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Jun
23
asked What is déjà vu?
Jun
10
comment Sources for the world being round in the Gemara
I haven't looked it up, but just from what you copied here of the tosafos I don't see it as difficult? "The world is spherical, as it says in the Yerushalmi: Alexander the Macedonian ascended on high until he saw the earth like a ball and the sea like a platter. The 'sea' refers to the ocean that encompasses the entire earth".
Jun
10
comment Sources for the world being round in the Gemara
This is a good answer (and +1), but it would be greatly improved if it featured a translation into English. Especially of the passage in the Yerushalmi, since that's the part that best answers the question that was asked.
Jun
9
comment Why are there no fish korbanot?
Note that it's only domesticated land animals that are brought as offerings (בהמות). Wild animals (חיות), like deer, are not. The birds that are brought are also domesticated species (doves), and wheat is a domesticated grain. It stands to reason that all fish could have been excused on these grounds too, there being no species that might have been considered anything but wild.
Jun
8
comment Jewish headstone abbreviation
@sam - FWIW, that's a shewa nach.
Jun
8
comment Why is Shekalim in the Bavli?
Nothing wrong with what you've said, but it doesn't answer my question. I know that every masekhta is included in Shas Bavli, but the only one of those masekhtas to feature the Yerushalmi is Shekalim. Why?? I don't accept the suggestion that you made (that it makes Seder Moed more "complete"), since as you pointed out yourself this only raises a question on why they weren't included for Seder Zeraim.
May
30
comment Lubavitcher Rebbe on the Shoah
Very interesting - thank you! Unless "1972" is a typo, perhaps it was republished eight years later? It's hard to imagine that Prof Bauer could have made so glaring a mistake in two separate articles and not have been corrected by any of his respondents.
May
30
asked Lubavitcher Rebbe on the Shoah
May
28
answered Is there a requirement to join a Minyan?
May
28
awarded  Revival
May
28
revised Who wrote the anonymous explanations of Rashi printed within the text of Rashi?
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May
28
answered Who wrote the anonymous explanations of Rashi printed within the text of Rashi?
May
27
comment Would time travel be assur/mutar?
Another interesting ramification of this is whether or not you can pasken like somebody before they existed. If you went back to the 15th century, could you still hold like the Mishna Berurah?
May
27
comment How are there arguments over how God works?
Your question doesn't make sense to me. "Unlike darshaning a pasuk, in which multiple versions are all valid, God either works in one way or another". Sure, but what if we only know how God works from pesukim??
May
26
awarded  Necromancer
May
26
awarded  Revival
May
26
revised Bowing during 'Aleinu
Added an earlier source
May
26
accepted No longer prostrating after tefillah - sources?
May
26
answered Bowing during 'Aleinu
May
26
comment Is the Maharshal's list of differences between Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi complete?
For what it's worth, the book that you have cited is not by the Maharshal: it's by R' Menachem Mendel Hochstein. Only the final three pages are by the Maharshal, comprising a list of differences between Babylonia and the land of Israel in both custom and law. It appears to be complete, although R' Hochstein doesn't cite its source and I've not yet found it in any of the Maharshal's writings.