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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

Jun
13
answered Significance of number 613 regarding the mitzvot
Jun
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
6
comment A Lubavitch custom of reciting zecher and zeicher in “Ashrei”?
@DoubleAA: not that I know of, but it's short enough to translate: "Customs of the Rebbeim are of two kinds: (1) general customs, those that were publicized; (2) personal customs, those that they kept in private."
Jun
6
comment Destruction of the world after 1000 years of Moshiach?
@Curiouser, I hardly think that's correct, considering that Rambam classifies those who deny the future resurrection among those who have no share in the world to come, but are cut off and lost..." (Hil. Teshuvah 3:6), and that he lists it as one of the fundamental principles of Judaism (introduction to Chelek).
Jun
6
comment From where do we learn that strangulation is the default execution method?
For 2b, doesn't burning (swallowing hot lead) also not leave a mark, at least externally? (Indeed, the Gemara characterizes it as שריפת נשמה וגוף קיים.)
Jun
5
comment A Lubavitch custom of reciting zecher and zeicher in “Ashrei”?
@DoubleAA: see the 1st paragraph here, that the Chabad rebbeim had "public" vs. "private" minhagim, as Menachem said. Sometimes these go back to the customs of different communities. For example, in Lubavitch they didn't say Akdamus, but in Yekatrinoslav (where the Rebbe grew up) they did; the general Chabad minhag thus became not to say it, but the Rebbe himself used to say it in an undertone (and this Shavuos I was at a Chabad shul where they did the same). Other times, such "private" customs are based on ideas from Kabbalah, etc.
Jun
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Gabai speaking during chazaras hashatz, kaddish or kriyas hatorah for the sake of the tzibbur
Jun
4
comment Why is Korach's rebellion referred to as בְּנֵי לֵוִי?
Rashi to Num. 26:11 says הם היו בעצה תחילה, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos 33:170ff, sec. 1 and 5) explains that indeed this means that they were among the instigators of the rebellion (but that their thoughts of teshuvah saved them from utter destruction).
Jun
3
comment Why is Korach's rebellion referred to as בְּנֵי לֵוִי?
If no one else, there are Korach's sons.
Jun
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
2
comment Why did Korach have to be buried alive?
@joshwaxman, it may well include Korach himself. If Rabbah bar bar Chana describes (be it literally or metaphorically) hearing "the ones swallowed up with Korach" speaking from Gehinnom, then logically that can't include the sons - they'd have been long out of there by RbbC's times, no?
Jun
2
comment Why did Korach have to be buried alive?
@expern, that's exactly it: they have done teshuvah, but it is incomplete - every month they are made to see their mistake over again and to do teshuvah for it at a more intense level. This is something we don't find with other resha'im.
Jun
2
answered Why did Korach have to be buried alive?
Jun
2
comment Why did Moshe conquer the land of Og and Sichon?
@expern, I'm not quite getting you. They approached it, as in Eilu V'Eilu's answer, because how else were they going to get to Eretz Yisrael proper? (Unless you suppose that they should have bypassed Sichon's and Og's lands and come around from the north.)
Jun
2
answered Did each person recieve the same amount of Manna (from heaven)
Jun
2
comment Why pray for Y'hoshua and not Kalev?
"the same, as far as we know, was not true of Y'hoshua": indeed, he may not even have been married at that point yet - we hear of him marrying Rachav decades later (Megillah 14b, bottom), but AFAIK no earlier wife of his is mentioned anywhere.
Jun
2
comment Why did Moshe conquer the land of Og and Sichon?
@expern: see Deut. 20:10ff (Ramban cites these verses), which describe just that situation: "If you approach a city to fight against it, you shall first make an offer of peace. If they answer in peace and open [their gates] to you, then all the people in it shall be tributary to you and serve you. If they do not surrender, and fight against you, then you shall besiege it..." Nothing to do with whether they're from the Seven Nations or not - see ibid. 20:15.
May
31
comment How can God be just in light of Deuteronomy 23:3?
@ba: Zohar 2:213b.
May
31
comment Who was Yehoshua Bin Nun's father?
It's actually pp. 24-25, and not Yalkut, but a sefer by R. Nissim Gaon.
May
31
comment Why did Moshe conquer the land of Og and Sichon?
Also, okay, I see the Ramban you're referencing - Num. 21:21-22. Indeed, then, he says something along the lines of Eilu V'Eilu's answer: that far from a ruse, Moshe indeed expected Sichon to sue for peace, and for him and his people to become vassals of the Jews (while retaining control of their land); when indeed Sichon went to war against them, there was no choice but to fight (and end up conquering the territory). Incidentally, too, Ramban's "desolate" (לחרבה) might well fit with my suggestion that it would have been used for pasture.