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If one is mentally drained, should a person still daven? Even if that person cannot concentrate?

Related: Better less with kavannah than more without? Seems like I should add an answer that tries to balance the answers given already. Read them first, but: None of the sources given say explicitly ...
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Has anyone since Rashbi been considered so regularly involved in Torah study so as to be exempt from prayer?

I could not find anyone since Rashbi and friends in who considered themselves on this level. This is because a number of Poskim (SA Harav here, in addition to the sources below) consider the level of ...
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Why are women exempt from (many) time-bound mitzvot?

R. Samson Raphael Hirsch gives an explanation similar to the second one you mention; however, he discusses it at length which you might find helpful in addressing some of the issues you had with it. ...
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May Jews have non-Jews/minors make dough with their ingredients to be Petur from challah (if they own the dough)

The obligation to separate Challah is based on the owner of the ingredients at the time of kneading, not the person who actually did the kneading (YD 330:1).
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How far do Jews have to be so they are Petur from sukkah

It is less about the distance, and more about whether there is a good reason to travel knowing there won't be a sukkah. Those who travel for pressing matters (business, mitzvah) are permitted to eat ...
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Why are women exempt from (many) time-bound mitzvot?

Rambam in Pirush HaMishnayot (Kiddushin 1,7) brings an interesting idea that contradicts the very idea of a possible connection, based on R' Hanina's statement (in the Gemorah) that "אין למדים מן ...
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If one is mentally drained, should a person still daven? Even if that person cannot concentrate?

The answer is yes, you must pray 3 times a day, regardless of your ability to concentrate. There might be exceptions to this, so please consult your LOR for any personal situations where this becomes ...
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Why would becoming king or kohein gadol exempt one from atoning for past sins?

The Yerushalmi to this Mishnah brings two explanations for R’ Shimon’s opinion: חברייא אמרין טעמא דר"ש משם שהגדולה מכפרת אמר ר' יוסי שאין חטאו וידיעתו שוין The Chaveirim say: The reason for R’ ...
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Exempt from mitzvah and do it, have you fulfilled it contradiction

R. Asher Weiss asks this question on the Mishnah Berurah in Minchat Asher, Devarim 11:3. His answer is that Mishnah Berurah must hold (unlike Rashi) that the exemption of onen from mitzvot is not (...
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Is a person obligated in a Mitzvah that he can only fulfill with assistance?

The Pele Yoetz explains that the way to determine if a situation is an ones or not is to think if he was able to make a lot of money doing this, would he still say that he can’t because of the ...
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Are doors to balconies obligated in mezuzot

See https://www.yeshiva.co/ask/58984 "There are many poskim who are of the opinion that in a balcony such as you described it is exempt from a Mezuza. This is especially so if the balcony is not ...
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Can one someone have a roommate light Shabbat candles for them

I would assume that there is not much of a difference between two roommates/ apartment mates and a standard family. The same way a mother can light for her family I would presume roommates to be the ...
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Is a person obligated in a Mitzvah that he can only fulfill with assistance?

Perhaps we can suggest an answer from the halachah that if someone is missing his arms, he must still put on tefillin shel rosh. Such a person must require significant help from others, but is still ...
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If one is mentally drained, should a person still daven? Even if that person cannot concentrate?

"O YHWH, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. I am ...
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Why are women exempt from (many) time-bound mitzvot?

Rav Moshe Feinstein zt'l says in many places that holiness is a pre-condition for being commanded in mitzvos (not the reverse). You'll note that a Cohen, who has more mitzvos, is more holy. The ...
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Why are women exempt from (many) time-bound mitzvot?

In his commentary to Exodus 20:10 R. Samuel David Luzzato writes as follows: כולל בלא ספק האיש והאשה שהרי בקטנים הזכיר בנך ובתך ובעבדים עבדך ואמתך א"כ האשה שוה לאיש והיא ברשות עצמה כמו בעלה שאם ...
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