the story about the Satmar Rebbe
@Fred - that would be very interesting, given what the Yaavetz says in his siddur! (I asked another question about that here, in which I quoted the relevant passage.)
Mar
22
asked Source for the story about the Satmar Rebbe
Mar
20
answered Mishneh Torah Artwork
Mar
20
comment Picking and choosing Hashkafa
I'm not personally familiar with any obligation to pick a hashkafa in the first place. IMHO, building one on the basis of as much literature as possible is infinitely better than lifting one out of a book. And I think you'll find that's what both of the rishonim you've mentioned did as well.
Mar
20
comment May I let my web browser save my browsing session during Chol Hamoed?
Note that he also forbids typing on the computer in the first place, so it seems to be a moot point.
Mar
18
comment Locating a copy of Sifra (Torat Kohanim)
@Bachrach44 - Publishyoursefer provides an excellent service (and hebrewbooks.org is amazing), but I can't think of anything worse than needing to pore over a computer-generated scan of a 16th century publication when all I want to do is learn the midrash. Thanks anyway, but it's not what I'm looking for.
Mar
17
comment Locating a copy of Sifra (Torat Kohanim)
@Matt - It's only important to me that it not contain other midrashim. I have no problem with its including a commentary, particularly if it's unobtrusive. Do you have a link for this product? My city only has the one seforim store, so an online source is preferable.
Mar
17
asked Locating a copy of Sifra (Torat Kohanim)
Mar
17
comment Following both Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam (mezuzah, sefer torah and tefillin)
I think you misread part of my question - my issue with Rabbeinu Tam's tefillin concerned his placement of the parchments horizontally, and had nothing to do with their placement relative to one another. The downvote was not from me, however: the information you have brought on sifrei Torah is very interesting!
Mar
16
revised Following both Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam (mezuzah, sefer torah and tefillin)
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Mar
16
comment Following both Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam (mezuzah, sefer torah and tefillin)
@DoubleAA - I see, but isn't the reason for the parchments being placed horizontal (acc. to RT) the same as his reason for placing the mezuzah horizontally - ie: that this is the way that the Torah was placed in the original aron? If so, my question still stands: why do we harmonise when it comes to the mezuzah (if the Maharil is correct, and that is truly the reason we do this) and not when it comes to other things? (I have deleted my final paragraph since it probably obscures my primary question; and you are right: it's not necessarily relevant).
Mar
16
asked Following both Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam (mezuzah, sefer torah and tefillin)
Mar
12
comment When was the Meiri discovered?
@Nafkamina - I think (but am not 100% sure) that the Meiri on Avodah Zarah was first published in the middle of the 20th century and that, prior to the 19th century, nobody even referred to his views on gentiles. I wonder if it is specifically this part of the Bet haBechirah that the Chazon Ish was referring to? Because the rest of his work is quoted hundreds of times by a range of different sources (most frequently by Shittah Mequbetzet, but also - as you point out - by the Biur Halakha).
Mar
11
comment When was the Meiri discovered?
@ShmuelBrin - I don't know where this idea came from, that nobody studied or quoted the Meiri before the 18th century, but I hear it again and again and it's completely untrue... For just one piece of evidence to the contrary, see the Shittah Mequbetzet on Bava Qama 113a, which was written in the 16th century: hebrewbooks.org/… (second paragraph of second column)
Mar
11
answered When was the Meiri discovered?
Mar
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
6
asked Who should one credit? A question on the Bartenura
Mar
6
comment Resurrection of the dead - when did this concept started?
@DoubleAA - I misspoke, sorry.
Mar
5
comment Understanding Megillah 3a
Great question! Note, however, that the Targum actually provides two interpretations, not one: the mourning of Hadadrimon in Megiddo corresponds to the death of Ahab (killed by Hadadrimon) and also to the death of Josiah (killed in Megiddo). Note also that Rashi (Zech 12:11) says exactly the same thing.
Mar
4
comment Resurrection of the dead - when did this concept started?
Seeing as Hosea makes reference to the return of the prophet Elijah, I wonder what leads Klausner to suppose that this was an unpopular idea at the time when his text was purportedly written...