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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 Ari Zal and Sefira
@Michoel Meant after Lag B"Omer.
May
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comment Ari Zal and Sefira
@Michoel You should note that on 87b he cut the hair of his young son on Lag B'Omer. Something which is technically against the Halakha, which says on the 34(not the 33rd as Rav Ovadia Yosef reminded me when I brought my son to him on the 33rd of the Omer for his first haircut). So it would appear that the question in the Kitvei is which mourning customs are lightened specifically on the 33rd and why? If he cut his own son's hair, it becomes more difficult to reconcile saying that hair cutting is independent of the other mourning customs.
May
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comment Ari Zal and Sefira
@Yehoshua Added the sources in the Geonim and Rishonim.
May
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May
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comment Ari Zal and Sefira
87a Second line down it says that the time of Katnut of Z"A(which means mourning according to the Rashash and Shemen Sasson) extends from Pesach until Atzeret(Shavuot). Also see the top of the next column wear the Ari rebukes his disicple for mourning on Lag B'Omer, but does not tell him he should not be mourning still after the Omer.
May
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comment Ari Zal and Sefira
@Michoel The discussion starts on 86d and proceeds through 87b in the traditional print. Sorry I don't know the pagination of the Kabbalah Center edition. It starts with the words ענין כל המ"ט ימים של ספירת היעומר. Or for the Halakhic source you can look in Iggerot of Rav Sharira Gaon 1:1.
May
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answered Ari Zal and Sefira
Apr
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answered Place to study Zohar
Apr
30
comment Levi does not want to wash Kohen's hands
I'm guessing you want sourced replies. Otherwise I know that Rav Darzi ZTzUK"L and Rav Ovadia Yosef have both said they need not, and at times it may be unfitting for a Levi to do so.
Apr
25
answered Source for Rav Avraham Yosef's ruling on Ba'alei Teshuva
Apr
25
comment Baal Teshuva — Interested in both Chabad and Breslov, now what?
@ChabadRabbi Saying that Chavukuk or for that matter Rav Morgenshtern(who also has a blended approach) is only taking the best of all is unnecessarily demeaning, and frankly demonstrates an ignorance of what they are about. You would be better just saying that you have no idea or experience with them.
Apr
23
answered Seeking examples of various gematria methods
Apr
23
answered Baal Teshuva — Interested in both Chabad and Breslov, now what?
Apr
19
comment Eating meat on a regular basis
Why do you assume that Rashi's opinion is the halakha? Is this found in any of the Law codes?
Apr
18
comment Singing Lecha Dodi before Shabbos
@DoubleAA No he wouldn't have said An'im Zemirot. As far as to what extent this applies to the Kabbalat Shabbat is a bit of a debate, which is covered in brief in the Nekudot HaKesef quote. The Rabbanim and Hakhamim of Beit El felt that it did. Others(including some of Chaim Vital's students) did not.
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comment Singing Lecha Dodi before Shabbos
@DoubleAA Added a source from the Kitvei HaAri
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Apr
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comment Singing Lecha Dodi before Shabbos
@DoubleAA Ah... I see the confusion. He was opposed to additions to the prayer service, which his piyutim were not. Edited answer to correspond.