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comment Is the mourning for a late relative dependent on the state of their relationship before death?
...although you should of course consult a knowledgeable rabbi regarding the specifics of your case, since certain details could affect the law.
2h
comment Is the mourning for a late relative dependent on the state of their relationship before death?
If he is he alive, no. You are not supposed to sit shiva for someone who is alive. Otherwise, yes.
5h
comment Were Shmouel and Rav members of the Beth Hillel or the Beth Shammai?
@far22 Beis Shammai started at the time of Shammai (around 200 years before the time of Rav and Shmuel). There are six exceptions. IIRC, one is about sukka, three are about tzitzis, and two are about meals. They are exceptions because the rabbis ultimately ruled in their favor on those points.
5h
comment How do you avoid 'al tiftah peh l'satan'?
@andrewmh20 There are many examples of this expression in the Talmud (and other writings of Chazal), for a few examples: B'rachos 7a (regarding the Jews who were saved from Bil'am's curses), Yoma 75b (regarding the Jews in the desert who ate the quail), M'gilla 12a (regarding the Jews in the time of the Purim story), and Mo'ed Kattan 9a (regarding the Jews who rightfully ate on Yom Kippur in the time of Sh'lomo). There's a similar example on B'rachos 63b about Torah scholars who study in isolation (if you're looking for examples from B'rachos).
5h
comment Were Shmouel and Rav members of the Beth Hillel or the Beth Shammai?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36635
5h
comment Were Shmouel and Rav members of the Beth Hillel or the Beth Shammai?
I don't think Beis Shammai existed by the time of Rav and Shmuel. By then, the halacha was firmly established in favor of Beis Hillel (Eruvin 13b, Y'rushalmi B'rachos 1:4; for a list of exceptions, see Tosafos on Sukka 3a, s.v. דאמר לך).
18h
comment Chanukah Bushes?
The notion of a "Chanukah bush" developed from Jews who adopted the contradictory position of wanting to fully acculturate to American society yet also wanting to maintain a distinct religious and cultural identity. This term was in use by 1879, though many Jewish immigrants were already celebrating the non-Jewish holiday with trees for several decades prior to this.
2d
comment How is Qi viewed in Judaism?
Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok argues here that the Chinese concept of qi "correlates almost identically to what traditional Jewish sources refer to as the nefesh level of soul within the body."
2d
comment Women wearing men's “women's shirts”
The Bach doesn't say that. The Bach was only saying to avoid cross-dressing for Purim.
2d
comment May my wife wear my jacket to keep warm?
See Taz (YD 182:4), who permits a woman to wear a man's clothing due to the cold or the elements, and writes, "This appears obvious to me."
2d
comment May my wife wear my jacket to keep warm?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/22765
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
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
comment Tefillin right before sunset
Although the P'ri M'gadim was uncertain whether someone who already laid תפילין earlier that day may put them on again during בין השמשות, he said that someone who had not worn תפילין that day may put them on during that period. The Magen Avraham implies that a person may lay תפילין l'chatchila during בין השמשות under any circumstances (Mishna B'rura 30:3).
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
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.