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Jul
18
comment A source for the claim that the Satmar Ruv (R' Yoel Teitelbaum) said to VP Hubert Humphrey “Sell weapons to Israel!”
This sounds very suspect to me. If that were true, it would not be in spite of what he published - it would be in direct contradiction. A desire for a strong State of Israel!? I would be astonished if he ever expressed such a thing...
Jul
18
asked “God is Fire”: Trying to Source an Analogy for Prayer
Jul
16
comment Does one mourn during the days following Shavuot?
Just to second @DoubleAA, as the title is worded at the moment it looks as though you're asking whether or not somebody should mourn (which I assumed was related to the behab fasts after Pesach and Sukkot), not whether or not they can. I think the body of the question is fine though, so long as the title is a bit clearer.
Jul
15
comment What is the meaning of 'Tishbi' in 'Eliyahu haTishbi'?
@DoubleAA - that is an extremely paraphrastic translation, and it looks like they've taken lots of liberties with the Greek text. Here is a more literal one, from the KJV. The one I'm looking at is in print, by R.H. Charles. He notes in the apparatus an Aramaic fragment that reads: והוה יתיב בתשבי קרתא.
Jul
14
comment Understanding Yevamot 4:13's proof of who, exactly, is a mamzer
@DoubleAA - can you explain it? I saw that quoted in the Tosafot Yom-Tov (and possibly also Tiferet Yisrael), but am not sure that I understand it... Is it just that cheneq is the lesser of the four capital punishments, so we can make a qal v'chomer to the others and include in that category everything that merits death at the hands of the bet din, whether it also merits karet or not?
Jul
14
comment Can Jews eat hunted animals?
Hunting for sport is strictly forbidden, and hunting for food will render the animal a tereifah if (as in the example you gave) you wound or kill the animal before slaughtering it. But that said, hunting is most certainly permissible. You could hunt for pelts, for example.
Jul
14
asked Understanding Yevamot 4:13's proof of who, exactly, is a mamzer
Jul
13
answered What is the meaning of 'Tishbi' in 'Eliyahu haTishbi'?
Jul
12
comment Source for the bride's circling the groom
The question I linked to asked for the source only; I wanted the earliest written reference to it. Had the answer that I'd been given already been put there as well, I wouldn't have asked it. Now that @sam has answered it in both places, should I take my question down?
Jul
12
comment Source for the bride's circling the groom
Nope - it actually might be the oldest textual reference!
Jul
12
comment Source for the bride's circling the groom
I doubt that's the earliest source, but that will help me find it. Thanks!
Jul
12
accepted Source for the bride's circling the groom
Jul
12
asked Source for the bride's circling the groom
Jul
11
accepted Do non-Jewish children taken captive lose the obligation to be Bnei Noach?
Jul
11
answered How do Ethiopian Jews see the Book of Jubilees?
Jul
11
comment Does halacha recognize marriage between gentiles for purposes of “lo tina'af”?
Unless I am misremembering it, this gemara is speaking specifically of עבדים כנענים. I would have thought that the OP was asking more generally, and about non-jews today.
Jul
11
comment Do non-Jewish children taken captive lose the obligation to be Bnei Noach?
Thanks for the source! I can see why that would be the case for those two laws (I think the first pronoun should be שהיא), but I can't see why that would be the case for some of the others. How is someone to "know" that idols are unworthy of worship unless they are told to believe that? Do we blame those who were born into idolatrous societies for not abandoning the religious practices of their ancestors?
Jul
11
asked Do non-Jewish children taken captive lose the obligation to be Bnei Noach?
Jul
8
comment Marriage Where Witnesses can Never be Found
Not particularly relevant to your answer, but your famous story is, I think, of R' Tzadok in Avot deRebi Natan? If so, his reason for not wanting to have sex with the woman was not because he cannot marry her but because it will lead to his making mamzerim (שמא אבוא עליה והרביתי ממזרים בישראל; ARN 16). It's an interesting passage, but it's not the halakha. Obviously, we pasken that there's no risk of mamzerim, but prohibit intermarriage on other grounds.
Jul
8
comment Understanding the beating of students
@Aryeh - if you look up the verb נכי in Jastrow, you will see more usages listed under the Hiphil, which are of a more benign nature than the ones that he lists under הכאה.