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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

Jul
9
comment Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?
...When a Jew sins, then as RSZ puts it, the nefesh ha-Elokis is dragged into it against its will, but still remains faithful to G-d, and will try to do whatever it can to influence the nefesh ha-bahamis. A non-Jew doesn't have a nefesh ha-Elokis, but he or she can - and is expected to - harness the powers of the nefesh ha-bahamis to do good (at the very least, to realize that helping another person helps oneself as well), like taming an animal and using it for work.
Jul
9
comment Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?
@JimThio: no need to kid. Jews and non-Jews alike have a nefesh ha-bahamis ("animal soul"), which naturally gravitates towards personal satisfaction. (It can be trained to look beyond the self, but of course that takes a lot of work.) Obviously, in the case of a Jewish criminal, his or her nefesh ha-bahamis is still in that "animalistic" state. But they also have a nefesh ha-Elokis (which I mentioned in my previous comment), which naturally trends to G-d and seeks closeness to Him...
Jul
9
comment Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?
@DoubleAA: "the Jewish soul" means just that - the nefesh ha-Elokis ("G-dly soul"), which is unique to Jews. At the level that we're familiar with (the world of Asiyah), each of these three appears to be something else; but the point of "they are all one" is that at a higher level - specifically, in Atzilus, the highest of the four spiritual realms - they are one and the same. (And higher than that - before tzimtzum - none of those entities can even be said to exist; to use RSZ's metaphor, they are like "the rays of the sun while they are still in the sun-globe.")
Jul
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Kalam Cosmological Argument
Jul
9
answered Is believing that God, Israel, and Torah are one Avodah Zarah?
Jul
8
comment Animals sixth sense
@IsaacMoses: but Rashi there says that "Hashem gave animals the ability to see what humans can't, because a person, who has intelligence, would become mentally deranged from seeing such destructive beings." So it's not just a quality of that particular donkey.
Jun
26
answered How do we explain the criticism of Rashi by his grandsons?
Jun
25
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
@SethJ: they'd be included in the more generic כל צבאיו of the previous verse.
Jun
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
20
revised kosher food ideas without refrigeration
added 148 characters in body
Jun
13
comment What is the source of the expression המבין יבין?
@wfb: in which case it might be based on ומשכילי עם יבינו לרבים (Dan. 11:33), although there יבינו is transitive.
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.