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answered Why is the Miracle of Oil mentioned so much later than records of Chanukah celebrations?
Dec
16
revised What does it mean that Hashem plays with the Leviatan?
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Dec
16
revised What does it mean that Hashem plays with the Leviatan?
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Dec
16
answered What does it mean that Hashem plays with the Leviatan?
Nov
30
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
30
answered Why is Yaakov later willing to say אלוהי יצחק?
Nov
25
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
20
comment What did women have to do with the moon's shrinking?
So either the shalah has a harmonization or else it is a conflicting midrash. See the discussion there
Nov
20
comment What did women have to do with the moon's shrinking?
chabadtalk.com/forum/showthread.php3?p=6115 this is what says in Shlah (sahr Ho'osios ois kuf): "Mipnei shpegam ho-lvanah Gormoh ha-isho ha-rishona, dahynu chete Chava, umisrachkim mipnei habushe." (=because the defect of the moon was caused by the first woman, i.e. the sin of Chava, and they distance themself because of embarrasment.) He continues writing, that altough they mended their ways at the Egel incident, when they didn't sin, however, the moon still remains flawed nonetheless.
Nov
13
comment Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?
Digression. That is true. However, in the case of shaving, the practice of many halachic Jews, following the pesakim of their posekim, was to follow him lehalacha. Such that one should not criticize those halachic Jews by saying that Rav Yosef Karo was obviously wrong, and those Jews who follow him are not yerei shamayim.
Nov
13
comment Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?
(7) is perhaps why the halacha developed historically in the way it did. Not just for #2, but for #1 and #3. The impetus for the development of the halacha, which then became established.
Nov
13
comment Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?
Don't you know that Rav Yosef Karo was mistaken? ;) globalyeshiva.com/forum/topics/727216:Topic:31981
Nov
13
comment Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?
7) because based on the planting schedule in Europe, if they hadn't permitted chodosh they would have starved to death. (subsumed under "extenuating circumstances" of #2)
Nov
13
comment Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?
Indeed. The rhetorical point (I like to use here and elsewhere such as sale of chametz, shaving with an electric shaver, using an eruv on Shabbos, and so on) is that once one subscribes to the halachic process, that process introduces leniencies and not just stringencies. Hem amru veHem amru.
Nov
13
comment Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?
6) We don't have korbanot today, so עַד הֲבִיאֲכֶם אֶת קָרְבַּן אֱלֹהֵיכֶם cannot apply. But the same (Talmudic) halachic process that declared it applied post-Churban also produced analyses by which it was permitted.
Nov
13
answered Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?
Oct
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
6
comment Among the gentiles, why Job and Bilaam were recognized as prophets whereas Muhammad was not?
See the text of the prediction in footnote 4 on this page. vbm-torah.org/archive/daniel/15daniel.htm
Oct
5
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