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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.
Mar
3
comment Difference between 'rafa' and 'ripa'
In your second example, where is the verb? (ha-)Rof'im ( plural of Rofe') is a noun. Both other examples you brought do follow the rule that you say "[is] not the case".
Feb
27
answered If a gentile commited murder and then converted, can he be executed?
Feb
27
comment Are there 8 Noachide Laws?
@Dan I'm not arguing whether or not no-Jews have to be told about the requirement of accepting authority of the Torah and validity of Rabbinical exegesis. I'm not even arguing whether the requirement exist. What I'm arguing against is this requirement being a law( in the sense the 7 Noachide laws are). If the requirement isn't a Mitzvah ( in the 613) for Jews, then it shouldn't be one, if it exists, in addition to the 7 for Benei No'ach.
Feb
25
comment Are there 8 Noachide Laws?
@Dan (1) All Mitzvot presume acceptance of "the torah and its interpreted authority (and the authority of those who interpret it)". That doesn't make it an extra Mitzvah, implicit or otherwise. (2) When you say "then it seems that an implicit 8th law ..."( emphasis mine), you are deciding that "yesodei emunah" are Mitzvot. I'm challenging that assertion.
Feb
23
comment Are there 8 Noachide Laws?
Why? Is there a Mitzvah, in the 613 we Jews are commanded, of "the acceptance of the Torah as divine and authoritative and the rabbinical exegesis as valid and applying to" Jews? I'd say just as the equivalent is a foundation of Torah( Yesod 8, Torah Min ha-Shamayim), and not a Mitzvah, for Jews, so should it be a foundation of the 7 laws, and not a Mitzvah, for Noachides.
Feb
23
comment May Hallel be said on Yom Nicanor?
@SethJ In grade school, I was only taught that Ta'anit Ester commemorated Ester's three-day-fast, but I learned in a secular Israeli school. I learned about Yom Niqanor and the BH"B fast when I was able to read about them in "The Book of Our Heritage"( the English translation of Sefer ha-Toda'ah), in my early teens. I only learned of Rabienu Tam's statement that what is called Ta'anit Ester actually commemorates the fast that was fasted on the day of battle( which was the 13th of Adar), in my later teens.
Feb
23
comment May Hallel be said on Yom Nicanor?
@SethJ Re: the reference to Ester 9:31: I understood that originally the three fast days of Ester( and the Jews of Shushan) was commemorated by fasting Monday, Thursday, and Monday after Purim. Maybe that is what the verse references. Actually, it fits better with the verse saying "Divrei ha-Tzomot" in plural. Also it could explain how Ester's fast was commemorated in parallel to the observance of Yom Niqanor.
Feb
22
comment Was Joseph's bad report on his brothers evidence or simply damaging?
Doesn't he have to [intentionally] lie( rather than innocently give an incorrect testimony) for it to be Motzi Shem Ra? ( See Mishneh Torah, Hilkhot De'ot 7:2.)
Feb
22
comment Why is Shimshon buried “in the grave of his father” and not father and mother?
(1) Where is one's mother ever mentioned in relation to the burial place of a man in the Tanakh? (2) More interesting to me is, why is he said to be buried "in the burying-place of Manoah his father"( as if only his father was buried there, but not others of his ancestors or of the "house of his father")?
Feb
22
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Feb
21
comment Why isn't Peru URvu one of the 7 Noahide Laws?
@SethJ See the source given, in Sanhedrin 59a: "ליכא מידעם דלישראל שרי ולעובד כוכבים אסור".( You could have asked Yishai the same question 6 months ago.)
Feb
19
comment Was Joseph's bad report on his brothers evidence or simply damaging?
If Yosef was "mistaking them for real people and animals", does that mean he was "simply giving a factual report to his father, the Judge, about something gone bad"?
Feb
19
comment Was Joseph's bad report on his brothers evidence or simply damaging?
What about Yosef's accusation "that they demeaned the sons of the handmaids by calling them slaves"( Rashi on Bereshit 37:2, s.v. "Et Dibatam Ra'ah")?
Feb
18
answered Can one join an army?
Feb
16
answered Mezuzah on rental property