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Jul
11
accepted Do non-Jewish children taken captive lose the obligation to be Bnei Noach?
Jul
11
answered How do Ethiopian Jews see the Book of Jubilees?
Jul
11
comment Does halacha recognize marriage between gentiles for purposes of “lo tina'af”?
Unless I am misremembering it, this gemara is speaking specifically of עבדים כנענים. I would have thought that the OP was asking more generally, and about non-jews today.
Jul
11
comment Do non-Jewish children taken captive lose the obligation to be Bnei Noach?
Thanks for the source! I can see why that would be the case for those two laws (I think the first pronoun should be שהיא), but I can't see why that would be the case for some of the others. How is someone to "know" that idols are unworthy of worship unless they are told to believe that? Do we blame those who were born into idolatrous societies for not abandoning the religious practices of their ancestors?
Jul
11
asked Do non-Jewish children taken captive lose the obligation to be Bnei Noach?
Jul
8
comment Marriage Where Witnesses can Never be Found
Not particularly relevant to your answer, but your famous story is, I think, of R' Tzadok in Avot deRebi Natan? If so, his reason for not wanting to have sex with the woman was not because he cannot marry her but because it will lead to his making mamzerim (שמא אבוא עליה והרביתי ממזרים בישראל; ARN 16). It's an interesting passage, but it's not the halakha. Obviously, we pasken that there's no risk of mamzerim, but prohibit intermarriage on other grounds.
Jul
8
comment Understanding the beating of students
@Aryeh - if you look up the verb נכי in Jastrow, you will see more usages listed under the Hiphil, which are of a more benign nature than the ones that he lists under הכאה.
Jul
8
comment Understanding the beating of students
I imagine as well, @MonicaCellio, that it's much like makkat mardut, in that the one administering the "beatings" also determines their severity.
Jul
7
comment Why did people date divorce documents according to the Greeks?
Very similar, @DoubleAA, to the colophon that I shared in my question - except that he doesn't mention Islam, nor relate the minyan shtarot to the cessation of prophecy. Thanks again :)
Jul
7
accepted Why did people date divorce documents according to the Greeks?
Jul
7
comment Why did people date divorce documents according to the Greeks?
Thanks! It would be interesting to know how such a custom might have developed in the first place (I wonder if it's mentioned anywhere in the Bavli, or by any of the Geonim?). In the meantime, this is just what I was looking for.
Jul
7
comment What problems are faced by children born out of wedlock?
I like this answer, and am leaning towards it (since I can't think of what else it could be). But do you know of a peirush that says that? Or of another place in which this is what פגם means?
Jul
7
asked Why did people date divorce documents according to the Greeks?
Jul
7
comment What problems are faced by children born out of wedlock?
Good point, @DoubleAA... Do you know if this scenario would preclude a daughter later marrying a kohen? (Or a son from serving as a kohen, etc?)
Jul
7
comment What problems are faced by children born out of wedlock?
I'm happy with information that pertains to any time, @HodofHod - ideally to the Mishna, but if somebody were to bring something from the Rambam (for example) or the Shulchan Arukh, that would be most welcome.
Jul
7
asked What problems are faced by children born out of wedlock?
Jul
3
comment Would coffee in beer be kosher?
Just curious: why would it be non-kosher? Assuming that the coffee is kosher (I know of no reason, personally, why it wouldn't be), and assuming that it's not Pesach, under what circumstances would the combination of the two result in something forbidden for consumption?
Jul
1
comment Why were there no Jewish philosophy tracts until the Rasag?
@DoubleAA - He died c.50 CE. How many "traditional" texts could he have interacted with? If a precondition for writing Jewish philosophy is that you show an awareness of the rabbinic literature and that you're not part of the Talmud itself, then the OP's question is tautological. How could there be anybody before the latter geonim?
Jul
1
comment Why were there no Jewish philosophy tracts until the Rasag?
@DoubleAA - Philo is not a Jewish philosopher!?? Philo was absolutely a Jewish philosopher; the fact that his contribution to later Jewish philosophy was minimal in no way detracts from that. Nor, incidentally, does the fact that he wrote in Greek. Saadiah wrote in Arabic; Ahai wrote in Aramaic. Nobody wrote Hebrew philosophy, which is why Ibn Tibbon had to invent so many words. And Alexandria was, at the time, a major centre of Jewish life.
Jun
28
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