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The Gemara (Bava Kamma 2b, as explained by Rashi) seems to agree with you that we can't learn a Torah-level law (דברי תורה) from Prophets and Writings (דברי קבלה), but it clarifies that it is possible to use it to learn גילוי מילתא, to use the Prophets and Writings to clarify what the Torah means. We can't use Prophets and Writings to learn something new is ...


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Devarim 8:5 ...כי כאשר ייסר איש את בנו ה א-לוהיך מיסריך (My rough translation): In the same way that a man disciplines his son, so does God discipline you. See the various commentaries via the link. I like Avi Ezer who says that when a father discplines his child, he punishes hime with his left hand but draws him close with his love, in his ...


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The prophet Zachariya (3,7), according to the Targums explanation, refers to angels as "those that stand by". 'Thus saith the LORD of hosts: If thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, and wilt also judge My house, and wilt also keep My courts, then I will give thee free access among these that stand by. The accepted reason that ...


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Rabbi Eliezer refused to accept and teach the decision of the majority of the Sanhedrin. That was a cardinal sin. The object of the decision matters little. Same story with Rabbi Akaviah ben Mahalal'el. The Rambam codified that principle: לנטות אחרי רבים אם תהיה מחלוקת בין הסנהדרין בדינין, שנאמר: "אחרי רבים--להטות" (שמות כג,ב). To give the decision ...


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A square really is a shadow a cube makes when you shine a light on a side of it. The same cube, with the light pointing at a corner will really cast a hexagonal shadow. The Truth of "Divrei E-lokim Chaim" (the Words of the Living G-d / of the G-d of Life) is richer than reality can hold. Converting that Truth into a rule of behavior, a halachic ruling, is ...


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While I can understand the emotional issue one may have with paying dirt-cheap prices for a mitzva, I do not see the connection between ואנווהו which literally means to glorify, which is done through the beautification of the mitzva-object as stated in the Talmud (Shabbat 133b), and the price spent on the mitzva. Do you have a source that the ואנווהו ...


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In his diary entry for August 6th, 1754 R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai describes meeting R. Jacob Joshua Falk: ותכף הלכתי לקבל פני הרב בעל פני יהושע הנז' ומראהו כמראה מלאך האלדים I went immediately 'to receive the countenance' of the Rabbi, the author of P'nei Yehoshua aforem. 'And his appearance is as the appearance of an angel of the L-rd'! (...


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To quote Rav Shimon Shkop's take on that gemara (Chagigah 15b; translation mine, taken from "Widen Your Tent: Thoughts on Life, Integrity & Joy", ch. 1, available here, pp 71-73): But to my mind it is worth knowing and contemplating what our Sages said on Chagigah 15b. How could Rabbi Meir receive Torah from the mouth of Acheir [the former ...


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I can't see how this make sense. According to this logic, it's preferable to pay the seller more then he asks... A person that owns Etrog (citron) tree, that gives the best looking Etrog in town, can't accomplish ואנווהו because he gets it for free?


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Since both (all) groups you mentioned accept the written Torah as divine (to say nothing of other shared social/cultural similarities) there are certainly many many items of agreement. I would presume all would generally prohibit eating pork, adultery, or worshiping idols and so forth. Nevertheless, as these groups mutually identified themselves as distinct ...


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