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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.


6h
comment Why does belief in Judaism require irrationality?
This reminds me of Winston Churchill's famous quote that it doesn't take all kinds there just are all kinds. Just because a lot of Jews behave irrationally doesn't mean that Judaism requires irrationality.
2d
comment Do Jews Believe Dinosaurs Lived in the Same Time Period as Humans?
Shouldn't someone mention the fact that a significant proportion of Orthodox Jews deny the existence of dinosaurs and consider them a conspiracy by atheists to undermine the Torah?
Oct
13
comment Can I light a new fire on yom tov?
At least according to Rambam, the Torah allows lighting a fire from scratch for any reason. IIRC, I believe that applies to transferring fire under the Rabbinic prohibition as well, but I'd have to double check that.
Oct
13
comment Can I light a new fire on yom tov?
@juanora The reason is pretty straight forward, all ways that people had of lighting fires from scratch where generally difficult and time consuming. It's the same reason the Sages forbid to harvest wheat and grind it into flour on yom tov or various other activities - it's allot of work and interferes with the proper experience of chag. Rambam gives this reason explicitly.
Oct
13
comment Can you use electricity on Yom Tov
@DoubleAA I'm really not trying to be contrarian, but they really seem clearly distinct to me. It seems like it would be interesting to take the discussion to chat when opportunity and time make it convenient for both of us.
Oct
13
comment Can you use electricity on Yom Tov
Why would accepting a minhag not to use electricity on Shabbat necessitate accepting a minhag not to use electricity on Yom Tov?
Oct
13
comment Can you use electricity on Yom Tov
If otherwise religious Jews used electricity on Yom Tov in their countries of origin, and the only reason they stopped using it in Israel is because they were told fallacious reasons, like electricity is fire, etc. is that legitimate? I would compare this to absorption in stainless steel - the vast majority of otherwise religious Jews do hagalah on both stainless steel and glass - and people go to great lengths to justify why it's absolutely necessary - yet objectively there's no legitimate reason for either one. Is a minhag or halacha based on something demonstrably false legit?
Oct
13
comment Can you use electricity on Yom Tov
@DoubleAA Are you in people's home to know what they do and don't do? And if the only reason they keep it is because of reason's that aren't completely true ( or not true at all ) is that legitimate?
Oct
12
comment “Blias” in today's pots and pans
@Yehoshua You should take a look at my answer.
Oct
12
comment “Blias” in today's pots and pans
@Dave I think you should take a look at my answer.
Oct
12
comment Can you use electricity on Yom Tov
@Shokhet The Torah allows lighting a fire from scratch for any reason and carrying for any reason on Yom Tov in addition to ochel nefesh. Lighting fire from scratch is Rabbinically forbidden, and it may only be certain methods of lighting a fire. If you following the minority opinion that electricity is only forbidden on Shabbat due to minhag, then it's not clear why it would be forbidden at all on Yom Tov. In fact, at least in Morroco it was fairly common for people to use electricity on Yom Tov prior to the mass aliya to Israel.
Oct
10
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
+1 for the interesting info - I would point out that Rambam says the opposite of Tosafot in מאכלות אסורות יז,ט. Specifically that the Sages in fact made gezirot that had no basis in the Torah at all.
Oct
9
comment “Blias” in today's pots and pans
@Yehoshua I've greatly expanded my answer now.
Oct
7
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
It's not even generally accepted today... but I'll add some links to show that.
Oct
7
comment Why is it necessary to ask a Rabbi?
This question presupposes that there is even such a thing as a Rabbi in our day and age. Today there are only Talmidai Chachmim - the last real Rabbis where in the time of the Geonim over one thousand years ago, iirc.
Oct
5
comment Copies of Aleppo Codex
IIRC, Rambam considered it authoritative and modern Yeminite Torah scrolls follow it's text, as did most sifre Torah in the Middle East at that time. However over the course of a few hundred years the text currently used by most Jews became the dominate one. If I can find where I read about this I'll change this comment to an answer. The differences are minor though IIRC, just a different number of yuds and vav's in some words.
Oct
2
comment Rav vs. Rabbi in Talmudic Times
What about the special spiritual attributes / powers / status / I'm not sure what it was that I read about?
Oct
2
comment Rav vs. Rabbi in Talmudic Times
@BabySeal Don't remember, some kind of wikipedia style site - might have been in Hebrew - I'll see if I can find it. Rabbi Zera is a very interesting guy.
Sep
30
comment Turn dairy ceramic pot into parve pot
From the Torah, everything is parve 24 hours after it's been cleaned... And his has a glass coating, which according to some minhagim means it can be used interchangeably for meat or milk just like any other glass dish.
Sep
29
comment When do rabbinic enactments apply if the given reason no longer does?
I don't think you're accurately representing Rambam's position. IIRC, he says elsewhere that if circumstances have changed, even a lesser beit din can annul if they believe the original beit din would have ruled differently if presented with the changed circumstances.