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Dec
23
comment May my wife wear my jacket to keep warm?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/22765
Dec
23
revised May my wife wear my jacket to keep warm?
added tag
Dec
22
comment What was the volume of oil for one day's lighting of the Menorah?
@sam It seems like the Riv'vos Ephrayim is talking about per light, and the Maharsha is certainly talking about per light. The Maharsha proposes that, to avoid problems of tum'ah, they made a quasi beis kibbul for each lamp (that was slightly smaller than half of a log) from the broken remnants of vessels that had an initial capacity of between one and two se'ah. Since Chanukah has the longest nights of the year, it required a full 0.5 log to burn long enough. Hence, there was a miracle also on the first night, as the oil burned all night despite lamps with inadequate capacity.
Dec
22
reviewed Approve Yichud in a car?
Dec
21
comment What did Levites do before they turned 30?
+1. (i.) The Talmud doesn't say we give up on him, only that he is not expected to show success in his studies. (Rabbi Yose disagrees and says that a student who doesn't see success in his studies after even three years should not anticipate success, based on Daniel 1:4-5, which describes how long it takes to learn the Chaldean language and studies). (ii.) Source for rotations of Levites: Ta'anis 4:2 (26a in the Bavli). (iii.) The Rambam (Sh'mita v'Yovel 13:12, based on Deut. 33:10) says that the Levites were tasked with teaching HaShem's "upright ways and righteous laws to the public."
Dec
21
comment What was the volume of oil for one day's lighting of the Menorah?
Or 75.6 cubic thumb-widths in total (P'sachim 109a) for the 3.5 lugin mentioned in that mishna in M'nachos. :)
Dec
19
comment Did Prof. Rabbi Umberto Cassuto have any insight behind the biblical character Yehudah?
There's an extended quote from his 1929 article "The Story of Tamar and Judah" here (section G).
Dec
19
revised Cooking nat-bar-nat food in an opposite-type pot
added Tehila L'Dovid reference target
Dec
19
comment Can conversion be revoked?
+1. Just to clarify: If the person was acting in a manner at the time of their conversion that demonstrated that they were not sincere in accepting mitzva observance, they are simply not Jewish. The conversion isn't revoked by the beis din; the conversion was never valid to begin with. If a person did sincerely accept mitzva observance and only later on changed their mind and stopped observing mitzvos, they are still Jewish. No beis din could change that, nor would any beis din try to change that.
Dec
19
revised Is it true that it is 'Hiddur Mitzvah' to have the Hanukkah lights stay lit for longer?
made translation more exact
Dec
18
comment What constitutes a shinui?
Here you go.
Dec
17
comment What constitutes a shinui?
IINM, you're looking for a different "חידושי הר"ן" - the one thought to be written by תלמידי הרמב"ן. The quote (cited here, here, and here): ואיכא למידק דהכא פטרי' במי שאינו שולט בשתי ידיו אם כתב בשמאל ואילו המוציא בין בימינו בין בשמאלו חייב וי"ל דהוצאה מלתא שכיחא היא לשמאל כמו לימין אבל כתיבה שהיא מלאכה דקה לאו אורח ארעא למיכתב בשמאל.
Dec
17
comment Where are the lost tribes?
A couple of relevant sources are Sanhedrin 110b (starting with the Mishna, עשרת השבטים אינן עתידין לחזור) and 94a (startingלהיכא אגלי להו). Also see the entry "עשרת השבטים" in Wikipedia.
Dec
17
reviewed Approve shinuy-deviation tag wiki excerpt
Dec
17
answered What does the word Dochak mean?
Dec
17
comment What does the word Dochak mean?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1731
Dec
16
comment Is it true that it is 'Hiddur Mitzvah' to have the Hanukkah lights stay lit for longer?
@DoubleAA Regarding option 2, the Rav proposed that even עד שתכלה רגל מן השוק as based on a public presence in the marketplace might be variable and depend on how long people in contemporary society stay out at night. I think the Rav commented that there were places in Manhattan that were bustling until 2 a.m., thus possibly extending the time of עד שתכלה רגל מן השוק. Theoretically. So yes, there could be two tracks - one for the public and the other for the household. Rabbeinu Shimshon was referring to the second track.
Dec
16
answered Is it true that it is 'Hiddur Mitzvah' to have the Hanukkah lights stay lit for longer?
Dec
15
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
15
comment Theological Justification for Discrimination against Sephardim?
Your title implies general discrimination against Sephardim, but the body of your question asks about instances of segregating Ashkenazi and Sephardi schoolgirls or artificially maintaining a substantial Ashkenazi majority in Ashkenazi run schools. Are you asking only for the rationale that the schools give for the latter?