by Ari Lesser
Passover extends seven days my friends
And from the night after the first day ends
We count seven times seven days till Shavuot
Refining our souls with the seven Spheriot
We go through Tiferet, Malchut, Yesod
Chesed, Gevurah, Netza...
Anyone interested in collaboratively footnoting in sources?
@IsaacMoses @HodofHod Yeah. When I was a kid, Pirchei Agudath Israel of America had a contest wherefor whoever sent in the most Jewish sevens would win. I don't remember how many the winner had found, but IIRC it was in the hundreds.
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@DoubleAA (Trying to anticipate (/recall?) R' Hirsch's comment:) Let's see. While flour represents what we need to sustain us, oil represents what we need to make our lives comfortable. The Metzora' in exile has been subsisting but not comfortable. As part of his process of rejoining society and human comfort, he has to acknowledge that that comes from God and dedicate himself to not abusing it again.
OK. Going to check now. Let's see how close I got.
@IsaacMoses Nope. Commentary on 14:10 - (paraphrase) Although the oil in conjunction with the flour represents comfort, this oil must mean something different. Various verses in Tanach associate "shemen" with bodily health. "But if it was just a bodily disease which proclaimed God's displeasure at the social behavior of the menuga', the connection is at once clear between this idea of shemen and the thoughts and hopes of future health which are to be brought from his renewal of his bond ...
... with the Torah to the cured metzora'.
Commentary on 14:18 (paraphrase) The sprinkling followed by smearing on the metzora' teaches him that "his physical health is dependent on his spiritual and moral health". He needs to dedicate the health he's about to enjoy completely (seven) to following the Torah (which the sprinkling's directed at in the Aron) if he wants to actually have it.
Remind me if I ever need to commission an art piece for a religious doctor: It should be of the kohen putting oil on the metzora
This interesting research paper in the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Muslim world discusses the historical account of the debates and polmeics between muslims and Jews. I could find some debates which were based on Alī ibn Mūsā al-Riḍā(d. 818) a prominent Muslim scholar, reportedly engaged in a
Shimon's answer alludes to a debate which got me interested to research more about the transcripts of the actual debate and after some research I found it in an academic paper as it appears in the translated form , the citation for this Journal paper is :
A Shii-Jewish "Debate" (Munazara) in th...
@IsaacMoses, I almost lost track. Was yesterday Mi Yodeya Day (secular calendar)? I couldn't actually find a launch date on meta (only the launch party, which was later), but for some reason May 8 is sticking in my mind. (Anyone else who knows feel free to answer too, of course.)
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@IsaacMoses that's what I was thinking, but you can certainly argue for other dates too. But maybe Mi Yodeya Day doesn't celebrate the birth day but rather something else? (If it were obligated to mitzvot we could say it is its bar-mitzvah date, the date it reached "adulthood" on SE...)
BTW, does anyone know what's up with the flurry of questions from henryaaron last night? They all ask specifically for SA citations. It almost looks like a set of homework questions -- not complaining, just wondering.
I'm inclined to trim this answer down substantially, as the question asked "are there transcripts", not for complete transcripts to be included in answers, and it triggered SE's length limits. What do others think? Does anyone want to excerpt some high points? (If I trim I'll trim it all, leaving links and cites, and invite the author to put back a small sample. I'm not going to dig through it all myself to try to do that.)
@Ali "If there are parts of the external material that would be best quoted in their original language to enhance your summary, you may quote small excerpts, as long as you make it clear that they're quotations using quotation marks or blockquoting."
@IsaacMoses is right, @Ali. I do not believe SE wants us to post entire published works as answers to questions. The asker did not request transcripts; the question asked if they exist (presumably for reference purposes).
Adding this link to your other answer (with a short introduction but without the verbatim quote) would enhance an already solid answer. Pasting the entire thing as a second answer is kind of weak, imho. — Seth J2 hours ago
It's great content, to be sure, but now I'm concerned that it might violate copyright law or SE terms of service. Maybe just a link and a short, one-line explanation. It will still enhance the other answer, even if it is not widely accessible. I still think the other answer is primary and this is supportive of that. If the asker really wants to invest in obtaining a transcript, it might be possible to go through a library that has rights to share reference material; since you've linked to the source it shouldn't be too hard for a librarian to pull it up. — Seth J1 hour ago
(oops, meant to ping @ali, sorry @IsaacMoses)
Adding the link with a one-line explanation (not a full summary) to the other answer makes the other answer terrific.
@MonicaCellio Eh... I'm not sure to what extent the site is bound by halacha. Probably none. If Ali, who is not so bound, posts something, I doubt halacha will force the community or her moderators to do anything. I certainly agree with the stuff youre saying about MY & SE policy though. (Ive only gotten, in backread, up to where I'm replying to at the moment.)
@msh210 I was thinking more along the lines of not letting a problem stand if we can avert it. We aren't required to be copyright enforcers, for example, but if we see a copyright violation it seems like we would be expected to deal with it. Maybe I shouldn't have used the word "halacha" as this is more of a derech-eretz thing.
@MonicaCellio Kinda. Actually, no. I mean, I think everyone should behave in accord with Torah values. But I'm not sure the site can think so. The site has only policies and customs. Of course, those will be informed by (and hopefully in accordance with) Torah values, but that's not the same thing.
