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Aug
27
comment Kol Nidre vs. Kal Nidre
Harav Musafi says that there's no qamatz qatan in Aramaic?? That's clearly false; not only that, but the full spelling of כל is with a waw: כול. There is a Canaanite shift, whereby a long a-vowel becomes an o-vowel (eg: Aramaic כתב = Hebrew כותב), but that doesn't mean that you can work backwards, turning all Hebrew o-vowels into long a-vowels for Aramaic.
Aug
27
comment Nature of rabbinic and biblical prohibitions and their subcategories
Thanks for the recommendation, @DoubleAA - I have not learnt any of those three yet. I hope to be onto them soon!
Aug
26
asked Nature of rabbinic and biblical prohibitions and their subcategories
Aug
24
comment closest successor of the Lubavitch Rebbi today
@YUASK - R' Yoel Kahn is related to the Rebbe?? That's the first I've heard that; are you sure?
Aug
23
revised Why does the Mishna misquote the Tanakh?
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Aug
23
comment Why does the Mishna misquote the Tanakh?
@DoubleAA - Yet one more reason to be completely blown away by R' Akiva Eger :) Interesting that he doesn't mention the two examples that I brought from Sotah! Maybe they weren't different to the masorah in the Shas that he used? Otherwise, it appears to be phenomenally exhaustive. Pity that neither he nor the Tosafot that he brings from Niddah give a reason for this phenomenon, but it's nice to see them commenting upon it.
Aug
23
asked Why does the Mishna misquote the Tanakh?
Aug
22
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
22
answered Vilna Gaon on Sefer Devarim
Aug
20
comment Appointing women as representatives of the congregation
That makes abundant sense, and thank you, but can you please provide some sources for that?
Aug
20
comment Is human blood treif?
@SethJ, I just mistook your comment above for you wondering about the earliest source :)
Aug
20
asked Appointing women as representatives of the congregation
Aug
20
comment Is human blood treif?
@SethJ - probably the oldest (?) source is the Mishna, Bikkurim 2:7, which says that the consumption of human blood does not require a qorban.
Aug
19
comment Why is Shmoneh Esreh referred to as 18 blessings when there are actually 19?
I was under the impression that there was some discussion as regards which of the nineteen was added: either the imprecation against sectarians, which you mentioned, or the petition for Jerusalem to be rebuilt. As for the name, the mishna in Berakhot 4:3 could be read as featuring a proper noun: בכל יום מתפלל אדם שמונה עשרה (ie: "every day one should pray Shemoneh Esreh"), although I don't know how early on it was construed as such. Usually, the Mishna refers to it simply as תפלה (eg: Berakhot 2:4, 3:3, 3:5, etc).
Aug
17
comment How can one provide collateral to one's own debtors?
Thank you. Reading through it again, I think you're right.
Aug
17
accepted How can one provide collateral to one's own debtors?
Aug
16
comment How can one provide collateral to one's own debtors?
Thanks very much for the references! But isn't the implication still that this miniscule amount of land, over time, might yield fruits that can compensate for a debt on which the debtor has defaulted? Do you understand Rashi's stipulation (אפילו מלא מחט) literally? The Rash's reference to this land as collateral would seem to suppose that it is larger than a מחט...
Aug
15
comment Can a convert to Judaism have a Jewish mother?
Thanks, @AvrohomYitzchok, but that passage (as interesting as it is) nowhere mentions this specific issue. Instead, it focuses on the question of gerim and what they may and may not say, acc. to the Yerushalmi and subsequent codes.
Aug
15
comment Can a convert to Judaism have a Jewish mother?
I don't think so, @MonicaCellio, since that still wouldn't enable him to mention his ancestors.
Aug
14
comment Can a convert to Judaism have a Jewish mother?
if I remember correctly, Binyamin ben Ashtor's opinion was that the mishna speaks of two cases: a person who converted to Judaism, and a person whose father was not Jewish but whose mother was. I don't personally feel that this is the most natural way to read this mishna, but that's not to say that it's necessarily the wrong way to read it. Certainly if it's true it resolves the problem!