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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.


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comment On Burial Under the Altar
@DoubleAA Thanks.
9h
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
Jul
20
comment Is it necessary for the 12 tribes to be settled in Israel in order to keep shmita?
This is clearly not the same as my question - the OP is effectively questioning the Rambam's reasoning: how is it possible that Yovel / Shmita etc depend on all the tribes being settled on their allocated plots in the Land of Israel, when in fact some settled on different plots outside the land of Israel east of the Jordan river, not the plots they were originally intended to settle on west of the Jordan river.
Jun
18
comment Is Rambam's opinion about Nidda and Zava cycle rejected?
You should really read the link I posted if that's what you want to know about.
Jun
18
comment Is Rambam's opinion about Nidda and Zava cycle rejected?
@HaLeiVi We don't always keep the chumrot of the daughters of Israel, many modern Rabanim allow early immersion in special cases related to IVF.
Jun
14
comment Rav vs. Rabbi in Talmudic Times
One other thing, I remember reading somewhere that only someone living in the land of Israel with biblical smicha had the authority to make legislate new halachot. Could you relate to that?
Apr
7
comment Do Sefardim Eat Chametz-Like Food made from Fruit Juice?
@147zcbm www.papouchado.co.il/?id=118
Apr
7
comment Do Sefardim Eat Chametz-Like Food made from Fruit Juice?
@Shalom The Shulchan Aruch rules like the Rambam regarding kneading. See the same article: "[Shulchan Aruch] similarly rules like the Rambam in permitting one to work the dough for the entire day, although the concerns of the Terumat Ha-Deshen and the Rosh are also recorded."
Apr
7
comment How long does entire process of baking matzo take to be kosher?
@alicefine According to Rambam, the time of kneading is not included in the 18 minutes. He says one can knead the dough all day and it will not become chametz. The Shulchan Aruch agrees with Rambam, although the Rosh has certain reservations. You can read more here: etzion.org.il/vbm/english/archive/moadim70/02-70moed.htm