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Apr
3
comment The difference between Chazal and Razal
@Yishai - For all I know, though, his "מקום אחר" is personal correspondence. Do you know of any printed texts that use Chazal to refer to acharonim?
Apr
3
asked The difference between Chazal and Razal
Apr
2
asked What does והבוכ"ע mean?
Mar
29
comment What is the difference between a kofer and apicorsis
@Fred - That may be true, but there's nothing in the Talmud to explicitly denote that. The earliest attestation for that understanding of Am haAretz is in the geonic literature, the authors of which sought to explain passages like Pesachim 49.
Mar
26
answered What is the difference between a kofer and apicorsis
Mar
25
comment Why are Jews so meticulous about not saying/writing “god”?
You're overlooking the most obvious difference between the two terms. "God", when it has an initial capital, is functioning as a proper name and is thus given a one-to-one correspondence with the actual name of God; "lord" (without an initial capital) is merely a noun functioning in reference to that name. If you were to use "god" or "godhead" without the capital, that would not be problematic, while "Lord" (with a capital) would be.
Mar
25
asked Who was ר"מ in Sefer Kol Bo?
Mar
25
comment Why did Rashi create a new letter system for his commentaries?
This answer is almost entirely incorrect. The printers didn't need a new script at all; "Rashi script" was the script first employed in a printed Hebrew text, and was so named because the book in which it was employed was Rashi's commentary on the Torah. That text didn't contain the Torah, only Rashi's commentary - the notion that it was "invented" in order to differentiate the two is a longstanding myth.
Mar
24
asked Did Rashi wear a yarmulke?
Mar
20
asked Can non-kosher meat be eaten with fish?
Mar
14
comment How can one achieve k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy travel)?
Not sure why this was downvoted; it's a cool question. I have no idea what R' Hai Gaon was referring to.
Mar
13
asked Contradiction in the Bartenura regarding value to food added by firewood
Mar
13
answered How do you go from the Talmud to Halacha Lemaasah?
Mar
10
revised Aleph with a Dagesh
Misrepresented what Yeivin had written
Mar
10
comment Aleph with a Dagesh
I misread what Yeivin wrote - my apologies! He cites three examples (Isa 51:19, Jer 38:12 and Hag 1:1), and while he notes that it is common throughout the manuscript tradition (as do Joüon and Muraoka), he does not say that it occurs with every aleph in Cairo Codex, as I thought he did. (You might note as well, by the way, that Cairo Codex frequently puts a rafe over the aleph in ישראל).
Mar
10
answered Aleph with a Dagesh
Feb
21
answered Using money on Shabbat
Feb
19
comment Using money on Shabbat
With respect, the Rambam defines a table that has money on it as a כלי שהוקצה מחמת האיסור, but doesn't define (in this quote) the nature of the איסור on whose account the table is muqtzeh. Why is the money forbidden, is what I'd like to know, not how it makes things that it's resting on forbidden as well.
Feb
19
comment Using money on Shabbat
I don't see that this answers my question. Firstly, the passage in the gemara is speaking of a bed set aside to be sold, while the Rambam speaks of a table that has money on it; secondly, the passage in the gemara could be referring to a bed that you cannot use on Shabbat (since one doesn't lie on a bed that one intends to sell), and which might therefore be muqtzeh for reasons wholly unrelated to finance; and thirdly, the Rambam's aversion to moving an object that has money on it testifies to this prohibition, but is clearly not its source.
Feb
18
asked Using money on Shabbat