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Apr
18
comment Shmos 2:15 – Moshe fled from Paroh and dwelt in Midian. Why Midian?
@Shmuel Good question. Instead of going east, he could have gone west inthe direction of modern Libya.
Apr
18
comment Why is the positive mitzvah to eat matza only for the first day of Peach?
@sta Sorry. To clarify hopefully. Shmos 12:15 says eat for a period of seven days. Deut 16:8 says six days. Both cannot work together. 7-6=1. So 7th day must be optional and therefore all 7 days must be optional (Anything that was included in a generalization {7 days 12:15} and was excluded from that generalization {6 days 16:8}to teach [something] it was not excluded to teach [only] about itself, but it was excluded to teach about the entire generalization.{all 7 days}) Shmos12:18 says we must eat on the first night. So the only obligation is on the first night - not “day” as you say.
Apr
17
comment Why is the positive mitzvah to eat matza only for the first day of Peach?
@sta Your comment refers to Shemot 12-8. Presumably you mean Deut. 16:8. You say that this is only applicable when there is a Bet Hamikdash. And I understand you to imply that therefore the part of the narrative dealing with matzot is not applicable now. But we do find that a parsha can imply obligations, even if all the conditions mentioned are not fulfilled. An example might be Bamidbar 15:37-41 which requires a blue thread for tzitzit. Nevertheless if you do not have the blue thread the tzitzit are kosher. Similarly Deut 16:8 can apply to matzot even though there is no Bet Hamikdash.
Apr
17
comment Shmos 2:15 – Moshe fled from Paroh and dwelt in Midian. Why Midian?
@GeminiMan Very impressive. Thank you!
Apr
17
answered Why is the positive mitzvah to eat matza only for the first day of Peach?
Apr
17
asked Shmos 2:15 – Moshe fled from Paroh and dwelt in Midian. Why Midian?
Apr
13
revised Only my grandfather was Jewish. Can I pray at home in my grandfather's tallit?
changed title
Apr
13
revised Who is the author of הא לחמא עניא
edited title
Apr
12
revised Shalom Bayit and Chametz
minor correction
Apr
12
answered Shalom Bayit and Chametz
Apr
11
asked How did the custom to recite Shir Hashirim after the Seder arise?
Apr
9
comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
@Fred Your comments are persuasive. But please see my extensive edit of my original answer.
Apr
9
revised Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
Added much new material and more nuanced discussion.
Apr
9
comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
@Fred Where do you see the need to loan to the destitute who cannot repay? I quoted the Rambam too 1:3. He can't mean both things.
Apr
8
revised Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
correction
Apr
8
comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
@SethJ On your first comment - someone who knows he cannot repay a loan should rather accept tzedoko. (That's what he is doing effectively if he takes a loan and does not repay it. The one who gives tzedoko may "dress it up" as a loan to spare the feelings of the poor man.) I believe you are only required to give loans to those who can repay who may not necessarily be wealthy but who are certainly not destitute.
Apr
8
comment Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
@SethJ On your second comment, Rambam says וכן אסור ללוה ליקח הלואה so as you point out the translation is a problem and I have edited it.
Apr
8
revised Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
correction
Apr
8
answered Borrowing money without clear plan of how to pay it back
Apr
8
comment Dish on a radiator
I discussed this problem with my LOR with respect to putting wet towels on the heated "towel rail" on Shabbos. He said he would not do it because there was a possibility of heating the water in the towel above yad soledes bo.