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August 7, 2017 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm in reply to: Smartphone Vegetables! It’s Soooo Sad! 📱🍆🍠🥕🌽🌶️🍅🥒🍄😢 #1333678
RebYidd23 is the only one here who actually gets it.July 27, 2017 11:40 am at 11:40 am in reply to: How to remain a ben Torah after leaving Kollel #1326285
Haimy, now is your chance to actually put being a ben torah into practice. It’s not just about learning it all, it’s about living it all.July 27, 2017 11:40 am at 11:40 am in reply to: Understanding the reasons for mitzvos #1326278
DaasYochid, thank you for embedding the Maharal here, although:
1) He doesn’t mention Yitzchak, only Avraham and Yaakov
2) Even by Avraham and Yaakov, he never actually says they kept the Torah as we do. Rather, the were “fit to accept the Torah” through their attributes of chesed and emes, which implies something more similar to the Rambam I quoted.
3) On that note, the Rambam’s opinion is still one that clearly expresses they did not keep the Torah as we do.
WinnieThePooh, I like the final point you made in your last post.
Avram in MD, you made some good points.July 26, 2017 6:03 pm at 6:03 pm in reply to: Understanding the reasons for mitzvos #1325841
DaasYochid, the Maharal (Chiddushei Aggados Chullin 91a) says the Avos only kept the positive commandments but not the negative ones, and the RamBam says in Iggros HaRambam that the Avos did not keep the mitzvos, but rather got to their lofty spiritual level by “having understood everything there is to understand in true wisdom and corrected themselves in every way.” Rav Osher Weiss explains this to mean that each mitzvah achieves a certain spiritual effect/tikun, but the Avos had the ability to be able to tap into creating these effects and tikkunim without necessarily performing the technical details of the mitzvah.
This would actually strengthen the question, because it would mean the the Avos were able to understand how to attain this level of holiness even without performing the mitzvos themselves, which would imply that there is a reason for doing the mitzvos beyond “Hashem said so”.
Also, I never said the Frum Rabbis reject mitzvos, rather, they often use the logic put forth by dafbiyun in his post in order to pasken shailos. Namely, if there is a halacha about something and someone is unsure of what to do in a particular case, a Rabbi will often determine whether or not the halacha applies in that case based on individual circumstances of that person. For example, a pregnant woman does not need to fast on many taanaisim because of Rabbis determining, through details of the halachos of fasting, that the individual circumstances of this woman make her exempt. It’s not, as you or dafbiyun said, “Abandoning” halacha or mitzvos. It is simply determining if a halacha or a mitzvah applies or not.
On a grander scale, though perhaps not under the precise realm of mitzvos or halachos but rather one of ideology, are the relatively recent phenomena of the Mussar movement, chasidic branches of Judaism, and Bais Yaakov education for girls. These were all enormous changes in the focus of Frum Judaism that were done as a result of changes in the cultural climate.July 26, 2017 4:36 pm at 4:36 pm in reply to: Can money buy you happiness? 💲➡🤑❓ #1325822
jakob, I appreciate your post and your point about how faith in Hashem can bring you the ultimate happiness, but from an objective viewpoint, through the reasoning you gave, the same can be said about faith in anything. All you’re saying, in essence, is you are happier when you have less worry and stress.
Shtika, I’m not talking about being rich. I’m simply talking about whether having the means to not have to worry about finances, debt, or any money related stress can aid in one’s level of happiness. I think it can.July 26, 2017 4:19 pm at 4:19 pm in reply to: Understanding the reasons for mitzvos #1325816
This is simply not true. Perhaps on rare occasion the gemara takes the logic of a mitzva into account, but it is certainly not often.”
Okay, even if it’s not often, it is a viable way of understanding the details of a mitzvah. Which then should imply that we are encouraged to do so.
thinker123, many miforshim are not of the opinion that the Avos kept the entire Torah. Also, I fail to understand your last paragraph.
reflecting the view of the conservative movement who seek explanations for halachos and then abandon the halocha if the reason seemingly no longer applies..”
daf biyun, this method is often used by Frum Rabbis when paskening shailos. It would be shortsighted to state that it is purely a tactic of the Conservative movement.
I do like the rest of your post.
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Right, Meno, and as I said originally, often the way we deduce what the details of the mitzvos are is by understanding the reasons for them.July 26, 2017 11:58 am at 11:58 am in reply to: Understanding the reasons for mitzvos #1325608
Meno, please elaborate. According to you, what is the Torah sheBaal Peh’s purpose?
WinnieThePooh, thank you, that is a good distinction. However, not everyone agrees that the Avos kept the Torah before it was actually given, as there are many complications with that. So bringing that as a proof doesn’t work well.
Perhaps we can state the distinction you mentioned in the following way: We can understand the details of a mitzvah, and we can look for meaning in a mitzvah, but the ultimate reason of why we do the mitzvah is because God commanded us to.
jakob, I don’t quite get your point. What is the difference between explaining and understanding a mitzvah?
Also, bringing the idea of a “Chok” to the discussion only strengthens the question, because that would imply that all the other mitzvos ARE able to be explained and understood.July 25, 2017 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm in reply to: Can money buy you happiness? 💲➡🤑❓ #1325058
So that would imply that for someone who is below poverty level, money can buy happiness.July 25, 2017 11:23 am at 11:23 am in reply to: Kwikset Kevo #1325005
There’s the August Smart Lock, it seems to work well. Probably not Shabbos-friendly.