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May
20
comment How can the Rebbe be considered Moshiach?
@user6591 Actually I will +1 this, because he does bring the arguments used by the meshichistim. In the same breath he quotes the counter-argument, but that's beside the point... :)
May
20
comment How can the Rebbe be considered Moshiach?
OK, as I said, it's a nice d'var Torah, but it is off topic.
May
20
comment How can the Rebbe be considered Moshiach?
It's a nice d'var torah, and nothing about it was offensive, but it kind of sidesteps the question. The question is not whether the Rebbe Z"L was part of a process leading up to Moshiach; it's a question of whether he was/is the Moshiach, and how it's possible to reconcile that with the apparent disqualification for the job inherent in being dead.
Apr
19
comment Questions about the fence dividing a subdivided field
OK, +1 for Q1. Any ideas about Q2?
Apr
11
comment If the last day of Passover is Friday, may I eat chametz on the Shabbat right after?
This year my Rav, Rabbi Yaacov Haber, specifically dealt with this question in a shiur. He mentioned that according to the contract that he signs with the non-Jew, there is a specific clause written in that if, after the completion of Pesach, the Jew wishes to partake of his (the non-Jew's) chometz, he gives permission to do so, and the value will be deducted from the amount owing upon collection. He also mentioned this teshuva of Rav Ovadia ZT"L
Feb
5
comment Internal contradiction in Mishna Bava Kama 3:11?
+1 I was kind of מתכוון to that answer while I was typing up the question. But having invested the effort in writing it up, I figured I'd post it anyway to see if others thought the same. :)
Jan
27
comment Nusach Askenaz in siyum kaddish - vayatzmach purkanei?
@Scimonster I did notice that, but the Vilna edition of the gemara does not, and I don't know how much more Ashkenaz you can get than that.
Jul
18
comment Looking for a drasha on Yerach ben Yomo/Karnei Para
@DoubleAA Another rare trop, shalsheles, appears only 4 times in chumash. Each time there is a drasha on the word, indicating the the person in question had some kind of hesitation or dilemma. I'm interested in the uniqueness of yby/kp, the fact that it appears only once in chumash, and in place it seems a pretty prosaic section. Why davka here? It does seem pretty significant, doesn't it?
Jul
18
comment How to sing Karnei Farah and Yerach Ben Yomo
+1 for the ORT link, that's what I used to learn it. :)
Apr
24
comment Where is the first time that the splitting of the Red Sea is referred to as קריעת ים סוף?
@Daniel comment continued: While it is possible that it is earlier, there is no evidence that it is. There is evidence which is far from absolute that it was from the same time period.
Apr
24
comment Where is the first time that the splitting of the Red Sea is referred to as קריעת ים סוף?
Comment from @Daniel (who doesn't have enough rep to comment himself): There are other words in mishnaic Hebrew for "cutting"; it did not need to be changed to "tearing". The tannaic source in the tosefta was also around during the temple period. The entire proof that dayenu is from that period is that it says ubana lanu es beis habechira without reference to its destruction or the hope that it will be rebuilt. That would have been relevant at the time of R. Nosson as well, since he lived during the time of the mikdash... (contd.)
Apr
24
comment Where is the first time that the splitting of the Red Sea is referred to as קריעת ים סוף?
Very interesting! Never heard before of Dayenu being ascribed to the temple era. What other opinions are there of its authorship?
Apr
23
comment Where is the first time that the splitting of the Red Sea is referred to as קריעת ים סוף?
Indeed, though @Daniel's answer quoting Tosefta would seem to be older than the Gemara. Granted that R' Elazar ben Azarya and R' Akiva were both Tannaim, but they're still being quoted by Amoraim, which is second hand. So thus far, the Tosefta is still holding the "earliest source" baton. :-)
Feb
5
comment Why do most of the shuls in Manhattan face the wrong direction?
This is a good answer; the only thing missing is why they chose to face SSW rather than NNE. Flesh that out, and you get answer credit.
Feb
5
comment Why do most of the shuls in Manhattan face the wrong direction?
Ok... "shotgun" isn't the first shape that comes to mind when I look at that, but then my name isn't @ClintEastwood :D
Feb
5
comment Why do most of the shuls in Manhattan face the wrong direction?
"Shotgun" shaped shul? I'm having difficulty picturing that... could you explain please?
Nov
23
comment Wanted: stories about shaatnez
+1 Nice one, thanks!
Jun
20
comment Mishna Demai 5:11: why can't you take teruma from vadai on demai?
Right, so the patur remains patur, and the chayav now had teruma taken. Why was the taking of teruma ineffective?
Jun
20
comment Mishna Demai 5:11: why can't you take teruma from vadai on demai?
Ah, I hadn't got to Terumos yet, so I didn't know that mishna. :) But it just pushes the question to there. Why can't you take teruma from chayav on patur?
Jun
20
comment Mishna Demai 5:11: why can't you take teruma from vadai on demai?
I don't see how you can read that he took the entire vadai and made it teruma for the demai. Then the mishna (or Kehati at least!) should have denoted somehow that the reason it does not work is because of that technicality that you can't declare an entire crop as teruma. According to what you're saying, if he only took part of the vadai as teruma it should be good - but that's not what the mishna says. In several places Kehati states that מעשר מן החייב על הפטור is ineffective, in general, not just when you exhaust the חייב. Why is that?