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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
21
answered Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Yahu: not necessarily. It is true that in Sefiras Haomer we use the form "units+tens," but Magen Avraham 489:5 comments that really it should follow the form used in the local vernacular (he also cites Yoma 55a in this regard, where there is a similar discussion about how the Kohen Gadol counts the sprinklings on Yom Kippur). In Yiddish the units are indeed placed first, and that is probably why indeed our siddurim have it in this form; but after all, in English we put the tens first.
Apr
20
answered Non-Jew's marriage obligation
Apr
20
revised Esrim - mi yodeya?
added 234 characters in body
Apr
20
answered Esrim - mi yodeya?
Apr
20
answered Esrim - mi yodeya?
Apr
20
comment Esrim - mi yodeya?
Mi Shemeis, actually (Bava Basra 156a).
Apr
20
answered Choices before birth
Apr
20
comment Choices before birth
"Fight" is a strong term, maybe, but Avos 4:22 (4:29 in some editions) does say that "against your will you are born," and Bartenura there explains that the neshamah is in fact taken forcibly from On High and placed into the womb.
Apr
20
answered Shavuos, why celebrate?
Apr
20
comment Shavuos Versus Simchas Torah
The Golden Calf was forty days after the Giving of the Torah, no? So yes, on Shavuos - and for a while afterwards - we were complete tzaddikim (see Shabbos 146a: "פסקה זוהמתן").
Apr
20
answered Tish'a Asar - mi yodeya?
Apr
20
answered Shavuos Versus Simchas Torah
Apr
20
comment Shavuos Versus Simchas Torah
The second Luchos (along with Torah shebaal peh - see Shemos Rabbah 46:1), yes. But the original Giving of the Torah was indeed on Shavuos, and "if the Jewish People had not sinned, we would have been given only the five Books of the Torah plus the Book of Yehoshua" (Nedarim 22b).
Apr
19
answered Shemona Asar - mi yodeya?
Apr
19
comment What is the status of a pull-apart challah for “lechem mishneh”?
On the other hand, you could argue the opposite about the original intent: why would they make them in that way, if not so that the individual pieces can serve as separate challos? Especially the ones that are made out of 12 sections, which is presumably in keeping with the custom that Bas613 mentioned.
Apr
19
comment What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?
But surely R' Chaim Volozhiner also had a tradition from the Gra? If anything, his ought to carry greater weight, since he was the Gra's direct student, while the Leshem was a generation later. And in Nefesh Hachaim he states quite clearly that from Hashem's point of view the worlds don't really exist - the very position that the Leshem decries as "destroying the truth of the entire Torah"! In the Rebbe's letter he reconciles this by stating that in this regard R' Chaim in fact disagreed with the Gra; and according to the Leshem's understanding, that must certainly be the case.
Apr
16
answered What is the law for a Goel Hadam (Avenger of Blood) outside of the Land of Israel?
Apr
16
comment Shemona Asar - mi yodeya?
Another one is that the verse about who the Kohen Gadol may marry (Lev. 21:13) starts with the word והוא, whose numerical value is 18 (Baal Haturim on this verse).
Apr
16
comment Ditch school: stealing?
I think he meant 19:11, "לא תגנובו". (The prohibition against stealing in the Ten Commandments - or Ten Declarations, as you prefer to call them - refers to kidnapping, so that's not relevant here.)