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Question No. 1170
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 1 Jan 2006
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I heard once the following qestion being asked. The Shulchan Oruch brings down that ches and tet beteves were terrible days because the yevanim attempted to "translate the torah into yevonis" in the time of talmai hamelech. Yet, on the other hand, we find that when klal yisrael entered eretz yisrael they were commanded to set up stones in which the torah was to be inscribed into 70 languages. Moreover, from the posuk Yaft elokim leyefes, chazal derive that a sefer torah can be written in Greek alphabet (is that really true today?) . Apparently the above sources seem to view Greek translation as positive. I heard one the following answer. There is nothing wrong in "translation" as long as you never forget that there is "a mekor" .If you translate in order to understand the mekor better that's perfectly ok. But if you tranlate to "replace" the mekor and make the translation as ikor, thats not acceptable. That's exacty what the yevonim wanted. With their translation they wanted to replace the ikor and make believe that the mekor (torah) is extuinguised and replaced by their version. However, when klal yisrael came into ertz yisrael they wanted to translate so that all of klal yisrael would understand and live up through its translation inscribed to the parameters and guidelines that the torah has set up. Is that distinction true as well with respect to the translation of RabbI Hirsh and Mandelson. They both translated, yet there was a major difference between both. Hirsh translated to be mekarev people to Judaism ang get them back to the mekor. Hirsh never wanted to repace the mekor whereas Mandelson wanted to replace the mekor through his translations and thereby create his own version. I would appreciate if the Rav approves with the above. Targum is in numerical value tardema (sleep) . translation in its own its useless, its only useful if it enhances the mekor, just as sleep is useful only for fuction —Anonymous, new york
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Question No. 1136
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 26 Nov 2005
The Question Perhaps one of the less important questions to be addressed to this site, but one which concerns my very "sole": What is the shiur of leather that pasuls a shoe (sneaker) from use on Tish'a B'Av and Yom Kippur? To be more specific, I wear orthotics (plastic ones) which makes finding tolerable tennis shoes (not comfortable) difficult. I found one which the manufacturer's help line advises contains about 10% leather - they were not specific as to where (which I can find out) but my guess would be it is the ornamental part on the upper portion of the shoe. May one wear them LeChatchila? B'Diavad? Not at all? Does the shiur or placement make the difference. I am mispallel that the question will be irrelevant as Moshiach will come and turn Tish'a B'av into a chag. —snowman, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 1119
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 10 Nov 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I heard once that the deeper meaning into the gemara in Berachos that says that the beracha of hashkivenu is considered part of goal yisrael (so that the beracha of hashkivenu does not cause an interruption between goal yisrael and shemonei esrei)is that a geula without a shemira is not considered a true geula. Every geulah mut be "protected". Otherwise the geulah might fall apart. Therefore when klal yisrael left mitzrayim sukkos was the first stop as it says vayisu meramses vajachanu besukos (which represents the annanei hakavod)These annanei hakavod "protected" klal yisrael after leaving mitzrayim. Thats why we refer to sukkah in the beracha of hashkivenu (ufruis oleinu sukas shelomecho).The sukkah is the shemira. In light of this i heard once that perhaps this is the reason why we start with the mitsva of sukkah immediately after yom kippur. Yom Kippur is a day of geula (a person is zoche on that day to kapporo and is commiting engagements for the future). But that needs protection for the rest of the year and hence the mitsve of sukkot immediately after yom kippur. But how does the sukka truly protect the engagements of the past yom kippur. Furthermore, we find sukkas too by yakov after he was zoche to escape from esav (his geulah from esav). But there too how did the sukkah protect him for the future? How does the sukkah truly protect a preceding geula (the geualah of yom kippur and the geulah of yakov with esav)? I understand the concept that a sukkah protects but how does it protect? Thanks —Anonymous
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Question No. 1092
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 16 Oct 2005
The Question Urgent: We have been looking for a home for over a year and seem to have finally landed on something on the eve of yom tov. We are concerned that me might lose the house if a secular jew or non-jew makes an offer. Are we permitted to make an offer on chol hamoed? Also, the company that I run conducts research in the Canadian government labs and the contract with them is due to be renewed at the end of October - a process of some complexity that needs to be carefully handled since the scope of the research must be reviewed and up-dated. I am concerned that I won't be able to attend to this properly without working on chol-hamoed. Does this amount to valid basis for working on those days? —Anonymous, Toronto
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Question No. 1082
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 11 Oct 2005
The Question Regarding Kaparot, a friend wrote me: "I don't mean to disappoint you, but FYI kaparot with a chicken is a remnant of devil worship. Same goes for tashlich. I'm not joking. However, most rabbanim are ignorant of this. Just as idol worship was once difficult to root out, so is devil worship and it survives today in such Jewish 'folk customs'." Also: "Point for thought: the way the moslems worship with their rear-ends in the air is reminiscent of the way ba'al pe'or was worshipped. Difficult to root out, so it was repurposed. BTW the Jewish way of prostrating oneself is to lie flat." Can the Rav please comment as to the veracity of these two statements. Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1081
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 11 Oct 2005
The Question Can my three year old son take a piano lesson on Succot? —Wanda, Toronto
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Question No. 1080
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 11 Oct 2005
