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Jan
13
comment About Shemot 35:3
@AleksandrSigalov On the contrary. The root in 35:3 means burn, and the verb conjugation of that root in the verse would be precisely translated as, "perform (pl.) an action causing ___ to burn" ("___" in this case is the object "fire"). I.e., "kindle," exactly as Yaacov Deane wrote.
Jan
13
comment What is an overview of Judaism's arguments against the “unconscious violinist” analogy used to support abortion in the case of rape?
@RedRackham 1. Re. utilitarian considerations, I wasn't referring to Catholicism specifically. I was responding to your remark about "opportunities wasted." 2. People seem to have somewhat different ideas about the implications of that doctrine. I'm certainly no expert on double effect as such, and I don't think there's much value in me voting "yea" or "nay" on it on behalf of Judaism. 3. I'm sure I don't have any vested authority to speak on behalf of any denomination. I'm just informing you of what seems to be the standard legal view that has traditionally marked Judaism over the centuries.
Jan
13
comment Pirates and Torah
The Radak suggests that David was sending them to raid an enemy encampment of P'lishtim that was within Israeli borders and fair game.
Jan
13
comment About Shemot 35:3
It can carry various meanings.
Jan
13
comment where there isn't a vessel available for washing with is there another option available for someone to eat bread?
Regarding R' Elyashiv, see @sam 's answer here.
Jan
13
comment Netilas Yadayim with automatic sinks
Correction to my (deleted) comment above: Actually, the phrase referring to R' Elyashiv in V'zos HaB'racha is "echad mig'dolei hador". (The sefer confirms this in the hakdama).
Jan
13
comment Netilas Yadayim with automatic sinks
Well, I upvoted your answer because it sources R' Feinhandler quoting R' Walkin. But I still don't see a verifiable citation for R' Elyashiv (though I'm not doubting it exists somewhere in Ashrei HaIsh) - unless I missed something when I skimmed your answer. Or is "gaon echad" Rav Elyashiv?
Jan
13
comment Netilas Yadayim with automatic sinks
Regarding R' Elyashiv, there appears to be a contrary claim in this answer: This is subject to a dispute among modern day poskim if the faucet has a din of a kli. Rav Elyashiv and Rav Ovadia Yosef both held it did have a din of a kli; thus, if no cup is available, one can turn the faucet on and off twice (or three if Sephardic) on each hand, since turning on the faucet is considered "koach gavra".
Jan
13
comment Why does the torah give us exact dates for the flood?
This whole discussion ignores the Rambam's belief that the first 11 chapters of Bereishit are not literal... Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30158. @NoachmiFrankfurt
Jan
12
comment Time for morning prayer when flying over Greenland and seeing the sun rise twice
Since they hold that tefilloh is day-sensitive and not sunrise-sunset–sensitive, it follows that someone who davens and then crosses the dateline westward (leading into the following day) has to daven again... Relevant: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/322.
Jan
12
awarded  Strunk & White
Jan
12
revised Learning the entire night of one's 20th Birthday?
Changed the title to refer to what I think you meant. If I was wrong, please feel free to revert my edit!
Jan
12
comment Learning the entire night of one's 20th Birthday?
In light of your imminent birthday, you may also be interested in the following Mi Yodeya posts that have some relevance to your age: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8629, judaism.stackexchange.com/q/3738, judaism.stackexchange.com/a/44339, and judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1883.
Jan
12
comment Learning the entire night of one's 20th Birthday?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya, and יום הולדת שמח! Are you asking about the custom among some people to stay up all that night studying Torah? See this Hebrew Wikipedia article that mentions a source for this custom, as well as other sources that the practice is not necessary and that being well-rested to study the following day takes priority.
Jan
12
comment Standing during a wedding
Very closely related (and at least a near duplicate of #1): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17243
Jan
12
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
12
comment Why is Jeremiah 10:11 written in Aramaic?
In general, see Ramban on Sh'mos 30:13 ("וכן הטעם אצלי במה שרבותינו קוראין לשון התורה לשון הקודש שהוא מפני שדברי התורה והנבואות וכל דברי קדושה כולם בלשון ההוא נאמרו").
Jan
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
12
revised Having parakeets in one's house
tag (it's not mentioned explicitly in question, but it's the apparent basis for the question)
Jan
12
revised When should one cut his nails for Shabbos when Friday is Rosh Chodesh
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