Q-7.2.3: QUESTIONS

The Asheri is appealing to the original Biblical source (Deuteronomy 6:7) to indicate that the Shema' must be recited near bed-time.

Try to imagine how he would have dealt with the kind of situation that frequently arises in northern climates (especially where Daylight Saving Time is in force), where people commonly go to bed while it is still light outside.
Would this have been any different from the situation in the winter, where people in northern communities often get up before the late sunrise?
Under those conditions, what would the Asheri say about the permissibility of reciting the morning Shema' while it is still dark?


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Q-7.2.4: QUESTIONS

In the preceding discussion Rabbi Landau has made some far-reaching claims about the original intentions of Rabbenu Tam and the Rashba.
Based on what you know of their original statements [clearly we are much more familiar with the arguments of Rabbenu Tam; our knowledge of the Rashba is limited to the brief citation contained in the present passage], do you feel that Rabbi Landau's interpretation accurately reflects their authors' original intentions?

Justify your answer.


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Q-7.7: QUESTIONS

The convenience of joining the afternoon and evening prayer services was alluded to by Rabbi Landau in the passage from his "Agur" discussed above.

Compare how the two rabbis relate to this consideration.



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