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Jul
21
comment The Chofetz Chayim's system of the olamos
@ray The system explained there is Atzilus, Briyah, Yetzira, Asiyah. There is a fifth, above these, Adam Kamon (Tzachzachos) but I don't see any reference to the Chofetz Chayim's hierarchy.
Jul
16
comment The Chofetz Chaim's kiddush cup
@GershonGold Can you comment on what you are linking to and which page you are referencing?
Jun
24
comment What is the Zohar referring to when it speaks about 'Zer Anpin' (ז"א)?
@preferred I'm currently learning the Nefesh Hachaim and looking up the Zohar's that he quotes. I'm not looking to understand the Zohar's whole system or any single concept too deeply but I have seen Zer Anpin so many times I'd like a basic idea of what he means.
Jun
19
comment Is the Nefesh HaChaim truly representitive of the Gra's position?
Very interesting. Do you know which nefesh hachayim I can find this at on hebrewbooks?
Jun
17
comment Are there any late-Achronim who wrote like a Rishon (or early-Acharon)?
If I recall correctly, Rav Wolbe himself writes in the intro to Alei Shur chelek alef that he went through a few versions of the book over many years until he was satisfied with what he finally had published.
Jun
13
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
That's exactly my point. Nowhere in his response do I see him saying that psychiatrists are wrong. I could understand him to mean (a) like I wrote in the original comment that what psychiatrists say about the nature of children is essentially correct but the popularization of these ideas is the thing that have made hitting ineffective [and in earlier generations when these ideas were not known hitting could still be effective] or (b) psychiatrists understanding of the nature of children is essentially flawed and really hitting is good for the child but is now ineffective because...?
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
That makes sense to me, although I don't think the alternative has to be teaching him that life is painful.
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
I understand that it's Rav Leff's position and not yours and as an aside I respect Rav Leff as a tremendous talmud chacham and ba'al middos. I have listened to many of his shiurim and I identify with his approach to Torah and the world in general. However what I'm trying to do here is understand his reasoning and thought process behind his answer and not take it at face value as a 'cutesy' answer. In a sense that itself is being very respectful to Rav Leff.
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
39 lashes are a prescribed by beis din after paskening the halacha for an individual and that's an entirely different story. There is a lot to talk about before we can draw parallels between physical harm dealt out by a beis din and the halachos of a parent hitting a child. And with regards to your other source of the leviim, I'm not familiar with that idea. And your last point seems to be a somewhat popular one (albeit with different explanations as to how it came to be) that we are now physically/emotionally/psychologically softer or weaker.
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
Thanks for that. What I meant was, however, from where do you know that dina demalchusa has any application on this particular subject?
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
Sorry, I was unclear. What I meant was that it's unclear what goal he is referring to. For instance if the goal of hitting according to classical sources is to teach submission or that the father is the authority then Rav Weinberg's pshat is hard for me to understand. He seems to feel that hitting was simply a way to get the child to do what the parent wanted and not to teach any particular point.
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
I assume what you say Rav Leff responded means: many ideas have become popularized and known and due to this the nature of children has changed such that hitting is counterproductive. However this is a secondary position and the better position to be in would be where hitting would be effective. ---I would love it if you could give examples of these crazy ideas.
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
"whatever will be effective", "would suffice", "would work". It seems to me that these goals (if you could call them that) are so vague that this quote is practically useless. The only thing I could gain from this is that according to Rav Weinberg 'shivto' can be understood differently to the "classic" understanding.
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
Very interesting. I would love to know what source R' Schwab was working off of with this idea, i.e. that we are supposed to cause some sort of negative feeling in someone to help them atone. Do we see such an idea elsewhere?
Jun
11
comment Hitting your child as a disciplinary/educational measure - modern opinions
@NoachmiFrankfurt Source?
Apr
19
comment How do you know what God wants without prophets now to tell you?
Related- judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/34605/…
Feb
2
comment Is the sefer אור הצפון available?
I have a pdf of pages 1-150 if you're interested.
Jan
18
comment Are there any examples of Chazal pointing out a flaw in one of their contemporaries?
I think that if any of these statements are ascribing a personal flaw or failure/sin to the other person then yes, they would be an answer. (I suppose we would have to "learn up" those gemara's to see what was happening exactly.) Name calling, however, would not necessarily be an answer because they would use very strong language against someone who they disagreed with in order to dissuade students from following the other position (forgot where I saw this explanation).
Dec
28
comment Making a Bracha on pleasurable things
I have heard of people saying a shehakol on food before they engage in an activity that they get pleasure from (e.g. showering). Although I don't know of a source that such an idea is halachically based, I thought it was a nice practice.
Dec
13
comment Resources for teaching chassan classes
@sam Thank you.