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I don't know all the answers I give off the top of my head. Many of them I search for online or use an index.


Feb
25
comment Are there any Jewish sources that discuss vampires?
And this post on Hirhurim brings the sources for vampires in Sefer Chasidim.
Feb
25
comment Are there any Jewish sources that discuss vampires?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/5687/1569
Feb
25
accepted How did Achashverosh not think that Mordechai would be disturbed by the decree to kill all the Jews?
Feb
25
comment What does the Megillah mean when it says Mordechai was “dover shalom” to all his seed?
Rashi says the entire nation's seed (i.e. it means "all its seed," referring to the לעמו previously mentioned). Most translations to English say his own seed.
Feb
25
comment Why doesn't G-d's name appear in Megillath Esther?
@SethJ I doubt the Persian chroniclers would have referred to the Persian god in such a veiled way (1:5 already makes this unlikely).
Feb
25
comment Why doesn't G-d's name appear in Megillath Esther?
@DoubleAA I was wondering that as well. Maybe he didn't want to change their books more than necessary. Maybe he changed active to passive.
Feb
25
comment Translation of פתחו לי שערי צדק
@DoubleAA 1. Google defines "righteousness" as "adhering to moral principles." 2. "Judgment," in my experience, is used more in connection with harsh judgment than justice is.
Feb
25
comment Translation of פתחו לי שערי צדק
@DoubleAA I fail to see how this impacts in any way the interpretation of the Ibn Ezra, and I fail to see how replacing "justice" with "righteousness" makes it work better for Malbim.
Feb
25
answered Why doesn't G-d's name appear in Megillath Esther?
Feb
25
comment Translation of פתחו לי שערי צדק
@DoubleAA Just because my point in the answer wasn't to give a word for word translation doesn't mean that I didn't, just that it is secondary, since I guessed that the questioner wanted to understand what it meant.
Feb
25
comment Translation of פתחו לי שערי צדק
@DoubleAA "Literally means something like..." My main point was to explain the verse, not give a word for word translation. Notwithstanding, I never claimed that "righteousness" is "better," only that it's valid.
Feb
25
comment Translation of פתחו לי שערי צדק
@DoubleAA It can be translated either way in many cases. Here is a search for every time the word "righteousness" appears in the JPS translation. You also surely can't deny that it is related to the word "צדיק." I chose the translation that is conventionally used in many cases. In fact, JPS (linked from your comment on the question) also chose "righteousness."
Feb
25
comment Translation of פתחו לי שערי צדק
@DoubleAA So replace it with three hundred arms (I assume you are referring to Rashi on Shemos, from which I received all the knowledge I know about dageshes in mems concerning the word אמה.) If you believe right-handed is a possible pshat, please explain how. I am not saying one is more literal than the other, but that words have meanings that depend on the context.
Feb
25
answered Whence “Purim”?
Feb
25
comment Why does it matter that Mordechai was right-handed?
judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/25652/…
Feb
25
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Feb
24
comment How did Achashverosh not think that Mordechai would be disturbed by the decree to kill all the Jews?
Concerning your second answer, please see Anaf Yosef, introduction to Ester Rabbah 1 who mentions what you said (not in answer to this question though).
Feb
24
comment When does the cantillation for Ester and other books change?
Thank you. Especially of interest is paragraph 16 where he discusses the (apparently Frankfurt custom) to use the tune of Eichah.
Feb
24
comment Can sefardim eat lafa before Pesach?
I don't know what the source for 30 days is, but the Mishnah Brurah (471:12) mentions a custom to not eat matzah from Rosh Chodesh.
Feb
24
comment When does the cantillation for Ester and other books change?
The Mishnah Brurah 690:52 says to raise your voice for the second example I gave (I guess some congregations don't have that custom).