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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

May
7
comment Why did it take so long to conquer and divide the land?
@msh210: Seder Olam places the sun standing still (Josh. 10:12) on 3 Tammuz 2488, less than three months after the entry into Eretz Yisrael. So unless we assume that ch. 11 happened much later - which seems contraindicated by 11:1, which describes Yavin hearing about the (presumably recent) events - then yes, it sounds fair to assume that up to 11:15, at least, happened all within a very short timeframe.
May
6
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
@Fred: thanks. I know that the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l referred many times to his predecessor as the נשמה כללית of the generation, and also to the Baal Shem Tov as such. (Tanya, Iggeres Hakodesh 29, also notes that a Jewish king is כללות כל ישראל and that therefore his fulfillment of his mitzvos is credited to them all.) I guess that by implication the same is true of the other Chabad rebbes, but I don't know for certain. (In any case, of course, that is not ח"ו to disparage any other leader, chassidic or not; even if one particular person is the "head," we still need a "heart," etc.)
May
2
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
It is worth noting that the Rebbe did start a campaign in the mid-80s of עשה לך רב, "make for yourself a leader" (mashpia, in Chabad jargon). I think that even at the time, and certainly in retrospect, this was understood to mean that Chabad will continue in a more "decentralized" model. Indeed, in a sichah many years earlier the Rebbe foreshadowed this by quoting a story where the Tzemach Tzedek said, "There are my children [to succeed me]; further, the achdus of chassidim will bring them to Moshiach" - on which the Rebbe commented that the first option is gone, and all we have is the second.
May
2
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
@HodofHod: it maxes out at 99.
May
2
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
And @ShmuelBrin (second comment): I also don't get the impression that in most other branches of Chassidus they find this centrifugal tendency to be objectionable, whereas in Lubavitch - very likely related to the נשמה כללית idea - there is the feeling that there is supposed to be strictly דבר אחד לדור ולא שני דברים לדור, no matter how great the rebbe's other sons, sons-in-law and talmidim might be.
May
2
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
@ShmuelBrin (first comment): not entirely. The Rashab's will directs the Rayatz to say and explain Chassidus, to give himself over to the good of the chassidim, and to run Tomchei Tmimim. Reading between the lines - and חסידים זיינען קלוג - this indeed amounts to appointing him as rebbe, but the fact is (as described by R. Folye Kahan in his Shmuos Vesipurim) that the Rayatz resisted fully accepting the nesius in other regards - such as accepting pa"nim - for several months.
May
2
comment Why did the scholars of Bavel live in Bavel and not Eretz Yisrael?
@DoubleAA: probably the fact that Koresh's proclamation (Ezra 1:1-4 and II Chron. 36:23) was predicted by Yeshayah (44:28-45:1). Plus, they had prophets at the beginning to tell them, and we would assume that the permission, once granted, stays in effect as long as the Beis Hamikdash stands.
May
2
comment Division of Verses in Tanach
@DoubleAA: not really, because both of them are giving this as a reason why there's a taam tachton - so as not to violate this rule.
May
2
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
Re your second comment: Ger would be another example - every Gerrer rebbe has been his predecessor's son, grandson or brother. There are probably other examples too.
May
2
comment Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe?
Thanks! Can't promise I'll be around much, because since last summer I'm extremely busy, but maybe once in a while I'll pop in.
May
2
comment Shabbos Chol HaMoed / Shabbos Yom Tov
@DoubleAA: maybe because Shabbos is, by necessity, connected with the previous days of the week (it is their culmination, plus מיני' מתברכין כולהו יומין), whereas Yom Tov stands apart from them?
May
2
comment Division of Verses in Tanach
@DoubleAA: Chizkuni to Ex. 20:14 says, "We don't find any verse in the Torah of two words, except for [dibros 5-9]." Similarly in Shulchan Aruch Harav 494:11: "We find no verse in the Torah less than 3 words."
Jun
19
comment Can someone kindly explain the Malachi 3. 23 -24?
@ironman99, that assumes that the angel in 3:1 is identical with Elijah in 3:23; that's not necessarily a given. (The "angel of the covenant" may indeed be Elijah - thus Radak (one explanation) and Metzudas David - but the angel in the first half of the verse isn't necessarily the same one; Ibn Ezra, for example, suggests that it might be Moshiach ben Yosef, and Radak says that it means an otherwise unnamed divine messenger.)
Jun
19
comment Why Not Eight Days Until a Convert's Circumcision?
@AdamMosheh: probably because that's the same order in which the Jewish people underwent these steps (and that's the paradigm for all future gerim): circumcision just before they left Egypt, immersion before the giving of the Torah.
Jun
19
comment Can someone kindly explain the Malachi 3. 23 -24?
@ironman99: Rambam mentions (a couple of paragraphs later) that it is uncertain whether Elijah will come before or after Moshiach; it seems from his phrasing, though, that either way it is something that is actually going to happen, not a parable. (How exactly he'll come, how he'll be recognized as Elijah, etc., are the kind of things that he goes on to say we're not certain about.)
Jun
19
comment Does the act of masturbation cause a change in one's spiritual/religious status vis-a-vis what he may and may not do?
@Shemmy: it's the user now named Baal Shemot Tovot. Vram was an old username of his.
Jun
19
comment Under what conditions may one leave Eretz Yisroel?
@avi: and if it was top voted, would that make it any better of a source? :)
Jun
19
comment Asara Haruge Malchut (Ten Martyrs), why were 10 Rabbis killed?
Indeed, I once read (don't recall the source) that R. Akiva corresponds to Hashem, since he was a descendant of gerim and thus not of any of the brothers.
Jun
19
comment Preparing to learn daf yomi Yerushalmi
Also (somewhat) related, in that at least it partially addresses #3: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6067/….
Jun
18
comment Is there a spiritual meaning to wearing a Kippah?
Ping @CharlesKoppelman.