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May
11
comment How do observant Jews entertain themselves?
@Mefaresh: As I mentioned, many have criticized that particular position. The answer, however, was more broadly meant to show a source that dealt with the question and offered various solutions.
May
11
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May
11
answered How do observant Jews entertain themselves?
May
5
comment Attending a Bar Mitzvah at a Reform Synagogue
Then make write that explanation. The syntax of your sentence makes it sound like the gemara is literally discussing reform Jews, when you are saying that poskim are applying the gemara's principle of minim to reform Jews.
May
5
comment Attending a Bar Mitzvah at a Reform Synagogue
The reference to the gemara is a little misleading, because it does not talk about reform Jews there; rather, it discusses houses of heretics who were from Christian sects (cf. R. Hananel). Also, your answer would be better if you cited the three poskim referenced in the link.
Apr
26
comment Water heaters on shabbos and yom tov
If you get a solar heated water tank (the standard here in Israel), then you can heat water on Shabbat that even reaches yad soledet bo, and shower on Yom Tov (cf. Yalkut Yosef 326:3, 326:19). Highly recommended.
Apr
22
comment Is Transcendental Meditation kosher?
@ray: I don't see what you're referring to. Can you specify?
Apr
22
comment Is Transcendental Meditation kosher?
@ray: All that R. Kaplan describes about TM in that book is this: "In many types of Eastern meditation, mantra meditation is the central exercise, and it forms virtually the entire basis of Transcendental Meditation."
Apr
22
comment Is Transcendental Meditation kosher?
@DanF: It is not clear to me if TM is yoga, but I don't think there are any traditional positions.
Apr
22
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Apr
22
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Apr
22
awarded  Revival
Apr
21
comment Did the late Lubavicher Rebbe consider himself a to be a prophet and/or the mashiach?
@DannySchoemann: There's a video of this happening youtu.be/GBBOCZWjp7Q. I don't see this video as answering the question. Although messianics tout this as evidence that the Lubavitcher Rebbe claimed to be the messiah, I think it's another example of equivocation that I discuss in my answer.
Apr
19
comment What were the Rambam's sources?
@DanF:כולם בלשון ברורה ודרך קצרה עד שתהא תורה שבעל פה כולה סדורה בפי הכל בלא קושיא ולא פירוק. לא זה אומר בכה וזה בכה. אלא דברים ברורים קרובים נכונים על פי המשפט אשר יתבאר מכל אלו החיבורים והפירושים הנמצאים מימות רבינו הקדוש ועד עכשיו. עד שיהיו כל הדינין גלויין לקטן ולגדול בדין כל מצוה ומצוה ובדין כל הדברים שתיקנו חכמים ונביאים. כללו של דבר כדי שלא יהא אדם צריך לחיבור אחר בעולם בדין מדיני ישראל אלא יהא חיבור זה מקבץ לתורה שבעל פה כולה עם התקנות והמנהגות והגזירות שנעשו מימות משה רבינו ועד חבור הגמרא וכמו שפירשו לנו הגאונים בכל חיבוריהם שחיברו אחר הגמרא
Apr
18
accepted The history of the Sephardic Chief Rabbi's outfit
Apr
18
comment What were the Rambam's sources?
I'm sure he did use every text available, and I'd like to know what that library looks like. I realize it might be impossible to list every source, but I have yet to see such a list attempted and think it's worthwhile.
Apr
18
comment What were the Rambam's sources?
There are plenty of commentaries that cite the Rambam's sources. I agree with mevaqesh that this doesn't answer the question.
Apr
17
comment Saying Hamapil after Alos Hashachar
The list of sources for the halacha is long, but it can be found on R. Ovadia's teshuvah that this Yalkut Yosef is based on: יחוה דעת חלק ד סימן כא
Apr
17
comment What were the Rambam's sources?
@Yehoshua: (17:34): וטעם כל אלו החשבונות ומפני מה מוסיפים מנין זה ומפני מה גורעין, והיאך נודע כל דבר ודבר מאלו הדברים, והראיה על כל דבר ודבר, היא חכמת התקופות והגימטריות שחברו בה חכמי יון ספרים הרבה והם הנמצאים עכשיו ביד החכמים
Apr
17
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