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Rambam Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah Chapter 6

Thursday, 10:00am EST, Jul 23, 2 Av

32 min

Class Summary:

This class, in Rambam the Laws of Yesodei HaTorah, chapter six, was presented on Thursday Parshas Devarim, 2 Av, 5780, July 23, 2020, streaming live from Rabbi Jacobson's House in Monsey, NY

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    yossi -3 years ago

    Last night I heard YY shiur 

    It was amazing I enjoyed it immensely 

    I couldn't understand the inyan of tvila in mikva with a shaimos on one body without his explanation 

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    ruth -3 years ago

    Re Hilchos Yesodai HaTorah chapter 6
     
     
    Re the shaila of the tattoo of shem HKBH eg on a person's arm and later on they became  frum :
     
     
    1.  Would they be allowed bind tefillin on top of this ? Else how would they put on Tefillin directly on their arm ? Unless use the other arm?
     
    2.  Re mikva , I assume for both a man or a woman they would loosly bind a covering over it ?

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    Why does the Rambam bring the Halacha (7) that it is prohibited to remove a stone from the mizbeach here. This halacha pertains more to Hilchos Beis Habechira where he speaks of the Mizbeach etc.?

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    Alberto -3 years ago

    What is de Halaja to erase an email with H name?,or erasing a voice note with H name?

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    Could you quote the source of the one who asked the question of why it is in yesodey hatorah

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    There are various laws concerning what happens to the

    written names of  Hashem. In Rambam's time, before the printing press, he must have meant handwritten words on parchment, etc. Later we have people writing out Hashem's name but then it was printed and copiex many times over. Does the halachas he articulated  apply also  to the printed  versions of the original handwritten names? 

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    There are various laws concerning what happens to the

    written names of  Hashem. In Rambam's time, before the printing press, he must have meant handwritten words on parchment, etc. Later we have people writing out Hashem's name but then it was printed and copiex many times over. Does the halachas he articulated  apply also  to the printed  versions of the original handwritten names? 

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    According to your explanation why is cursing the name of hashem not in yesodey hatorah?

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    Mordechai Litzman -3 years ago

    Fundamental question

    Does it say that the prophets would take off their clothes when they prophesized? How does it go together with the Rambam?

    Is there any halachic objection to do archeological digs near the site of the Beis Hamikdash since they may come across something holy from the temple?

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    Simcha -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    I would like to appear live at this event
    B"H Why set up so much danger, as the Gemara says, 'danger lurks around every corner', where are the fences for our protection?

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    Pinchus Krieger -3 years ago

    I have an interesting sefer מלאכת הקדש  להבדיל בין שמות הקדושים ובין שמות אשר חול שנדפס בפראג 1812. He goes through חמשה חומשי תורה and in פרשת וירא he brings a gemara in מסכת שבת  and מסכת שבועות etc.. and brings this  Rambam here.

    Pinchus (Yerushalayim)

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    You are the head chaplain of the IDF in a war

    The generals want to bomb a certain area controlled by the enemy wherein they have Sifrei Torah. They ask you if they may bomb because surely Sifrei Torah will be destroyed. Permissible? 

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    Yehudis Helfand -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    In creating Chumash Sheets for students, I have cut and paste the Torah text from another program which included Shem hashem. I used to put spaces and dashes between the letters Y H V H. only then would I backspace to leave only a H'. Was that considered erasing His name?

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    You can't erase or destroy Hashem's name, but....

    Didn't Moshe Rabbenu destroy the first luchos with Hashem's name?

    Is the Sotah procedure a mere exception?

    A BT has a tattoo with Hashem's name.  Go thru a tattoo removal procedure which is  erasing or leave it?

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    Sefer Mishnas Yaakov 

    why did not say yud keh

    ובביאור-הגר"א שם כתב ולא מנה שם י-ה שהוא נכלל ג"כ בשם העצם, אע"ג שמנה שם א-ל לפי שהוא שורש אחר, שהוא לשון חוזק, וראיה שמצינו משמש במקום אחר, יש לאל ידי אילי הארץ, אבל שם י-ה הוא ג"כ משם העצם משמש על הוי"ה וקיום, ולכן לא מצינו במקום אחר, ובאו"ש כתב: ושם י-ה לא חשיב דהוא מקצת משם הוי"ה, ושם א-ל חשיב, אף דהוא מקצת מאלקים, משום שיש לו נקוד אחר, אבל שם הוי"ה אין לו ניקוד כלל.
    ויש להוסיף ע"ז, דמאחר דאמרו בחז"ל על הפסוק סוף בשלח: כי יד על כס י-ה מלחמה לה' בעמלק, שאין שמו שלם ואין כסאו שלם עד שימחה שמו של עמלק כולו, וכשימחה שמו יהי' השם שלם והכסא שלם, עי' רש"י שם. א"כ י-ה הוי זה חלק משם הוי"ה, וכמו כס מכסא. וא"כ אמנם אין זה שם בפני עצמו, ולא דמי לא-ל, דשם י-ה הוי זה חלק משם הוי"ה כולו, והוי זה כמו כס מכסא, ולכך לא חשבי' ליה לשם בפני עצמו, ועי' היטב בכ"מ בה"ד.

