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Mar
30
comment Ehad Mi Yodea on the mishnayos
@DoubleAA he.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Mar
30
comment Kashering by Placing in a Self-Cleaning Oven
If you do this, and there is any residue left in the oven afterwards besides white ash, there is something wrong with your self-clean cycle.
Mar
30
comment Ehad Mi Yodea on the mishnayos
For 11, how about Sanhedrin (5:5): אחד עשר מזכין ואחד עשר מחייבין ואחד אומר איני יודע... יוסיפו הדיינין. Or Middos (4:7): והאולם אחד עשר.
Mar
28
comment Is gezel shainah a real thing?
It may not be included as a formal prohibition under the category of theft, but it may violate the laws of ona'as d'varim (among others).
Mar
27
comment Do restaurants need a kosher certificate?
Do non-Jews or non-religious Jews work at this restaurant?
Mar
27
comment Does God's providence extend to all people or only righteous people?
Possible duplicate: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/33775
Mar
26
comment What is the difference between a kofer and apicorsis
"...takes on a substantially more negative nuance in the rabbinic literature. Some passages that speak of the Am haAretz are decidedly harsher than others..." That's apparently because the term itself varies radically in its definition throughout rabbinic literature. On one extreme, it can mean something like "malicious anti-religious antagonist and/or potentially murderous brute."
Mar
26
comment Has the Torah been changed over the ages?
@MarkRogers Relevant link.
Mar
25
comment Why are Jews so meticulous about not saying/writing “god”?
This answer provides a source for prohibiting verbalization, though that position is not universally accepted.
Mar
25
revised Why are Jews so meticulous about not saying/writing “god”?
Changed "frantic" to "meticulous," which more civil and less tendentious. See http://judaism.stackexchange.com/help/behavior
Mar
25
comment Why are Jews so meticulous about not saying/writing “god”?
Highly related (possible duplicates): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/83 and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15349
Mar
25
comment Who were members of Beth Shammai?
Don't forget R' Dosa's brother, R' Yonasan ben Hyrcanus (Y'rushalmi Y'vamos 1:6, יונתן אחי הוה בכור שטן ומתלמידי בית שמאי - the version in the Bavli 16a states that he was a student of Shammai). Also R' Yochanan ben HaChoranis (Tosefta Eiduyos 2:2, שאף על פי שהוא מתלמידי בית שמאי לא היה נוהג אלא כדברי בית הילל). Also, as mentioned by the OP, R' Eliezer ben Hyrcanus (Y'rushalmi Nazir 6:11, ורבי אליעזר שמותי הוא דתני נזיר ומירט בית שמאי אומרים צריך להעביר תער על ראשו... כן היא מתניתא יטהר ויביא שאר קרבנו; Rashi on Shabbos 130b s.v. שמותי הוא). Also יועזר איש הבירה (Mishna Orlah 2:12).
Mar
24
comment Urchatz Pesach Meal
Washing for דבר שטיבולו במשקה also applies year-round according to most poskim (e.g. Mishna B'rura 158:20, הרבה אחרונים החמירו מאד בדבר וכתבו דהעיקר כרוב הפוסקים דצריך נטילה מדינא אף בזה"ז).
Mar
24
comment How much of benching should be said aloud in a zimmun?
"We can further learn from that which we have mentioned here that, in a place where we do not want to mention the name of adnus (i.e. 'Adonai'), one should say 'HaShem,' unlike that which the masses say 'AdoShem,' for that is not a way of respect to the One Above. Rather, one should follow the language of the tanna (Yoma 4:2): 'HaShem.'" The Taz is discussing alternatives to substituting the name of adnus in the place of the Tetragrammaton. Seemingly, "HaShem" would not be an appropriate substitute for names other than the Tetragrammaton.
Mar
24
comment Where is the story of the medieval rabbi who ruled a fish was non-kosher because of his dream?
If we're going down this road, consider that it could be a type of threadfin of the genus Polydactylus, such as the fish shown here and discussed here. It's called "barbure" in French, and "barbudo" or "barbita" in Spanish.
Mar
24
comment Soft Matzah for Ashkenazim
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27356
Mar
24
comment How much of benching should be said aloud in a zimmun?
Incidentally, see this question regarding using "Adoshem."
Mar
24
comment What scribal variations (decorations etc) have changed from the earliest sifrei torah until now?
Here is a link to a substantially larger and clearer version of the image.
Mar
21
comment Were Amalek offered a peaceful exit?
@DoubleAA Interesting idea. Can you post a link with information about this city?
Mar
21
asked May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?