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Maimonides and the Jerusalem Talmud

Maimonides and the Jerusalem Talmud

Maimonides would often rule like the Jerusalem Talmud over the Babylonian Talmud. This is mentioned by the Maharik, mark 100, and Bei’ur Hagra to YD 63:1, but is also seen from a thorough analysis of his writings. In Otzroth Hagra, Rabbi Zuriel brings the Taklin Hadtin’s intro to Sh’qalim mentions the Bei’ur Hagra to OH  … Continue reading

Selihoth Before Midnight

Selihoth Before Midnight

Yes. Simply put, selihoth are, by definition, not governed by the rest of the halachoth that govern other prayer services because they were not legislated by our sages. In the medieval period, it was assumed that selihoth were said at the last part of the night, in the period before dawn that would be too … Continue reading

The Fallacy of Equating Abstention with Prohibition

The Fallacy of Equating Abstention with Prohibition

I am looking to coin the above title into yet another Latin phrase, because of late I have identified it as another fallacy not employed in the Maimonidean and Vilnian systems. Examples: The fact that certain communities refrain from eating cooked rice and beans, etc., on Passover does not turn those cooked rice and beans … Continue reading

Mending Fences

Mending Fences

Dear ****, In response to your claim that teaching people about how the ashkenazic practice, as documented in Shorshei Minhagei Ashkenaz, to not have to wait until nightfall to accept the holiday of Pentecost (Shavuot) or to recite kiddush might lead those people to violate rabbinic fences, “lifrotz gedarim,” I would like to point out … Continue reading

More Halachic Fallacies! In Latin!

More Halachic Fallacies! In Latin!

First the new ones: Scriptum Ergo Regula, or “written, therefore rule.” This is the fallacy that allows some to claim that every facet of the printed siddur, or any idea that occurs in a halachic work, has halachic weight. This is simply not true, and is reminiscent of what I heard, I believe in R’ … Continue reading

Q&A: Prozbol

I was surprised that this year I signed so many prozbol documents for my neighbors. I did not sign any what so ever last time sh’mitta came to an end. The following questions were addressed at our minyan as the Rosh Hashana holiday started and have been translated from the Hebrew. Question: Why would someone … Continue reading

Respect for Scholars During Prayer

As a follow up to my answer to the first question here, I would like to note the opinion of the Vilna Gaon. Normally, he rejects any practice that has no basis in the ancient sources. For example, he outright rejects the practice of the Hasidei Ashk’naz to avoid reciting the blessing of sheheheyanu during … Continue reading