The Question First of all, I want to wish the Rav Gamar Chatimah Tova, and thank him for answering my previous question about noise when trying to sleep in the succah. On the same subject, an avreich told me that stealing someone's sleep is not really theft in a halachic sense, but it is just a concept used to teach people to behave more thoughtfully. Is this correct? Finally, what is the Rav's opinion regarding people who seem to only find time to build their succahs after midnight? If preventing a person from sleeping really is a kind of theft, then maybe this would be a "mitzvah ha'bah b'aveyroh"? It is hard for me to think that a succah built in a way that disturbs the neighbours sleep is pleasing to HaShem, and can be used to fulfil the mitzvah of Succah in a mehadrin manner. —Shimon Frais, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1046
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 20 Sep 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, Is it true that one of the ideas behind a sukkah is that it represents the concept of "no yiush". A person cannot be meyaesh himself as the world is ruled beyond nature and everything is possible. Is this correct? In case yes, perhaps this is the link between Eliezer and the mitsva of sukkah on the pasuk "G-d blessed avraham BAKOL" which according to one opinion refers to the Mitzva of Sukkah and according to another opinion refers to 'Eliezer.' (I couldn't find though where this opinion is stated in the midrash.) Eliezer and the sukkah both represent the koach of anti-yiush (his name implies Eliezer-Moshe called him this way to symbolize the fact of 'vayatzilenu mecherev paroh'). When a person is never meyaesh himself in essence he has BAKOL - EVERYTHING. Is this connection and idea correct? Thanks —Anonymous, Zurich
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Question No. 1030
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 14 Sep 2005
The Question Why does the day of judgement, Rosh Hashana, come before the day of atonement and not the reverse? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1028
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 14 Sep 2005
The Question Hakovod HaRav Leff, there is a minyan for slichos at around ten PM. Is this permitted? I understand that when it reaches night time it is considered part of the next day. Thank you. —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1024
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 12 Sep 2005
The Question Suppose you are trying to go to sleep in your succah on Chol Hamoed Succos, and people in the neighbourhood are making a Simchas Beit HaShoeva or Sheva Brochos, with loud music etc., and this prevents you from going to sleep. I want to ask the Rav in this case, is it correct for you to leave the succah and go to sleep in your house if it is quieter there? Secondly, do the people who are making the loud party have any sin to their account, or is this just considered a normal part of Chol HaMoed behaviour? —Shimon Frais, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1002
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 30 Aug 2005
The Question When one remembers The Passover is it meant to be a simple reminder, or a spiritual reenactment? Maybe you could give me a better analogy. Thank you. —Anonymous, Ft. Collins, CO
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Question No. 993
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 25 Aug 2005
The Question Kvod ha-Rav. Even though the Mishna Brura is matir an engagement during Sefirah, he prohibits dancing. Is there sanction for a festive Hakhnosas Sefer Torah event (including singing, dancing and music) to be held during Sefirah and for frum Jews to participate? —Yisrael Kaniel, Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 976
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 22 Aug 2005
The Question K'vod Harav. IY"H I will be hosting a very large family (almost 15 people visiting from America) for Succos and I am concerned about the dirty laundry piling up since it will almost definitely become moldy (especially the towels). Among my guests there will be 5 children under the age of 8 so I anticipate that there will also be clothing that is soiled from bathroom-related accidents. Please explain to me what can and cannot be washed on Chol Hamoed, and whether I may add non-soiled laundry to fill up the washing machine, assuming I am permitted to wash certain items. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 922
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 30 Jul 2005
The Question Are you allowed to shave during the three weeks of mourning, from the 17 of Tammuz to the 9 of Av for reasons of Kibud Av V'Em, and ultimately sholom bayis between my parents? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 914
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 27 Jul 2005
The Question Bechavod Harav, B’H, I live in a large frum community in the New York Metropolitan Area. Over the last few years, I notice that on taanasim (fast days), many of the shuls in my area give different times listed for the end of the fast. In fact, on one occasion, I looked up the z’man (time) to eat given by 8 different shuls, and I found that at least 6 gave different z’mainim. (in the same neighborhood!) I have notices this already on at least 4 or 5 separate fast days. How can this be??? —Ari Nash, Queens, NY
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Question No. 800
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 4 May 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff. I'm very glad that I found this site. It helps me a lot. My question is: I just heard about this Omer-period and I wondered, why we don't mourn for the 6 million Jews who died durring the 2nd World War, when we mourn for 600.000 students, and actually spend 33 days mourning? —Anonymous, Køge, Denmark
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Question No. 766
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 15 Apr 2005
The Question Since we are commanded to burn all chometz before Pesach - is burning perfectly edible food not considered baal tashchis? If selling the chametz would be a solution - then why doesnt the torah command us to sell the chometz as opposed to burning it? —TS, Brooklyn
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Question No. 765
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 14 Apr 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff I as Yeshiva Bachur was wondering what where the most important hashkofedik,machshavadik,mussardik and halachdikke subjects a bachur has to be aware of for the yom tov of Pesach I would be very happy if you would be able to answer me as much as possible or at least reffer me some maarei mekoimois. Thanks Chag kasher vesameach —Anonymous, Europe
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Question No. 760
Category Moadim (Times of Year/Holidays)
Date Posted 12 Apr 2005
The Question Can you give guidlines/suggestions for making the seder a meaningful experience for children/teens/adults —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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