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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

Jan
21
comment Why still keep two days of Yom Tov outside of Israel?
I don't know if the idea in your second paragraph is in the Yerushalmi, but it appears in the writings of R' Moshe Cordovero (the Remak), and is quoted from there in several places in Chassidus.
Jan
21
comment Question about a 'Jewish proverb'
AFAIK, the "do it three times" part isn't anywhere in the Talmud; it was added by Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, founder of the Mussar movement (Lithuania, 1810-1883).
Jan
6
comment Eating your own (kosher) food in a non-kosher restaurant?
Thank you! (The relevant lecture was actually the one on that page by Rabbi Dov Schreier.)
Jan
6
comment Am I allowed to count people?
You're absolutely right - I just checked it myself. He cites the same verse as does the Rambam. (What's new in KSA is the idea of using "Hoshiah es amecha"; as far as I know, that's not found in any earlier source.)
Jan
5
comment Moving muktza garbage cans?
If there's no eruv in your area, then even kicking the cans may not be allowed. (There is a concept of carrying something less than four cubits at a time, but that's for cases where there's significant financial loss involved, as when you're stranded on Shabbos carrying your wallet and don't have a non-Jew, etc., to carry it for you - Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 266:7. I doubt that would apply to a $30 garbage can, though.
Jan
4
comment Image of God: Equality and Discrimination
Most of them I got via searching (using TES' Tanach Plus CD).
Jan
4
comment Am I allowed to count people?
Added one. The Rambam indeed derives this requirement from the story with King Saul.
Jan
4
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
Aaron, please reread my last sentence: "In the same way, then, we ask Hashem that no matter how much determination our enemies bring to bear, all of their efforts should get them no closer to harming us than our leap gets us closer to touching the moon." We're asking Hashem to render all that advanced missile technology as useless in "touching" us as a simple leap, the kind we do during kiddush levanah. (Unless indeed your shul's custom is to go up for a ride in a rocket at that point of the prayer....)
Jan
1
comment Wear your tzitzis out or in?
It may not be an issue even in other areas. From personal experience, I have visited (in the course of my work) various corporate and government offices across the country, wearing tzitzis sticking out (and also a yarmulka and a full beard), and have always been treated most courteously. (Occasionally I've gotten questioned - respectfully, though - about what they are; but most people haven't even paid attention.)
Dec
31
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
Re paragraph 2: Of course if you just say the main berachah you've fulfilled your basic obligation. But the following paragraph, with the "Just as I leap towards you..." phrasing, comes from Masechta Soferim (20:2), which was written in the early Geonic era, and is also highly authoritative. Why, then, should we omit this paragraph? Whatever concerns we might have about seeming to be idolatrous, those concerns certainly existed then too (all the more so, in fact, when worship of the heavenly bodies was still popular), yet that didn't stop them from composing it and recommending that we say it.
Dec
31
comment What's with Kiddush Levana?
Re Paragraph 1: So? In this week's parsha we find Yaakov addressing his soul ("kevodi" - see Rashi to Bereishis 49:6), telling it "don't be united with them," even though of course his soul has no independent power, and it's purely up to Hashem whether Yaakov's name will be associated with Korach's revolt. Same thing here: we can be addressing the moon yet knowing that the fulfillment of our wish is up to Hashem.