Volume 33: Number 137
Sun, 25 Oct 2015
Subjects Discussed In This Issue:
From: Ben Waxman
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 06:03:27 +0200
Subject: [Avodah] Book case
At my work mincha minyan there is a small bookcase with a few sifrei
qodesh. It has a glass door. Some people are maqpid to open the door
before mincha. Is there a reason for doing this? There are poskim who
say you can put your head down during Tachanun if there are sifrei
qodesh in the room. Is this connected?
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From: Micha Berger
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:27:21 -0400
Subject: Re: [Avodah] Book case
On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 06:03:27AM +0200, Ben Waxman via Avodah wrote:
: At my work mincha minyan there is a small bookcase with a few sifrei
: qodesh. It has a glass door. Some people are maqpid to open the door
: before mincha. Is there a reason for doing this? ...
Is it dark in the bookcase? Could it be that with the door closed, the
glass in front of darkness reflects a lot? If so, maybe those people are
concerned that with the glass door closed, it's too much like davening
in front of a mirror.
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From: Zev Sero
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:40:26 -0400
Subject: Re: [Avodah] Mitzvah Kiyumit
On 10/21/2015 12:28 AM, Daniel M. Israel via Avodah wrote:
> On Oct 16, 2015, at 4:18 AM, Micha Berger via Avodah <avo...@lists.aishdas.org <mailto:avo...@lists.aishdas.org>> wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 10:39:33PM -0400, Akiva Miller wrote:
>>> Are there any other chiyim which are only once per lifetime?
>> I assume you mean that aren't definitionally so. Like you can only have
>> your second child once in a lifetime. Or receive a beris milah.
> Tangential to your point, but someone who regenerates his foreskin
> (apparently that is possible), would need to have milah again, AIUI.
Only midrabanan, because of mar'it ha'ayin. The mitzvah can't be done
twice. "Himol yimol afilu meah peamim" refers to tzitzin hame`akvin,
in which case the mitzvah was never done in the first place.
Zev Sero All around myself I will wave the green willow
z...@sero.name The myrtle and the palm and the citron for a week
And if anyone should ask me the reason why I'm doing that
I'll say "It's a Jewish thing; if you have a few minutes
I'll explain it to you".
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From: via Avodah
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:27:55 -0400
Subject: Re: [Avodah] Shehecheyanu on Matza
From: Simon Montagu via Avodah firstname.lastname@example.org_
not everybody says sheheheyanu on Atzma`ut, not even everybody who says
Hallel, but plenty do, and I heard in the name of Rav Goren in a shiur this
week: "You say sheheyanu on a shirt and you don't say it on the medina?"
But the logic doesn't work, or rather only worked in 1948: nobody says
sheheheyanu on the shirt's anniversary....<<
Saying shehecheyanu on the Medinah -- and even more so, saying shehecheyanu
on the anniversary of the medina -- is not analogous to wearing a new
shirt. It's more analogous to the day you give the raw material to a tailor
to start making you a new shirt, and plus the material has some shatnez
along the edges which the tailor is going to have to remove before he can
finish making the shirt. You can start memorizing the bracha in anticipation
of the day the shirt is finally finished, but don't make the bracha
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From: M Cohen
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:34:20 -0400
Subject: [Avodah] Ta'amai d'kra - why do we put tephillin on our
why do we put tephillin on our weaker arm?
(I know its bc of the drasha of yad kaiha)
But in terms of ta'amai mitzvos..
assuming the head tephillin represents shibud of our head/brain to HKBH,
and the arm tephillin represents shibud of our strength to HKBH
then arm tephillin sbe on our stronger arm
and if the arm tephillin represents shibud of our heart to HKBH
then arm tephillin s always be on our left arm (even for a lefty)
so I remain with my question - in terms of ta'amai mitzvos why do we put
tephillin on our weaker arm?
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