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  • in reply to: Rivka's Age When She Married Yitzckak #716673

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    To those who are bothered by the young age and aren’t satisfied knowing that different times have different norms: Today, I came across a Gemara in Nida 45a that relates how Antonines’ granddaughter, Justine, asked Rebbe how young it is possible to marry. When Rebbe answered, three, she said that she was married at six. She then exclaimed, oh what a pity, I wasted three years in my father’s house!

    in reply to: Burning The Chanukah Wicks #716860

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    Wolf, the idea is that something that is Huktza Lemitzvassa belongs entirely to the Mitzva, it is more a Chefetz Shel Mitzva than something that is used for a Mitzva but remains yours for the usage all along.

    deiyazooger, Where did you see/hear that a T’nai would help? It seems from the Beis Yosef and the Bach that the problem is even if it burned more than a half hour every night, because the rest is mixed in with it.

    in reply to: Maybe I Should Compensate The Store Owner…? #727115

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    You don’t owe anything to the store for advising someone not to buy there. The store does not own the customer, nor would they be allowed to sell something harmful. If they would fool her, the sale would be halachicly void. Actually, you probably gained them a good reputation for being honest. But perhaps you owe the whole class ice cream cones:)

    in reply to: Over moderation #760854

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    I’m still waiting for my Tikkun.

    in reply to: Over moderation #760853

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    I’ll take “editing” off my list. I think that isn’t overdone.

    in reply to: Multiple screen names. #717332

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    Lo Aleichem Ovrei Derech…

    in reply to: This thread is for WolfishMusings (specifically) #716349

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    WIY, His Chana and seven sons question was perfectly legitimate.

    in reply to: This thread is for WolfishMusings (specifically) #716337

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    WIY, I can’t see what warrants this disgusting behavior towards The Wolf, shown by you and Mod80 in the other thread. He asked a perfectly legitimate question and you guys don’t stop yelling ridiculous things at him. There is no mention in the Gemara or Medrash of what you say. You found a site quoting Josephus, that’s all. Josephus is not Chazal, he is just as reliable as any other historian. He relied on folklore like any historian. Would you believe his depiction of how Alexander The Great was born, too?

    It so happens that the Maharal writes that she didn’t jump, she asked Hashem to take her life, and He did.

    I also didn’t like The Wolf’s writing about why he lost his Olam Habba, and it confuses my understanding of his position and seriousness, but that is equaled by your arrogance.

    in reply to: Automatic Lights and Videos on Shabbos #716711

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    ShlomoZalman, if you are unaware it is Misasek. If you know that it is somewhere but you don’t know where, then it is Eino Mischavein as long as you’re not trying to turn it on. If you don’t care at all for it, like someone else’s light, then it is Lo Nicha Lei, which is Muttar according to many Poskim even by a Psik Reisha. It’s actually a Machlokes Rishonim.

    in reply to: Automatic Lights and Videos on Shabbos #716707

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    Technically, yes. You are not doing any Melacha by having the already recording device record your image. However, a microphone is the same situation and we don’t use it, regardless. We don’t use electric appliances just like we don’t play music: because of Shema Yisaken Klei Shiur. Every electrical appliance is meant to be turned on or off, amongst other adjustments. Using one puts you in the mode of Issurim. Reb Moshe mentions this among other problems for using a microphone on Shabbos.

    A survailance camera is not “used” by anybody, hence the Hetter. Reb Moshe, too, was Mattir to use hearing aids.

    in reply to: Automatic Lights and Videos on Shabbos #716704

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    And if you know that it is there, but do not gain anything by it going on, it may still be Muttar on the basis of Psik Reisha Delo Nicha Lei, which is an offshoot of Misasek. It would depend on who you ask, so ask your Rov.

    in reply to: Multiple screen names. #717330

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    Unexplained reasons can affect anyone, anytime.

    in reply to: Multiple screen names. #717328

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    Sometimes one screen name is a reincarnation of another one, who was blocked for some unexplained reason.

    in reply to: Tefillah #716106

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    Why should one take away from the other? A computer runs many programs simultaneously, but each process focuses on its own goal. I avoided bringing up this idea before because Hashem is not separated into different parts. However, now that you ask, I an illustrating that one focus does not disturb another.

    in reply to: Does morality come from the Torah? #716064

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    Health, did you just say, consider?! Oy. If only you know the wiki diuk…

    in reply to: Tefillah #716102

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    As to why Hashem would pay attention to you when there is a whole universe out there: First of all, all that out there was created for Yisroel. We are Hashem’s children; would a king lose sight of his children while running a great land?

