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וישמע משה ויפל על-פניו -- And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face.

The truth of a fact can only be proved by a fact, not by reasons or reasoning. Reasons and reasoning can establish its probability or its necessity but can never prove its actuality. The veracity of a messenger can only be proved by his sender, the sending of Moses only by God himself. That is why no word of an answer from Moses himself could refute the accusation of Korach. If God would not consider it right to confirm the veracity of his being commissioned by God, in face of this denial of it, then his mission was at its end -- ויפל על פניו.

Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, Parshat Korach

I wish I had God's PGP Key.


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comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@Yishai I posted it just because I thought you were interested in the subject, not to get you to upvote avi's answer :-)
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comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@Yishai Rav Yisrael Zev Gustman wrote a tshuva on this subject in ספר קונטרסי שעורים, מסכתא קידושין pages 306 to 310. He calls for being lenient in cases of infertility and in cases of shalom bayit.
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comment How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
@DoubleAA Are simple translation / meaning of phrase questions not considered appropriate for this site? I'm really only interested in the meaning of the phrase and how it's used. The issue of status of minhag vs. halacha is way too broad in relation to what I'm looking for.
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comment How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
@GershonGold Extremely interesting link - do you want to make it into an answer?
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answered How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
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asked How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
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comment Why do women and girls not immerse before prayer?
@Shalom Ezra's immersion was obligatory to women as well - see the link to Rambam in my answer.
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answered Why do women and girls not immerse before prayer?
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comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
@YEZ - Sure, if you have time.
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comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
@YEZ Did the two of you come to any kind of conclusion?
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revised When is the Halacha like Raba and when like Abaye?
Added the actual phrase and it's translation. Corrected 52b to 52a. Added links to Soncino.
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suggested suggested edit on When is the Halacha like Raba and when like Abaye?
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revised When is the Halacha like Raba and when like Abaye?
Added links.
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suggested suggested edit on When is the Halacha like Raba and when like Abaye?
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comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
@user6591 I opened up the pdf, but had trouble reading it ( it's not a great scan and I'm not used to reading much Rashi script ). Could you summarize his argument?
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comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
Link doesn't work in Firefox for some reason, but it's ok in Chrome.
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comment Source for prohibition to listen to music during the 3 weeks
It seems to be a minhag that developed during the time between the rishonim and the shulchan aruch as there is no mention of it or any other mourning customs in the Mishnah Torah which supposedly contains all obligatory halachot and minhagim which existed at the time it was written.
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asked Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?