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Nov
27
comment (Sort of) Writing the Name of God
@DoubleAA That's why I wrote "perhaps" and "sort of in the same vein." But the p'sak does seem to give significance to the tzura, as well. And yes, I can imagine prohibiting it to anyone, even if it was meant as a different word in a different language but with the same alphabet (which is not to say I think it is prohibited, only that I can entertain the possibility). That's the point of my above comment, and that's why I think this is a good question.
Nov
27
comment (Sort of) Writing the Name of God
@DoubleAA Perhaps extra stringency is appropriate with the Shem Havaya, sort of in the same vein as T'rumas HaDeshen (P'sakim §171): אולי י"ל דהואיל והוא מן השם המיוחד בכתיבתו יש להחמיר יותר.
Nov
26
comment Who was R' Yosef Angeloni?
@msh210 That occurred to me too, but it's Ya'akov for Yosef, so I think it's just too far removed for anyone to name a sefer "Menashe's Arrows" on that account.
Nov
26
comment Who was R' Yosef Angeloni?
@wfb I just changed it to Hebrew. Incidentally, are you aware of any sources indicating a relationship between Menashe (or at least Yosef) and (specifically) arrows?
Nov
26
revised Who was R' Yosef Angeloni?
switching to Hebrew at least until clarification is forthcoming
Nov
26
comment Original Nusach for El Male Rachamim
While Av HaRachamim seems to have originated in response to the Pogroms of 1096, I'm not sure that's the case here (although this was speculated by Adolf Jellinek). After Tach v'Tat, a variant of this prayer appeared commemorating both tragedies, but this was after the 1626 publication of Ma'avar Yabok (that you cited as the earliest known explicit reference to this prayer).
Nov
26
comment Who was R' Yosef Angeloni?
@msh210 That's what the Encyclopedia Judaica goes with, too, but why?
Nov
26
accepted Who was R' Yosef Angeloni?
Nov
26
comment How do Segulas Work?
@AvrohomYitzchok An even better segula is keeping a sefer Torah! Bava Kamma (87b): מאי סגולה רב חסדא אמר ספר תורה. (Disclaimer: The preceding is Purim Torah).
Nov
26
comment How do Segulas Work?
judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/20376/…
Nov
26
comment Mesilat Yesharim - how much time per day for zehirut/watchfulness
@DoubleAA I guess someone of your stature requires an extra 20 seconds of yir'ah a day. :) Actually, he may have been going according to the standard of people learning in Volozhin judging from what I've heard of the schedule there.
Nov
26
comment Mesilat Yesharim - how much time per day for zehirut/watchfulness
@DoubleAA Found the source (R' Chaim of Volozhin) and edited it in: "Torah is the essence, and one kav of yir'ah is sufficient for one kor of Torah, and this is a ratio of 1:180. And measuring according to 15 hours of Torah study, 5 minutes of yir'ah is sufficient, so long as the yir'ah precedes the Torah..."
Nov
26
revised Mesilat Yesharim - how much time per day for zehirut/watchfulness
added sources
Nov
26
comment Quotations of the Islamic Hadith in Jewish texts
@Menachem Oops, I guess I missed that. Thanks.
Nov
25
revised Who was R' Yosef Angeloni?
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Nov
25
asked Who was R' Yosef Angeloni?
Nov
25
comment Quotations of the Islamic Hadith in Jewish texts
By the way, you can always ask the proprietor of "On the Main Line" for the reference to the alleged Chovos HaL'vavos quote.
Nov
25
comment Who said many agados were to wake students?
B'reishis Rabba (58:3): רבי עקיבא היה יושב ודורש והצבור מתנמנם בקש לעוררן אמר מה ראתה אסתר שתמלוך על שבע ועשרים ומאה מדינה אלא תבא אסתר שהיתה בת בתה של שרה שחיתה ק' וכ' וז' ותמלוך על ק' וכ' וז' מדינות.
Nov
25
comment Source for Osnat's Locket
@RobertS.Barnes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirke_De-Rabbi_Eliezer.
Nov
24
comment Not sitting shiva when the baby passes away after 30 days
See this article and this article.