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comment Getting body piercings
@AleksandrSigalov Bamidbar 31:50 and Shemot 35:22 only demonstrate that Benei Yisra'el owned nose-rings and ear-rings (which they acquired either while still in Egypt, or from the spoils of the war against Midian), not that they wore them. Shemot 32:2-3 took place during Ma'aseh ha-'Egel , before they were taught the whole Torah.
Feb
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answered Why is it called Even HaEzer?
Feb
5
comment Framing a Page from a Holy Book
(1) Can you bring a cite of a source for what you say in the first paragraph? (2) I find it a little hard to believe that anybody, besides the Kohanim at work there, could see much of anything of the Aron ha-Berit, with it being in back of the Heikhal, and Mizbach ha-Olah standing between the Heikhal and the Azarah where most male Jews would be standing.
Feb
5
comment Getting body piercings
@SAH (Regarding your bounty comment) Before embarking on an attempt to justify ear piercing, why not improve the question with a better explanation of why it should be assumed to not be allowed. (The verses cited talk about other things, and actual cites of "commentaries on self-wounding" haven't been forthcoming. I do not see what Sifri on Devarim 25:3 helps here.)
Jan
4
comment What Other Terms, Besides “Korban,” Mean Sacrifice in Some Form or Another?
Where is the "in order to gain something else valued more ... or to avoid an even greater loss" in your example? Otherwise, it is an example of trading down or at a loss, not of a sacrifice.
Jan
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comment Where did the “a cat will always be a cat” story about the Rambam come from?
@IsaacMoses I was wondering about something along that line, but with a story somewhat closer to ours here, but I was unable to find anything at the time. Good find! My guess is that somewhere in the storytelling traditions of Europe or the Middle East there is a story that is closer in form to ours than "The Cat and Venus" is. Still, this is definitely a good starting point.
Oct
20
revised The Rambam on health
Added link to the Tzitz Eliezer responsum.
Oct
20
comment Divrei Kabbalah in Maimonides' Usage
Related: "Definition of the Written Law".
Oct
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suggested approved edit on The Rambam on health
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Oct
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revised Was man created before or after the animals?
Added tags.
Oct
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suggested approved edit on Was man created before or after the animals?
Sep
27
comment Covering eyes for Shma which isn't THE shma
Based on Teshuvah 145 in Otzar ha-Geonim (which Alex brought in his answer to "Shema in Musaf Kedushah - Source and reason"), the reason for inserting the first and last verse of the Shema is not for the fulfillment of Qeri'at Shema, but so it wouldn't be forgotten altogether (page 40:"ולמה תקנוה לאומרה בהבלעה כדי שלא תשכח שמע מפי התינוקת").
Sep
13
comment Is there a free copy of this early (earliest?) siddur online?
That is the Aryeh Leib Frumkin edition. There is also the N.N. Coronel edition, available at HebrewBooks (part 1 and part 2), and at daat.ac.il (in multiple PDFs).
Sep
13
revised Omission from Koteret to Hil. Talmud Torah
Correction, based on the OP's comment on Jul 29 2015
Sep
13
comment Why don't we use plural “TOVOT” in New Years greeting for ketivah ve-hatimah TOVOT?
As a near-native speaker of [Israeli] Hebrew, "Ketivah va-Chatimah Tovot" as a greeting (as opposed to saying "Ketivah va-Chatimah [Hen] Tovot", "inscribing and sealing are good", as a statement of fact) sounds somehow wrong to me.
Sep
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Sep
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answered Why don't we use plural “TOVOT” in New Years greeting for ketivah ve-hatimah TOVOT?
Sep
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comment Why don't we use plural “TOVOT” in New Years greeting for ketivah ve-hatimah TOVOT?
No decree is mentioned in the blessing, and the the Tovah is referring to the Ketivah and Chatimah which are.