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May
11
comment Who came up with this story?
See footnote 3 on this page.
May
11
comment Correcting a Rebbe who is learning during חזרת הש"ץ
@user6591 A peripheral benefit of that approach is that it is an appropriate mode of inquiry even if the rebbe is right.
May
10
comment How do observant Jews entertain themselves?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for this answer! I know many people can attest to R' Aharon Lichtenstein's basketball playing, as well as the positive character traits and derech eretz he demonstrated in the process (such as mentioned in Rabbi Genack's recollection here).
May
7
comment in process learning enough to actually get to teshuva.. but conversion vs. giyur lechumra?
Are you asking about differences in the process between regular conversion and giyur l'chumra ("just-in-case conversion"), or about differences in the criteria that determine which one is applicable to a given individual?
May
7
comment Why is the term שליט“א more commonly used for a rav than the term נ”י?
@Yishai Isn't that more of a secondary, hinted meaning (or perhaps even an ex post facto etymology)? (Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/30999).
May
7
comment Was the Aruch Hashulchan Sephardic?
@147zcbm He sometimes mentions Ashkenazim first, too. If you want to understand his view on the matter, see what he writes in OC 68:3 and 89:7.
May
7
comment Game theory in the Tanaim
@J.C.Salomon You're right, though that paper does mention the relevance of the "contested garment" condition (derived from the first mishna in Sh'nayim Ochazin). This is the original paper that discusses a generalized allocation model for the mishna, as well as a generalized game theoretic model to account for Sh'muel's explanation of the mishna.
May
6
comment Game theory in the Tanaim
Are you referring to Dr. Aumann's discussion of the mishna in K'suvos (93a)?
May
6
comment Why are Masekhtot referred to by content while Humashim by their first word(s)?
(See here): Sefer HaYashar for B'reishis (Y'rushalmi Sotah 1:10). Toras Kohanim for Vayikra (M'gilla 3:5). Chomesh Pikudim for B'midbar (Y'rushalmi Sotah 1:10). Mishneh haTorah for D'varim (see D'varim 17:18).
May
5
comment Why learn torah?
@sam On the contrary, in my opinion.
May
5
comment Halachically, do Israeli citizens own their land?
Possibly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/43845
May
3
revised Sounding the Shofar during the Omer?
Meaningful grammar fix. If this edit does not reflect your intention, and you meant to say that the instruments themselves are forbidden objects during this period, please revert my edit.
May
3
comment Reviewing studies 40 times or 101 times?
Note, though, that although the CS follows this understanding of the gemara in Chagiga ("וכן הוא מפורסם ומקובל שהשונה מאה פעמים ואחד לא במהרה הוא שוכח"), other opinions follow the contrasting view mentioned in my original comment. For example, when R' Chaim Volozhin was 19, he told the GR"A, "I reviewed seder Mo'ed 19 times, and it's still not completely clear to me!" The GR"A replied, "You expect it to be clear after only 19 reviews?" R' Chaim asked, "How many, then? 101?" To which the GR"A answered: "There is no fixed quantity! Rather, one must spend his whole life reviewing."
May
3
comment Reviewing studies 40 times or 101 times?
The Mishna B'rura is citing the Chasam Sofer (OC §20) in the context of how many times a person has to say the amida after we stop saying mashiv haru'ach before he can be assumed to be accustomed to the new formulation. The CS understands the gemara in Chagiga as you indicate, and comes up with a novel calculation whereby there are 101 t'filos over the 30 day period following the switch. Thereby, the CS synthesizes his understanding of the gemara in Chagiga with the Y'rushalmi in Ta'anis (2b, "א"ר יוחנן כל ל' יום חזקה מה שהוא למוד הזכיר").
May
3
revised “All that the Lord has spoken we shall do!” — did all the people say this, or just the elders?
edited for brevity and clarity
May
3
comment Location for medrash cited by the Chizkuni
dafyomi.co.il/discuss.php?gid=6&daf=66&file=1
May
3
answered “All that the Lord has spoken we shall do!” — did all the people say this, or just the elders?
May
1
comment Reviewing studies 40 times or 101 times?
Presumably, the point of the gemara in Chagiga is that, even if someone has already reviewed his studies 100 times, he will still benefit substantially from further study.
May
1
revised Rebbe Akiva's encounter with the stone
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May
1
comment Rebbe Akiva's encounter with the stone
+1. FWIW, in Akiva (p. 21)‌​, R' Meir Lehmann synthesizes the two accounts by presenting them as occurring during the same encounter. See also this answer which quotes a source that reconciles the two sources by saying R' Akiva's son at the time was from a prior wife. It says that first the daughter of Ben Kalba Savua' told R' Akiva to study, and when he became discouraged, the incident with the stone renewed his commitment (hence the wording in ADRN: "מיד חזר ללמוד תורה").