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May
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answered Rambam in the Original Judeo Arabic
May
5
comment Is there a “peshat”-style commentary on Chaim Vital's Etz Chayim?
You could also try the commentaries on Otzrot Hayyim (which is made up of all the sections in Mahadura Tinyana of Etz Hayyim), for which there are several commentaries like that, including one by the author of Matok Mi-Dvash himself (his commentary on otzrot hayyim is also titled Matok Mi-dvash).
May
5
answered Is there a “peshat”-style commentary on Chaim Vital's Etz Chayim?
May
1
comment Using Christian theological texts for a Torah class
Re: Charles Koppleman's point-- The Rambam seems to take the opposite position: in the introduction to the Eight Chapters, he says he's going to refrain from 'mentioning the names of the authorities drawn upon' because some readers might not be open to teachings if they are said in the name of certain (presumably Greek or Muslim) authorities.
Apr
25
comment Neviyim and Kesuvim are Torah Shebiksav?
I think you could say that kri/ktiv is a feature (a rigid, fixed feature) of the text, like the dots and the trop. To me at least, it seems like these things are all preserved carefully and rigidly, and that that's an essential feature of the whole thing--and is different from how oral torah is learned. (But the issue of kri/ktiv is mysterious and I can't say I understand it.)
Apr
25
comment Neviyim and Kesuvim are Torah Shebiksav?
Why wouldn't the חכמים let the alternative ones stand, unless they were operating on the premise that 'fixed, finite text' is the way it has to be?
Apr
24
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Apr
24
answered Neviyim and Kesuvim are Torah Shebiksav?
Apr
23
answered Mystical Practices within Kabbalah: Is There a “Ceremony of Remembrance”?
Apr
18
comment why don't we say “kol dichfin” before kidush
@Shmuel, maybe because all of magid needs to be done 'over' the matzah--לחם עוני - שעונין עליו דברים הרבה--so, the matzo needs to be presented and explained at the beginning of the process, not just immediately before eating it.
Apr
17
comment Kol Hamarbeh Haray Zeh Mishoebach
Nice question... one possibility is that only mitzvot not limited to a specific time are included in the list in Mishnah Peah. Though maybe remembering yetziat mitzrayim is also not limited, in the sense of 'kol yemei hayyekha' meaning every day and every night....
Apr
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Apr
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Feb
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Feb
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comment Relationship between Gold and Awe of G-d
Or to re-work that last comment: the main thing might be the redness of gold. And red is clearly tied to gevurah.
Feb
3
comment Relationship between Gold and Awe of G-d
I don't know--maybe somebody else will know of some relevant midrashim. The only thing I can think of is Isaiah 63:1, "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with crimsoned garments from Bozrah?" An image of God manifesting severity and judgement, tied to the color red. I'm assuming that gold is really a form of red (it's not just pure reflective shiny-ness, but has red in it.)