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May
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comment Issurei arayos worse than rape
So if it's a relative it is not as horrendous of a crime?! How does that follow?
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revised Segulah for Children?
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May
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
@DoubleAA Absolutely correct. It is mefurash in poskim that every moment of Bein HaShemashos is a safek from one to the next. Perhaps the first second is the first day and the next second is the second day.
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comment Al Hannisim for Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
It was probably a lot shorter than ours but with the same essential berachos. See hakirah.org/Vol14Zelcer.pdf and also see hakirah.org/Vol%2012%20FrimerA.pdf for one critique of one analysis regarding changes in the liturgy in general nowadays.
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comment Al Hannisim for Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
about Aveilus for loss of the Bais Hamikdash. That being the case, let's get our Bais Hamikdash and then we will have a definitive source for us to make changes to the status quo Tefillah.
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comment Al Hannisim for Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
@Jeremy, extra excitement, of course! But we are talking about a halakhic matter. The safest measure would be that the last time insertions were made was the Gaonim for Aseres Yemei Teshiva and before that, changes were made by Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakkai, corresponding to the loss of the Bais Hamikdash. The Gaonic changes were not made out of excitement or its opposite; rather due to Yeridat HoDorot and a growing recognition that this Golus was for the long haul (same with their addition of HaRahamans to Bircas HaMazone). The changes and insertions that Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakkai made were . . .
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comment Al Hannisim for Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
@DoubleAA That it was important is clear from Chagai 2, as you mentioned. That changes were made to Tefilla . . .?
May
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comment Did Adam and Eve have bellybuttons, fingerprints or ridge over lip?
is quite suggestive that he understood the braita to be about Adam, the species, i.e. Mankind
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comment Did Adam and Eve have bellybuttons, fingerprints or ridge over lip?
@Fred, great source. Like you said, it might be interpreted to the contrary. From some of the meforshim it does seem that it is meant to be a reference to Adam HaRishon the individual. e.g. Binyan Yehoshua says in his 2nd explanation that just like boros (a word used for open air water wells/pits) are open, so is the navel open while Adam is in his mother's womb. His first explanation would be able to fit and could be construed as proving Adam HaRishon had a navel, but from the fact that he does not mention this important difference & merely transitions with "alternatively" . . .
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comment Al Hannisim for Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
and @avi, yes Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai made certain significant changes to the liturgy to reflect the destruction of the Temple (the essence of the loss of Yerushalayim). This just underscores my point: when we have a bais hamikdash we will have a definitive precedent for making changes.
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comment Al Hannisim for Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
@DoubleAA, Chaggai 2 does tell us the date. What we celebrate happened many years later, and yes they made some additions to Teffila based on it. Where is your source that Ezra made changes to the Tefillah upon building the new Temple? I have heard that there are sources that some felt that Hallel should be said and others did not but I have not seen them. The essence of my point is that getting back a bit of Eretz Yisrael and getting back Yerushalayim are great smiles from Heaven, but until we have a Bais Hamikdash there is no definitive source for change.
May
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comment Birchas hatorah from the Torah?
@mevaqesh Frankel brings down Rishonim who hold like Rambam?
May
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revised Birchas hatorah from the Torah?
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
@DoubleAA you took the comment about the women right out of my fingertips! As far as the issue of a meal being completely prepared, there are issues which could very likely crop up at the meal itself. One example would be borer, permitted p'soles mitoch ochel, at the table. This would be a problem bain hashemashos as well, misafeik. And a Rav could know his community from alef to tav, they could very likely forget. People forget about the issue of melacha from Yomtov Rishon to Sheini bein hashemashos without confusing matters by accepting yomtov early. A fortiori in this kind of situation!
May
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comment Washing after Haircut and modern day blood letting
@DoubleAA There is no din of washing after touching the scalp in a normal situation. There is a din of washing after scratching the hair, which likely includes the scalp. My assumption is that during or right after the haircut the zohama is loosened so touching is equivalent of giving the haircut.
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
@DoubleAA I totally assumed you were referring to my first issue because I could not figure out for the life of me why ending davening with more than enough time to get home and make kiddush would allay the issue of doing melachos on the first day for the second day. Just because you made kiddush does not mean that the first day of Yom Tov is over with regard to the issue of doing melacha on one day for next.
May
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comment Washing after Haircut and modern day blood letting
@DoubleAA And you don't ever run your hands through your hair before washing it after your haircut?
May
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revised Mikvah erev Yom kippur
corrected a source
May
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comment Mikvah erev Yom kippur
And @mevaqesh great catch regarding which Tashbetz! The truth is that many poskim and Acharonim use Rashbetz for the Sefardishe one.
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comment Mikvah erev Yom kippur
@wfb excellent catch! Rambam is coming out; but your point about Tevillas Ezra makes a compelling case of possibility that he may have also gone on erev Yom Hakkipurim.