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Mar
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answered Was it lawful for David to partake of the showbread?
Mar
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comment What's the earliest “acknowledgement” of Heliocentrism in Judaism?
The requirement of adding leap months doesn't indicate inaccuracy in the Jewish calendar. It is an intrinsic element of the Jewish lunisolar calendar.
Mar
1
comment Why is raising taxes in the the last, 3 verse chapter of Megilat Esther?
Why was he called Achashveirosh? Rabbi Chanina said it was because everyone became destitute (rashin) in his days, as the verse says (Esther 10:1), "King Achashveirosh placed a tax..." (M'gilla 11a).
Mar
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comment What's the earliest “acknowledgement” of Heliocentrism in Judaism?
That's not how I read the Wikipedia article. I read the article as saying that most Jewish writers who addressed the issue (starting in the 16th century), accepted Copernicus' heliocentric model (and presumably later advances by Kepler, etc.). Though I'm not sure about the phrase: "although it was found to be contradicting verses of Tanakh (Jewish Bible)"; "found" by whom? Also, the article's discussion of Jewish attitudes towards "Greek wisdom" (especially the article's implied definition of "Greek wisdom" as used in the Talmud) is misleadingly incomplete.
Feb
27
comment What is the original (Judeo-Arabic) of “gates of interpretation are not locked before us” in Moreh Nevuchim?
@IsaacMoses From what I can tell (with help from Google Translate), your endpoint appears to be correct; אלעלם corresponds to העולם, and ימכננא תאויל corresponds to יכולים לפרש. The Hebrew translation you provided rearranged the words; following the original word order would yield Hebrew more like: "וגם אין שערי הפירוש נעולים בפנינו ולא נמנעים ממנו בעניין חידוש העולם".
Feb
27
comment Why couldn't the idols smell their hands or touch their feet?
Their noses do not smell, and their feet do not run, but their noses run, and their feet smell.
Feb
26
comment Perl Programming in the Torah
"Much Perl, but intelligent Lisp is a valuable utility" (Mishlei 20:15). "Wisdom is good because of Perl; all desirable things cannot be compared to it. I, [Perl], am wisdom; I dwell cleverly, and seek out knowledge of devices" (Mishlei 8:11-12).
Feb
26
comment How do we know that Moshe Rabbeinu's yahrtzeit was 7 Adar?
@DanF In addition to what Alex wrote there, see Pischei Olam by R' Dov Ber Karasik (OC 580:7) who discusses different views among the acharonim regarding when a person should fast for Moshe Rabbeinu's yarhtzeit in a leap year (assuming a person has the custom to fast).
Feb
26
comment Were the converts mentioned in the Megillah actually Jews?
Also, see #4 in this article by R' Bernard Illowy.
Feb
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comment How do we know that Moshe Rabbeinu's yahrtzeit was 7 Adar?
@DanF Actually, Alex's answer (to the question linked above by Gershon) already answers your question. Should this then be closed as a duplicate?
Feb
26
comment Were the converts mentioned in the Megillah actually Jews?
Y'vamos 24b: רבי נחמיה אומר... ואחד גירי מרדכי ואסתר אינן גרים עד שיתגיירו... כבזמן הזה. הא איתמר עלה א"ר יצחק... הלכה כדברי האומר כולם גרים הם. Tosafos (ad loc., s.v. lo): וי"ל דמעצמן נתגיירו כדאשכחן גבי מרדכי ואסתר ורבים מעמי הארץ מתיהדים. Rashi (Avoda Zara 24a, s.v. g'rurim): מעצמן נגררין להתגייר אע"פ שאין מקבלין אותן. See also here and here.
Feb
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comment How do we know that Moshe Rabbeinu's yahrtzeit was 7 Adar?
Source: A b'raisa in Kiddushin (38a): "תניא אידך בשבעה באדר מת משה ובשבעה באדר נולד מנין שבשבעה באדר מת שנאמר וימת שם משה עבד ה' וכתיב ויבכו... שלשים יום וכתיב... משה עבדי מת ועתה קום עבור וכתיב... כי בעוד שלשת ימים תעברו את הירדן וכתיב והעם עלו מן הירדן בעשור לחדש הראשון צא מהן שלשים ושלשה ימים למפרע הא למדת שבשבעה באדר מת משה ומנין שבשבעה באדר נולד משה שנאמר ויאמר אליהם בן מאה ועשרים שנה אנכי היום לא אוכל עוד לצאת ולבא... מה ת"ל היום מלמד שהקב"ה יושב וממלא שנותיהם של צדיקים מיום ליום ומחדש לחדש שנאמר את מספר ימיך אמלא".
Feb
26
comment Historic, variant wording for birkat hamazon for women?
@YehudaW It's more than reasonable that the different "variant" merely involves skipping the phrases in question - it is clear that that's what it means because that's what the Rama says. The only real question is whether "תורה" is limited to "ועל תורתך שלמדתנו" or whether it also includes "ועל חקיך שהודעתנו" (as perhaps the latter phrase is primarily intended to refer to the obligation to perform the commandments rather than the obligation to study Torah).
Feb
26
comment Lucky Buddha Beer
Sort of related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4935 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27165 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36172 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/43794
Feb
26
comment Can a convert drink wine he previously touched?
Assuming that you know the food is otherwise kosher, would R' Schachter permit food cooked by a non-Jew who subsequently passed away?
Feb
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comment What to do with Torah novella thought in the bathroom by accident
@Nafkamina I thought you were asking whether that Torah idea is "אסור בהנאה" for any reason, and that you were giving מצוה הבאה בעבירה as an example. Of course the issue with a bathroom isn't טומאה strictly speaking, but those sources may shed light on the nature of דברי תורה as it pertains to this question. | Could it be considered a מצוה הבאה בעבירה if it was באונס, especially considering that the person may otherwise have had the same insight later on in a clean location? If this is all you mean to ask, this question might best be generalized to ask about the parameters of מצוה הבאה בעבירה.
Feb
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comment Historic, variant wording for birkat hamazon for women?
If you are talking about the practice mentioned in the Rama (187:3), it just seems like the women would omit the phrases in question (perhaps including v'al chukecha...?).
Feb
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comment How does one who can hold his liquor afflict himself on Purim?
This strikes me as a serious answer to the non-Purim-Torah question, "Should a person get drunk on Purim?" Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/55567 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13844 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/35245 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14794 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12034 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6393.
Feb
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Feb
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