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(My answer pertains to deciding between differing Halachic positions, rather than agadic/non-legal/non-halachic statements.) Decision between multiple halachic positions is a fairly complicated matter. There are certain general rules for such decisions (כללי הספק) but they are not always hard and fast. Some of these rules are found in the Talmud itself, ...


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Medieval scholars generally consider the letter authentic. The issue is complicated by the fact that there are texts scholars doubt the Rambam wrote, including a work that incorporates this letter. As Joshua Prawer writes in his work The History of the Jews in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem: The text was found at the beginning of a Commentary on Tractate ...


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The fact that money is coming from the government (public funds) doesn't seem to make it less of a charity. The Gemora Bava Basra 10b says: אִיפְרָא הוֹרְמִיז אִימֵּיהּ דְּשַׁבּוּר מַלְכָּא שַׁדַּרָה אַרְבַּע מְאָה דִּינָרֵי לְקַמֵּיהּ דְּרַבִּי אַמֵּי וְלָא קַבְּלִינְהוּ שַׁדַּרְ[תִּ]ינְהוּ קַמֵּיהּ דְּרָבָא וְקַבְּלִינְהוּ מִשּׁוּם שְׁלוֹם מַלְכוּת ...


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EBT is not from a person, it’s a taxpayer funded program run by the state. The money does not come from a goy but a government fund, therefore it is not accepting tzeddakah from goyim but the broader public.


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PART III – Chay vKayom This concept of everlasting life is explained in Kol HaTor (and analyzed The Secret Doctrine of the Gaon of Vilna, Vols. I & II, by Joel Baskt)xxxiii: “Yosef is still alive. Our forefathers and many of the Prophets of G-d, kings of Israel, and many of the Tannaim and Amoraim, many of the great men of Israel and the men of deeds in ...


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PART V – Yosef & David In any event, the two Mashiach’s will spiritually join as one.lxx And Eliyahu and Moshe will join as one.lxxi The four become two and the two are unified in the One. The Ramchal, as explained by Rabbi Nissim, states that the development of Mashiach ben Yosef will be the Mashiach ben Ephrayimlxxii who will draw in the two tribes ...


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PART I – History & Tradition There is a moshel about the Karliner Rebbe. Rebbe Shlomo Karliner died al kiddush Hashem. There are a few stories about his death. The following is an account from Lithuanian Hasidism: During the war between Russian and Poland, the Russian commander gave his troops permission to do as they pleased with the Jew of Ludmir for ...


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I would think that the parameters of "coming upon" here is the same as in other cases, where both partners in the act are Jewish. Those are spelled out in Chapter 1 Halachos 10-12.


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