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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 Do Amalekians not have souls?
@user3931926 They weren't Jewish - Abraham wasn't a Jew - he was a monotheist - probably a Noahide - Judaism didn't exist until the Torah was given at Sinai. Claiming they were Jewish doesn't make any sense. It's like the Muslims claiming that Abraham was a Muslim.
Aug
14
comment When and why did women change to ritually bathing in the Evening?
It's still allowed for women to immerse during the day if she has some reason to do so such as modesty concerns or an inability to travel to the mikveh at night for some reason.
Aug
14
comment Do Amalekians not have souls?
@user3931926 בראשית פרק יב: Hirsch says: "but here, with נפש it can only mean, formed, fresh created. That these fresh formed persons were probably the inmates of their household, and that these had also spiritually attached themselves to them, we can see from Eliezar who shows himself a true גר צדק." Hirsch seems to indicate a very fundamental change in these people - their souls were newly formed, and they were as close to being converts as possible considering that Judaism as a religion didn't exist yet. Basically, I take it as that they "converted" to monotheism.
Aug
14
comment Do gentiles have neshamot?
There's another option - people obtain souls when they become monotheists - that's always how I've taken the verse in Genesis that talks about the souls that Abraham made.
Aug
14
comment Do Amalekians not have souls?
This would seem to contradict the plain meaning of the Torah. In Genesis it talks about the souls that Abraham made - people he converted to monotheism. It would seem that becoming a monotheist endows one with a soul - the person doesn't need to be Jewish.
Aug
6
comment Mishneh Torah in english
By the way, here's a suggestion - first find out if any of the English translations are based on the newer corrected manuscripts - anything published prior to the 1980's is probably going to be based on the old incorrect editions and is not going to be what you're looking for.
Aug
6
comment Mishneh Torah in english
Here is a list of English translations, not sure if any of them are based on the corrected texts published in the past 20 or 30 years though: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mishneh_Torah#English_translations
Aug
3
comment How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
What I'm saying is that, even if you assume that this particular minhag was formally codified, how does that translate into מנהגא מילתא היא meaning that all universally accepted customs take on the force of formally codified halacha? On the side issue of this specific minhag, there are respected authorities on both sides of the debate as to whether it is "just" a custom or was formally codified, but that's really not directly relevant here.
Aug
3
comment How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
How does that support the idea that מנהגא מילתא היא means that a generally accepted custom acquires the force of formal Talmudic rabbinic legislation? At most it would indicate that this particular minhag was later ratified / codified as formal halacha, and it's not even clear that that is the case in this specific instance.
Aug
2
comment How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
I don't see anything in the linked document which supports your statement.
Jul
31
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@Yishai I posted it just because I thought you were interested in the subject, not to get you to upvote avi's answer :-)
Jul
31
comment Niddah and Counting 7 Clean Days - What are its Origins?
@Yishai Rav Yisrael Zev Gustman wrote a tshuva on this subject in ספר קונטרסי שעורים, מסכתא קידושין pages 306 to 310. He calls for being lenient in cases of infertility and in cases of shalom bayit.
Jul
31
comment How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
@DoubleAA Are simple translation / meaning of phrase questions not considered appropriate for this site? I'm really only interested in the meaning of the phrase and how it's used. The issue of status of minhag vs. halacha is way too broad in relation to what I'm looking for.
Jul
31
comment How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?
@GershonGold Extremely interesting link - do you want to make it into an answer?
Jul
30
comment Why do women and girls not immerse before prayer?
@Shalom Ezra's immersion was obligatory to women as well - see the link to Rambam in my answer.
Jul
28
comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
@YEZ - Sure, if you have time.
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.