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May
13
comment If a woman's voice is considered nakedness, why would he ask to hear it?
I was explaining the question. There is a disconnect. Is he allowed seductive talking? If this is something allowed, how can it be the basis? The answer has to do with the nature of derash or the nature if shir hashirim
May
13
comment If a woman's voice is considered nakedness, why would he ask to hear it?
if she wasn't singing in the verse, then how can it serve as a source for kol be'isha erva? that, I think, is what Lee is asking.
May
12
comment Why are there few female circumcisers these days?
What is the speculation?
May
7
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May
1
comment How many stars did Rashi think there were?
as an aside, the question is not properly on Rashi but on the Sifrei, a much earlier source he is quoting (as evident in your link).
Apr
30
comment Why does the Mishnah in Pirkei Avot 3:2 end in a pasuk without a straight up answer? What is the pasuk trying to teach us?
Perhaps provide a link and a quote of the text in your question? sefaria.org/Pirkei_Avot.3.2
Apr
28
revised Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
added pasuk reference and parsha sheet answer
Apr
28
comment Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
Also see Rambam and Doros Rishonim about the nature of derashot, and where halacha really comes from. daattorah.blogspot.com/2011/03/… The point is that what you have labeled as the only possible Orthodox position, without which there's no Torah miSinai, is the view of various Rishonim and Acharonim. Just one that is more nuanced than the one typically taught at first in grade school.
Apr
28
comment Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
no, the burden is not upon me. you'll explain away every instance of a phenomenon you claimed didn't exist. why not read ibn ezra's essay (last here, parsha.blogspot.com/2011/01/… ,follow links to prev) about the differences between the aseres hadibros. Taste: "And know that the words are like bodies and the meanings are like souls, and the body is as a vessel to the soul. Therefore, the rule of all the scholars of every language is to guard to meanings and not pay particular heed to changes in the words, since they are identical in their meaning."
Apr
28
comment Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
Here is another, on "כֹּחִי וְרֵאשִׁית אוֹנִי יֶתֶר שְׂאֵת וְיֶתֶר עָז". in bereishit 49:3. rashbam writes דיבור אחד הוא, דרך המקראות לכפול את דבריהם. As to the rest, I will compose a comment later.
Apr
28
comment Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
The point of those first few paragraphs is this. The question, like most on this site, is based on assumptions. We must first make those assumptions clear and lay them out in the open. On a peshat level, there is no question. It is just stylistic. On a derash level, this might be a fool's errand. Not in this case per se, but in the general case, that one cannot go about asking and expecting answers using this methodology. It may not be possible, and it may be that Chazal had all their intended conclusions laid out and one cannot apply the methodology blindly.
Apr
28
comment Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
Here is one example from Torah. Bereishit 32:8: ויירא יעקב מאד ויצר לו. Radak writes: כפל הענין במלות שונות לרוב יראתו
Apr
28
answered Why separate verses for the camel, hare, and hyrax?
Apr
27
comment Astrology in the Torah
fair enough re Aruch Hashulchan. (though i think it quite possible that Chazal themselves were not monolithic in belief in astrology - thus many disputes.) and halacha might well follow metzius, rather than following legal precedent established by those who mistakenly believed in astrology. Such that if a posek is convinced (correctly) astrology is nonsense, even without Rambam, the halacha is to follow reality.
Apr
27
comment Astrology in the Torah
I wouldn't make it only the Rambam, as if he is the only daas yachid in this case. See e.g. the Tur on katlanit, see the Aruch haShulchan about the timing of kiddush I linked to.
Apr
27
comment Astrology in the Torah
See also the Aruch Hashulchan, who says in actual pesak, halacha lemaaseh: "And in my opinion, this is astounding. For forfend, chas veshalom, to say that we are under the influence of the constellations." parsha.blogspot.com/2008/06/…
Apr
27
comment Astrology in the Torah
true. though that is one bet din, which I would not then necessarily take to be the definitive rule when it comes to halacha. thus, i could well imagine poskim, especially from different ideological backgrounds, finding a heter for a marriage if the man or woman sent a shayla.
Apr
27
comment What is Rambam's opinion on Demons
If you look up Jinn, they are not necessarily equal to lamp genies in Disney movies. They are parallel to descriptions of sheidim in several respects. e.g. how they are in bondage to Shlomo Hamelech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinn
Apr
27
comment Astrology in the Torah
re a woman whose two husbands have died, it is interesting to note that this is a dispute in the gemara itself (Yevamot 64b), between Rav Huna (natural) and Rav Ashi (mazal), with the ramifications you mentioned. While mazal is the view of most poskim, the Rambam and Tur say like Rav Huna in this matter. he.wikisource.org/wiki/…
Apr
15
comment The luxury of murex trunculus indigo
I don't think that subspecies were necessarily intended here (such that it would be a different min). Rather, same species but the effect of the environment. Or if genetic, not necessarily would Chazal have considered these halachically a different min, such that it would not be deemed Chilazon and techelet. (However, the color variation might well have been a reason that aristocracy might not have gone for it, since they would not be able to target the precise hue.) but why think black? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_blue