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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).
Feb
24
comment When does the cantillation for Ester and other books change?
@msh210 I have never heard anyone who didn't read it that way.
Feb
24
asked When does the cantillation for Ester and other books change?
Feb
24
asked How did Achashverosh not think that Mordechai would be disturbed by the decree to kill all the Jews?
Feb
23
comment Is indirect matanot l'evyonim ok?
By the way, when I wrote that, I linked to a page specifically dedicated to Matanos LaEvyonim, not just any tzedakah fund.
Feb
22
comment What’s Doctor Who doing in the Talmud?
@Yirmeyahu "He" in Hebrew is "who." We (or they) must be dealing with a person who refers to himself in the third person. (That reminds me of this video.)
Feb
22
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Feb
22
answered Matanos L'evyonim to a non-Jew
Feb
22
revised Vashti was never Killed
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Feb
22
answered Vashti was never Killed