Here is a way to read this Rashi other that advancing corporealism:
Usually, when we see Yad, it means to signify strength. So one might understand that Hashem will apply his strength against the Egyptians. However, Rashi here is saying that there is a metaphor here, of someone striking another. And that is an actual hand performing an act of hitting. To ...
Covering One’s Eyes During the Recitation of Shema cites the following explanation as give by Rabbi Eli J Mansour
According to Kabbalistic teaching, one should cover his eyes during
Shema while positioning his fingers in the shape of the letters
“Shin,” “Dalet” and “Yod,” which spell the Divine Name of “Sha-dai.”
This is done by bringing the three ...
Regarding washing on Yom Kippur, the Tur (OH 613) writes:
ביה"כ...ואם היו ידיו מלוכלכות בטיט וצואה מותר לרוחצן שלא אסרו אלא רחיצה של תענוג ...וכן בכל היום אחר שעשה צרכיו וקנח או הטיל מים ושפשף בידיו וכתב גאון מי שהוא איסטניס וצריך לקנח פניו במים ואין דעתו מיושבת עליו כל היום עד שיקנח יכול לקנח בי"ה וכ"כ רי"ץ גיאת אם יש ליכלוך על פניו או על גבי עיניו יכול ...
What obligates something for immersion is that it is a utensil for eating with or preparing food with "כלי סעודה" Anything else has no obligation. See Shulchan Yoreh Deah 120:1, Aruch HaShulchan 120:30.
Example. A mohel needs to peel a orange and the only knife he has to use is his mila knife. So while yes it's a metal utensil, and yes it can be used for ...
According to this article on Chabad.org,
I don’t think there is a Jewish version of crossing fingers. You could
try twisting them into a Star of David, but that is more likely to
bring arthritis than good luck. Besides, we don’t believe that good
fortune comes from signs and gestures. We pray to G‑d, do good deeds
and have faith in the future.
Menahot (35b) records that the tefillin strap of the shel yad must be long enough to reach the finger. Rambam specifies in a responsum (159) that the mitzvah is affixing it to the bicep, while further wrapping is just to "complete the knot" but doesn't sound mandatory:
קשירת הרצועה על האצבע היא אחרי הברכה ובה תהיה קשירה תמה ואין הקשירה על האצבע מוכרח
Each plague was done with a finger of Hashem, as it says "אצבע אלקים היא" (Shemos 8:15) by כנים, and דבר was the fifth plague, making it 5 fingers, a full hand.
(my) Source: Maaseh Nisim Hagada by Rabbeinu Yaakov m'Lisa (aka the Nesivos Hamishpat) quoting "the commentaries"
While I was looking back through my Haggadas for the source, I found this as well:
Rabbi Yirmiyahu Ullman citing the Zohar says that Moshe Rabeinu selected judges by reading the lines on their hands.
The Zohar notes that Moses was told to choose the judges by "seeing"
them, from which the Zohar learns that Moses was to perceive their
qualities in the appearance of their hair, forehead, countenance,
eyes, lips and lines in their ...
Rashi to Exodus (2:5):
על יד היאור. אצל היאור, כמו ראו חלקת יואב אל ידי (שמואל-ב יד, ל.), והוא לשון יד ממש, שיד האדם סמוכה לו. ורבותינו דרשו, (סוטה יב:) הולכות לשון מיתה, כמו הנה אנכי הולך למות, (בראשית כה, לב.) הולכות למות לפי (צ) שמיחו בה, והכתוב מסייען, כי למה לנו לכתוב ונערותיה הולכות
I'm not clear on his exact intent, but it is evident that "yad ...
Richard Steiner (quoted by Natan Slifkin) cites Rashi in Shemot 14:31:
את היד הגדלה: את הגבורה הגדולה שעשתה ידו של הקב"ה. והרבה לשונות נופלין
על לשון יד, וכולן לשון יד ממש הן, והמפרש יתקן הלשון אחר ענין הדבור
The great hand--the great mighty deed which God's hand has performed.
Many meanings fit the word יד, but they are all the same as the
The Haggadah explicitly learns that the Hand of G-d refers to Pestilence from Shemot 9:3, where it talks about Pestilence coming from the Hand of G-d.
Of interest is Shemot Rabbah 10:1, which quotes R' Yehoshua ben Levi's teaching that each of the 10 plagues came with a side-plague of Pestilence.
There are a few different phrases, depending on context:
If discussing something that you hope won't happen - בלי עין הרע, bli ayin hara - without the evil eye.
If discussing something, usually an event, that you are planning on having happen and hope it will happen as planned - בשעה טובה ומוצלחת, b'sha'ah tovah umutzlachas - in a good and successful time (...
Rashi in Bereishis 1:26 mentions the Pasuk in Melachim that refers to right and left of Hashem. Rashi continues, Is there a right and left of Hashem? Only it means those saying merits, which is referred to as 'right', and those condemning, referred to as 'left'. This clearly shows Rashi not accepting corporeality.
