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Born in New Jersey, educated in Philadelphia, attained Semikha from Rabbinut in 2003, went on to become a Sofer, Mohel and Shochet. Currently studying Dayyanut and Kabbalah at Yeshivat HaMekubalim Nahar Shalom and Yeshivat HaMekubalim Beit El. Husband and father of four(for now).


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comment Not Kissing our Tzitzis on Tisha Bav in Shacharis
It is not Kabbalistic. The Arizal wore Talit and Tefillin as normal during Tisha B'Av. It is covered in Sha'ar HaKavvanot 89c, the RaShaSh(R' Shalom Sharabi) speaks about it at length in Nahar Shalom in three separate places, 13a, 24a, 39c. The Ben Ish Hai also is for wearing Talit and Tefilin(and thus kissing the tzitzit) Ben Ish Hai, year 1 Devarim 25. Finally the most detailed source is Rav Ovadyah Hedayyah's Deah V'Haskeil 8:6. Ultimately I believe this is simply an Ashkenazi custom. Sephardi poskim follow the Mekubalim who hold opposite.
Aug
9
comment What does it cost to write one's own Sefer Torah - and how long would it take?
As a note I should add that I typically don't go in for computer checking. Everyone I know who does it charges too much($75 a Yeria) and then it is not that accurate. By comparison I can have an expert Ba'al Megiah from my Yeshiva check for $10 a Yeria and get pointers on how to make my writing more hiddur.
Aug
9
awarded  Mortarboard
Aug
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comment Cutting Tefillin Retzuos
I was always under the impression that they were cut on a slant as a siman that they are Rashi tefilin. At least that is how it is done in communities that wear both. Rashi is a slant, and R"T is a point.
Aug
9
comment Composition of Sofer's ink
There are older recipes that are slightly different than the one given on the above page, but essentially that is it. Sofer ink is an iron gall ink.
Aug
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revised Stepping Back Before Amidah
Added additional relevant sources
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answered Stepping Back Before Amidah
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comment What does it cost to write one's own Sefer Torah - and how long would it take?
Yes. Sorry for my bad typing I fixed it in the text.
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revised What does it cost to write one's own Sefer Torah - and how long would it take?
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Aug
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comment Where does the concept of Gilgulim (reincarnations) in Judaism come from?
I would agree. I am not sure that even the Ari or his student Haim Vital intended for much of this to be open for mass consumption as it is today. Take for instance Shaarei Kedusha, R' Haim Vital's work for beginners and lay people, gilgulim there are not explicitly spoken of the advent of Hassidus put these concepts intot he public sphere, and Gershom Scholem put the texts(poorly translated) into the public sphere. Only HaShem knows if either ever belonged there, but it seems clear that their authors intended otherwise.
Aug
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asked Illness with Talit and Tefillin
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answered What does it cost to write one's own Sefer Torah - and how long would it take?
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answered Burning the Challah portion
Aug
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comment Where does the concept of Gilgulim (reincarnations) in Judaism come from?
Yes and no. For Rabbanim like Sa'adia Gaon it gave them permission to argue on the premise and even delcare it non-Jewish. Others saw it(as many Kabbalistic concepts) as being veiled within Shas, thus claiming that it is mentioned but not explicitly, and one would have to have insiders knowledge to know what they were saying. Many Kabbalists consider this to be the case with all of Kabbalah. R' Kaduri ZTz"L told me many times, all of Kabbalah is hidden within Shas, one just needs to know how to find it.
Aug
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answered Segulah for Children?
Aug
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comment Minimum Age to Learn Kabbalah?
The Shach on YD 246:6 is by far not the final answer. Sephardi authorities do not hold by him. Neither do various Ashkenazi ones. The Gra on the same page takes him to task for not knowing enough about Kabbalah to know that the text(the Rama in the Y"D 246:6) wasn't speaking about Kabbalah. For that matter Yeshivat Sha'ar HaShamayim in Jerusalem, an Ashkenazi Kabbalistic Yeshiva, admits students to the study of Kabbalah as young as 18 and 20.
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answered Minimum Age to Learn Kabbalah?
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answered Where does the concept of Gilgulim (reincarnations) in Judaism come from?