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comment Why do we only cover the head during Tachnun if there is a Aron Hakodesh
I have heard that the minhag in Brisk was to always "fall" and that is still practiced by some Briskesque adherents in other countries to this day.
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comment BT emailing non-observant family on Friday afternoon
Do you have a source for this p'sak?
Jul
20
comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
Also see Tol'dos Hahalacha, which is cited there. It says that the Ra"sh explicitly stated that the term halacha l'Moshe miSinai, in addition to its usual usage of "very old and non-derived law" can also mean "very obvious and universal" or "undisputed by dint of its rationality". He gives examples. The lecturer could have intended the second category. Also, "undisputed" could simply mean until the time of the G'mara. After all, I can't retroactively nullify this designation by disputing something.
Jul
20
comment Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38766/3
Jul
17
comment Flashlight on Shabbat
This opinion is also attributed to Rav Moshe in the end notes of the English version of Sh'miras Shabas K'hilch'sah.
Jul
16
comment When someone places a flyer on your car windshield without your permission, is s/he Masig G'vul?
Are you asking if the boy is wrongfully misappropriating the space on your windshield that the flyer takes up? Is there precedent for the placement of a paper on real estate constituting a violation of this law?
Jul
14
comment Antiquarian Safrut
Yes, many examples.
Jul
14
comment Antiquarian Safrut
The שמיני-תזריע (I think) volume of Torah Sh'lema has a detailed listing of some uncommon types of script.
Jul
14
comment Source that “Yehi Khevod” should be said with special intensity
There is a certain collection of sidurim that contain a lot of counting based commentary, especially in terms of counting instances of the 4-letter Name. See also the compilation after birchos k'ri'as Sh'ma at ma'ariv outside the land, and T'hilim 27 (according to Rabbi Shneur Leiman).
Jul
14
comment Source that “Yehi Khevod” should be said with special intensity
In the sidurim based on Rav Chayim Vital and the Ar"i, there are lengthy explanations about how each pasuk contains the 4-letter Name, for a total of 18, which (besides matching the 6 permutations of the 3-letter name ש-די) correspond to parallel 9s, representing the world above and the world below, and represented by the parallel טs in the name מטטרון, who serves as the intermediary between the two worlds. This connection, expressed through God's name(s), engenders the special intensity.
Jul
4
comment Is it possible to become a tzaddik?
Rav Hutner says yes! And not only that, but he seems to say that struggling and failing is a prerequisite to becoming a true tzadik. A large portion of the letter where he says this is excerpted here. Recommended read.
Jul
3
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Jul
3
comment What's a floor?
I am fully in agreement with @msh210 on this one. The question clearly uses the falling Torah as a proof of concept that the definition of a floor is a critical one for halacha. You may take issue with this premise, but that would take the form of a comment on the question (and perhaps a suggestion of a better example).
Jul
3
comment Why is Bil'am not surprised that his mule is talking to him?
@DanF When he wakes up in the morning the second time, that is actually waking in the dream. Everything with the journey and the donkey is part of the dream. At the end of that sequence, Hashem commands him to "Go!", at which point he finally actually does, and in the next pasuk Balak hears him coming.
Jul
3
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Jul
3
answered Why is Bil'am not surprised that his mule is talking to him?
Jul
3
comment Online English Rashi (Talmud)
The public are working on it over at Sefaria!
Jul
3
comment Why Choose Talmud Bavli For The Daily Study
I believe you are correct in implying that the volume of Mishna taught in school is not meant to be comprehensive, but it is probably designed to give the student the tools to continue studying Mishna independently. Daf yomi, on the other hand, is something usually engaged in by adults, presumed all the more competent in their independent learning after getting Mishna under their belts in their youth.
Jul
3
comment Why Choose Talmud Bavli For The Daily Study
I'm pretty sure the answer to this historical question will turn out to have been heavily influenced by the answer to your other historical question about why so much emphasis is placed on G'mara learning. In fact, you show that you believe they are closely related as well by using the insufficient study of Mishna in school as part of your argument regarding learning G'mara on one's own time.
Jul
3
comment Why do Yeshivos learn Talmud Bavli so extensively?
I second @Matt's recommendation, especially chapter 3, to answer the question "what makes G'mara more worthwhile than other halacha texts?" It is parallel to an amazing discourse in אורות הקודש by Rav Kook in which he explains how halacha and agada are inextricably linked.