Comments for Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:25:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Comment on Homosexuality: The Malady of Our Generation by MiMedinat HaYam http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/homosexuality-the-malady-of-our-generation/#comment-102454 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:25:11 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38903#comment-102454 Holy H: You read R Melamed’s essay wrong. He is simply saying we should treat homosexuals the same as any other ‘avaryan’, just as we would treat a ‘mechallel shabbat’.

But if they want to be treated as ‘jewish homosexuals’, that is crossing a line. We can’t tolerate a ‘congregation of jewish homosexuals’, just like we can’t tolerate a ‘congregation of mechalleli shabbat’.

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Comment on Homosexuality: The Malady of Our Generation by Holy Hyrax http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/homosexuality-the-malady-of-our-generation/#comment-102406 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:45:34 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38903#comment-102406 Is the objective to try to counter the Liberal’s world attitude against religion (and specifically religion’s stance against gay intercourse)?

And your chief solution is simply to wave the Bible and try to convince them the Bible is right and they are wrong? How has that been working in the past few decades?

Yes, the secular left wages a war against religion and its influences, but the corollary is just as true. The religious typically wage a cultural war against the secular. Neither side lets the other live and let live. Obviously. Both sides believe their value system is best for the society.

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Comment on One Mitzvah Above Them All by micha http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/one-mitzvah-above-them-all/#comment-102381 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:18:01 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38895#comment-102381 ערוך השולחן יורה דעה רמו:יז:

ובלשון זה השיב רב האי גאון לרבינו שמואל הנגיד: תיקון הגוף ומשור הנהגת האדם – הוא עסק המשנה והתלמוד, ואשר טוב לישראל. כי לימוד התורה יועיל לעצמו, ולאחרים שכמותו. ויועיל לעמי הארץ, כי ימשכם לדרכי התורה והמצוה…, וינהגו כל ההמון לאחרית טובה ותקוה…; ולא תמצא יראת שמים ויראת חטא, וזריזות וענוה וטהרה וקדושה, אלא המתעסקים במשנה ובתלמוד. עד כאן לשונו (הובא בריב”ש סימן מ”ה).

ועכשיו בדורותינו אלה צריך האב ליזהר הרבה על בניו ובנותיו, שלא יפלו ברשת המינות והאפקורסות שנתרבתה בעוונותינו הרבים, ונתקיים בנו “בעקבא דמשיחא חוצפא יסגי”: חוצפא כלפי שמיא, ועוד ועוד, ה’ ירחם. עיין ש”ך, וט”ז סעיף קטן א שכתב בשם הדרישה: הבעלי בתים שלומדים רק איזה שעות ביום טוב, יותר שילמדו ספרי פוסקים ולא גמרא, עיין שם. ובוודאי שעל כל איש לידע דיני “אורח חיים”, ומקצת דינים מ”יורה דעה” ו”חושן משפט” ו”אבן העזר” המוכרחים לכל איש, עיין שם בהלכות תלמוד תורה להגרש”ז ז”ל. אמנם ראינו כי אם כה נאמר להם – לא ילמדו כלל, כי רצונם רק ללמוד דף גמרא בכל יום. על כן אין להניאם, והלואי יעמדו בזה. וכל דבר תורה משיבת נפש, ומביאה ליראת ה’ טהורה.

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Comment on One Mitzvah Above Them All by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/one-mitzvah-above-them-all/#comment-102094 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:12:02 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38895#comment-102094 R’ Aron,
I wish I knew and it would be a great study (the different experiences and their impact).
If I were sure of the formula to set souls on fire, I’d be distributing it for free. I’ve seen some where the immersive experience has worked and others where it’s not. What I really wonder about is what percentage of cases each is, and how often is it used to scratch an itch that has less to do with Torah and more to do with ego/personal issues.

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Comment on One Mitzvah Above Them All by Aron White http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/one-mitzvah-above-them-all/#comment-102044 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:09:21 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38895#comment-102044 The 3 experiences listed were independent, and yes I believe that a tremendous number of people totally rethink their lives through immersive experiences! I mentioned the example of stricter keeping of Halacha simply by caring about it more, and numerous people who have began Daf Yomi described how it had impacts far beyond the one hour of learning, but redefined how the looked at everything in their life.
Do you think that I am exaggerating the effects of immersive learning experiences?

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Comment on Why Briskers Learn Kodshim – And What It Means For Modern Orthodoxy by Buster http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/01/briskers-learn-kodshim-means-modern-orthodoxy/#comment-102001 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:10:17 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38568#comment-102001 The lack of learning of Halacha Lemaiseh and the Brisker Derech are completely unconnected. No yeshivah schedule contains within it time to learn a sugia including Beis Yoseph and Shulchan Aruch with all the relevant Noiseh Keilim. To suddenly jump from Tosifos and Rambam to a Teshuvah of say R Moshe would be an incomplete and patchy way to learn the sugia. This will not instill an appreciation of the development of Halacha through the Mesorah.
This is a trap which can often be there also for those who learn the “Brisker Derech”. It is famously quipped “Do you learn R’ Chaim to understand the Rambam or the Rambam to understand R’ Chaim?” The little reference which the Brisker seforim have for earlier Achronim or even many of the Rishonim on the same sugia can also foster a feeling of incompletion. This is less so in Kodshim as there aren’t many other Rishonim apart from Rambam.
The point of Yeshivah curriculum is not to create Poskim, it is to develop the Bochrim into thinking Torah Jews who “know how to learn”. That is why the Birsker derech is favoured.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/daily-reyd-339/#comment-101988 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:37:42 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38901#comment-101988 DIY-The challenge imho is for the nonorthodox streams (and Chabad who reach out to them), if there’s a simpler, less time consuming option, bad practice drives out good

Mishloach Manot-I’d love to know how much time and effort is spent in hiddur of other mitzvot.

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Comment on One Mitzvah Above Them All by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/03/one-mitzvah-above-them-all/#comment-101894 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:38:30 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38895#comment-101894 It is in the thrall of a light night study session, the long slog of a morning session, and the determined effort to not miss the daily Daf, that one shifts from viewing the Torah as merely part of one’s life to its centre

Were the 3 experiences listed independent or for one person (i.e. could just going to daf once a day be sufficient?)

What percentage of people who have these experiences do you posit are transformed “to view and map their life as structured around, and geared towards, the transcendent, eternal, word of God.”?

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Comment on Milk from Non-Kosher Species by MiMedinat HaYam http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/02/milk-from-non-kosher-species/#comment-100371 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:08:54 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38862#comment-100371 “milk in mexico is pasteurized by law, but not by fire.”

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/29/travel/practical-traveler-health-too-is-part-of-planning-a-trip.html

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Comment on A Love of Books by MiMedinat HaYam http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/02/a-love-of-books-2/#comment-100370 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:05:10 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=38870#comment-100370 blubluh: Real professionals (chefs, mechanics, etc.) never lend out their tools. Not that they are afraid of not getting it back, but because it’s personal and can be ruined.

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