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Apr
12
comment Do Rabbis have to be Jewish by ethnicity?
@MonicaCellio Definitely "citation needed"( for it being "forbidden ... to ask someone if he's a convert")! I was unaware such a Halakhah exists, and still don't think it does.
Apr
12
comment Do Rabbis have to be Jewish by ethnicity?
Related: Can a convert become a synagogue president? Why or why not?
Apr
12
revised Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?
Typo correction.
Apr
1
comment Getting a head start on Shnayim Mikra
Following the given link takes me to ou.org/torah/index. A better link might be: http://www.ou.org/index.php/torah/article/faqs_about_shnayim_mikra/#.UVnbHJZ_bK‌​0
Apr
1
comment How strong was Midian's army?
@MonicaCellio If I had sources to back me up( or a more convincing way of presenting it), I would have already posted it as an answer, instead of as a comment.
Mar
31
comment How strong was Midian's army?
My understanding is that the war against Midian was God's vengeance( 31:3), and the number of soldiers sent was symbolic( 1000 from each tribe; 31:4-5), and the victory was meant to be miraculous( i.e. divine) in nature( for all the Midianites that were killed or taken captive, no Israelite died; 31:49). So applying rationality( size of Midianite army, ease of victory) to the question won't work.
Mar
31
comment How strong was Midian's army?
@DoubleAA Considering the war being God's vengeance of Midian( 31:3), I'm actually surprise that they were even allowed to keep the young female virgins!( Or any of the loot, for that matter.)
Mar
31
comment How strong was Midian's army?
Did Midian even have an army? Numbers 31:7 using the language "va-Itzbe'u Al Midyan"( "ויצבאו על מדין") rather than "va-Yilachamu be-Midyan"( "וילחמו במדין"), suggest to me they weren't up against an army of any real sort.
Mar
31
comment Hebrew of the Mishneh Torah
In his introduction to Sefer ha-Mitzvot, the Rambam claimed he wrote the Mishneh Torah in the language of the Mishnah( Leshon ha-Mishnah), to ease the readers' understanding.
Mar
31
answered Getting a head start on Shnayim Mikra
Mar
30
comment Why do we call the Festival of Matzos “Passover”?
@DoubleAA On the other hand, in the Qidush, Birkat ha-Mazon and Tefilah we say Chag ha-Matzot.
Mar
30
comment Would a convert/Ba'al Teshuvah have to remove any tattoos they may have?
My father had tattoos before converting to Judaism, and was not required to have them removed when he converted. When asked about his tattoos, he would tell people he was a non-Jew when they were done( and a fool besides).
Mar
29
awarded  Yearling
Mar
23
comment The 4 sons - the evil son
@Fred I know what "הקהה"( or, more to the point, the root ק.ה.ה) means. The root is used, in Modern [Israeli] Hebrew, in describing a dull knife(סכין קהה), or an obtuse angle(זוית קהה). I've never before seen it used to describe the act or result of breaking something.
Mar
22
comment The 4 sons - the evil son
"break his teeth"?!?
Mar
5
revised Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?
Corrected typo in link.
Mar
5
answered Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?
Mar
5
comment Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?
Until you asked your question I always understood the expression as the translation of Rashi you quote did( and "לשבר" being with a Shin Semalit and being along the same idea as the root "סבר", in the sense of "le-Hasbir", meaning "to explain", and "Sever Panim", meaning "affability, geniality, or cordiality"). I now see, after googling, that it has started being used more recently( with a Shin Yemanit) to express being unnecessarily long-winded( in the sense of "hurting the ear").
Mar
3
comment Pretending in kiyum hamitzvot
How about covering the Chalah before saying Qidush?
Mar
3
comment Difference between 'rafa' and 'ripa'
@msh210 Technically true, but it is used here as a noun for 'physician(s)\doctor(s) in it's own right, so it needn't be bound by rules for proper conjugation of verbs.