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the reason most rabbis will cite the risk of carrying as the reason why we dont blow on shabbos is because THATS WHAT CHAZAL SAID WHEN THEY MADE THE LAW!!!!! rosh hashana 29b You prove my point; there must have been a deeper reason, not just the concern about carrying! Go ahead, make my day, ask a misnagid-- he won't cite the Rebbe's conclusion on his own; he lacks Chasidus..
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Here is why when in a discussion of Talmud occurs a reference to what the pre-eminent scholar of the generation--the Rebbe-- says is so vital: Why don't we blow the shofar on shabbos Rosh ha shana? Misnagid-- perhaps someone may come to carry it. For one shlemazel the sages nullified a mitzva deoraisa? On Shabos Pesach why didn't they do the same on matza, and morror etc? Many more shailos could arise and someone may carry them to one's rav. Answers the Rebbe M"HM, "Shabbos Rosh ha hashana itself accomplishes what the blowing of the shofer on a weekday would do. Try an experiment, ask a misnagid and hear what one says. Where we can. we say what the Rebbe says-- there is no greater scholar. Moshiach according to the Rambam is greater in wisdom than Shlomo ha melech--hence the dispute from other less stellar rabbis.
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the weird part is the book was sports illustrated swimsuit issue. nevertheless god had spoken so i ripped up the check and used the money to renew my subscription. thank you lord for steering me away from avodah zara. You get what--and from where--you pay for. Next time try Beis Moshiach instead. BTW, don't forget how the "Amazing Randi" tried to prove a null hypothesis re the next world-- He never believed there was one, and he proved it from having a near death experience in which he, like you the ultimate skeptic--and atheist, saw nothing! Once again-- he got what he paid for. Today there are many so-called "skeptics" who claim to be true skeptics but are actually pseudoskeptics. A pseudoskeptic is someone who takes a position that a particular hypothesis is either true or false without providing the scientific evidence to support it. Often such pseudoskeptics are "professional debunkers" and/or "media skeptics" - many of whom are stage magicians who are not actively engaged in scientific research. One such professional "media skeptic" is the Amazing Randi who is famous (or infamous) for making claims without doing the necessary research nor providing empirical evidence to support them. http://www.near-death.com/skeptic.html
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@moshe Halachic sources were cited in my post above as was a Maaseh Rav from one of the greatest Misnagdim ,no less, to Chabad, Aharon Kotler.
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The Orthodox believe that the generations are getting weaker spiritually as they travel further in time away from the Revelation. At the same time, Mankind has become generally more moral through the evolution and development of Reason. Fly in the ointment? Pard, why do you have to reinvent the wheel? Here is what the Rambam says about Faith and Reason in his letter on Astronomy: Know, my masters, that it is not proper for a man to accept as trustworthy anything other than one of these three things. The first is a thing for which there is a clear proof deriving from man's reasoning—such as arithmetic' geometry, and astronomy. The second is a thing that a man perceives through one of the five senses—such as when he knows with certainty that this is red and this is black and the like through the sight of his eye; or as when he tastes that this is bitter and this is sweet; or as when he feels that this is hot and this is cold; or as when he hears that this sound is clear and this sound is indistinct; or as when he smells that this is a pleasing smell and this is a displeasing smell and the like. The third is a thing that a man receives from the prophets or from the righteous. Every reasonable man ought to distinguish in his mind and thought all the things that he accepts as trustworthy, and say: "This I accept as trustworthy because of tradition, and this because of sense-perception, and this on grounds of reason." Anyone who accepts as trustworthy anything that is not of these three species, of him it is said: "The simple believes everything" (Prov. 14:15). Thus you ought to know that fools have composed thousands of books of nothingness and emptiness. Any number of men, great in years but not in wisdom, wasted all their days in studying these books and imagined that these follies are science. They came to think of themselves as wise men because they knew that science. http://people.bu.edu/dklepper/RN242/rambam2.html
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the rebbe wrote to a chosid after yud shvat 1950... you"ll send your question to the ohel the rebbe will find a way to answer you (igros kodesh vol 3 pg 226)
