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Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer 29 says that Shem Ben Noach performed Avraham's bris. The Medrash Rabba Bereishis 49:2 says that Hashem held Avraham's hand and helped him perform the bris. בראשית רבה מט ב. אמר לפניו ומי ימול אותי? אמר: אתה בעצמך. מיד נטל אברהם סכין, והיה אוחז בערלתו ובא לחתוך והיה מתירא שהיה זקן, מה עשה הקדוש ברוך הוא? שלח ידו ואחז עמו והיה אברהם ...


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R' Elchonon Wasserman in Kovetz Shiurim (Kesuvos 74a) brings this question from R' Akiva Eiger, and explains how the Kiddushin of Biah is fundamentally different from Kessef and Shtar, and why that has ramifications with Shlichus and Tnai. Others (source to follow in edit, bli neder) explain that Kiddushei Biah is not just an arbitrary maaseh kinyan (like ...


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Aruch HaShulchan 694:2 says that it is clear to him that it does not have to be given directly to the poor man, and can be given through a messenger (Shaliach) on Purim day. Nitei Gavriel Purim 68:6 mentions in the name of the Yad Aharon 694, Chug Eretz 15, and others that if money is given to a messenger (Shaliach) before Purim to give to the poor man on ...


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According to the GaRNa"T at the beginning of Maseches Kesubos, there is a school of Rishonim which holds that Nisuin is not a "transaction" (קנין) but is rather the initiation of their living together as husband and wife (תחילת הנהגת אישות). According to this school of thought, at least, one would not be able to send a shaliach, as Nisuin is not an "act of ...


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By your logic, then, I could say "please pray as my proxy", then I can go home and sleep. Someone can't be your "proxy" -- shliach -- to pray for the same reason you can't be my proxy to wear tefilin or eat matza. It's a mitzvah that applies to your own body. I can have someone circumcise my son, slaughter my Passover sacrifice, build a protective fence ...


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Your question is really the other way around. Generally speaking it's the person who does the mitzva action that says the bracha (Rambam Brachot 11:10). In the case of an aliyah, you are right that in most congregations an appointed reader is designated to read each persons portion out loud and with proper cantillation; however Shulchan Aruch (OC 141:2) ...


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This website recounts the medrash that says that According to the Midrash (Tanchuma VaYeira 3), Abraham only circumcised himself after consulting with his friend Mamrei.


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In a lecture at YU's Gruss Kollel (I think this one) R. Aaron Rakeffet described how this question was asked by the high school students in the 1960s, and the answers they were given: I always tell the story of what happened in YU in the early 60s when the rebbeim were set up by the students. Every rebbe got the same question. We were teaching Masechet ...


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The Or Hachaim Bereshis 24:12 answers this question: Eliezer was worried that once Betuel and family know that Avraham instructed him to find a wife specifically from the family and NOT from Canaan, they would offer one of their Canaanite maid servants as a match - and say that this is their own daughter. Therefore Eliezer went by his mission/shlichut the ...


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See Masheches Kesuvos 98b Rav Papa brings the halacha if the price is fixed they share the extra and if it is not fixed the sender keeps it see it inside.Here is a good story and source for such a case,it seems this case is that belongs fully to the sender because the extra one comes because of the first pair ,it is like part of the sale,and that is how it ...


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I think it would depend on the agent's intent. The reason why one becomes liable for carrying when the item was predesignated is that the predesignation shows us that the carrier is carrying the item for the specific purpose (in the case of a seed, to plant it), and that shows that he considers the item "significant". Even though someone else carrying the ...


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One of the Mitzvos which is normally done through a Shaliach-emissary, is teaching your son Torah Kiddushin 29b: ללמדו תורה:מנלן דכתיב (דברים יא, יט) ולמדתם אותם את בניכם. Where do we know one should teach his children Torah? "you shall teach them(the Torah) to your sons" (Devarim 11:19) The Shulchan Aruch (YD 246:5) says: מקום שנהגו ללמד תורה בכתב ...


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Sure. The first line of Choshen Mishpat 185:1 is הסרסור שליח הוא אלא שנוטל שכר שליחותו A broker is a shliach, except that he gets paid. and he goes on to say that the same rules that apply to a shliach apply to a broker. As for a shliach for a mitzvah (such as delivering a get): You can be paid for doing the mitzvos of bikur cholim or hashovas aveidah (...


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There is no question that it is perfectly acceptable to appoint a shaliach (messenger ) to deliver the divorce document (get). The Rambam (Mishne Torah Gerushin chapter 6) writes (6:3) A husband may [...] appoint an agent to deliver a get to his wife. Such an agent is referred to as a delivery agent (sh'liach holachah). (6:13) Until the get is given ...


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From Rambam Hilchot Mechirah 1:2: "If, however, the purchase is completed through one of the media by which property is transferred, the purchaser acquires the object. There is no need for witnesses; neither the seller or the purchaser may retract." This indicates that nobody need witness the sale of chametz.