As for the Rashi in question, it is more ...
I think it's the bayis, rather than the retzuah. Here are some reasons why:
Rashi writes (Devarim 6:8):
וקשרתם לאות על ידך: אלו תפילין שבזרוע
And you shall tie them for a sign on your hand: these are the tefillin
of the forearm
It sounds like the part of the תפילין של יד that is the sign is the part that goes on the forearm; however, I'm not sure ...
R. Abarbanel (in his Zevach Pesach) explains: The magicians had tried to replicate the first three plagues, but were unsuccessful with the third, lice, which proved to them retroactively that all three had indeed been God's finger, as would any remaining plagues be. That's why they didn't bother trying to replicate the remaining plagues, and why Pharaoh didn'...
It is stated here in the name of Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, that pointing with the pinkie finger, is a symbolism for approaching Torah with humility and a sense of smallness, just like the pinkie which is the smallest of the fingers.
The Shulchan Aruch 61:5 writes: נוהגין ליתן ידיהם על פניהם בקריאת פסוק ראשון כדי שלא יסתכל בדבר אחר שמונעו מלכוין:
And the Mishna Brurah 17 explains it as: ידיהם - ר"ל יד ימין
The Rivevos Ephraim 4:44:97 brings two ideas one that one takes both hands the left in the right and covers their eyes so they cant see and be disturbed from their kavana. He also ...
Medicated cream prescribed by a doctor, etc. is problematic.
Regular soft moisturizer cream that can be properly absorbed can be applied..
The Gemara (Shabbos 146) writes that it is forbidden miderabanan to spread oil, as it is similar to the act of memarayach, which is forbidden ...
The Aruch Hashulchan 91:7 writes
כתבו רבותינו בעלי השולחן ערוך בסעיף ו:
דרך החכמים ותלמידיהם שלא יתפללו אלא כשהם עטופים. ובעת הזעם יש לחבק
הידים בשעת התפילה כעבדא קמי מאריה. ובעת שלום יש להתקשט בבגדים נאים
להתפלל. עד כאן לשונו, וכבר כתבנו מזה. ו"חיבוק ידים" הוא שחובק אצבעות
ידיו זה בשל זה, כאדם ששובר אצבעותיו כשמצטער. ויש מהחכמים שהיו עושים כן
I assume they are also claiming to grind it lishma (with the intention that it will be used for the mitzvah) and that it's not as simple to rely on lishma by machine-made as by hand (as with regard to the remaining matzoh-making processes and printing sifrei torah).
...matzah shemurah must be prepared with the intention of fulfilling the mitzvah of achilat ...
This source gives the general guidelines of what is considered chatzitza for mikvah:
According to Torah law, a barrier (chatzitzah) invalidates a woman's
immersion in the mikveh when it meets two conditions:
(1) it covers the majority of her body;
(2) she minds its presence – that is, it is a substance that she
considers foreign and plans ...
Rabbi Akive Eiger writes this in his commentary to the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 89: 1) in the name of the B'er Sheva (74):
מה שאין אנו מתפללים בפרישת כפים כמו שמצינו במקרא כמה פעמים ובזוה"ק ובפרקי דר"א היינו כיון דעכשיו האומות עושים כן. וכמו שאמרו חז"ל על פסוק לא תקים לך מצבה באר שבע סי' ע"ד
The citation to B'er Sheva 74 is a typo and it should read ...
I have seen many who do this in practice, and I'm almost sure that it's always to mark the name of שד-י. The only source I could find however is here, where the rabbi who is answering the question says that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef mentions this in his book Maor Yisrael.
In my opinion this is much more of a minhag that is passed by people seeing other people and ...
My Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Leib Tropper, instructed his talmidim to make a shin shape of the middle three fingers, but did not explain it. Later, a very learned chassidic/yerushalmi friend of mine told me that this, together with a folded up pinky and a 90-degree-bent thumb makes דשי, i.e. שדי, and I have seen many chassidim do so.
The sentiment and intent behind the 'power hand shake' is (or should be) foreign to a jew. We who are forbidden to walk with a haughty gait, bikoma zekufa, don't squeeze the blood out of the hand of the person we are greeting as a ploy to seem powerful and assertive.
There is no definitive reason as to why specifically the pinky is used to point. In fact, others advocate using the pointer (cf. R. Haim Palagi, Lev Haim vol. 2 §167 3.6)
R. Meir Mazuz suggested a novel theory (Mekor Ne’eman vol. 1 §976) that perhaps the pinky is used to signify the verse (Isa. 40:12) “מִֽי־מָדַ֨ד בְּשָׁעֳל֜וֹ מַ֗יִם וְשָׁמַ֙יִם֙ בַּזֶּ֣רֶת ...
First of all, the specific language of what you've heard, that "as the berachah on the havdalah candle is made..." is not necessarily correct; either the bracha should be before the checking, or the fingernail-checking should be done before the blessing, but not at the same time. (As to which one comes first: R. Moshe Feinstein, in Igros Moshe O.C. 5:9 ...