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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.


Jul
24
comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
@YEZ Did the two of you come to any kind of conclusion?
Jul
20
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?
Jul
20
comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
Link doesn't work in Firefox for some reason, but it's ok in Chrome.
Jul
19
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.
Jul
15
comment Translations of R' Hirsch
The Feldheim translation is horrible. I've compared it to the older blue second edition and blue one is much better in my opinion.
Jul
3
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@Yishai Regarding someone who publicly advocates giving such heterim, Rav Yaakov Halevi Elyashiv, former chief Rabbi of Kiryat Yam in Israel. Don't know much about him though.
Jul
3
comment Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli
Is the Koren one the Stienzaltz?
Jun
30
comment Can you pray something that isn't true or (at least) that the petitioner doesn't believe to be true?
Does this include things that were at one time believed to be true, but are now know not to be true such as prayers that talk about the "raki'a" the metal dome covering the earth in which the stars are set? I'm thinking specifically about the Ma'ariv prayer.
Jun
30
comment Is there any contemporary posek who says you can deviate from the wording in the shmona esrei?
Many Sephardic Sidurim are full of additional optional prayers inserted into the Amidah. IIRC one of my Sidurim even had optional prayers inserted into the middle of standard prayers, but I'll have to check on that.
Jun
30
comment Amirat goy on Shabbat in regards to electricity
@Tatpurusha What you're saying is complete nonsense.
Jun
29
comment Amirat goy on Shabbat in regards to electricity
@Tatpurusha Magnetic charges are not physical objects and the records on a hard disk aren't permanent. Average hard drives deteriorate at about 1% per year and after 50 or 60 years a hard drive will be unreadable, even if it was only ever written once and then stuck on a shelf.
Jun
29
comment Virginal Defloration and Nidah
In English Niddah 64b halakhah.com/niddah/niddah_64.html#64b and Niddah 65b halakhah.com/niddah/niddah_65.html#65b
Jun
26
comment Is there positive proof that the Rambam did not accept Kabbalah?
@YEZ It's a excerpt from a book I haven't read, called "The Faith of Maimonides". You can see it about halfway down the page here: rationalistjudaism.com/2010/12/…
Jun
24
comment Did Yael Sleep with Sisra?
@ray I was asking for written sources and explanations. Like is this from the Talmud or some other early source and can it be reconciled with the p'shat meaning of the text.
Jun
24
comment Yael vs Esther comparison
But isn't a woman required to at least initially try to resist rape for it not to be considered adultery? This comes from the expression that even if she ends up enjoying it in the end, as long as she resisted in the beginning she's patur. From Rambam IIRC.
Jun
23
comment Why don't we just follow the shittah of Moshe Rabeinu?
Your point about not being able to disagree with earlier rulings isn't correct, either theoretically or in practice.
Jun
23
comment Why aren't we Mahmir (stringent) with just Mikvah when ruling leniently on a technicality in Niddah cases?
@MonicaCellio There are good sources for this in Mishneh Torah, Isurai Biyah. One of the main reasons is that a woman is only tameh from the torah if she has a flow of blood from the main room of the uterus accompanied by a hargasha. All the laws of stains are D'Rabbinan. If I have time I'll add them, or you can just read them here: mechon-mamre.org/i/5109n.htm You can also poke around in the previous chapters for more info. But since a ketem is rabbinic I would think the principle of a doubt from the torah be stringent, a doubt from rabbinic be lenient applies.
Jun
1
comment Refuting claims that everything before Shmuel was made up?
jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/…
May
29
comment Minimum Number of Days before Hefsek Tahara: Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi
Maybe, but if the woman has a regular period, and you see active bleeding on ultrasound at the time she's expecting, then there's really not any doubt. If you really wanted to be 100% certain without any chance of doubt at all, then do a blood test to check hormone levels. I assume ( maybe incorrectly since I haven't verified it ) that this is the reason many rabanim are willing to give women who ovulate prior to the 12th day a heter to immerse early.
May
28
comment Minimum Number of Days before Hefsek Tahara: Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi
The Mishnah says that the first seven days of the womans menstrual cycle is the time of niddah, and the 8th to 18th days are the time of potential zavah bleeding. These times are mutually exclusive and cannot overlap. It says in the mishnah that this is torah l'moshe m'sinai. It's very easy with an ultrasound or blood test to determine when menstrual bleeding has started.