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Feb
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comment King Solomon and Polygamy
Consider that he may have had political motivations.
Feb
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comment What bracha should one make on a chicken pot pie?
Further source for R' Bodner's p'sak.
Feb
1
comment Would halachic units be shrunk if a person was (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style)?
מלא לוגמיו depends on the size of the person, although a small person may have to drink rov r'vi'is for kiddush or arba' kosos even if that's more than their מלא לוגמיו.
Feb
1
comment When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?
@user6591 "and 100%(?) In chazzal". Mishnayos in Uktzin (3:5, 3:11) talk about chullin loaves (though in those cases, the loaves are not loaves of bread - the first talks about a "loaf of saffron" and the second talks about a "loaf of honey", i.e. a honeycomb).
Feb
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comment Is זה נהנה וזה לא חסר מותר?
That depends on what equipment he is using and how crowded the gym is. What if he is using free weights that don't wear out from use, and, the whole time, there is at least one equivalent spare set of weights that is also available and an empty area/bench that is available? What if there are many spare sets of weights and the gym is nearly empty? I'm not saying he should necessarily do this, but I also don't think it's necessarily a case of "וזה חסר".
Feb
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comment When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?
@user6591 "perhaps Shmuel 2 6 19" I was thinking of that, too, but why should it be considered errant? See the מצודת ציון there: "לחם השלם תקרא חלה". And the Radak there seems to say that a חלה is just a smaller version of a ככר loaf (which is also used to describe both chullin and kodesh): "ובדברי הימי' ככר לחם והככר גדול מהחלה כי ככרות היו אלא שהיו עשויים כתכונת החלות". Anyway, this is an interesting question, but I'm not sure that it is a fair premise to say that the word חלה should be limited to non-chullin.
Feb
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comment When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?
@user6591 So is the following your actual question? "'Challah' in Tanach means "loaf" (a countable noun). When did it start to mean 'bread' (an uncountable noun)?"
Feb
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comment When did the word challa start being used to mean our Shabbos bread?
חלה means "loaf" in the Chumash (e.g. Vayikra 24:5).
Feb
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comment Does the Kohen really get to the raise a baby that a father refuses to redeem?
That hearkens back to the old Jack Benny joke.
Feb
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revised Etymology of the word sanhedrin
corrected link for f., etc.
Feb
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comment Why not read missing words (in Esther) from a printed copy?
Speculation on some possibilities: 1. The KS"A was not halachically excluding this possibility; he was just mentioning the most common scenario, since the reader might want to keep his eyes on the scroll so that he can more easily read the words that are there and keep track of his place. 2. He was halachically excluding reading from a book because (a.) it could be a מראית העין problem, with people thinking that it is acceptable to read from a printed מגילה in general, or (b.) the reader might get so caught up reading from the printed מגילה that he would read an ענין שלם.
Feb
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revised Etymology of the word sanhedrin
added 1516 characters in body
Jan
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comment Etymology of the word sanhedrin
Ok, I replaced the .png with typed text. If you don't like this, feel free to revert. If you only want to keep some of the Jastrow entry, you can now edit as you please.
Jan
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revised Etymology of the word sanhedrin
Replacing image with text
Jan
30
comment Is זה נהנה וזה לא חסר מותר?
I think the question implicitly assumed that the person would never use the gym if they had to pay, contrary to your opposite assumption that they would pay to use the gym if that was the only way they could use it.
Jan
30
comment Why are observant Jews so reluctant to admit that Chazal could ever make mistakes?
@DoubleAA judaism.stackexchange.com/q/22752/759 is highly relevant, but maybe not a duplicate. OP seeks to understand a phenomenon where, allegedly, Orthodox Jews overwhelmingly view every facet of every statement of chazal as inerrant. On second thought, I'm not exactly sure of the exact parameters of this alleged phenomenon, since obviously there are internally rejected and disputed statements within the writings of chazal that everyone recognizes as such. So perhaps this should be closed as unclear. Also, I think answers probably would primarily be opinion-based.
Jan
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comment Why are observant Jews so reluctant to admit that Chazal could ever make mistakes?
@Daniel I would maybe qualify your statement as follows: No traditional opinions consider chazal infallible as individuals (the Talmud mentions a plethora of personal and scholarly mistakes made by sages), and there are certainly retracted and rejected statements found widely in the writings of chazal. However, there are some opinions that attribute some form of inerrancy to undisputed statements in chazal (though even those opinions often involve some nuance).
Jan
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comment Hard Yeshivish phrases to translate
Ich veis nisht, but I'd taina that it's mashma from your lushen that you made a tzu shtel between shver and shver, that they're takka the zelba zach. (Grahde, that's a bavuste tzu shtel altz the homophony). Be'emes, there's no kesher zu eitzel zu. Avada you should delete this altz shidduchim, otherwise Google cache will zicher bahlt chap it ois. +1
Jan
29
comment May a woman think about another man during relations?
This may have been prompted by a recent podcast claiming the gemara about women leaving the mikva and gazing at Rabbi Yochanan's handsome countenance (B'rachos 20a, Bava M'tzi'a 84a) meant that the women were fantasizing about R' Yochanan when they were with their husbands (though this is contrary to the rabbinic understanding of maternal impression, and would be prohibited by the sources cited in my linked answer). It's unclear whether the podcast also understood the incident with Rava as involving fantasizing (K'subos 65a), in which case that would also be incorrect.
Jan
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comment Was Rachav really just a shopkeeper?
Interesting idea. It would be helpful if you could edit in whether this is your own suggestion or otherwise what your source is.