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I'm a self taught programmer whose taken a break to go back to school and study Software Engineering. Currently, my main area's of interest are network programming and application level protocols, object oriented design and methodologies like Agile and TDD.


Nov
24
comment Source for Osnat's Locket
When and where was this written?
Nov
24
comment Was Potiphor a Eunuch?
Is there any further discussion or explanation there?
Nov
24
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Nov
24
asked Source for Osnat's Locket
Nov
24
comment Does a fathers obligation to teach his sons a parnassah extend to his daughters too?
I'm not sure what you're say about women not earning a living in the past is accurate. We know for instance from the Cairo geniza that it was common for women to be employed in order to support themselves and their children while their husbands were travelling on business as these trips could last months or years.
Nov
24
asked Was Potiphor a Eunuch?
Nov
22
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred That's the point of this post - some hold that it's totally forbidden, while others hold the exact same thing to be totally permissible.
Nov
21
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred Could you provide a source for that? Because the text seems fairly clear and straightforward and as far as I know is understood by most if not all scholars according to it's plain meaning. It's one thing to say it's Daat Yachid or something like that, but quite another to try and say it doesn't mean what it seemingly clearly does mean.
Nov
14
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
@DoubleAA I think we probably agree here if I'm understanding you correctly. Basically, it seems that the vast majority of people in the vast majority of times and places prior to the Zohar layed tefillin with a bracha, although there were some exceptions here and there. If I can find time I'd actually like to work up a spread sheet with a table listing people, where and when they lived, they're opinion on current practice and they're opinion on historical practice ( if they had one ).
Oct
23
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
First, he's simply quoting the Rosh's view that this was always the universal practice. Take it or leave it I guess. According to the article,Ritva, who lived in Spain at the exact same time Meiri was living in Catalonia in southwestern France ( both were born about 1250 ), brings that the practice was to put teffilin and that some people put without a bracha because of the issue brought up by the Baalai Tosefot. Also, that seems to have been the explicit historical opinion of the Beit Yosef, and Altshuler brings other sources as well.
Oct
23
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
The Beit Yosef, in Kesef Mishneh seems to say explicitly that the universal minhag was to lay teffilin prior to the Zohar, and that the practice stopped because of the Zohar: ‫מנהג העולם היה להניחן עד שבימי רבנן בתראי מצאו בספר הזוהר לשיר‬ ‫השירים שמי שמניח תפילין בחול המועד כמי שקוצץ בנטיעות! ונמנעו מלהניחם‬ ‫‫עוד בחול המועד‬
Oct
23
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
By the way, what journal is that article from?
Oct
23
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
No, it's clear from the rest of the article that he means the nearly universal practice up until the publishing and popularization of the Zohar was to lay teffilin with a bracha, despite the opinions of some Geonim to the contrary. For example it says immediately after the reference to the Geonim: ‫הרא"ש ממשיך ומצטט את הסוגיות הרלוונטיות מהתלמוד‬ ‫הירושלמי ומבבלי מועד קטן, שמהן משמע שבפועל הונחו תפילין בחול המועד,‬ ‫ומהן הוא מסיק שיש להניח תפילין, וכל שכן לדברי רבנו תם הסובר שמלאכת‬ ‫חול המועד נאסרה רק מדרבנן.‬
Oct
22
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
The source you brought basically says that until the 1300's the more or less universal minhag was to lay teffilin on chol hamoed and the only issue was a safeq whether to lay with or without a bracha. **‫ברור אם כן שעד ימיו של בעל הטורים השיקול היחיד שהניע את המחלוקת‬ ‫היה השיקול ההלכתי, שמקורו היה בדרך כלל בדיון בשאלה העקרונית לגבי‬ ‫חומרת איסורי המלאכה בחול המועד והמסתעף ממנה – חובת הנחת התפילין.‬ ‫כמו כן ברור שברוב המקומות הניחו תפילין בחול המועד, והספק היחיד היה אם‬ ‫לאור המחלוקת ההלכתית נכון גם לברך עליהם.‬ **
Oct
22
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
Regarding the pro-teffilin sources being Ashkenazi, it's my understanding that the Rambam supported tefillin on chol hamoed, and he's definitely not Ashkenazi.
Oct
17
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
Do you have a link to Katz's article?
Oct
15
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
What's wrong with the people on this site? What in the world could possibly be wrong with this question that people would mark it down?
Oct
14
comment Basis of Shulchan Aruch's ruling about tefilin on Chol HaMoed
When was it the established practice? Are you saying no one ever layed teffilin on chol hamoed, or just that at the time the Beit Yosef ruled it had become the normative practice?
Oct
14
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Oct
14
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