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Mar
20
comment Shaar Yichud - Unity of God
@ray not a contradiction -- the illusion we have is the independence of the parts, that makes it possible to call parts by the word "parts" - but in reality there is no parts, just Oneness. This is precisely the paradox that we cannot grasp now but will (supposedly) see at the end of days.
Mar
20
comment Shaar Yichud - Unity of God
@ray it's not that He is in you (that would imply there is something in you other than Him as well), it's that you are a part of Him.
Mar
20
answered Shaar Yichud - Unity of God
Mar
13
comment Intrinsic reasons for being observant
@ray In the framework of this world, that He created, He conducts it as if He gets pleasure from that. Outside this framework, we cannot really talk about Him at all, since none of our words apply.
Mar
13
comment Intrinsic reasons for being observant
@ray Ability to bestow goodness onto the created world.
Mar
13
comment Intrinsic reasons for being observant
@ray He gets nothing in the sense that He lacks nothing. But He created the framework of this world, instituting a rule that limits His ability to bestow goodness to what the people earn. Only because He chooses to obey by the rule you can give him something, but nothing forces Him to choose to obey the rule except His Will...
Mar
12
comment Are there any tanakh search engines?
+1 really awesome link, thank you
Mar
12
comment Intrinsic reasons for being observant
@Bochur613 I think the OP means that the achivements of the last sentence are the reasons to be religious in the first place.
Mar
12
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Mar
12
answered Intrinsic reasons for being observant
Mar
12
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Mar
12
answered How did Vashti grow a tail?
Mar
12
comment How did Vashti grow a tail?
+1, nice interpretation. The only problem is, why Gavriel of all angels -- he is, after all, the symbol of middas haDin (or of law and order if you like), and in your interpretation, he seems to be the one breaking the rules.
Mar
6
comment Who is this woman keturah in פרשת חיי שרה
The Ramban argues with Rashi there...
Feb
25
revised Learning Torah from a confirmed sinner?
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Feb
25
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Feb
12
comment How did Rivkah give Yackov Eisav's clothing? Isn't borrowing without permission tantamount to stealing?
Perhaps indeed they were meant like that, perhaps not. But what gave her the right to take another man's property?
Feb
12
comment What right did Rivka have to use Eisav's coat against him?
@sam put in a rashi as a partial source
Feb
12
revised What right did Rivka have to use Eisav's coat against him?
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Feb
12
comment What right did Rivka have to use Eisav's coat against him?
@sam that answer is a machlokes acharonim, there is a strong opinion that stealing from a thief is forbidden.