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Sep
20
asked Reference to the sukkah in the Shabbat reading of Chol haMoed?
Sep
12
comment Saving a non-Jew's life on Shabbat
@sam - you mean, why assume that the mishna might mandate saving a non-Jew's life in the first place?
Sep
12
asked Saving a non-Jew's life on Shabbat
Sep
4
comment Why does the “Dorff teshuva” of the Conservative movement say that homosexual relations are a *rabbinic* prohibition?
I find your language interesting. They "choose to rule"? Do other poskim also choose to rule, or do they just rule?
Sep
3
comment Why does the “Dorff teshuva” of the Conservative movement say that homosexual relations are a *rabbinic* prohibition?
I do not know, but I suspect they may have had in mind the word's original meaning of abstaining from marriage, from the Latin caelibatus.
Sep
3
comment Why does the “Dorff teshuva” of the Conservative movement say that homosexual relations are a *rabbinic* prohibition?
The verses in Leviticus 18 and 20 only prohibit sexual intercourse, but there is much more to an intimate relationship than sex. The prohibition of men being in a non-sexual relationship is rabbinic.
Aug
31
revised Vilna Gaon on Sefer Devarim
Corrected the historical information and improved the language
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?
added 77 characters in body
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.