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Nov
25
comment Basic laws, why is milk with meat not kosher?
I second @Avi. That is, after all, how the Shomronim understand it. (Also, since you specify ruminants, you might want to add that the prohibition was extended to include fowl).
Nov
18
comment Aristotle eating Aiver Min HaChai
He's referring to the primary nusach of the Alphabet of Ben Sira, which you can read here: daat.ac.il/daat/hasfarim/alfa-bensira1.PDF. The relevant passage is on p4.
Nov
18
comment Should I say shmei or shmeh?
I think that the most important thing to note here is that shortening the tzeire doesn't change the meaning of the word, but not pronouncing the heh does.
Nov
17
comment why was R. Eliezer ben Hyrcanus excommunicated?
I'm going to be "that guy", but you realise that excommunication is a Catholic phenomenon? The term denotes an inability to accept communion, and is inappropriate for describing cherem (and nidui).
Nov
17
comment Google says it is the Jewish Year 5774. The wiki says Judaism is 3000 years old. How is this discrepancy reconciled?
@Danno - My point was that the word "Judaism", which denotes a belief, is first attested in second Maccabees. See 2 Maccabees 2:21 where it mentions Ἰουδαϊσμός for the first time. (In that work, it's contrasted with "Hellenism").
Nov
16
comment Google says it is the Jewish Year 5774. The wiki says Judaism is 3000 years old. How is this discrepancy reconciled?
The year 5774 is from the creation of the world, not from the beginning of "Judaism". But questions that concern the beginnings of Judaism tend to be vague and difficult to answer. The word is first attested in the second book of Maccabees, but that's not to say that "Judaism" began then. Besides, what is Judaism? Something that originated with Abraham? With Sinai? With the exile? With the Mishna? Take your pick.
Nov
12
comment Interpreting the Zohar's Prediction of the year 1840
I'm confused. You said yourself that Tanya was published between 1797 and 1814... How then is it the most obvious candidate for 1840, such that the Zoharic passage implies that "there is something extremely monumental about the Tanya"?? And also, what you wrote about the industrial revolution might have been true for Jews living in England, but it affected different communities at different points in time, and was not true for Jews living in Belarus.
Nov
12
comment Brisker Shiurim Online
Wouldn't any shiur of the Rav suffice for this? Or do you specifically mean from the Brisker rosh yeshivos?
Nov
10
comment Does Judaism believe in a form of Panentheism?
Since when does "Judaism" believe anything!?? Is theology so long dead in this religion that we can actually speak of what it, itself, "believes"? There are Jews who adopt panentheistic views, there are Jews who do not and there are Jews who expressly reject them. This question strikes me as absurd. You could just as easily ask whether "Judaism" believes in commemorating Yom Yerushalayim, or eating qitniyot on Pesach.
Nov
10
comment Can a teen threaten or attack one parent, who is beating or is about to beat the other?
Maran Shulchan Arukh = R' Yosef Karo? Rav Yosef = Rav Ovadiah Yosef?
Nov
9
asked Who Commanded Us, and For What?
Nov
8
revised Seemingly weak proof-texts from Tanach
edited body
Nov
7
accepted Marrying one's father's wife
Nov
7
asked Marrying one's father's wife
Oct
28
comment Kubutz and shuruk in Polish/Hungarian pronunciation
Does Prof. Katz actually say that some "followed" R' Shabsai and the Arukh haShulchan? That word makes it sound like a deliberate enterprise, whereas phonological shifts in large populations occur much more organically than that. (+1 though, for the source)
Oct
25
comment Source for Quote about the cost of bread in the times before Moshiach?
It's actually in the Mishna, Sotah 9:15.
Oct
24
comment Fighting Wars on Shabbat
Shammai lived prior to the destruction of the temple. Any tradition concerning him is dealing with a period of time before Josephus, not after.
Oct
23
comment 20 years for Sin, 7 years for beauty
Thank you, Menachem, for the link to BCBM.org! Those are the clearest recordings of the Rav that I've ever heard, and you've made my iPod exceptionally happy :)
Oct
23
comment 20 years for Sin, 7 years for beauty
The person who said that was the Maharal, in his commentary on Rashi, "Gur Aryeh".
Oct
22
comment Tzeit HaKokhavim According To The Gr"a & Geonim
It's hard to envisage, but without streetlights it doesn't take long at all for only three stars to be visible. Here are some images of what various major cities would look like later in the evening, were there no light pollution: thechive.com/2013/08/08/…