    But the question itself is actually disturbing. A human can only focus on one thing, but how can you apply the same thinking to Hashem? Why don’t you lose focus of yourself when you become aware that there is a great big universe out there? The answer is because you feel yourself. You are aware of all your feelings. Now, do you think Hashem does not know those feelings?

    It says, Ki Ha’adam Yir’a L’Einayim Ve’elokim Yir’a Leleivav. A person sees that there is another person standing in front of him, but has no idea what is going on inside. I noticed that often times people feel that they can describe another person in one sentence. If you ask that describer to define himself in a sentence or two, he wouldn’t know where to start. A person is aware of his own vastness of nature and feelings, but the next guy is reduced to a few twitches and pet peeves. I think that you are applying this viewpoint when you ask why Hashem would focus on you. You have to look understand Hashems view of you like you view yourself.

    in reply to: Tefillah #716101

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    smile66 –

    Please make paragraphs and double space them, it would make the reading pleasant on the eyes as well as the heart.

    To add to your point,

    The punishment of the snake was that wherever he goes, he will have his food. Chazal say that this is equivalent to a king who was upset with a servant and had him get all his food outside so that he shouldn’t have any business at the king’s table.

    Teffila is an opportunity to connect to Hashem. Hashem purposely set up the world so that we should have what to ask Him for what we need. Kapusta knows this inherently, which is obvious by the commitment and love of Teffila expressed in the OP. When we Daven, the main focus is that we are positioning ourself as recipients of Hashem’s outstretched hand; it’s not just a list of needs.

    The best way to bring yourself to this point and position is to first focus on the greatness of Hashem, and from there go on to the point of mentioning our requests.

    Remember, Hashem knows what you need and what you want. The reason we Daven is not to let Him know anything, it is to make yourself a requester of Hashem. When you Daven to Hashem you are making yourself a vessel for His blessings. First you stand up the cup, then you begin filling it.

    in reply to: Tzadikim Suffer for the Sake of Others #716017

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    Mod 80 –

    If SZ is correct, why don’t I find him on this page? I only see The Rov, who is incidentally now blocked.

    Yes, like many other Mamarei Chazal, it must not be taken too far — which it never has been. There are different Dinim: the individual is judged personally and the public is judged in another way. Certain things come about because the world deserved it or the country or the group. The Tzaddik’s suffering doesn’t take away anyone’s Chet, just the punishment that was to happen to the Tzibur.

    in reply to: Does morality come from the Torah? #716057

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    What does it mean to have a ‘problem’ with a Gemara?! When a Gemara says something that you wouldn’t have said on your own, it means that you should ponder and intuit until it settles.

    A friend once asked me regarding that Gemara, how come we would learn Tznius from a cat, why wouldn’t we learn Pritzus from fish? The answer is that we are of course the judge, as it says, Elokim Asah Es Ha’adam Yashar. We only have a hard time blazing a new way because our current situation is by default the center, or the zero value — not positive and not negative. For this, the Gemara says that when we would observe animals we would then discern the proper behavior from the natural.

    The pagan nations worshipped whichever deity they thought would give them the desired benefits. There wasn’t a notion of accountability to a higher demand. This concept, that we are inherently responsible for our behavior and not just to the local king, originates in the Torah or with those that had a Messora from Adam, Shes, Chanoch, Mesushelach, Noach, Shem and Ever.

    There are also certain concepts that different people never thought of as immoral, but up until our time (out time not included) are considered immoral.

    in reply to: Charity — What's More Important? The Act or the Amount? #715810

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    The Rambam says that it’s better to give less butt more often than more but less often. This is just to instill the Midda of giving in yourself. The Mitzva, however, is accomplished either way.

    In fact, the Maharal argues with this Rambam and quotes a Braisa that all Tzedaka that a person gave throughout his lifetime gets added up into one large sum. So we see that this Mitzva is different than all others in that the amount matters and not the act.

    Being nice to the guy is called Gemilas Chasadim; Tzedaka is to give money. I wrote earlier to have the bulk done by the bank, to make sure it gets done right – which is most important, and to keep some small change to give out. This way you are Yotze both Shitos.

    in reply to: A humble suggestion? #715783

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    HaLeiVi –

    seems like your suggestion got you in trouble!

    in reply to: Charity — What's More Important? The Act or the Amount? #715807

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    Wolf, the bulk of your Tzedaka should be by the bank, but you can leave yourself small change to hand out, this way you have both benefits.

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