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comment Moreh Nevuchim: To learn or not to learn?
@Curiouser, Kellner's book assumes Rambam had exposure to Kabbalah but there is no real evidence to that anywhere in Rambam's writings. He does refer to ideas of the Sufi mystics and perhaps to some ideas from our Chachomim that may sound like Kabbalah, but Kellner seems to be driven by as much an agenda as the monolithic Kabbalists who claim Rambam became a Kabbalist before he died.
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comment Moreh Nevuchim: To learn or not to learn?
@ShmuelBrin , Do you really think that Rambam wrote in a letter "At the end of my life, a man came to me . . . ."? Doesn't that sound like someone writing a letter from his grave . . . i.e. a forgery? Shomer Emunim HaKadmon has always held a warm place in my heart, but that quote of his from Arbabanel, claiming Rambam wrote as much in a letter no one has seen and in a way that sounds like a forgery has never convinced me. I am convinced that Rambam had Ruach HaKodesh and that most instances in which we think he disagrees with Kabbala, we either don't understand Rambam, Kabbalah, or both.
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comment Mikvah erev Yom kippur
@mevaqesh my recollection is that I saw it in Kafich's Halichot Teiman, but it has been a while since I looked in that sefer and I could be wrong on that one. I will bl"n dig up my pdf copy of it to check . . .
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comment Blind and Marriage
@DoubleAA Any negia shel hiba with one who is not your wife that is not with a niddah is derabanan. The idea that the Rabanan would only forbid yichud but not negia shel hiba is a bit counter to the policy behind the issur. But even without that, it is mefurash in Rambam and in SA.
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comment Was Lot's Wife transformation into a Salt Pillar a miracle?
@mevaqesh, I believe you are misunderstanding Aben Ezra. Where Rabbeinu Bachya saw that Aben Ezra wrote such a pshat is a mystery to me, but Rabbeinu Bachya clearly says that Aben Exra wrote that it is referring to the land. However, the Aben Ezra that we have as it is stated is clearly discussing the plain meaning subject of the possuk, who is clearly Lot's wife.
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comment Blind and Marriage
@DoubleAA, there is also the Dirabbanan issur of Negia derech chiba of a Panuyah, even if she is not a nidda.
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
Another good source on this is Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen's "The Laws of Yom Tov"
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
The English version or the Lashon HaKodesh version? The reason he discusses it is because it is very common between two days of YomTov because people don't perceive them as two days.
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
The logic is that Melacha which is permitted on YomTov is Hutra, meaning the prohibition was never effectuated. (This is the Ran's approach). Being that this is the case, only if the intention of the person is for the next day would this action now be prohibited. But you cannot say that the intention is for the next day, as it is a safek what that next second is (or for that matter what the last second was). Therefore if his intention is for immediate benefit it should be allowed. He only was willing to apply this to Dirabbanans out of deference to greater earlier authorities.
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
Your are logically correct. Rav Shlomo Zalman said a novel (and imho excellent) sevara to allow even Di'Oraisas in Bein Hashemashos on Yomtov as long as they are Tzoech Ochel/Shaveh Lichol Nefesh/Mitoch (feeling compelled to explain why there is no mention in the poskim of such an obvious problem) but since R' Akiva Eiger and others explicitly paskened that DiOraisa is not allowed, because of Chashash issur DiOraisa, therefore he deferred to them. But on Dirabbanans, safek Dirabbanan likulah in this instance since he does have a great sevara to permit it. more-->
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comment Issurei arayos worse than rape
let me get this straight: You are maintaining that consensual relations with an erva relative does not get such strict treatment?
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
@DoubleAA,carrying in a Karmelis is a Dirabbanan to begin with. Rav Shlomo Zalman was meikil regarding this issue because of the fact that although logic dictates that melacha should be completely forbidden during this period, since it is not mentioned explicitly in the Poskim, if one would benefit from it during bein Hashmashos, then the dirabbanan can be done then. I fail to understand your comparison to Friday night. Elaborate please
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
The fact that many people wheel their carriages along Ocean Parkway during Bein Hashemashos on Yomtov is merely a Re'aiya that Amaratzus is prevalent amongst us.
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comment Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov
For a source on this please see Sefer YomTov Sheini KiHilchaso pg 321