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Jastrow says it comes from the word meaning to clap things together (see entry for היקש). You do a hekesh when you draw information out of an apparent correspondence between words or clauses.
answered Jan 15 '18 by Dov F
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It is certainly possible to transfer ownership of an object to a child. One place this is made clear is in the Gemara (Sukkah 46b) which says that one should not transfer possession of his lulav to a …
answered Aug 24 '12 by Dov F
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As a matter of halachah, the rule that after 24 hours flavor becomes pagum is reserved for flavor absorbed in a pot or slight residue on its walls; not actual food. (Shulchan Aruch YD 122:2-3 and Aru …
answered Feb 10 '13 by Dov F
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Isaiah 9:17- Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks vileness. And for all thi …
answered Aug 1 '12 by Dov F
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The Shulchan Aruch (YD 109:1) rules in accordance with the Rashba who says you may only eat them one after another, but not at the same time. It should be understood, however, that we are only discuss …
answered Jun 10 '12 by Dov F
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Mishnah, Nida 58b-- מעשה באשה אחת שבאת לפני ר"ע אמרה לו ראיתי כתם אמר לה שמא מכה היתה ביך אמרה לו הן וחיתה אמר לה שמא יכולה להגלע ולהוציא דם אמרה לו הן וטהרה ר"ע ראה תלמידיו מסתכלין זה בזה אמר להם …
answered May 8 '15 by Dov F
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Traditional Judaism regards the oral law as the primary means of interpreting the written law - i.e. the Pentateuch and the rest of the Old Testament. The oral law is a combination of specific laws wh …
answered Jul 17 '12 by Dov F
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See here. The Talmud is the source of Halacha and not the Shulchan Aruch. The Shulchan Aruch, on the other hand, is really 'only' a useful guide as to which opinions within the Talmud are accepted as …
answered Jul 22 '12 by Dov F
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If you want to learn about anything, you can't ignore what was said by the experts who came before you. This is especially true in the field of law which depends on logical analysis. Your personal con …
answered Feb 14 '18 by Dov F
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In all the cases specified there is no Lifnei Iver. The Gemara (Avodah Zarah 14a) says: Said Abaye; We should be particular not to [place a stumbling-block] before [the blind] but we need not be …
answered Jun 25 '12 by Dov F
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No. The philosophy is that majority rules; in that philosophy it is generally consistent. You could ask the same question about any multi-member court or a legislature. Is it philosophically inconsis …
answered Mar 30 '18 by Dov F
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It is subject to current societal standards. Aruch HaShulchan (YD 101:21): כבר נתבאר דחה"ל תלוי לפי המקום ולפי הזמן והכל לפי ראות עיני המורה It has already been explained that chaticha hare' …
answered Jun 27 '12 by Dov F
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Hair is part of the body. The Gemara (Sukkah 6a) calls it טפל לבשרו; secondary to the flesh, but clearly a legitimate part of the body, as it needs to be included in tevila (ibid). As to why @SethJ h …
answered Jan 18 '13 by Dov F
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They used to pots cook the מן as it says about the מן שָׁטוּ הָעָם וְלָקְטוּ וְטָחֲנוּ בָרֵחַיִם אוֹ דָכוּ בַּמְּדֹכָה וּבִשְּׁלוּ בַּפָּרוּר The people streched out and gathered and ground …
answered Sep 17 '17 by Dov F
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Mishlei is a book of משלים, parables or figures. The pshat of a figure cannot be its literal meaning or it would not be a parable, it would be a non-figurative statement. Since the whole premise of th …
answered Apr 2 '18 by Dov F

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