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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​כי הות אמינא מילתא הוה אקשי ליך עשרין וארבע קושייתא ונפריקנא להון עשרין וארבעה פרוקי וממילא רווחא שמעתא


Feb
6
comment When did the switch to matrilineal descent occur?
@SethJ FTR we don't want to exclude any given participant, just possibly certain content. For instance, the comment in question above actually discusses when the Rabbanites switched to matrilineal descent (which is totally on topic), even if also mentioning the Karaite view.
Feb
6
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@Michoel Looking forward! And no rush.
Feb
6
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@Michoel Because I don't see any evidence that anyone's subconscience has been affected. Do you?
Feb
6
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
@Menachem See what the Pitchei Teshuva YD 147 says about that Noda B'Yehuda
Feb
6
comment Candles on Purim?
@ba Oh I though you said it seemed like the AhS was quoting the Seder haYom, but I see now you probably mean the ER was quoting etc. My bad.
Feb
6
comment When did the switch to matrilineal descent occur?
@Shraga See my above discussion with yoel. I agree that your logic is quite reasonable, but there is no official policy on the matter that I'm aware of. Again, this all applies to posts. Comments are held to a much weaker standard.
Feb
6
comment When did the switch to matrilineal descent occur?
@yoel Probably, but see that linked question which is a question not a comment. There are variations in mesora which are currently accepted here, so I didn't know if you meant 'our' like what is accepted on Mi Yodeya or 'our' like mine-which-is-also-Mi-Yodeya's.
Feb
6
comment When did the switch to matrilineal descent occur?
@yoel To bring it up on Meta? No. That your entire mesorah might not be the official one of Mi Yodeya (because I don't know of such an official policy)? No. That Karaitism has more similarities with Judaism than eg. Islam? No. You can see the beginnings of a discussion about Karaitism in the comments to this question. Also note that comments are generally much more flexible than posts, so even if you reject a Karaite post, you may not reject a Karaite comment.
Feb
6
comment When did the switch to matrilineal descent occur?
@Shraga For starters: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/469/759 meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/292/759 meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1298/759 meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1266/759
Feb
6
comment When did the switch to matrilineal descent occur?
@yoel What is "our" mesorah? This is not the place to be having this discussion though. Please bring it up on meta if you want.
Feb
6
comment When did the switch to matrilineal descent occur?
@Shraga Ummm...that is not true according to the current meta consensus. You should check it out and contribute if you like.
Feb
6
comment Candles on Purim?
@ba I note the Elyah Rabbah and others have such a view in my comments to the other answers. Why do you think the AhS here is quoting anyone?
Feb
6
comment Was Rav Hai Gaon a kabbalist?
Ha Rabbi Simcha Assaf tells of a manuscript he saw of R Moshe Butril's in which he not only discusses philosophy but also makes up all kinds of philosophical works to support himself. See hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=36728&pgnum=38
Feb
6
comment Breakdown of Yirmiyahu's 70 year prophecy
@Michoel I have tried to improve it. Feel free to adjust further.
Feb
6
revised Breakdown of Yirmiyahu's 70 year prophecy
source clarification; typos; mordechai isn't relevant; replaced real with final so as not to have it draw comparison to Koresh's; see comments.
Feb
6
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@Michoel I didn't think he really meant they always think that way either, but it does show the imprecise way he was telling the story (understandably so! he was off the cuff on an airplane to a nonJew). As you say, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Feb
6
comment Why do we venerate previous generations?
@Michoel First off, I always used above post talmudic examples. Second, you have only shown that 1 such cut off mark exists: Chasimas haMishna, and I submit that it can be argued that it is unique. Third, saying it goes by time period implies that the issue is one of formal halachik process (I can't argue because we have accepted their psakim) and not individual level of the arguer (I can't argue because he is greater than I), because averages don't drop sharply.
Feb
6
comment Candles on Purim?
@ba Maybe. It sounds to me more like R Epstein is just making a nice connection himself, and not trying to make any fundamental claims about the nature of X or something.
Feb
6
comment Was Rav Hai Gaon a kabbalist?
And just after that: והיום ראיתי לבני ציון היקרים שדלת זאת החכמה לפניהם ננעלת וידמה לעם ציון שאם יחקרו בחכמת הפילוסופיא ישימו תורת משה פלסתר ודרך רמיה ואין זה כי תורתנו הקדושה נקראת פלוסופיא הטהורה And today I have seen that this gate of wisdom is locked to the precious Jewish nation, for they think that if they delve into the wisdom of Philosophy they will end up turning Moshe's Torah into secondary and trickery, but this is not so for our Holy Torah is called the Pure Philosophy. [He sure sounds like an unusual Kabbalist.]
Feb
6
comment Was Rav Hai Gaon a kabbalist?
Rabbi Moshe Butril also says the following (Commentary to Sefer Yetzira 3:2): לא יכנס שום אדם בזה הפרד"ס שלא עיין בחכמת הפילוסופיא כי הא-להים חכמת הפילוסופיא נקשרה בחכמת הקבלה כמו שלהבת בגחלת No man should enter "Pardes" who was not studied in depth the wisdom of Philosophy for, by God, the wisdom of Philosophy is connected to the wisdom of Kabbalah like a flame to a coal.