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Graduate of Beis Medrash Oholei Torah and "Seven Seventy"; now a בעל הבית with ריחיים בצוארו but still trying to be עוסק בתורה

Apr
14
comment What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?
Because we may assume the Baal Hatanya, who was prepared to debate the Gra on the subject (as mentioned in this letter), would first have "done his homework" to understand what he'd be arguing against.
Apr
13
answered Why does Halacha say to tie your shoes in a specific order?
Apr
13
answered Chamisha Asar - mi yodeya?
Apr
13
answered Chamisha Asar - mi yodeya?
Apr
13
revised Why does the Torah forbid interest only on loans to Jews?
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Apr
13
answered Why do we say Mazel Tov? Shouldn't we thank Hashem?
Apr
13
answered Why does the Torah forbid interest only on loans to Jews?
Apr
13
answered Bar Mitzva during S'fira
Apr
13
answered Shalom Alaichem and vice versa
Apr
13
comment What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?
It's not just the proclamations, though. The Rebbe also references a letter by R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi (available online at hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=31632&st=&pgnum=105), written during the Vilna Gaon's lifetime (to the chassidim in Vilna), in which he writes flatly that the Gaon "considers it absolute heresy to say that He, may He be blessed, is literally found within the most lowly and debased things." In short, then, this too indicates that the Gra's position is closest to #1 or some minor variant thereof, but surely not #3 (Nefesh Hachayim) or #4 (Tanya).
Apr
12
answered Arba'a Asar - mi yodeya?
Apr
12
answered Arba'a Asar - mi yodeya?
Apr
12
answered Shelosha Asar - mi yodeya?
Apr
12
comment How is it possible that Yisrael went out of Egypt after only 210 years due to hard work?
The 430 years mentioned in Ex. 12:40 begins with Avraham (specifically, with the Covenant Between the Parts), yes. But the 400 years specifically refers to זרעך, "your descendants" - and Avraham didn't have any of those at that time.
Apr
12
answered Why are there only four mothers?
Apr
12
answered How is it possible that Yisrael went out of Egypt after only 210 years due to hard work?
Apr
9
revised What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?
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Apr
9
comment What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?
"Tzimtzum gamur" would mean "total withdrawal," which is the opposite of what the Baal Hatanya believes in. The Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l (whose letter I refer to in my answer) calls it "tzimtzum shelo kipshuto, verak ba'or."
Apr
9
answered Shelosha Asar - mi yodeya?
Apr
9
answered What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?