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Oct
6
comment Does the Date of Sukkot Correspond to Any Particular Event?
@DanF, my question is only meant to suggest a general rule among holidays. However I would argue that commemorating these events is indeed at least one aspect of each holiday.
May
30
comment Is it heresy to read the Bible literally?
Interesting, so you're saying that perhaps R. Sacks purposely overstated this in order to emphasize that one must not read the bible literally and without the oral tradition?
May
30
comment Is it heresy to read the Bible literally?
But which rabbis was Rabbi Sacks referring to? Are you saying he is contradicting the Rambam?
Apr
8
comment Why does Jewish law and tradition specify times for saying Shema?
The mitzvah is to read it in its time. If it is not in its time, then he does not fulfill that mitzvah. Rather, as the Rambam continues, he is like someone reading from the Torah.
Feb
25
comment Intermarriage Attendance
Please add more detail and provide a halachic source.
Jan
23
comment Does God benefit from our keeping of the Mitzvos?
Please see the second paragraph and onward of the maamar of the Lubavitcher Rebbe "לא תהי' משכלה" chabadlibrary.org/books/admur/tm/4/38/index.htm which brings your source, but also sources to the contrary.
Jan
17
comment Is there a special significance of 4 directions as opposed to 6?
My question was not "how is four related to six", but "what significance does 4 have over 6". I reworded the question a bit so hopefully it is clearer now.
Jan
14
comment Is there a special significance of 4 directions as opposed to 6?
The Chei's refers to the 7 raki'im plus the physical world as a whole, but not directions within the physical world.
Jan
14
comment Why does the book of Ester use the present tense so often?
It is not a problem that the entire Tanach is not present tense. The whole Megilla is also not present tense. If it was it would interfere with the proper meaning. But you do find several other places like this in Tanach for example in the beginning of Shemos "...וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּאִים מִצְרָיְמָה" "And these are the names of the sons of Israel who are coming to Egypt..." And according to chassidus this teaches us that we are to see ourselves presently going into exile.
Jan
14
comment Is there a special significance of 4 directions as opposed to 6?
Correct, the ו is 6 and the ק stands for קצוות - directions.
Jan
8
comment Why did Avraham prefer the daughters of Aner, Eshkol and Mamre over Eliezer's daughter?
So is their a contradiction between the two comments? And I don't understand how they couldn't be from Canaan when Mamre was an Amorite.
Dec
28
comment Removing Yarmulka last when undressing (source)
It seems to me that there is a more general custom of dressing from top down and undressing from bottom up. I have been looking for a source but haven't found one yet.
Dec
28
comment Why does Jewish law and tradition specify times for saying Shema?
I made a mistake. The third hour is a Torah obligation and not a fence. We see this because after the third hour a person can no longer fulfill the mitzvah (Rambam, Mishne Torah, Sefer Ahava, 1:12 mechon-mamre.org/i/2101.htm),