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Dec
29
comment Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?
@Matt You're right. I started writing the answer before you posted your comment. Baruch shekivanti, though.
Dec
29
answered Where does the Maharsha mention the Bermuda Triangle?
Dec
29
comment are you obligated to give testimony if you know you are pasul l'eidus?
You should probably ask if you are allowed to give testimony if you are an invalid witness. Also, are you talking about a biblical p'sul or a rabbinic p'sul? (Also, if you think this might be a practical question, CYLOR regarding whether you are actually pasul l'eidus).
Dec
28
comment What is the source for R' Meir and R'Elazar Beth Shammai membership?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36635
Dec
28
comment What is the source for R' Meir and R'Elazar Beth Shammai membership?
I don't know if your claim is correct, but we sometimes find Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Yehuda arguing over the correct interpretation of a dispute between Beis Hillel and Beis Shammai (e.g. Sukka 15a, Shabbos 37a).
Dec
28
comment Who were members of Beth Shammai?
@far22 "...However, Reish Lakish maintained that the entire Temple Mount was called 'Bira', as the verse states (I Chronicles 29:19), 'And to Solomon my son, give a perfect heart to guard Your commandments... and to build the Bira that I have prepared.' According to this, one may explain as follows: Yo'ezer man of the Bira was in charge of the Temple (see also Nehemiah 2:8, 7:2; P'sachim 3:8)."
Dec
28
comment Who were members of Beth Shammai?
@far22 The rabbi's name was Yo'ezer man of (the) Bira - he was a disciple of Beis Shammai. There are different interpretations regarding what is meant by "(the) Bira". To quote Rabbi Kehati's commentary on Orlah (my translation): "Some explain that 'Bira' is the name of a place near Jerusalem (M'leches Sh'lomo). And some explain 'man of the Bira' means the man who was in charge of the Bira that was on the Temple Mount, as R' Yochanan said (Yoma 2a), 'There was a place on the Temple Mount called "Bira"' (some think that this refers to a tower that was on the Temple Mount)...
Dec
25
comment Is the mourning for a late relative dependent on the state of their relationship before death?
...although you should of course consult a knowledgeable rabbi regarding the specifics of your case, since certain details could affect the law.
Dec
25
comment Is the mourning for a late relative dependent on the state of their relationship before death?
If he is he alive, no. You are not supposed to sit shiva for someone who is alive. Otherwise, yes.
Dec
25
comment Were Shmouel and Rav members of the Beth Hillel or the Beth Shammai?
@far22 Beis Shammai started at the time of Shammai (around 200 years before the time of Rav and Shmuel). There are six exceptions. IIRC, one is about sukka, three are about tzitzis, and two are about meals. They are exceptions because the rabbis ultimately ruled in their favor on those points.
Dec
25
comment How do you avoid 'al tiftah peh l'satan'?
@andrewmh20 There are many examples of this expression in the Talmud (and other writings of Chazal), for a few examples: B'rachos 7a (regarding the Jews who were saved from Bil'am's curses), Yoma 75b (regarding the Jews in the desert who ate the quail), M'gilla 12a (regarding the Jews in the time of the Purim story), and Mo'ed Kattan 9a (regarding the Jews who rightfully ate on Yom Kippur in the time of Sh'lomo). There's a similar example on B'rachos 63b about Torah scholars who study in isolation (if you're looking for examples from B'rachos).
Dec
25
comment Were Shmouel and Rav members of the Beth Hillel or the Beth Shammai?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36635
Dec
25
comment Were Shmouel and Rav members of the Beth Hillel or the Beth Shammai?
I don't think Beis Shammai existed by the time of Rav and Shmuel. By then, the halacha was firmly established in favor of Beis Hillel (Eruvin 13b, Y'rushalmi B'rachos 1:4; for a list of exceptions, see Tosafos on Sukka 3a, s.v. דאמר לך).
Dec
25
comment Chanukah Bushes?
The notion of a "Chanukah bush" developed from Jews who adopted the contradictory position of wanting to fully acculturate to American society yet also wanting to maintain a distinct religious and cultural identity. This term was in use by 1879, though many Jewish immigrants were already celebrating the non-Jewish holiday with trees for several decades prior to this.
Dec
24
revised Why is the kallah's home referred to as beit nashe?
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Dec
24
revised Why is the kallah's home referred to as beit nashe?
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Dec
24
answered Why is the kallah's home referred to as beit nashe?
Dec
23
comment How is Qi viewed in Judaism?
Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok argues here that the Chinese concept of qi "correlates almost identically to what traditional Jewish sources refer to as the nefesh level of soul within the body."
Dec
23
comment Women wearing men's “women's shirts”
The Bach doesn't say that. The Bach was only saying to avoid cross-dressing for Purim.
Dec
23
comment May my wife wear my jacket to keep warm?
See Taz (YD 182:4), who permits a woman to wear a man's clothing due to the cold or the elements, and writes, "This appears obvious to me."