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In normative Jewish theology and law, this is forbidden. It is a form of idol worship and is considered foreign and something outside Judaism. 1) Where are there sources in Halacha for such behavior? 1) The Rama rules (Yorei Deah 179:4): "One is permitted to ask a child "Tell me the latest verse that you learned" and act accordingly. The Sifsei Cohen adds to that: "You may even do an action - like open a sefer - and act accordingly". 2) The Posek Erech Lechem (179) rules: "It seems to me that one is permitted to open a Sefer of Torah and see the Passuk and act accordingly, for Torah is our life. 3) The sefer Taamei Minhagim (pg. 509) writes: " The reason you find in Gemarah, that the sages asked children to quote verses - rather than open Sefraim - is because there were no printed Sefarim and they were not available." An interesting story regarding the founding of the Lakewood Yeshiva: In 1941, during the Holocaust, Aharon Kotler was poised to leave the refugee haven of Shanghai. He had to decide whether to go to the Land of Israel to begin rebuilding Torah Jewry there, or to go to America, where the great sage Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was already laying the groundwork in what has long been known in Jewish circles as the "America the Midbar," the spiritual desert. To help make this historic decision, Rabbi Kotler used the famous "Goral HaGra," the lottery of the sagely Vilna Gaon. Rabbi Kotler "randomly" opened up the Five Books of Moses, and let Divine Providence communicate an answer through whichever relevant verse he "happened" to turn. The random verse was: God told Aharon, "Go meet Moshe in the midbar (desert)." (Exodus 4:27) This verse, of course, refers to the original Moshe and Aharon his brother. However, Rabbi Kotler understood it as clear providential directive for the 20th century: God told Aharon [Kotler], "Go meet Moshe [Feinstein] in the midbar [of America]. 3) What does the Rebbe MH"M have to say about the above? 1) Someone once wrote to the Rebbe that he has many options and he is not sure which one to follow. The Rebbe wrote him back (Heichel Menachem Vol. 2 pg. 217): "There are those that open a Chumash or a Tehillim and based on the Passuk that they see, that is what they follow". 2) In the Sicha of Parshas Noach 5749 (pg.309), the Rebbe said: "We can add, that we find sources for this custom - to look into Torah for signs of how to act - in stories of Chazal regarding the Tanaiim and Amoroim that they asked children the passuk they learned and acted accordingly....This has been the custom of Gedolei Yisrael and even simple people and woman that they would open Sefarim and act accordingly...." From the above is clear that it is permitted and encouraged to connect through Sifrei Kedusha
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Gollum The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Our life comes first is a holy principle.
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Chicago Sam, It all boil down to a holy life vs an unholy one. Without the observance of Torah and mitvos one has a "bestial,("animalistic") existence hence the severe condemnation in the passage you cited of those who choose not to-- how much moreso gentiles who don't keep the sheva mitzvos.
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Btw, Jeff Since you made an oblique reference to eating the BLT bedafka on Thursday, Rosh Hashana, as if it would be merely an innocuous act, Here is what my Rav once told us: "There was once a--yet-to-be observant Jew who offered an observation to me to the contrary of what I had been teaching him for many years re the misfortune of eating voluntarily on Yom Kippur: Rabbi didn't you teach us many years ago that it is an issur korais to eat on Yom Kippur? Well not only did I eat on that day, but I regularly devour on Yom Kipur a ham sandwich! And, look I am still alive!' So what did I reply, 'You say that you are still alive...,but I say,according to the reality of the Torah, you are really dead! A word to the wise...
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Yes, that Melbourne community--which would have been much worse off without the overall influence Lubavitch had on the denizens there in toto. The same could be said about the world at large without the Jews!
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Menachem, I'll be thinking of you on Thursday as I eat my BLT while cursing your dead con man. Jeff, do you know what the difference is between a salesman and a con man? The con man truly believes in his product or service. This is an example of salesmanship: The worldwide list compiled by Lunavitch of Sukkahs began in 1994, as a local service to the Jewish community in Melbourne, Australia. In the first year there were only nine Sukkahs on the list as it was organized only a few days before Sukkos. Last year there were 442 Sukkahs listed, located in 27 countries. This is an example of con manship: Whoever sold you the blt and convinced you as a Jew that it won't hurt you, but will be good for you. The latter is the one you should curse-- but only after you cut off you nose to spite your face as is your wont.
