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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
revised Matanos L'evyonim to a non-Jew
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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
Feb
22
revised Can I walk out of class?
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Feb
22
revised Is there a prohibition to live in a Moshav?
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Feb
22
comment Is there a prohibition to live in a Moshav?
One might try to bring a proof from "ומושב בני ישראל אשר ישבו במצרים," but in reality one can't say that because אין למדין מן קודם מתן תורה.
Feb
22
comment Why do people drink expensive alcohol on purim?
Seriously, this might be answered by what the Bi'ur Halachah writes 695:2 that the whole miracle was done with wine; see there.
Feb
22
comment Why do people drink expensive alcohol on purim?
Is this based on a pun of "whining"?
Feb
22
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
@andrewmh20 If you were asking me what I mean, I meant that just because happiness has a positive physical effect doesn't mean it was the reason we are supposed to be happy, because the mitzvos were not given for our physical benefit. We find this law by someone who swears not to receive benefit from another person that he can still hear the megilah from him and other similar things because hearing the megilah is not "benefit," because mitzvos were not given for our benefit.
Feb
22
comment Are psilocybin mushrooms permitted/prohibited/advocated in Jewish law or tradition?
See this: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10609/1569