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Aug
20
comment What is a person's consciousness in the next world?
@ray Maybe there is an I but not the same I as I identify with now.
Aug
9
comment Not approaching the Western Wall
Assuming that what the Rabbi said was his only reason, I don't know of a source. However he could of had other reasons that he would not have stated. One that could explain his actions is a halachic issue of standing close to the wall. Rav Moshe Shternbuch discusses this in Teshuvos Ve'Hanhagos. I don't remember which one but maybe someone can find it by using the index. The rabbi might have wanted to use a personal reason so as not to stop the other person from approaching since it seems to be a chumrah not to come close to the wall.
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
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
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
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
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
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?
May
29
comment Difference in law between male and female adultery
@DoubleAA How is it still a duplicate? The other questions/answers are addressing the laws and their sources. I'm asking about the reasoning behind the laws and their sources. Not what or how we know but WHY.
May
29
comment Difference in law between male and female adultery
@DoubleAA I'm talking about an extramarital affair and the law for a married man vs a married woman in more severe cases. The fact that you can find a somewhat related case that is more sever for a man than a woman does not, I think, undermine my question. There still seems to be a distinction between men and women vis a vis relations with more than one of the opposite sex.
May
27
comment Difference in law between male and female adultery
I edited the question so it's not a duplicate...
May
27
comment Difference in law between male and female adultery
@andrewmh20 While you are technically correct, I did not want to get into technicalities and just ask the question with terms normally used in our culture. I suppose extramarital relations would have been more correct a term.
May
4
comment Lashon Hara about yourself
Can I find this letter of the Lubavitcher Rebbe online? Did he write it himself?
Apr
6
comment The Tannaim and Amoraim's Intelligence
No explanation for the downvotes?