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Dec
27
comment Shaliach Tzibbur missed out one or more blessings in the repetition of the amidah. What to do later?
Tangentially related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30988
Dec
26
comment Is this analogy in Reisheis Chokmah?
@IsaacMoses Here's the wiki, and here's a copy from HebrewBooks. It's a long and fascinating multi-part sefer.
Dec
25
comment Is there a blessing on anointing?
The above comment is Purim Torah, in case anyone didn't catch that.
Dec
25
comment Making a Bracha on pleasurable things
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/33362
Dec
23
comment Scraping fish with a finger nail?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18282 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14811 .
Dec
23
answered reward for not doing an avairah
Dec
23
comment reward for not doing an avairah
Did you mean "why isn't every..."?
Dec
22
comment Why did Bigtan and Teresh want to kill the king?
This blog post lists various explanations for their motives.
Dec
16
comment What was Moses' staff made of?
@DoubleAA According to Wikipedia, the later parts of Pirke De-Rabbi Eliezer date to the 9th century. Doesn't Excalibur date to the 12th century?
Dec
16
comment Sharing Mi Yodeya questions on Facebook
Highly related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7260 . Also related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/20403 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1583
Dec
15
comment May a Kohen become a doctor?
@AvrohomYitzchok That's assuming he already finished medical school. R' Moshe did not permit kohanim to attend medical schools where they would be required to come into contact with cadavers.
Dec
15
comment What does “p'ruath rosh” actually mean?
The Sh'vus Ya'akov (1:103) suggests that the Talmud (K'suvos 72a) interprets the word as "dishevel", and that דת יהודית (rather than a Biblical injunction) prohibits married women from appearing in public with braided but uncovered hair: ואי לאו דמסתפינא מפרש"י והרמב"ם הייתי מפרש דהא דקאמר יוצאת וראשה פרועה היינו שסותרת קליעת שערה ומקשה פריעת ראש דאורייתא היא אם סותר את שערה לזה שפיר משני הש"ס דאורייתא קלתה שפיר דמי פי' מדאורייתא שאסור לילך פריעת ראש בשוק היינו ששערותיה סתורת אבל קלתה פי' מלשון קליעת שער שפיר דמי אבל דת ומנהג יהודית אפי' קלועין שערה ג"כ אסור לילך בגילוי באשת איש ובעולת בעל
Dec
15
comment What does “p'ruath rosh” actually mean?
@Maimonist "Dishevel" is not the only legitimate literal definition of the word. It has two literal definitions. Rashi assumes that it means "uncover" in accordance with that opinion in the Sifre ( ופרע את ראש האשה... ד"א לימד על בנות ישראל שהן מכסות ראשיהן ). As such, he interprets the gemara as meaning that the kohein would only dishevel the sotah's hair as a means of further uncovering it (cf. Rashi, B'midbar 5:18, ופרע - סותר את קליעת שערה כדי לבזותה, מכאן לבנות ישראל שגלוי הראש גנאי להן).
Dec
15
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Dec
15
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Dec
15
comment What does “p'ruath rosh” actually mean?
@DannySchoemann Rashi on 8a: ופרע. בכל מקום לשון גילוי הוא:... סותר את שערה. מרבה בגילויה שסותר קליעתה
Dec
15
comment What does “p'ruath rosh” actually mean?
@DannySchoemann He quotes the Sifre (Naso 11), as saying it means uncovering, and he quotes Sota (7a) as saying it also means disheveling. He then quotes Sota (8a) and Rashi (ad loc.) as saying that the verse is expounded as indicating a dual meaning of both uncovering and disheveling. So he doesn't just state it must be so.
Dec
15
comment What does “p'ruath rosh” actually mean?
See Woman & the Mitzvot: The Modest Way, pp. 137-140, and especially footnote 46.
Dec
13
comment Does Nivul Peh apply to writing?
That's due to considerations of lashon n'kiya (i.e. using particularly refined language). Nivul peh is more extreme than using language that is simply not lashon n'kiya.
Dec
8
comment What does “shachar” in “alos hashachar” mean?
Somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/20312