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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
15
comment Two days of Yom Tov outside of Israel
It's cited as being from Or Ne'erav, but apparently the current editions don't have it there. An article at hebrewbooks.org/… , though, references a later Kabbalistic work (Tuv Ha'aretz, by R. Nosson Shapiro, first published in 1655), which quotes this idea in the Ramak's name.
Apr
14
comment What is the machlokes between the Gra and Ba'al HaTanya?
Also, think of it: why would it have been in the Baal HaTanya's interest to maximize the difference between their opinions? On the contrary, if there would have been a way to harmonize the two of them, we would expect him to have said so in this letter (i.e., "look, there's no reason for us to be fighting each other - we both basically hold the same way.")
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
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
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
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
comment Baal Habayis in Bentching
In your paragraph 2, yes, the Baal Hatanya's nusach (which of course Chabad follows) always has the mention of one's parents; R' Y.Y. Schneersohn (the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe) clarifies in a letter of his that this applies even after they are deceased. He further explains that the entire series of "Harachamans" in bentching actually refer to the ten Sefiros, and so "my father... and my mother..." have to be included, as Kabbalistically they represent Chochmah and Binah (loosely, "wisdom" and "understanding").
Apr
7
comment Mail Delivery on Shabbos
When you consider that you can have a gap in one place but then none in another place parallel to it (see also "kefarim hameshulashin," Eruvin 57a-b), then yes, it may well be possible.
Apr
1
comment Mail Delivery on Shabbos
Perhaps a better question is whether, even if not, the mail may be within the techum anyway. I've heard it said (though I have no source for this) that pretty much the entire Eastern Seaboard from Boston to Washington is all within one techum, because there is no gap between buildings wider than 70 amos (~110 feet).
Apr
1
comment Custom to refrain from eating meat at the Pesach Seder?
Fair enough, but Magen Avraham (476:1) says not to eat "tzli kedar" (pot roast) either. Although it is true that one of the Rabbis I asked before Pesach said that this doesn't apply if it's baked or roasted or whatever inside an oven, only on the stovetop or on a grill.
Mar
29
comment The beginning of Maftir in Krias HaTorah on Pesach
Reb Chaim: is that really so surprising, though? Consider the actual keriah (not just the maftir) for the sixth day of Pesach, which doesn't even mention the Yom Tov itself - just the Korban Pesach, and (mostly) Pesach Sheni at that.
Mar
29
comment Why Daniel is not Among the Prophets?
The consensus of modern scholars (to whom the whole idea of prophecy and Divine inspiration is a "primitive" notion), perhaps. Howver, our sources, starting with the Gemara (Bava Basra 14b ff), make it pretty clear that this is incorrect.
Mar
29
comment Why Daniel is not Among the Prophets?
Rashi to Yechezkel 1:3 states that he had already previously received prophecy in Eretz Yisrael, and identifies his first prophecy as either ch. 2 or 17.
Mar
29
comment What's the deal with showering on yom tov?
I'm not so sure that hot water isn't a problem in itself. First of all, if you have an electric boiler, then there's that whole issue. (A gas or oil-fired one would probably be less of a problem, since they use a pilot light.) Second, Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 511:2 forbids heating water to wash one's whole body, and Mishnah Berurah there :10 says that this is because not everyone is accustomed to doing so all the time - although perhaps today that's no longer the case.
Mar
26
comment Why do we link Shabbat with the Exodus from Egypt?
Also, Joseph apparently served in his position for 80 years, since he was appointed at age 30 (Gen. 41:46) and lived to be 110 (ibid. 50:26).
Mar
24
comment Should one drink from the leader's cup after kiddush?
Best way to perform the mitzvah: because then the listeners are actively participating in kiddush, rather than just passively listening and replying Amen.
Mar
24
comment Should one drink from the leader's cup after kiddush?
Wine given to the lady of the house: notice what happens next time you're at a Sheva Berachos. After the leader drinks from the cup used for Grace, its remaining contents are mixed with those of the other cup (that was used for the six special blessings), and one is given to the bride and the other to the groom.
Mar
24
comment Should one drink from the leader's cup after kiddush?
At most Sedarim in which I've participated, that's exactly what people do. I don't know where in the sources this is discussed, though.
Mar
22
comment Shisha - mi yodeya?
And also the Baal Hatanya's Shulchan Aruch.
Mar
19
comment Kitnios on Pesach
And by the way, I never said that the minhag started with the Semak, simply that as far as I knew he was the first to have written about it. Note my "evidently it goes back somewhat further than that, though...."