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Jul
2
comment Tefillin of the Chofetz Chaim
In the Artscroll biography of the Chafet Chaim I remember seeing a picture of him wearing his tefillin (and learning or davening). I was always suspect, though, that it's not really him because his tefillin shel yad is uncovered in the photo and he writes in the Mishna Berura that it's better to cover them.
Jun
29
accepted Kollel avreichim who are not learning (properly) are rodfim?
Jun
28
comment Kollel avreichim who are not learning (properly) are rodfim?
@Rish Maybe somewhere in the writings of the Chazon Ish or a quote fomr someone he heard the Chazon Ish say such a thing. Anything closer to the source would be a good step I think.
Jun
28
comment Kollel avreichim who are not learning (properly) are rodfim?
I misunderstood your original comment. I thought you were saying that men in kollel are thieves.
Jun
28
comment Kollel avreichim who are not learning (properly) are rodfim?
@DoubleAA Sarcasm?
Jun
28
asked Kollel avreichim who are not learning (properly) are rodfim?
Jun
23
asked Is there an English translation online of the Ramban on Chumash?
Jun
12
comment Only 613 commandments? Can't be!
@mevaqesh ...continued- The 613 absolutely matter according to the Gra. I might not fully understand why they matter according to the way the answer is explained in the book. However Rav Avraham makes that point and says that it doesn't matter for us at this point which exactly are the 613 and which or the other ones. I have always wondered, in any event, why the Rishonim put in all that work to establish which are the 613... why did THEY think it was so important? Did they say that anything not in the 613 are not mi'deoraysa?
Jun
12
comment Only 613 commandments? Can't be!
@Yishai I hear what you're saying about the Rashi but I'm not totally convinced. There are a huge number of things we learn from creation to Adam to Noach to Avraham etc. in Bereishis. Why does he have to go to the claim of the nations of the world and Eretz Yisroel if his answer is simply "We learn lots of stuff that aren't mitzvos but are nevertheless important"? You know what I mean?... I'm not sure, I'll have to investigate this a bit. (I wish I owned a Chumash with meforshei Rahsi.)
Jun
12
comment Only 613 commandments? Can't be!
@mevaqesh I think we might be understanding the Gra differently. He has a reason for the 613 count (it is a Gemara after all!) and they are different than other mitzvos. The Gra has no apparent disagreement with the Rishonim who make the count. In a sentence, according to him the 613 or "roots" and the other endless amount of mitzvos are "branches", "leaves", "fruit" etc. Take a look at the book I linked in the question.
Jun
12
comment Only 613 commandments? Can't be!
@Yishai "Your link etc."- I'm looking for others who agree with the difficulty and for different answers. "If the question etc."- The Gra gives a different answer. "This idea etc."- The Gra obviously (from his many comments on Nach) agrees with your general point of learning from the stories but nevertheless was not satisfied by your answer (seemingly neither was the 1st Rashi in both his question and answer.)
Jun
9
asked Is a person allowed to pray for something unrealistic?
Jun
8
comment Only 613 commandments? Can't be!
@DoubleAA I wasn't sure how to understand the Gra's difficulties. If you look in the book you'll see that they'e not explained further. I had a couple of possibilities but the one I think fits best with the way the question is presented is : How could it be that you have sections of the Torah that are not telling us what to DO, this is a world of action and the Torah is its' guide. (Or something to that effect).
Jun
7
revised Only 613 commandments? Can't be!
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Jun
7
asked Only 613 commandments? Can't be!
Jun
1
comment Difference in law between male and female adultery
Although the language of his question could be understood to be asking the same thing as my question, from the answer given there and how people discussed the question it seems like I'm posing a different question. I would like to know the philosophy behind the halacha.
Jun
1
revised Difference in law between male and female adultery
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Jun
1
comment Difference in law between male and female adultery
Essentially. But I'm not limiting myself to that case alone. I see a trend in the halacha and I'm asking the question based on the assumption that the seeming trend is due to an underlying 'philosophy' out of which the halacha is borne.
Jun
1
comment Difference in law between male and female adultery
@DoubleAA Any response?