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Jan
3
comment Why a burning bush?
The one about it being a test of his attention to detail is very nice.
Dec
26
comment Does Bleeding on the 11th Day Join Bleeding on the 12th Day of the Zav Days?
Ok, someone had given me the impression that there was some contention or uncertainty about this issue, but it seems like it's pretty straight forward from what you're saying.
Dec
24
comment Does Rambam take the 6 days of creation literally?
It doesn't take a whole book, he just has a few pages in the book discussing this specific question.
Dec
24
comment Does Rambam take the 6 days of creation literally?
Rav Natan Slifkin wrote a book on this subject called the challenge of creation.
Aug
5
comment Why Was Benjamin Almost Destroyed?
By the way, extremely interest answer!
Aug
5
comment Why Was Benjamin Almost Destroyed?
So basically Ramban mentions the parallel with S'dom, but limits it only to the small group that carried out the attack, and not to the tribe as a whole? Do you know where I could read the whole thing in the original Hebrew?
Aug
5
comment Why Was Benjamin Almost Destroyed?
@Salmononius2 Which is why I'm asking the question - I'd like to know what classic commentaries say on this subject - especially in light of the literary parallel / allusion to Sodom.
Jul
30
comment On Burial Under the Altar
@DoubleAA Thanks.
Jul
30
comment On Burial Under the Altar
Ahh, so what he was saying wasn't specific to the Mount of Olives? We brought her from chu"l, so that must be why he mentioned it. Does anyone elucidate what the meaning of this it?
Jul
24
comment Showering after chatzos on Friday the 8th of Av
Could someone comment on why the downvote?
Jul
24
comment Death Penalty for Desecrating God's Name?
@Daniel There have always been ways of executing without executing - like locking someone up without food or water...
Jul
24
comment Showering after chatzos on Friday the 8th of Av
@DoubleAA Because Sepharadim have different customs than Ashkenazim. Sepharadim don't refrain from washing / showering during the nine days.
Jul
24
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred distinction between these two cases in that choise of judge is completely in the hands of those having the dispute, as one example.
Jul
24
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred from this is that a person who has a profession and is busy all the time judging could theoretically end up getting all his income from judging if there was enough volume to keep him busy, but he would still have to have a profession with a known wage and it would have to be the people whose cases are being judged who pay him. It would still be forbidden to work as a professional judge who gets a salary for judging from the community. It may not seem like it, but there is a crucially important...
Jul
24
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred I can only speak to what Rambam himself is saying, and it seems clear that there is not room in his opinion for an expansive reading - he is very specific to state an absolute prohibition on a dayan being compensated for judging, then gives a very specific and limited exception - if his work was interrupted in order to judge he can request direct compensation for lost wages from the two people whose dispute he is judging - and those two people must split the payment 50/50 and the payment may not exceed the exact amount of wages lost while judging. The most that you could extrapolate...
Jul
24
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred Read Yishai's link and my comment - it's really very clear and not open to interpretations as far as I can tell.
Jul
23
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Yishai It seems clear that his intention is simply that if two people come to a judge while he is busy with his regular employment ( which he is assumed to have ), and they want him to stop his job and judge for them, then they have to compensate him for the wages he looses while he is busy judging their case. Otherwise, it is forbidden for a judge to take any money for judging, and if he does his judgements are retroactively nullified. I don't think they even had the concept of a full time "judge" supported by community funds at the time.
Jul
23
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Yishai You may be right in that it may have only ever have been a Sephardic thing - I guess I was just wanting to contrast with Ashkenazim where the practice doesn't exist at all. Regarding not waiting for bleeding to stop, Rambam said that the ruling of the Talmud is that it's OK, but that the Geonim ruled against the Talmud, but that there are places like France where they still go according to the Talmud, and that what you do depends on your custom. It's on the bottom of the same page as the quote in my answer.
Jul
22
comment Can I wash and say “please pass the salt”?
Why use transliteration instead of just copy and pasting the Hebrew text from a source like mechon mamre?
Jul
21
comment Questioning the Rambam's Reasoning on Yovel / Shmita
@IsaacKotlicky According to Rambam, Shmita is only rabbinic on the east bank of the Jordan river: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/61408/2205