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The following is from Mishnah Demai 4:2. The translation is mine, following Bartenura. To keep things straight I’m referring to the people in question as Reuven and Shimon instead of “him” and “him.” הַמַּדִּיר אֶת חֲבֵרוֹ שֶׁיֹּאכַל אֶצְלוֹ, וְהוּא אֵינוֹ מַאֲמִינוֹ עַל הַמַּעַשְׂרוֹת, אוֹכֵל עִמּוֹ בַּשַּׁבָּת הָרִאשׁוֹנָה, וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ ...


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Kol Isha -- presumably, the gemara in Megilla says that theoretically a woman could receive an aliyah. In those times, receiving an aliyah meant reading the Torah as well. Hence many rabbis (including some Orthodox ones) would say that kol isha wouldn't be a problem reading the Torah, and if that kind of singing isn't provocative, one could argue that ...


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Moshe was destined to be the one to bring down the torah, hence there needed to be no doubt that he was chosen by God. this is also why he was speech impaired (so people would not say he smooth talked everyone into believing in him) likewise it had to be in Egypt which was the world superpower for witchcraft (so that people would not say Moshe was a ...


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The Midrash Rabbah Lech Lacha 9: "א"ר לוי מל אברהם אין כתיב כאן אלא נימול בדק את עצמו ומצא עצמו מהול " Reb Levi said that the Torah said nimol Avraham opposed to maol Avrham,meaning Avraham checked and saw that he had a milah already.


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Yalkut Yosef YD 285 Seif 89 says the head of household can appoint a shaliach to affix all the mezuzot. However, the shaliach should make the bracha of "Al Keviat Mezuzah", because whenever a Misvah is done on behalf of someone else, you change it to that form. I don't see any circumstance where the visitor won't be appointed a shaliach- is he going to ...


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These are the cases he brings here: If the sender (husband) is very sick can the Shliach (messenger) give the Get? If the sender (husband) became a Shoteh after making a Shliach to write a Get for his (husband's) wife? If the husband died - the Shliach definitely can't give it. If Shliach used his own paper (Klaf) is it a kosher Get? If one makes a Shliach ...


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The Talmud (Kiddushin 29a) states the following: למולו מנלן דכתיב וימל אברהם את יצחק בנו והיכא דלא מהליה אבוה מיחייבי בי דינא למימהליה דכתיב המול לכם כל זכר והיכא דלא מהליה בי דינא מיחייב איהו למימהל נפשיה דכתיב וערל זכר אשר לא ימול את בשר ערלתו ונכרתה ‘To circumcise him.’ How do we know it? — Because it is written: And Abraham circumcised his son ...


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I know a lawyer who writes living wills who is close with Rabbi Breitowitz; here's the language I've seen: RABBI YITZCHAK BREITOWITZ ... HAS DETERMINED THAT ANY LIFE SUSTAINING TREATMENT, SUCH AS CPR, WHICH MUST BE EMPLOYED IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID DEATH SHALL BE EMPLOYED. ANY DECISIONS FOR LIFE SUSTAINING TREATMENT, SUCH AS A RESPIRATOR, THAT DO NOT NEED TO ...


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According to the Chida Avraham was afraid to circumcise himself so he was circumcised by a scorpion. The Chida brings a remez from the passuk . Text :


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it would be interesting according to R Yosef engel ( Lekach Tov, Klall 1) who entertains a third option as to how shlichus works, in that the shliach remains an independent entity, while his creation of a specific halachic chalos works and is effective for the meshaleach, where as the first mehalech is power of attorney, and special strength is invested in ...


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Long debated question, קצות החושן brings this question down as a מחלוקת among the ראשונים. The following is based on part of this shiur: So how exactly is שלוחו של אדם כמותו? One side sees the messenger as a person on his own, given the power, or permission, to create consequences for the sender, where usually one could not do so for another. The other ...


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The Rambam mentions the concept in at least two additional places, besides Kiddushin. Hilchos Shabbos 30:6: חייב לעשות דברים שהן לצורך השבת בגופו, שזה הוא כבודו [A person] is obligated to do things for Shabbos himself, as this is its honor. And in Hilchos Sefer Torah 7:1: ואם כתבו בידו, הרי הוא כאילו קיבלו מסיניי; ואם אינו יודע לכתוב, אחרים כותבין לו And ...


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I recommend looking at Kiddushin 42b-43a. The Gemara there discusses the concept of אין שליח לדבר עבירה, that if Reuven asks Shimon to do an aveirah, Shimon is the one liable while Reuven is entirely exempt. Reuven can tell Shimon דברי הרב ודברי התלמיד דברי מי שומעין - I told you to do X and G-d told you to do Y; who should you listen to?! There are several ...


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If one persuades someone to kill someone else we know that there is punishment from G-d similar to one that actively kills someone else as Dovid was blamed for killing Uria by sending him to the front lines even though he did't physically kill him as it says in the Gemora Kiddushin: האומר לשלוחו צא הרוג את הנפש הוא חייב ושולחיו פטור שמאי הזקן אומר משום ...


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When Hatach was relating the information to Esther it was to prompt her for immediate action as she has got the responsibility to take care of her brethren.Relating this was not relating information but a call for action which Hatach can have the merit and be part of. Regarding Esther's reply to Mordechai not willing to carry out his mission, this is news ...


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