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Apr
16
comment Why is it customary for Jews to grow beards?
@HodofHod The only teshuva of the TT on the matter I know of (there may be others) is this one hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=30499&st=&pgnum=447 which doesn't mention beged isha at all.
Apr
16
comment other names of Hashem (instead of Ado..) in davenning and brachos?
@Daniel Depends who you ask :) Note that רחמנא isn't one so the Mishna Berura's mentioning the names which can't be erased is a very minimalist position. There is what to be said about using other names in Brachot as well.
Apr
16
comment other names of Hashem (instead of Ado..) in davenning and brachos?
@Daniel In general, I've learned never to say that :) For this case, perhaps it might come up if someone skips Adonay but says Eloheinu. It's also relevant when saying prayer/blessings in a language other than Hebrew.
Apr
16
answered other names of Hashem (instead of Ado..) in davenning and brachos?
Apr
16
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
@NewAlexandria מי שם פה לאדם? If you are relying on God's help then I don't see the difference.
Apr
16
revised Laws of “Shehiyah” relating to a “Chayah”
link
Apr
16
comment Laws of “Shehiyah” relating to a “Chayah”
@Yehoshua 1) My statement was 100% accurate. You hadn't at all, and expected us to answer a question with poor motivation. 2) Did you see the Peri Megadim inside? He pretty clearly does not say like the Da'as Torah. All we've concluded is chaya is like behema exactly as everyone has been telling you. The fact that in the 18th century someone finally mention it explicitly is a testament to how obvious it was to everyone before him. Note that the Pri Ho'oretz doesn't quote any sources, meaning a) it was obvious to him and b) no one he knew of had discussed it explicitly.
Apr
16
comment What was so good about Naamah the Ammonite?
The fact that the Midrash cobbles together other tropes doesn't make it not original. It just makes it Midrash.
Apr
16
revised Laws of “Shehiyah” relating to a “Chayah”
link; typos (it's מגד שמים like from deut 33 and also a pun on פרי מגדים which it is a supercommentary on)
Apr
16
comment Why is it customary for Jews to grow beards?
@HodofHod Wait, I thought the Tzemach Tzedek's issue was with scissors as a form of gilach, not that it was beged isha. The former could still apply today, but the latter is very hard to argue for in today's world.
Apr
16
comment Counting the omer with doubt before the fixed calendar
@CharlesKoppelman 50 days after pesach. They couldn't do the mitzva of counting, but that doesn't mean they can't look at a calendar and note the two possible days Shavuot could fall on.
Apr
16
comment Rabbi Soloveitchik's wife and hair coverings
Not too many women covered their hair in the last ~200 years. (ashkenaz, at least.)
Apr
16
revised Why did God create outer space?
edited tags; edited title
Apr
16
comment Counting the omer with doubt before the fixed calendar
Cheshvan is variable. If you're going to ask me from Tammuz, why not ask from Tevet? :)
Apr
16
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
גזירה שאין הציבור יכול לעמוד בה can just as easily be interpreted as an indication that the time period where God wanted this enactment enacted has now concluded. re minhagim: if you want to say that the Wills of God here are for application eternally in both directions, you have to wonder because so many minhagim are pretty clearly later developments. It's definitely easier to say that it is the Will of God for certain time periods and not others.
Apr
15
comment Talmud comes from Har Sinai?
@RabbiMichaelTzadok Because 'holding' (implying psak) is a funny word to apply to this kind of historical machloket.
Apr
15
comment Talmud comes from Har Sinai?
@Michoel I'd call it a school of thought, not an opinion. And while Rashi may make something 'legitimate' (whatever that means) that doesn't make him not a minority extreme opinion. (It doesn't make him into one either.)
Apr
15
comment Talmud comes from Har Sinai?
@Michoel According to Rashi: גזרות להרחקה על אזהרות שבתורה, כגון שניות לעריות ושבות לשבת: Mishloach Manos is clearly not included. As for Eruvin, you might argue that Eruv Chatzerot is included, though he probably didn't do that either, having a din of Yachid (OC 382). And before you quote Eruv Tavshilin which Rashi is probably basing himself on, see this parsha.blogspot.com/2011/11/… (Note also my switch from 'probably' to 'certainly' in my previous comment.)
Apr
15
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
You mean, perhaps it was only rescinded because they were 'forced to' but not because it is no longer the will of God? Interesting suggestion. It would imply, though, that there is still value (middat chasidut / lifnim mishurat hadin / etc.) in holding to those enactments. I've never heard such an opinion though it might exist.
Apr
15
comment Talmud comes from Har Sinai?
@Michoel So? I chose my examples and noted the examples he chose carefully.