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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?
Apr
24
comment List of Number of Mishnayos by chapter / masechta
תזכה למצוות! Thank you so much!
Apr
11
comment Is Coca Cola (and other beverages) kosher everywhere in the world?
Wow, that's an eye opener. Thanks!
Dec
25
comment What is “blood that moved from one place to another”?
For the record, the Rosh defines "blood that moved" specifically as having left the meat altogether; he seems to be your primary source for your paragraph beginning "There are opinions..."
Dec
24
comment What is “blood that moved from one place to another”?
@Menachem I believe you are right. See the Tur on YD 67. Please post as an answer for credit. Thanks!
Dec
20
comment What is “blood that moved from one place to another”?
@Menachem Sounds like an interesting theory. Do you have any citations to back it up?
Dec
19
comment What is “blood that moved from one place to another”?
@DoubleAA You seem to be defining "poresh" as leaving the piece of meat altogether. The Shach is defining "poresh" as one drop of blood moving one millimeter within a capillary.
Dec
19
comment What is “blood that moved from one place to another”?
@DoubleAA So let's assume "dam eivarim" is blood in the capillaries after the heart stops pumping. What is the logic behind prohibiting blood that has "moved", while permitting blood that has remained stationary? Remember, just a few minutes ago, that blood was all moving. So when does the "lock" happen? At the moment of shechita? No way; the blood is gushing out the animal. When the heart stops beating? Technically, the animal was already dead the moment the simanim were cut. So you could have already carved up the animal and started salting it before the heart stopped...