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Feb
27
comment Why is the Talmudic style so Confusing?
To echo @SethJ, your example of the first Mishna is actually very beautiful in its succinctness and in the amount of information it carries with it in so few words.
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
@DoubleAA nice - it is definitely a very chilling statement from the navi. Now that I think of it, this is the same root as כרת, right? I wonder if that's what we're discussing here - practically the entire nation sinning to the point of kares.
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
@DoubleAA actually, I concede the point, since apparently get is Mishnaic while Devarim 24:1 uses סֵפֶר כְּרִיתֻת. Obviously I still hold that it is a figurative statement and not a literal breaking of the covenant as per your answer.
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
@DoubleAA what? No. I mean that it does not literally say that G-d gave Israel a get - it uses a different term to only figuratively speak about divorce but not to actually enact it c'v.
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
@DoubleAA but it's not a get.
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
@DoubleAA I guess so.
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
@Ali while סֵפֶר כְּרִיתֻתֶיהָ does sort of figuratively evoke a "certificate of divorce", it does not literally translate that way.
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
@DoubleAA it proves that G-d can't break it.
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
@DoubleAA if a question is based on an inherently flawed premise, is it in scope? The question here isn't "can the covenant be broken", it's "what are the things that break the covenant, and has it happened in the past".
Feb
27
answered What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
Feb
27
comment What are the behaviors which will cause the covenant between Bnei Yisrael and God to be broken?
Unless the OP can bring a source that the covenant can be broken, this question should be closed IMO.
Feb
27
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
@CharlesKoppelman do they say "this is the entire Rashi, nothing has been omitted" or is that just the assumption?
Feb
26
comment Is the name of God associated with bris milah?
I've heard this too but I don't remember the source. I'll look for it tonight b'n.
Feb
26
comment Are there any Jewish sources that discuss vampires?
@nikmasi thanks for your response, also just to clarify I was definitely not saying that you c'v were holding a negative opinion. I think I didn't understand that you were looking for secular sources or scholarship in that way, I get it now and withdraw my complaint. :)
Feb
26
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
@DoubleAA take Rashi on Shir haShirim. Rashi says it's literal and figurative. Artscroll focuses solely on the latter, for what I think are obvious reasons. Criticizing that decision in the interest of intellectual honesty seems to clash with the idea that not all ideas have to be presented so explicitly (no pun intended), especially in translation. Many things are better unexplored in a way that the greater public can consume without understanding it. In fact, I would say there is a responsibility on a publisher to be concerned with how an average person might misunderstand something.
Feb
26
comment Is there any source for not sharing a baby's name before the bris?
@DoubleAA that once we had settled on a name and were planning to give him a certain name, we shouldn't say it - but also my rav only told me this after the birth (the context was whether or not to fill out a birth certificate in the hospital, he said to wait) so maybe before the birth it's different? The implication was that it was out of concern for ayin hara, and I seem to recall that somebody brings that one who isn't concerned about ayin hara need not observe minhagim concerning it, so perhaps the above doesn't apply to somebody who isn't concerned with ayin hara to begin with.
Feb
26
comment Are there any Jewish sources that discuss vampires?
@nikmasi I really find the comparison very disturbing. Vampires drink and consume blood, we apply suction to the wound to clean it, and then promptly spit it out. Honestly, I know this wasn't your intention but it really sounds like a comparison the antisemitic opponents of metzitzah would make.
Feb
26
comment Is there any source for not sharing a baby's name before the bris?
My rav told me not to speak the intended name out loud under any circumstances until the bris.
Feb
26
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
@CharlesKoppelman maybe I was too harsh but it seems like the complaints are really ideological in that they presuppose that Artscroll should not be presenting one view over another in the first place, and that the correct way is to present all views and all opinions regardless of their acceptance today.
Feb
26
comment What differentiates the Artscroll Talmud compared to other translations?
So do you think the difference is basically hashkafic? I'm not really familiar with the dati leumi perspective and even less so with the MO perspective so maybe that's why I perceived such a disparity of support.