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      Moshe -3 years ago

      Please, English only

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    • Anonymous -3 years ago

      אולי יוכל כבודו להשים ההערות כיוצא בזה לפני השיעור כך שאוכל לראותם לפני השיעור ולהגיד כמה מהם, כי יש כאן דברים טובים במאד מאד, ותודה לבבית

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    Sara -3 years ago

    Erasing Name of Hashem -

    Only applies in the Hebrew letters?

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    You can keep the text in halacha 5 and some commentators explain that when it is for a benefit your allowed to erase as opposed to the other 7 which never can be erased (The issue to destory kisvey kodesh is only derech hashchasa)

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    • Anonymous -3 years ago

      A support to this text - see avodah hamelech end of the halachos

      כל שלמה האמור בשיר השירים קודש והרי הוא כשאר הכינויין. וכן כתב באנת מלכא מלך מלכיא, דהרי הוא כשאר הכינויין, והוא פלא, דהרי בשאר הכינויין כתב רבנו לעיל בה"ה דרשאי למוחקן וכבר עמדו ע"ז רבותינו ז"ל ועי' כ"מ שכתב דהוא קודש לענין אם השביע את העדים בהם וכפרו דחייבים, וכ"כ הריטב"א והר"ן והרא"ש ז"ל בתשובה, והדין דין אמת אבל תמוה לכוין כן בדעת רבנו להביא דין זה בין דיני מחיקת השם ועי' רדב"ז בלשונותיו ח"א סי' ס"ז וח"ב סי' רנ"ה עי"ש. ומוכח מזה כמ"ש לעיל בה"ה דעת רב סעדיה גאון ז"ל והראב"ד ז"ל דהא דכינויין נמחקין דוקא שנכתבו שלא במקומן אבל אם נכתבו במקומן אסור למוחקן והוא מדאוריתא ובכתבי הקודש איסורן רק מדרבנן ועי"ש מה שהבאתי בשם הראב"ד ולפי"ז דברי רבנו מבוארין דהו"ל כנויין ובמקומן אסורין במחיקה מתורת קדושת כנוי שם שמים ועדיף מקדושת כתבי הקודש דשם הוי רק איסורא דרבנן.

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    Sara -3 years ago

    Names of Hashem

    Aren't there more than 7 (or 8) names of Hashem: Are these 7 that you spoke about the only ones we can't erase letters from?

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    If a letter could become kadosh like the name itself by being connected to it so certainly a Yid if he becomes taful and subservient to hashem he can be kadosh as well.

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    Why is destroying the names part of Yesodey Hatorah- I understand it is a bad averah, but why a foundation? Perhaps put it in hilchos sefer torah when discussing when the name should be written?

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    What is the halachic ramifications for adding הקדושים הטהורים to describe the names- if the rambam left these words out what would be missing from the law?

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    Sarah -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    Sometimes it's impossible to be positive. What's the best way of getting out of this mood!

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      Sara -3 years ago

      Lots of ways. Watch Rabbi YY tonite  =  "Always Find Something Positive" 

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    Should we watch this Rambam class on

    The yehiva.net or on chabad.org or both! 

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    The doctor has the cure but wants millions

    What if a person is  dying and a doctor or scientist has a surefire cure he developed.  He wants millions to use it to save the sick person. Can the beis din force the  cure out of him regardless or force the  money out  of a gvir to pay? 

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    Resh Lekish said that if a demand for plony was made or

    The terrorist will kill everybody,  he holds that one may not deliver up plony but let all die. Why? Doesn't seem to make sense. Could it be that delivering up plony in such a  case only encourages more such terroristic  demands and begets another tomorrow,  etc ? I.e. you don't negotiate with terrorists even if the price to accede to their demands is  doable or even reasonable,  because it just encourages more terrorism. 

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    Moshe -3 years ago

    Is there a fine line between dying or living al kiddush Hashem for quasi-avodah zorah?

    I recall that there are religions (Islam? Xianity?) that are basically monotheism with a dose of  "partnership" etc. Definitely out of bounds for us but not quite pure  avodah zora. If a yid is confronted with a situation of  serve or die, if it is truly avodah zora  he must give up his life al kiddush Hashem.  But, if it isn't,  then he must not and might even not be allowed to  do so.

       If this is true, then there is a fine line between giving up one's life or not, depending upon  the resolution of that halachic inquiry, not something for the average man, especially one with a gun to his head. Also scholars might differ on the question. 

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