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answered Why does Rashi comment on some verb-לו phrases and not others?
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comment Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
Well, I guess if you want to ignore the Gemara, the meforshim and all Jewish tradition and the chain of Oral Torah from that time to this, then I guess there isn't any other evidence other than that.
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answered Mordechai - Religious Leader or Political figure?
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comment How much must one do to to sign a contract?
No, those poskim are not saying that it's OK to violate secular law, they are saying that aside from the question of Dinah D'Malchusa there isn't any prohibition against copying some non-material idea, song, saying or such. That if secular law didn't prohibit it, there would be no halachic problem with doing so. It's not stealing if you haven't actually taken away any material item.
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comment Why offer the Nations mitzvos from the Torah that are already in the Noahide Laws?
Aggadah is not the same thing as Midrash. And, in any case, Rashi makes clear that this is Pshat on the Pasuk in Devarim 33:2. I don't understand how anyone could say that the Chumash is not historical or not Halachically binding, Chas V'Shalom.
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answered Why offer the Nations mitzvos from the Torah that are already in the Noahide Laws?
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comment Why offer the Nations mitzvos from the Torah that are already in the Noahide Laws?
This is NOT just a midrash. It was taught by R' Yochanan (Avodah Zara 2b) and learned out of a pasuk in Devarim (as well as one in Habbakuk).
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comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
Yes, that's it.
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comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
Those are all good things, but they are good things the government decides to do, not you, and the government does it with money you never had any control over and never had in your possession. It's not "Your Money." If a friend of yours makes a donation to a worthy charity in your honor, do you need to give Maaser on that money too? If your boss decides to deduct money from your paycheck to give to widows and orphans without giving you any choice about it, is that "Your Money?"
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comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
Or if a homeowner tells a (Jewish) painter he's going to pay him $1000 for painting his house, but after it's done the homeowner says he's only going to pay $500 because that's all he feels like paying (not an uncommon problem for independent contractors), then does the painter need to pay Maaser on $1000?
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comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
In a similar way, if your boss says I'm giving you $50,000, but I'm keeping $15,000 of it so you only get $35,000 and you have no choice in the matter, then why should you pay Maaser on the $15,000?
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comment Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?
The main part of the argument is that you never had that money. It was never in your hand. To give another example, if I tell you that I am giving you the Brooklyn Bridge, but you can't sell it, you can't charge any tolls or do anything else with it, then do you have to pay Maaser on it?