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May
18
comment Flying and sorcery
@Alex - I wonder whether water only works on an object manipulated through kishuf, or also nullifies the practitioner. In Bil'am's case, he himself might be considered a cheftza of kishuf.
May
18
comment Flying and sorcery
@zaq - Interesting stuff, Zaq and Alex (+1 on both comments). Maybe that's why the witches were so impressed with Shimon ben Shetach's trick. Also, maybe the combination of the rain and being ungrounded was needed to nullify the kishuf. Alternatively, maybe once they carried them out into the rain, they no longer had to keep them above ground.
May
17
comment Flying and sorcery
@zaq - Some ability to do harm; other powers were not enumerated.
May
17
comment Flying and sorcery
Although it seems from Rashi that it was not the rain that did it, could you please produce a source that "in other places, water is used to nullify witchcraft"?
May
17
comment Flying and sorcery
Thanks for the answer. However, I just reread the Rashi, and it is in fact referring to the witches, not the jars. The translation is incorrect. -1, sorry.
May
17
comment How does laughing confuse the Satan?
As Japanese Shinto rituals may have been influenced by Judaism, perhaps their waraiko laughing ritual is also derived from a Jewish custom. If so, the custom of laughing during havdalah may date back to at least the Middle Ages.
May
17
awarded  Necromancer
May
17
comment Is it permitted to eat dirt?
Is this derived from the gemara that prohibits drinking from a disgusting utensil due to bal t'shak'tzu (Makos 16b)?
May
16
comment How sick does someone have to be to be put on “the cholim list”?
@HodofHod - It may be a halachic problem to suggest that someone else is afflicted with some problem they don't actually have, lest the suggestion activate a judgment against that person (see Moed Katan 18a).
May
16
awarded  Promoter
May
16
comment Drinking the wine that spills over the cup during Kiddush
@mochinrechavim - Spilling some out of the cup can make a kos shel b'racha pagum. One must be careful to perform the minhag in a manner that does not violate halacha.
May
16
answered How does laughing confuse the Satan?
May
16
comment Must a woman cover her hair during childbirth?
-1 I don't think you've satisfactorily justified why the obligation might disappear in this case; hirhur is not per se the primary reason why a woman would have to cover her hair. On a case by case basis, if it is logistically difficult for the woman to cover her hair, I would not expect objections to her inability to cover her hair. But why a blanket dispensation?
May
16
revised Boruch Shem Kevod Malchuso L'Olam Voed after saying Hashem's name in error - ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד
fixed ref
May
16
comment Presents on shabbas
See here for some background on gifts on Shabbos.
May
15
comment How historically accurate is Josephus?
@DoubleAA - I think the idea is that he was neither a precise historian nor a rabbi.
May
15
comment Making two brachos at once
@AdamMosheh - You don't make a separate b'rachah on the milk unless you want to have some of the milk separately. Certain foods are chashuv enough that you make a b'rachah even if you didn't otherwise want to eat it separately. Still, since you'd have to make another b'rachah in that case, you would have to isolate it and eat it separately at first.
May
15
revised Boruch Shem Kevod Malchuso L'Olam Voed after saying Hashem's name in error - ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד
clarified Rambam's case
May
15
revised Boruch Shem Kevod Malchuso L'Olam Voed after saying Hashem's name in error - ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד
edited body
May
15
comment Boruch Shem Kevod Malchuso L'Olam Voed after saying Hashem's name in error - ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד
@DoubleAA - Yes, it may be that the reason it was used in the Beis HaMikdash is mesorah, and we therefore do the same thing.