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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.


Dec
16
comment Cairo Geniza Controversy
@user6591 On your point regarding the Zohar, that's not at all clear - in fact, it's quite likely that many Rishonim would have considered the Zohar heretical, Rambam being the primary one.
Dec
16
comment Cairo Geniza Controversy
@user6591 Yes, that was my point. It's an analogous situation.
Dec
16
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
@Matt It seems clearly from Dr. Sachs article in a pear reviewed journal that this idea did not exist in ancient sources, as the whole point of the article is to trace changes in the concept of time from Aristotle to modern times.
Dec
8
comment Truth in a vacuum and Emes
@doubleAA It's not a quote; it's made up to illustrate the logical structure of heter iska.
Dec
8
comment Minhag of married women shaving during marriage
@DoubleAA I looked at Fred's comment and he only mentioned Sh"A YD. I think this is a significant source because it shows a very early source listing this practice as being a violation of a Torah prohibition. It would seem this answers the question whether or not the source of the minhag is halakhic.
Dec
2
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@YeZ Are you referring to Berachot 31a? I understood that this is the basis of Rambam's position that it is only minhag, because Raba is bringing a counter example and this is not one of the places that the halacha follows Abaye. It's quite possible that the Rosh understands it differently than Rambam, as people have been known to disagree with Rambam on occasion :-) By the way, thanks for taking the time to read it, I know it's pretty long, and I was disappointed that it hadn't gotten any feedback until now.
Dec
1
comment Where do the different traditions for hours of waiting between meat and milk come from?
Rambam's intent is clear: he gives an explicit reason for waiting six hours after meat, because the method used to remove dairy remnants from your mouth ( chewing on bread or fruit ) is not effective for removing meat from between your teeth. So we wait about six hours to allow time for the meat bits to be dislodged from our teeth. See my answer below.
Dec
1
comment Where do the different traditions for hours of waiting between meat and milk come from?
The Rambam gives an explicit reason for waiting six hours after meat, because the method used to remove dairy remnants from your mouth ( chewing on bread or fruit ) is not effective for removing meat from between your teeth. So we wait about six hours to allow time for the meat bits to be dislodged from our teeth.
Nov
18
comment Contract Law and Intentions
@Yishai Every mortgage broker I've spoken with here had said that the way the heter iska contracts are written it's impossible to prove home much profit is being made because no bank is interested in being your partner, they just want to lend to you at interest.
Nov
18
comment Contract Law and Intentions
@Yishai The problem is they don't define how profit is calculated, and since there is no definition either party can always dispute it.
Nov
17
comment Contract Law and Intentions
@DoubleAA Because most people assume a common sense understanding of the phrase. They know that a pig is not a cow, and so they reject the statement.
Nov
16
comment Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?
There was a case in Israel a few years ago where a man's girlfriend was brought to court in order to testify against him, and in the middle of the court session he handed her his watch, said at mikudeshet li and it was recognized as a legal marriage, and the prosecution was unable to force her to testify against him at that point.
Nov
14
comment Contract Law and Intentions
I want to understand why such a logical constract is allowed, when it seems to contradict a pshat understanding of Torat Emet. I'll edit the question accordingly later.
Nov
13
comment Contract Law and Intentions
@Matt I understand that people use it, but it quite frankly seems invalid, and I'd like to understand the justification for this type of contract in general.
Nov
13
comment Contract Law and Intentions
It's related to it and motivated by it, but not specific to it. It's a general question about Jewish contract law.
Nov
12
comment An actual Heter Iska Agreement
@DoubleAA Thanks, looks like a great source.
Nov
12
comment An actual Heter Iska Agreement
@Danno I looked at the monthly one and that's what I'm looking for in principle, do you think that's what used by banks here in Israel? I don't think any bank here would sign an agreement like that...
Nov
12
comment An actual Heter Iska Agreement
@Danno I do believe that's what I'm looking for, but I'll have to actually look at it before I know.
Nov
8
comment How beautiful for the bracha on beautiful people?
Is there a separate bracha specifically for a beautiful woman or is it the same bracha as for a man. I ask because Rav Steinsaltz mentions in one of his books a bracha said upon seeing a beautiful woman which occurs in the Talmud but doesn't list a source.
Nov
8
comment How beautiful for the bracha on beautiful people?
Rav Shteinsaltz specifically mentions that the is a bracha in the Talmud which is said upon seeing a beautiful woman.