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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.
1d
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.
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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.
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comment Shmos 2:15 – Moshe fled from Paroh and dwelt in Midian. Why Midian?
@GeminiMan Very impressive. Thank you!
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
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
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
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.
Apr
7
comment Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?
@BabySeal Mishna Berurah says it
Apr
7
comment May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?
I found this here contributed by Nooch. He quotes from here It is best to buy eggs that were laid before Pesach. This is because chickens are usually given feed which is Chometz. He asserts - It has to do with chametz in the crop. If a mashehu of chametz adheres to the egg shell and then ends up in your reshus, it's not batel. But it can be batel b'rov or b'shishim (depending on its state), before Yom Tov begins.
Apr
7
comment Who gets shelishi if there are no Israelim?
@sharshi That comment looks like an answer to me.
Apr
1
comment Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?
@Gary Sorry I was not clear. What I meant to say is that there is a mishnah in Pesachim 3:4 (“This is the rule: as soon as dough becomes inflated, let the woman plunge her hand in cold water.”) that mentions cold water and a mishnah in Menachot 5:2 (“All grain offerings must be kneaded with lukewarm water”) that mentions lukewarm water. So both temperatures of water must have been available.
Mar
31
comment Does nullification mean something no longer exists, or just that it has no Halachic significance?
@Menachem That is the basis for the answer. If the issur is חוזר וניעור it cannot have disappeared.
Mar
31
comment When have I started Shemoneh Esrei?
If you would be stuck there until Moshiach comes, I would advise you to stay! How long can a Shemoneh Esrei be?
Mar
31
comment Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?
@Gary See Pesachim Perek 3 Mishna 4. זה הכלל: תפח תלתוש בצונן The Mishnah here mentions צונן (cold) and the Mishnah Perek 5 Mishna 2 mentions פושרין (lukewarm). I deduce that the פושרין were not at ambient temperature.
Mar
30
comment Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?
@sam All I can find Tiferes Yisroel to say is ח שכך יפה לפת: - here hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=37947&st=&pgnum=191
Mar
30
comment Should the Gemora allow boiled food on Pesach?
Pouring the grain or flour into water that is already boiling will reduce the temperature of the water. It would have to be done extremely carefully so that the heat supplied to the water keeps it boiling while the flour is added.
Mar
25
comment Can you use an LED light array for searching for chametz?
What does "focussed" and "one area" mean in this context? The LED light array in the question would illuminate an area of say several square feet.
Mar
25
comment Can you use an LED light array for searching for chametz?
@Double AA The "LED light array" is a more extended light source (less focussed) than the head lamp.