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comment Giving to a “mission” collection
@Yishai I don't think it's a duplicate because this question is about supporting the act of collecting as a meritorious act, independent of its goal or purpose. I think it's an interesting distinction.
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comment What does Kares actually mean?
Related but not so helpful: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17377/3
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comment Is there anything halachically or hashkafically wrong with installing reference computers in a Bet Midrash?
It sounds like the spiritual rav you spoke to might have an interesting answer to this. Did you press him on it?
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comment Loshon hara against non-Jews?
Collective duplicate: 1+ 2+ 3+ 4 @user3949142 Kind of an ironic comment, no?
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comment Do all Jews claim to be the actual bloodline descendants of The Ancient Israelites?
Regarding the actual question, the answer to whether all Jews from "Ashk'naz" and "S'farad" believe that we are descendants is obviously 'no', as long as you and your friends are in that group. Regarding what it takes to be a descendant, you reveal in the comments that you believe "we" have "little Yisraelite DNA". If this doesn't qualify for descendanthood then what does? And finally the question about whether the majority of population X believes something is likely impossible to ascertain. Please accept this friendly criticism and specify the question to make it more answerable.
Aug
17
comment meaning of words and tefillah
Also see the Mishna B'rura in 60:7, and Rashba on B'rachos 13a. They corroborate my previous comment.
Aug
15
comment What is the procedure for a Shiduch inside the Satmar community?
@PloniAlmoni If you have an experience based answer you are encouraged to post it.
Aug
15
comment Does wine bottle cut into a drinking glass need to be toveled?
Do you have a source for the equivalency of becoming a keli WRT t'vila and becoming a keli WRT m'lacha? I think there is a dispute between Rava and Abaye about this and that although we follow Abaye the rishonim discuss whether the comparison between the two realms of halacha actually constitutes and equivalency or not.
Aug
14
comment What is the meaning of the phrase לצאת ולבוא?
It has always sounded to me exactly like the English phrase "come and go", in all its hendiadic expressiveness.
Aug
14
comment meaning of words and tefillah
Mishna B'rura O.C. 60:11 says that one must know the meaning of the words of the first pasuk in Sh'ma. This specificity is based on the opinion of R. Me'ir in a 3-way dispute over how much of the first paragraph requires such intent. Elsewhere he says that the same applies to the whole first paragraph in the amida and might imply that it is also true of p'suke d'zimra.
Aug
14
comment Do spirits/souls have genders?
. . . and that they are not necessarily those of the bodies that possess them.
Aug
14
comment Must I check the kashrut certificate every time I visit a bakery or restaurant?
Do you have a source? I think it would be reasonable to argue that either the assumption that the food is permissible generally applies, regardless of how far into the date range you are, or that the assumption never holds so you need to check on each visit.
Aug
14
comment May a woman study Kabbalah?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/44042/3 And related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7071/…
Aug
14
comment How does Tum'ah (“Ritual Impurity”) work?
Hi not telling and welcome to mi.yodeya! You certainly have a systematic opinion of this highly technical topic. Is the information in your second paragraph and on based on precedent or are they exclusively your own? If the former, inclusion of sources would improve your answer.
Aug
13
comment What is the spiritual meaning of the Aleph Taf word (et or es depending on pronunciation)?
את is the word translated in English as "[attendant] with". That is as opposed to other "with"s, like instrumental with - the "with" you eat food which a fork. But more to the point, I don't see reason for the downvotes.
Aug
13
comment Academic abbreviations
Related (and not closed): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7171/3
Aug
12
comment Why does Rashi sometimes quote משה הדרשן
OK great. In that case I would recommend rephrasing the question and including some information about the diachronic definitional assumptions we've hashed out here so that you can get better answers.
Aug
12
comment Why does Rashi sometimes quote משה הדרשן
Please tell me if I understand you correctly. You are asserting that the word p'shat has shifted in meaning over time and that Rash"i is internally consistent for calling all of the d'rashos he introduces "p'shat" because its definition was expansive enough to include them during his era, whereas the "d'rashos" that came from previous years (like those of Moshe hadarshan), being that they were not called p'shat relative to their own time, should not be included in the definition in Rash"i's time. So why did he include them?
Aug
11
comment Why does Rashi sometimes quote משה הדרשן
In that case, I believe your question is addressed nicely elsewhere.
Aug
11
comment Why does Rashi sometimes quote משה הדרשן
What is the question exactly? Is it "why does Rash"i deviate from p'shat if he states that he only does so to bolster the p'shat?" Or is it "how could someone with the root ד.ר.ש in his name explain p'shat?"?