@IsaacMoses In arguing about what policy ought to be, I agree. Not in arguing over what it is.
Though any individual user on the site should of course feel free to let whatever he wants dictate how he acts -- and hopefully that will usually be the Torah.
Note: My above comments on site policy and halacha, starting with this one, are half-baked, not well-thought-out ideas. Don't quote me on them without quoting this line also, please.
My comments are kind of half-baked too, just to be clear. And I was undoubtedly conflating "what the site should do", "what we should expect users to do", and "what moderators should do", just for extra confusion.
@Daniel darn, I missed that opportunity for both questions and answers. Hmm, a question involving 100 of something, maybe? Some use of that number in text that prompts a question? Do we have a question yet about the practice (halacha?) of saying 100 b'rachot a day?
Who knows one hundred?
Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the future, subject to holiday and user activity delay, I will:
Upvote all interesting answers.
Accept the best answer.
Go on to the next number.
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Interesting question, which would be more so if you could cite your claim that some say to avoid such works because emuna p'shuta is better than logical inquiry. (This is important here, because you're not asking what the words emuna p'shuta mean: you're asking specifically what the authors of the works that say to avoid studying philosophy mean by it. So without reference to those works it's impossible to answer this.) — msh21031 secs ago
^ Close the question pending clarification? @IsaacMoses @HodofHod @MonicaCellio @DoubleAA anyone else? (Pinging those who are listed as present.)
@msh210 For that reply to justify the question, the question would have to stand on its own without the first paragraph. I believe that it does not. Don't ask me why. I just do.
OK, fine. I believe it does not because absent a context in which they're used in Judaism, those words are just words. He wants a precise definition of them as a term of art, and that requires context.
@msh210 just got back and saw this. I see edits, comments newer than the last edit, and no close/reopen in the history. Do you want to close it now, or did any of that make it enough better that you no longer want to?
Here's one way we could do it:
1. Choosing a date
A meta post goes up, soliciting suggested dates.
Anyone can suggest a date (or the person posting the meta post could just do this) by posting two answers: One for people who could travel on that date, and one for people who could participate i...
@IsaacMoses Maybe a lot of answers with an arbitrary date and various locations, and instructions to upvote if that works, downvote if the location is good but just the date is bad, and no-vote if the location is bad.
There are many sites that contain hebrew texts for free, such as http://he.wikisource.org, http://mechon-mamre.org and http://hebrewbooks.org.
Yet it is often inconvenient to go to the sites to access the texts. Would there be some way that one could just refer to the texts, and they would autom...
We really should to make this happen, at least as a userscript. I started researching to throw together a proof of concept, but I'm already in over my head. (I am sorely lacking in web programming experience.)
@IsaacMoses I wonder if aiming for a Sunday gathering rather than a Shabbaton, to allow easier travel, would be a better first attempt?
I guess that depends on where people are and what their travel ranges are. I'm kind of assuming that the NYC-Boston area and the Baltimore-DC area would benefit from that, and I think St. Louis would get some benefit IIRC. Out here in Pittsburgh I don't know if it helps me. :-)
@MonicaCellio A great deal of the benefit I'm hoping for is to have people who only know each other as Yodeyans thusfar meet each other. I suspect that a Sunday event in St. Louis would likely do nothing toward this. However, a Sunday event in NYC or in Maryland might indeed further this goal.
@MonicaCellio I don't think anyone's taking a fast train from Boston to NY for dinner :) For Shabbat, maybe.
@MonicaCellio That's sort-of what my meta proposal would get us, although perhaps it'd be worth starting with just a general, fully-anonymous "Where are you" survey. The trick is getting people to respond
@IsaacMoses true. Anyway, we aren't limited to just one thing; try the meta post and see what happens, and if we find we want to gather data some other way, we'll figure it out. I'm an incrementalist. :-)
@IsaacMoses would want to find someone to share the driving, though. (My personal range seems to be about 300 miles before I start getting into "wait, what am I doing?" territory.)
I am sorry for interrupting your conversation twice (and the extra pings) :( I was working on other pages, and didn't really pay attention to what was going on in here before posting (I know, I know). I'd love to have some kind of meet-up, but given my current lifestyle, I think I'll probably be sitting this one out. (I'm in the LA area only for another couple of weeks)
@SethJ, that'd be asking answerers to delve into the mind of the person the asker had heard from to determine what he had meant. How is that answerable? But the question's been changed by now, anyway, so I think chat might be a better place to continue this conversation. — msh2106 mins ago
I don't understand. We're not trying to read anyone's mind. We're trying to get to the concept as generally understood.
@msh210, pardon me for arriving late, but if the original question were, "Regarding the study of philosophical works such as the Rambam's guide for the perplexed of the Shaar Yichud I've heard that there is a view that it is better to stay away based on the idea that Emunah Peshuta is better than chakira (logical investigation).
What is emuna peshuta? Does this mean blind faith or simple faith based on something? if the latter, what is this something?" would that satisfy? — Seth J3 hours ago
With an eye toward designing in-person community events (e.g. this), it would be useful to have some idea of how many Yodeyans live where.
So, let's try to collect some basic data about this while preserving the privacy of people who want it preserved.
If you see the metropolitan area you live ...