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Menachem, I'll be thinking of you on Thursday as I eat my BLT while cursing your dead con man. Jeff, do you know the difference between a
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Isa, the Tanya does not say gentiles are subhuman;it says they are sub-Jewish! There are five categories of creation: Midaber--the speaker,Humans Animals Vegetable Domaim-- Mineral And the Fifth, above all of the sub-categories, is the Jew.
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When the mentioned Halacha was 'written' there were no such other people that worshiped the same G-d that we do Of course Chabad in particular regards non-Jews as subhuman because of the Tanya Isa, we do not worship the same G-d as they do! They worship a shituf and as such they according to Nodeh B'Yehuda remain in the category of idoloters: According to the Nodah Biyhudah,* the Rama agrees with the Rambam that any religion of shittuf would be forbidden to gentiles (nor did the Rama ever indicate that Christianity was shittuf rather than idolatry).Nodah Biyhudah - Mahdura Tinyasa 148 "Behold, I say that they have tied a rope to a rope and a strand to a strand; where does this 'chacham' get this idea that the gentiles are not commanded concerning shittuf?! And nevertheless this thing is found in the mouths of many chachamim... and I have toiled and I have not found this thing either in the Babylonian or Jerusalem Talmud, and not in any of the gedolei harishonim; and if this was true, then the Rambam should have brought in Hilchos Melachim as a psak halacha that a gentile is not commanded on avoda zarah with shittuf, so why did he exempt this din? He also contests that, regarding avoda zarah, there is no difference between a Jew and a gentile, for behold, an explicit baraisa in Maseches Sanhedrin 56b states, 'Everything that a Jewish beis din executes upon, b'nei Noah are warned concerning them'; and likewise in Hilchos Melachim 9:2... and it seems to me that the fact that it has become commonplace for people to say that b'nei Noah are not warned concerning shittuf is according to an error they made in reading Tosafos in Maseches Bechoros 2b.... In light of [Tosafos] the Rama poskaned in Orech Chairn 156.... These words have been misconstrued by many chachamim who reasoned that the intention of the Rama is that b'nei Noah are not commanded concerning serving avodah zarah in shittuf. However, this is not in fact the case. The intention of the Tosephos and the Rama is that combining the Name of Heaven with something else in an oath does not constitute the actual worship of idolatry; rather he is combining the Name of Heaven with something else, but he is not calling in the name of Elokim and he is not saying 'you are my g-d.' Instead, he is merely mentioning him in his oath with the Name of Heaven in a manner of honor, regarding which we find a prohibition upon Israel, as it is written 'and in His Name shall you swear'; this is a warning to Israel not to swear except in His Name (blessed be He) and not to combine the Name of Heaven and something else, as the Rambam wrote in 11:2 of Hilchos Shevuos —and the gentiles are not warned regarding this shittuf. However, regarding the service of avoda zarah with shittuf, there is no difference between a Jew and a gentile!... The general principle that we have received is that anything for which a Jewish court administers death upon, the gentiles are also forewarned upon, as we wrote above. Afterwards I saw in the Sefer Meil Tzeddaka in sec. 22, who also makes the same distinction; however, he did not bring the proof which I have written here...."
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Should Jews do what ever they can to save Coptic Christians ala "Never Again!"? No! That motto inextricably refers to us; not to Gentiles. Arik Sharon said it best re Sabra and Shatilla wherein he did nothing to prevent or stop Christians from killing Muslims whom they hated because of generations of assaults: Arabs kill Arabs and the Jews get blamed for it." As long as they are killing each other they can not be killing us; so, more power to them.
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We are very familiar with the reformers' attempts to gain hegemeny over the Jewish people America and Israel: The maskilim(reformers) sought allies among the misnagdim. Through stealth, deceit, and subterfuge (and outright slander of the chassidim and their leaders), they enlisted the misnagdim and their leaders (including the greatest of them) in their war against Chassidus. Now, everyone - misnagdim, Chabad Chassidim, and the chassidim of other schools - strive, each with their own approach, toward common goals: studying Torah, performing mitzvos, disseminating Judaism and Jewish education, and increased acts of goodness and kindness. May all this enable us speedily to attain the ultimate goal we all share: the end of our exile and beginning of our redemption, with the immediate revelation of Mashiach, NOW! But not with the Reform Movement qua reformers, but as "reformed Jews"--balei tshuva!
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