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Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel I don't understand the Lubavitcher's answer as well... If it's all about cause and effect, why does Rashi (following Chazal) bother to prove that Yaakov was absent for 22 years and then he bothers again for Yossef? Plus, what is exactly the cause and effect here: how did these exact 22 years of absence eventually caused that Yossef was also absent for the exact same amount of time?
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel The Be'er Sade's answer I totally don't understand... Rashi and Chazal seem to praise Yaakov for taking away the blessings (Unkelus: במרמה = בחוכמתא = smartly). Plus, why not to say the opposite: it's only someone of his (Yaakov's) caliber to steal blessings. Simple people can not do that for solely pure reasons, whereas Yaakov can. So for him it should be considered a mitzva.
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel The Pardes Yossef only relates to Rivka's command. He doesn't relate either to Yitzchak's command, which doesn't seem to be limited whatsoever, nor does he relate to the danger aspect.
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel I don't understand the Siftey Chachamim's answer. Let's assume that Yaakov wanted to marry the more beautiful Rachel (it isn't written anywhere that this was the reason but shoin), did Yitzchak expect Yaakov to marry the one that's ready most quickly? Naturally, it might take time, as it did. Plus, like the Maharasha, are there any psukim that hint that answer? Plus, the Siftey Chachamim as well doesn't relate to the danger aspect.
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel The Ben Yehoyada doesn't relate to the fact that it was dangerous for Yaakov to return (even the Maharash agrees that during the 22 years it was dangerous again - including the last 6).
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel The Maharasha doesn't relate to the fact Yaakov was commanded by Yitzchak to marry a relative from Charan (and that takes some more time, by which it was again dangerous according to the Maharasha). Plus, does the Maharasha base that answer on psukim or any drush or is he compelled by the question?
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel Wow! Thanks for all of these answers! That's impressive. I'll comment each answer in a separate comment.
Dec
9
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@MonicaCellio since his mother urged him into it and urged him to flee - that'd still be considered honoring her, wouldn't it?
Dec
9
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
And what about the danger for his life?
Dec
9
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
First, thanks for your answer! How do we know they inteneded him to marry Leah? Also, Rashi says that Leah's eyes were soft for her crying of being designated to Esav (I'll bring sources if needed).
Dec
8
comment Does Judaism endorse guilt?
@DoubleAA "Serve G-d with fear" doesn't necessarily imply there are moments in which we're not supposed to be joyful. AFAIK, we should be both at the same time. It's not about crying / laughing, it's about sense of fear / joy.
Dec
6
comment Attaching something by way of a hook on Shabbos — problem of binyan (building)?
I didn't get the scenario. Can you add a picture\sketch? These subjects were on the daf-yomi just a couple of weeks ago (and I learned them yesterday...)
Dec
5
comment What's so special about Leah?
@DoubleAA OK. I wasn't aware of it. Thanks for clarifying.
Dec
5
comment What's so special about Leah?
@nikmasi 1) running after mitzvot - זריזין מקדימין למצוות- is certainly positive; 2) being a prophet is something one can achieve only after having Ruach HaKodesh, which is achieved only after trailing the whole messilat yesharim, as mentioned by the Ramcahl, that cites the known Braitah (Avoda Zara 20b): Therefore said R Pinchas Ben Yair: Torah brings Zehirut, Zehirut brings Zerizut ... Kedusha brings Ruach HaKodesh. This isn't only a mere positive character trait, its devine evidence of having an oustanding character.
Dec
5
comment What's so special about Leah?
@nikmasi it seems that Gershon Gold has given a makor: Rashi on Bereshit 30:21. She prayed for it the prayer was apparantly accepted.
Dec
5
comment Do Sefardim keep Rashi time or Rabbeinu Tam time?
@Yehoshua yes: ShuT Shemesh UMagen (שמש ומגן), part 1, Siman 5.
Nov
28
comment removing a dislocated hair out of one's beard on shabbat
@msh210 I hope it's more clear now. Please tell me otherwise.
Nov
28
comment removing a dislocated hair out of one's beard on shabbat
@msh210 I'll do my best as I can't find an online one.
Nov
28
comment Should the Shliach Tzibur say end-verses quietly to himself before saying them out loud?
@msh210 thanks anyway!
Nov
28
comment Should the Shliach Tzibur say end-verses quietly to himself before saying them out loud?
@DoubleAA in second thought, even when not in end of blessings, if the last verse includes Shem Hashem, it might also be problematic.