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Jun
13
comment Why is “Y'sachar Dov” a popular combination name?
For what it's worth (probably very little), I think the explanation that you have provided is completely bogus. You have a source, and that's good, and the OP likes your answer. But your source is obviously fanciful, and I'm somewhat astonished that so many have just accepted it. How on earth could the author (R' Gorr) possibly know that the first person to name his son Yissachar Ber did so because of this flimsy correlation - that the second word sounds similar (and not even that similar) to one of the verbs used in a non-existent translation of the Torah into German??
Jun
13
comment Making bracha when passing by a bakery
Why are you quoting the Mishna Berurah when this is all in the Shulchan Arukh? I don't see where the Mishna Berurah adds anything of relevance to this question...
Jun
12
comment Can one write one's own Hespid?
Thank you, Norman, for bringing your question here. That is very sad, and I'm very sorry to hear it. Do you have people that you can talk to? This sounds like a good question to bring to a rabbi that you connect with... It's a very delicate one, and you shouldn't take what you read here as psak. I wish you whatever refuah sheleimah your prognosis allows for, and that things turn out to be better than they presently seem. I hope that this all resolves itself for you and for your family with minimal pain and with maximum comfort.
Jun
2
comment Does a Rabbi have to sink with his ship?
There are lots of similar examples to this, each nuanced in different ways. For example, Rachel Citron, the daughter of R' Yosef Rosen (the Rogatchover), left Petach Tikva for Dvinsk to work with her father's student, publishing his various manuscripts. They worked until the Nazi ban on Jewish publications reached them, at which point they worked covertly. They worked right up until the point when they were murdered, making available to the world the Rogatchover's manuscripts: tzafnat.com/mission--history.html
May
30
asked Regional Ashkenazi Pronunciation
May
30
comment What is so special about wearing Egyptian clothing
What makes you think that he was dressed as an Egyptian?? Maybe it makes sense to say that he was, but where does the Torah say that? They merely said that an Egyptian man saved them. So, maybe he was speaking an Egyptian language? Maybe he told them that he had come from Egypt? Maybe his name sounded Egyptian? There could be a dozen reasons, of which clothing is only one.
May
30
accepted Confessing to Adultery
May
30
comment Confessing to Adultery
For the benefit of others, the statement that @DoubleAA just shared is from Yevamot 25b, and concerns a person's disqualify himself from testimony. Interestingly, the explicit formulation that we do not execute a person on his own testimony appears not to have been stated in so many words until the Rambam, Hilkhot Sanhedrin 18:6. There are, however, similar rulings, and ones from which it might be derived (such as the fact that we don't include a person's testimony with a single witness in order to make two; Tosefta Shevuot 5:3).
May
30
comment Confessing to Adultery
That makes sense... although it does seem counter-intuitive. Do you have a source for the idea that a person cannot testify against herself? Or that you cannot execute somebody whose admission precedes testimony against them?
May
30
asked Confessing to Adultery
May
30
comment May I play a computer game which includes Greek mythological creatures?
Not sure that I understand the question. You mean things like griffins, phoenixes, hydras and basilisks, etc? If so, nobody ever worshipped such things. What's the problem?
May
30
accepted French and Italian are Related: Linguistic Knowledge in the 12th-14th Centuries
May
29
asked French and Italian are Related: Linguistic Knowledge in the 12th-14th Centuries
May
29
comment Can a person sell their portion in heaven?
I'm assuming that this was inspired by this article.
May
28
comment Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
Actually, @SethJ, it's not so strange! Much of this section (in the mechaber's language as well) is a codification of Sefer Hasidim §315. The primary source for this legislation is Semakhot 1:1-4, but that text only forbids actively euthanasing somebody. Sefer Hasidim is the oldest text to permit removing the impediments to death.
May
28
awarded  Nice Question
May
28
revised Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
I translated מעמץ properly, instead of referring to it in a circuitous manner.
May
28
comment Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
Thank you! That's exactly the sort of information I was looking for.
May
28
accepted Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
May
28
comment Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
@DoubleAA - I don't. I'm guessing, only because I'm used to seeing it as a reference to synagogues and batei midrashim.