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comment Why does Jewish law and tradition specify times for saying Shema?
@DoubleAA Indeed Hakham 'Ovadiah Yosef A"H mentions the same: that, per Maran HaRav Yosef Qaro, the time limit on saying Qeri'at Shema' Shel Shahharit is a Rabbinic enactment and not Biblical in nature. And, that the Biblical time limit on saying Qeri'at Shema' Shel Shahharit is all day.
2d
comment Is there a mention of the Oral Torah in the Written Torah?
The explanation you bring in the name of HaRaMBa"M is actually taken straight from the Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Berakhot 5A.
Aug
22
comment Is it forbidden to wear a snap-brim Borsalino fedora on Shabbos?
@Seth J - אין הבישן למד!
Aug
18
comment “'Uf” is Torah?
I just realized that a similar question/objection could be raised to Rabbi Yohhanan's statement that "אין טוב אלא תורה שנ' כי לקח טוב נתתי לכם" (just a few lines down on Berakhot 5A). The object of that statement is "לקח" and not "טוב", an example resembling the teaching in the question.
Aug
16
comment If a woman, whose husband is away, becomes pregnant, is she assumed to be adulterous?
Thanks for the answer. You may consider helping our Hebraically-challenged users by translating the Shulhhan 'Arukh's pesaq. Looking forward to more content from you.
Aug
9
comment When a tzaddik dies, does he leave his positive traits in this world?
For example, Rav Eliyahu Mansour SheLIT"A in a derashah on Parashat Haye'i Sarah brings the commentary asking why the parashah is called "Haye'i" (Life of) Sarah when she passes away right at the beginning of the parashah. The answer he brings is that the lessons taught to us, and the impact made on us and the world, by the tzadiqim is never lost such that they are never considered to have truly "died" (i.e. their teachings are never forgotten).
Aug
9
comment When a tzaddik dies, does he leave his positive traits in this world?
Can you clarify what it means to "leave their positive character traits in this world to be used by others"? I'm thinking of a few different interpretations to such a statement.
Aug
7
comment Persia will completely annihilate Edom which will cause moshiach to come
You might considering citing or hyperlinking specific sources to help the community address your question. Thanks!
Aug
4
comment Did the Israelites walk bare foot in the desert, or did they have shoes (comment on Deut. 8:4)?
All of the above. I was studying Miqra'ot Gedolot on the parashah (highly recommended).
Aug
4
comment Did the Israelites walk bare foot in the desert, or did they have shoes (comment on Deut. 8:4)?
I just read this yesterday and was about to post it. Thank you for translating/summarizing for our Hebraically-challenged user base.
Aug
4
comment Jewish saying: “To be lenient when you should be firm is to be cruel when you could be kind.”?
It sounds like this question would be better-suited for a Yiddish/Hebrew SE site.
Aug
3
comment Why no ashrei in maariv?
I believe this is taken from the Maharsha.
Aug
1
comment If a non-religious person is of Jewish heritage, can one wear the Star of David?
Dear @Maria, welcome to Mi Yodeya and thanks for the interesting question. You might be interested in learning that Judaism is an "identity" passed down matrilineally (through one's mother). Unlike in Christianity, where a child must be baptized to become a Christian, Judaism is an identity one inherits from one's mother (or chooses when converting to Judaism). That makes you a Jew! Congratulations! As such, there are hardly any cases I can think of in which a Jew wearing a Star of David would be forbidden by Jewish law.
Jul
30
comment “'Uf” is Torah?
@Shokhet I think you're right. We've harped on the "אין א אלא ב" and have forgotten to address SethJ's / R"L's statement.
Jul
30
comment “'Uf” is Torah?
@Shokhet Yeshayahu 55:1 (the pasuq from Bava Qama 82B you cited) also doesn't follow the same pattern as Mishlei 23:5 (i.e. there isn't really an indirect object like "בו").
Jul
30
comment “'Uf” is Torah?
If it would improve the question to incorporate the feedback to @SethJ answer (i.e. to rephrase the question as 'How do we know that "אין א אלא ב" shouldn't be read literally?'), I'm happy to do so. Nevertheless, even if that's true and there are sources to prove it, I would still need a source to support SethJ's statement that '"אין א אלא ב" means metaphorically [...]'.
Jul
30
comment “'Uf” is Torah?
@Shokhet IMHO, it's just another example of the same pattern. If someone can provide a source that these Gemariyot should not be read literally, then my question is not well-founded.
Jul
30
comment “'Uf” is Torah?
@SethJ A possible counterpoint to your claim that "אין א אלא ב" should not be taken literally is the same phrase being used in our Tefillah: "אין [לנו] מלך אלא אתה".
Jul
30
comment “'Uf” is Torah?
@SethJ Very well. This conversation has contributed little. If you can provide sources for your claims, I will accept your answer.
Jul
30
comment “'Uf” is Torah?
@SethJ I've never learned Gemara before. I don't know what to take literally and what not to. Your accusatory and insulting statements (i.e. "you're mistranslating", "that's a little unusual") add nothing to the question. Provide sources for your wild claims or they will continue to be just that.