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Sep
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answered Shisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
Sep
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comment Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
I recall seeing a study recently where between telling people to work on several healthier habits and just working on one, the several-habit people were more likely to succeed. Depending on the person and the situation, exactly-one-mitzva-at-a-time might be the right move; but trying for a few might be in order too. Again, no one-size-fits-all answer.
Sep
16
comment Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
The thief story I think is a medrish with R' Shimon ben Shetach, IIRC.
Sep
16
comment Buying Arba Minnim- when is the best time?
Right. Like I said, there's a huge spectrum on "sooner" vs "better."
Sep
16
comment Buying Arba Minnim- when is the best time?
Related to a popular question -- when the Rambam talks about those with an even balance of sin/virtue on Rosh HaShanah getting a "pass" if they repent by yom kippur -- why not just do a whole bunch more mitzvas instead?
Sep
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answered Buying Arba Minnim- when is the best time?
Sep
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comment Does a lady have a Chiuv to eat on Erev Yom Kippur?
Isaac, the question is if it's a separate mitzva it might be asey shehazman grama. If it's connected to a lav somehow (like don't-eat-chametz,-do-eat-matza) then women are definitely obligated.
Sep
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comment Does a lady have a Chiuv to eat on Erev Yom Kippur?
So yodeyans are supposed to know more than the Shaagas Aryeh?
Sep
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comment Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
See my pontification below; the interpretation of that verse is debated by Jewish thinkers.
Sep
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comment Tachanun without a Sefer Torah
Not debating anything below, but just pointing out that Rabbi Artscroll Siddur says not to lean, and I suspect that's caused that practice to win out in much of America.
Sep
16
answered In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
Sep
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asked In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
Sep
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asked Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
Sep
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comment Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
"Negative teshuva" is Rabbi Breitowitz's translation for "tohei al harishonos", someone who regrets (G-d forbid) performing mitzvas. There's an interesting piece from R' Elchanan Wasserman on that concept; from the title of your question, I thought that was your topic.
Sep
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answered Negative t'shuva or positive t'shuva?
Sep
15
comment What exactly do you do and say when you fall Korim?
I recall hearing in ... shul or yeshiva? ... that it's the HEAD that's important to have covering, not the knees. Anyone back me up here?
Sep
15
comment Chamisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
Hadn't thought about that. Just making sure I understand your answer; 95 actual dunks (not "several dunks over 95 days"). Wow that's a lot! But good point about the beat.
Sep
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comment How Kabbalistically accurate is the golem-making procedure described in “Niflaos Maharal”?
Just curious, assuming Niflaos Maharal was fiction written by R' Yudel Rosenberg, what texts he was working off for the kabalistic bits.
Sep
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accepted How Kabbalistically accurate is the golem-making procedure described in “Niflaos Maharal”?
Sep
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comment Chamisha Vetish'im - mi yodeya?
95 dunks in the mikvah?