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May
22
comment Is there a purchasable copy of the Shulchan Aruch in Hebrew and English?
You might be interested, though, in the many contemporary English books available on pretty much any halachic subject. They usually consist of a summary of the applicable halachos, with useful footnotes telling of the sources in classic sources in shulchan aruch, its commentators, responsa, and contemorary poskim.
May
22
comment Is there a purchasable copy of the Shulchan Aruch in Hebrew and English?
Just realized how weird it is that English versions have been made of all types of halachic works, like Mishna Torah, Sefer HaChinuch, Mishna Berura, (not to mention Talmud Bavli,) but I can't think of a single English version of the Shulchan Aruch.
May
22
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May
22
comment Reconciling Nature with Continuous Creation
I must admit I find this fascinating, and at least at first glance, it seems plausible as an explanation for this idea. Though, one must be comfortable with explaining ma'amarei chazal with contemporary science. Do you perhaps have a source in which someone explains "המחדש בכל יום תמיד מעשה בראשית", in accordance with this idea?
May
22
comment What happened to the Jewish practice of using burial caves?
@JXG, @AaronShaffier, Thanks for the sources.
May
22
comment Reconciling Nature with Continuous Creation
I'm not sure I understand your answer. I acknowledge the fact that God must exist for the universe's existence to continue, as the existence of the creation depends on the the creator. However, in my mind, God's continuous existence is not the same as His continuously renewing creation. For example, if I hold a cup in the air at shoulder-height, then the cup's being in the air depends on my continuing to hold it up. But, my continuing to hold the cup is not the same as continuously lifting it up off the table.
May
22
comment What happened to the Jewish practice of using burial caves?
Do you have sources or examples for your assumed information?
May
20
revised History of Birkas haMinim
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May
20
comment Reconciling Nature with Continuous Creation
Thanks for clarifying. Although (a) doesn't convince me, (b) indeed does imply that this is his intention. A constant yesh me'ayin. Even if I did understand this concept fully, which I don't, it still is somewhat of a contradiction to the idea of teva, that there is a universal nature. Although this explanation of RSZ fits with מחדש בכל יום תמיד, the question is still intact. It still needs a reconciliation with the natural order.
May
20
answered History of Birkas haMinim
May
19
revised Identification of Rishon
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May
19
comment Identification of Rishon
According to the footnote in the link, it's the same person as הר"ד דיילקרויישא מאורליינש.
May
19
answered Identification of Rishon
May
19
comment Reconciling Nature with Continuous Creation
... Rather he is מהוה them constantly, which means a constant "continuation of existence", or yesh mi'yesh if you will. They do not continue to exist independently, but rather, continue to exist with God's assistance. In the previous chapter that you referred me to, he talks about the "Ten utterances" and says שיש בהם כח וחיות לברוא יש מאין ולהחיותו לעולם, that is, the power to create them once and then to keep them existing indefinitely. This is different from מחדש בכל יום תמיד, which implies a constant yesh me'ayin.
May
19
comment Reconciling Nature with Continuous Creation
I think you misunderstood me. I was not implying that everything was created just once and continues to exist independently. Rather, I meant that the implication of the Tanya is that God created everything once and then continues to allow them to exist, for if he did not, they would cease to exist. He is not "constantly bringing them into existence", for this would imply constant yesh me'ayin...
May
19
revised If I wake up before dawn, do I wash my hands with a blessing?
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May
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revised Why don't we count the omer with a bracha during the day?
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May
19
comment Puzzles on Shabbat
Re: "He seems to make no distinction between assembling words and assembling pictures."-- R' Dovid Ribiat points this out in The 39 Melachos and disagrees with it. See vol.4, Kosaiv, note 9.
May
18
comment Reconciling Nature with Continuous Creation
Sorry, the Hebrew text got a little mixed up above. I hope you understood the point though.
May
18
comment Reconciling Nature with Continuous Creation
If you want, you can say that that is what's meant by המחדש בכל יום תמיד מעשה בראשית, but I don't see that in the Tanya.