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Jan
12
comment What Bracha acharona on .5 kezayit of grapes eaten together with .5 kezayit of mezonot crackers?
Well, the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (51:4) explicitly concludes in accordance with your answer (using the language of "נראה לי"), so I suppose you can mention that, though R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach explicitly rules against your answer (in the Nissan 5752 issue of Moriah, as mentioned in Sam's answer).
Jan
12
comment What Bracha acharona on .5 kezayit of grapes eaten together with .5 kezayit of mezonot crackers?
It seems likely that the Ba'eir Heiteiv is talking about a case where one of the food items is a type that normally requires borei n'fashos, which is not the case in the OP.
Jan
12
comment Why are crocodiles more deadly than all wild beasts?
@user6591 "...In several instances, large crocodiles have been observed to take down much larger prey such as the black rhinoceros and hippopotamus... Nile crocodiles are also known to prey on other large predators such as hyenas, cheetah, African wild dogs, jackals, leopards, and even lions on occasion... Nile crocodiles also prey on humans frequently, far more often than other crocodilian species."
Jan
12
comment Why are crocodiles more deadly than all wild beasts?
@user6591 "The Nile crocodile is one of the most dangerous species of crocodile and is responsible for hundreds of deaths of humans every year... The attack is sudden and unpredictable... The immense bite force, which may be as high as 5,000 lbf (22,000 N) in large adults, ensures the prey item can't escape through the grip... Large adults sometimes take on larger prey such as giraffe, Cape buffalo, young hippos, and young elephants..."
Jan
12
comment Why are crocodiles more deadly than all wild beasts?
Read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_crocodile#Hunting_and_diet, and you will find out why they are more dangerous than other predators.
Jan
12
comment Everything is in the Torah
@user8553 Ta'anis 9a, as indicated in an earlier version of the question.
Jan
11
comment Everything is in the Torah
@GershonGold ...which means that everything mentioned in Tanach is hinted to in the Chumash.
Jan
11
comment Who Is Rabbi Eliezer Yosef ben Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Letterberg לטרברג?
Kevarim.com shows inscriptions for many kevarim in North America.
Jan
11
comment What happened to Rabbi Akiva's money?
@Shalom Interesting suggestion. I don't think the gemara in K'subos (63a) says that R' Akiva gave Ben Azzai money, but even if he did, I assume he would not have done more than Ben Kalba Savua', who gave R' Akiva half of his own money. Still, the kollel idea does give an exiting twist to the story, and may have the makings of a good joke.
Jan
11
comment What are Orthodox arguments against Conservative Judaism?
@CharlesKoppelman The common thread in those examples is that the Conservative movement (broadly speaking) purports to be a halachic movement but they employ untenable halachic arguments to suit a desired outcome that is itself based in extra-Judaic (or even contra-Judaic) ethics or values. I agree that sourcing is important, however.
Jan
11
comment What are Orthodox arguments against Conservative Judaism?
@CharlesKoppelman I think Shalom's elaboration on the examples was on-topic and illustrative. If you disagree, I think downvoting is better than a radical revision. As far as sources, I agree that this should be sourced, but all of Shalom's claims about the Orthodox positions and rebuttals have mainstream sources and can be sourced without too much difficulty. So far as I know, Shalom's depiction of the Reform and Conservative positions is broadly true (if somewhat oversimplified), though the variation within those movements is makes it difficult to address them completely in a brief answer.
Jan
9
reviewed Approve issur-hashmaat-kol tag wiki
Jan
9
comment Rav Chaim Friedlander and Avos
@ChiddusheiTorah It's the first ma'amar in the Elul section of volume 1. The ma'mar is titled "Ein HaDavar Talui Ela Bi: The Repentance of Rabbi Elazar ben Durdaya". The subsection from which I excerpted is also titled Ein HaDavar Talui Ela Bi, and it starts on page ח of the main part of the book (which uses Hebrew pagination). I actually transcribed more in English in the answer than in Hebrew. The Hebrew excerpt above is only on p. ט of the Elul section, but my translation is from pages ט and י. Hope this helps.
Jan
8
comment “B'rachamav yaaseh shalom” - origin?
Background from here: "The specific formulation of this prayer appears in the Siddur of Rav Amram Gaon (9th century) as following all three prayers. This formulation is founded on the verse in Iyov (25:2): המשל ופחד עמו עושה שלום במרומיו." Note, only the first three words are based on the verse in Iyov. "Ya'aseh shalom" is likely based on Y'sha'ya 27:5 (יעשה שלום לי), and "v'al kol Yisra'el" is likely based on T'hillim (125:5 and 128:6, שלום על ישראל). The addition of "b'rachamav" interrupts none of these biblical allusions.
Jan
8
comment Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?
@DoubleAA And there's also Rashi's approach: דציצית בגימטריא ת"ר וה' קשרים וח' חוטין הרי תרי"ג. Gematria of tzitzis = 600, plus 5 knots per corner, plus 8 strings per corner (or what appears like 8 strings) = 613.
Jan
8
comment Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?
M'nachos 43b: ותניא אידך וראיתם אותו וזכרתם ועשיתם ראיה מביאה לידי זכירה זכירה מביאה לידי עשיה. "'And you shall see it and remember... and perform': Seeing leads to remembering, and remembering leads to performing."
Jan
8
comment Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?
@DoubleAA כנגד כל המצות כולן. But I guess you could read that as self-inclusive.
Jan
8
comment Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?
@DoubleAA That fits with M'nachos 43b that tzitzis is equivalent to the other 612 commandments: תניא אידך וראיתם אותו וזכרתם את כל מצות ה' כיון שנתחייב אדם במצוה זו נתחייב בכל מצות כולן... תניא אידך וראיתם אותו וזכרתם את כל מצות ה' שקולה מצוה זו כנגד כל המצות כולן. Also, it's 613 with the kolel.
Jan
8
comment Explanation of the midrash of the Donkey of moshe
@DoubleAA Are you refering to the gemara that talks about about the emendation in the Septuagint that changes "on the donkey" to "on the pack animals" (εκι τα ὑποζυγια, or על נושא בני אדם in the gemara's wording)?
Jan
8
comment Kasher a liver or unsalted meat
Slightly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/43628