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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.
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.