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Feb
22
revised heresy on Purim
Added Purim Torah disclaimer
Feb
22
comment Whispering prayers?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Feb
22
comment What was the attitude of Rabbonim regarding Purim Torah?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6306/5
Feb
22
comment Whispering prayers?
@msh210, I am inclined to think (though I have no source other than the Pasuk and my own intellect) that when it says her voice was inaudible, that means her voice was not used; ie., she was using a whisper, or some other breathy speech, in her prayers. Since we base our mode of prayer on her, it would seem that HaZa"L understood that she did, in fact, hear herself (since the Halachah is that we must hear our own prayers), but I see no evidence that she used her voice at all. The Pasuk seems, to me, to state that she did not.
Feb
22
comment Whispering prayers?
My advice would be, if you prefer to whisper, to just slightly vocalize those words/syllables that you feel need to be vocalized at some level, either based on the Halachah you referenced (emphasizing the Zayin in Tizkeru) or for other, less obvious instances in which it might make a difference.
Feb
22
comment Whispering prayers?
@eykanal, at the very least, it says in the Gemara (Berachoth 31a, at the bottom) that one must not raise one's voice too loud, based on the Pasuk you cited from Shemuel. It does not specifically state that whispering is preferable. I haven't look at Rishonim.
Feb
22
comment Whispering prayers?
@msh210 It says her voice was inaudible, not merely that 'Eli did not hear it.
Feb
21
comment Is there anywhere that you can get round machine Matzos?
I asked the person who supplied it who made it, and they couldn't remember; they could only remember which store sold it to them at Pesah time. I may have to wait until Pesah this year to find out whether it is available and from whom.
Feb
21
comment Is there anywhere that you can get round machine Matzos?
When you say "not used by many Jews", do you mean that not many Jews use it, or that there are many Jews who don't use it (two very different statements)? In the first case, that is incorrect; in the second, that is irrelevant because there are many Jews who do use it, thus negating any financial loss in baking the scraps of dough.
Feb
21
comment Tzitzit tying: the real way
This still needs a lot of cleanup, IMHO.
Feb
21
revised Is there any difference between Jewish G-d and Muslim G-d?
edited title
Feb
21
comment Is there any difference between Jewish G-d and Muslim G-d?
@Maxood, if a Muslim accepted that the Torah today remained uncorrupted, then he would not be a very good Muslim, since a core tenet of Islam is that the Qur'an is the uncorrupted truth, in contradistinction to the Torah. If he accepted that the Torah remains uncorrupted, I don't think the RaMBa"M would consider it wrong for the rabbi to teach him.
Feb
21
comment Is there any difference between Jewish G-d and Muslim G-d?
Maxood, and @IsaacMoses, I tried to re-capture the original intent of the question with my new edit. Please feel free to further edit it if either one of you feels it does not meet either the originally intended question or the site's requirements.
Feb
21
revised Is there any difference between Jewish G-d and Muslim G-d?
Tried to re-capture the OP's intent in a slightly more simplified question (and rolled back to OP's spelling of G-d).
Feb
21
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
They saw a resurgence of piety and spirituality, and a guy who seemed like the real deal claimed to be Mashiach and had a huge following. So, ok, to them, maybe he wasn't THE Mashiach, but maybe he was a precursor. At least that's the only way I can wrap my head around how people could still have believed in him yet remain Jewish. But, again, that's assuming R' Eybeschutz was even among them. And, again, even then, it is not absolutely, automatically heresy, if it was a desperate optimism rather than a new religion.
Feb
21
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
(In my mind) It's like the early, disillusioned followers of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who came up with excuses after he died that he could die and still have been the Mashiach Ben Yosef, not Ben David (distinct from those who still believe he was and is Mashiach and that he'll return - that's much closer to heresy). In other words, people were devastated by his betrayal, not to mention his death, and they weren't sure what to make of it. They desperately clung to the hope that the end of the bitter exile was near, because they couldn't face the fact that it was nowhere near over.
Feb
21
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
Moshe, Sabateanism was not a religion, though. It was a terrible, terrible mistake, but it was not a religion. Furthermore, there is one, solitary work that asserts that R' Eybeschutz was a closet Sabbatean. There is really very little evidence of this, save for the circumstantial "evidence" that there were a handful in his Yeshiva and that his son came out as one. Even if he were, R' Meir still tried to learn from Aher, and of his KU"P is valid on its merits, I don't see why we must discount it on account of the mistaken and misplaced hope that Shabtai Tzvi would be vindicated as a messiah...
Feb
21
comment Can you learn from seforim written by someone who believed in Shabbetai Tzvi?
Moshe, if you don't tag @simchashatorah he won't see it. But to answer your question, Kreisi UPleisi is a major Halachic work. I don't think it's possible to get Semichah without encountering it.
Feb
20
comment Bracha - Al Mitzvas Tefilin - does it count for the 100 daily Brachos
And here - haretzion.org/faculty/ramim @Adam
Feb
20
comment Bracha - Al Mitzvas Tefilin - does it count for the 100 daily Brachos
@Adam youtube.com/…