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Jan
22
asked What kind of “tikun hamiddos” is advocated by the Torah?
Jan
19
comment How much of this world is really ordained by Heaven?
I'd like to point out that there is a difference between something being decreed by God and God causing something to happen. It could be that God causes every individual leaf to fall the way it does and every spider to catch the fly it catches but that doesn't mean that God decreed that this spider should catch this fly. I believe that this is Rav Chaim Friedlander's position (based on the Ramchal and others. He also explains the Rambam this way.) in his sefer Sifsei Chaim.
Jan
17
comment Mizmor L'Toda with Melody
I do every day. I'm not sure what you mean by a community where this is followed... this is not a community related halacha. As with everything else you'll find individuals who are aware of and follow more halachos/minhagim then others in the same community.
Jan
14
comment What's unique about the book Eglei Tal?
@Matt I was aksing because it seems like a particularly popular book and, in my experience, a popular halacha book is usually popular due to it's format (or something like format) and not because of the content. I wasn't really asking about the "need" rather the "attraction to".
Jan
12
asked Does electronic cigarette juice require a hechsher?
Jan
11
comment Gedolim and Sever Panim Yafos
Why so many down-votes? No explanations?
Jan
11
asked Rising when saying Elokeinu in a zimmun
Jan
11
comment Value of Forgotten Torah
I don't remember which gemarah but it says that you get reward for walking to the shiur and for the uncomfortable-ness experienced at the shiur (if it's crowded). I think this only applies to someone going to hear words of Torah, nit sure about learning oneself.
Jan
11
comment How should an Orthodox Jew respond to questioning by Conservative/Reform Jews?
My understanding is that the single most fundamental difference is the way Orthodox Jews regard the Talmud/Chazal and their place in defining what the Torah is (and what it's not) including practical laws and general perspectives (hashkafah). In terms of explaining such an idea and making it palpable to a non-Orthodox person... lets see what people answer.
Jan
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
9
reviewed Approve Do all poskim hold libun can not be done to a bbq?
Jan
8
reviewed Approve Did R' Moshe de Leon write the Zohar
Jan
7
comment Gedolim and Sever Panim Yafos
@msh210 True. I am assuming that Rabbi's of a certain caliber would be acting consciously vis-a-vis an explicit mishna that seems to pertain to their situation.
Jan
7
revised Gedolim and Sever Panim Yafos
Tried to make the question less opinion based.
Jan
7
comment Gedolim and Sever Panim Yafos
I have also seen and experienced firsthand professional panim yafos (so to speak) of gedolei Torah... it could be that the video's I've seen of a lack of panim yafos is like you said, due to their meeting many people at that time. But still, why should that stop them?
Jan
7
asked Gedolim and Sever Panim Yafos
Jan
6
comment What was the value of the Rishonim's philosophical inquiries about God and the world?
@ray Interesting... would that mean that a person should not study kabala without first being choker? (Do you know where this quote is from?)
Jan
5
reviewed Approve The concept of the “Tzadik” in Chasidut
Jan
5
asked What was the value of the Rishonim's philosophical inquiries about God and the world?
Jan
3
comment May I place a towel on the food that's on the platta on Shabbos?
Wouldn't that depend on why not having the whole pot covered would be OK? If it's a demonstration that you are not concerned with insulating the pot (I vaguely remember this being the position of a Rishon) then maybe in this case it would not help since it's clear that I'm draping the towel for insulation purposes? Just thinking here...