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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?
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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
Apr
3
comment Saying Rishonim or Achronim were “wrong”
I don't know if Fram is getting this from his Yam shel Shlomo or his Chokhmat Shlomo. I don't have access to the former and as for the latter, I see nothing in his introduction that would suggest that. I am going to assume that, by virtue of this being a PhD, Fram did actually learn the works of the Maharshal, and is basing his statement on actual passages therein. But I would have to see his thesis to know for certain.
Apr
3
comment Saying Rishonim or Achronim were “wrong”
There are literally dozens of them, and I see them all the time. Nothing comes immediately to mind, but flicking through the beginning of Yesodei haTorah, I see a hasagah on 6:4 that commences with "זה אינו כלום".
Apr
3
answered Saying Rishonim or Achronim were “wrong”
Apr
3
comment Saying Rishonim or Achronim were “wrong”
"Not the Raavad"? There are lots of instances in which the Raavad accuses the Rambam of having made things up, and uses very harsh language to do so.
Apr
2
comment Correct response to tizku l'mitzvot
I once wished a couple of people a "good Shabbos" in Jerusalem, and was completely taken aback when they responded with "thankyou". Not the usual response, ... but it does make sense.
Mar
25
comment Why “מִי וָמִי” instead of “מִי וּמִי”?
@HodofHod - No, just that the PDF has the whole document in one piece, and you can skip to individual sections without needing to go through it chapter-by-chapter. You can search as well, and I don't know how sophisticated the search feature on Wikisource is. But if they're much of a muchness, I wouldn't worry about it.