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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
revised wearing sunglasses on shabbas
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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
revised Why is Bil'am not surprised that his mule is talking to him?
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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.
Jul
3
comment How are nazir and sota connected?
@DanF There are certainly roots that are both Hebrew and Aramaic that appear in Tana"ch.
Jul
2
revised How are nazir and sota connected?
Clarified that the question is a grammatical one, not a lexical one.
Jul
2
comment How are nazir and sota connected?
To clarify, I made up "swear off". The question is only about the mode of the imperfect י in this case, not the lexical value of the root ז.ר.
Jul
2
asked How are nazir and sota connected?
Jul
2
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Jul
2
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Jul
1
revised Can a woman lead bentching/birchat hamazon?
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Jun
30
comment The new book about the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l
Same here @Tatpurusha. In fact, he has been praising all 2 or 3 of the recent biographical works on the Rebbe.