Sunday, April 12, 2009

Looking Back - More Sources

In memory of my friend Yonatan ben Nachum who passed away Shabbos morning. In honor of my friend Jacob, who became a bone marrow stem cell donor in Yoni's zechus (and in trying to find a match for Yoni).

Note: If I have additional sources I post them as comments to their relevant posts. This post in an exception.

Over Yom Tov, I was looking through R' Chayim Heller's sefer Hamitzvos and want to add some references to previous posts. Page numbers are to Sefer Hamitzvos Leharambam, Mahaduras Hagaon Rabi Chayim Heller, published by Mossad Harav Kook.

Related to post Freeing your slave, part 3: Saving Soviet Jewry - A new book, David Avdi, about Rabbi Dr. David Appelbaum zt"l H"yd, a tzaddik and talmid chacham, includes two chapters - one in Hebrew and one in English - about an Israeli intelligence operation called Nativ whose purpose was to reach out to and support Soviet Jewry and encourage their attachment to Judaism, Zionism and Israel - often at great risk to both Nativ operatives and Soviet refuseniks (David Avdi, p. 48). Rav Dovid zt"l travelled to the Soviet Union (on the strength of his American passport) to teach Torah and bring support to Soviet Jewry.
R' Chayim Heller discusses about putting yourself in safek sakana to save someone else on p. 174 note 11.
R' Aaron Rakeffet (Rothkoff) recruited Rav Dovid for this operation, and I've heard he plans to publish some of his experiences in his forthcoming memoirs.

Related to Post Parshas Ki Sisa-Kiyor: see p. 24 note 8 meshichas klei hamikdash - he feels there is a contradiction between Sefer Hamitzvos and Mishna Torah if being moshech the keilim is a mitzvah ledoros or only in the midbar.

Related to post Makos Mardus see p. 32 note 83 malkin ad shetetzei nafsho, some say you don't actually hit him till he dies, but R' Heller seems to say those opinions are not borne out by other meimras.

Related to post Hosafa to Parshas Ki Sisa, Kiyor end, what Rav Chaim said - see p. 43 If someone who enters the heichal without washing at the Kiyor, even if he does not enter to do avodah, if he's chayav misah. R' Chayim Heller doesn't discuss it, but would this apply to Moshe according to the makshe in Tosfos Avodah Zarah 34? Also, on the same page regarding the source of the law that the kiyor must have enough water to wash 4 kohanim - apparently someone changed Rambam's girsa to use Rashi's pasuk.

Indirectly related to Prohibition against intermarriage post see p. 109 note 18 if you get malkus for being boel aramis even if it is not ishus.

Not related to a previous post, but is related to Daf 87b - see p. 186 note 21 - Yam Shel Shlomo Yevamos says the Rambam doesn't pasken like this gemara (about a father's ne'emanus on his son), but the Rambam does pasken it in Isurei Biah 15:16. Very strange Yam Shel Shlomo.

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