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May
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accepted Reasons for divorcing a woman (sourcing a chiddush)
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answered Reasons for divorcing a woman (sourcing a chiddush)
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comment Structure and form of the ketubah
Sorry, @msh210 - I didn't mean that as it sounded. I am referring to ketubot that feature translations together with the Aramaic. But that's not my major question: what I want is a comprehensive list of everything that would nullify a ketubah, and I note that this is something not (apparently) mentioned in Even haEzer.
May
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comment Structure and form of the ketubah
Thanks, @msh210. I've just looked through those chapters (fairly cursorily, I might add), but did not find anywhere that the mechaber mentions the actual language of the ketubah, and the usage of translations into the vernacular. Is that mentioned anywhere in Even haEzer?
May
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asked Structure and form of the ketubah
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comment Was Rambam affected by Islam?
It's worth bearing in mind whenever we speak of Rambam being an Aristotelian that Aristotelianism was a major part of Islamic philosophy and cannot be separated from it. Rambam did not read Greek, and everything that he ever encountered of a philosophical nature came to him through the prism of Islamic scholarship.
May
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comment Holocaust Responsa of Rav Ephraim Oshry
Thank you, @DoubleAA and msh210. I would love to find a copy for loan, but there doesn't seem to be one in Australia.
May
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comment Should there be a mezuzah on a room that has baby diapers?
+1 for an interesting question! I imagine that you would want to differentiate between a room in which such diapers are habitually disposed of and one set aside for that purpose... Otherwise, would this not be similar to having a mezuzah on the door of a child's bedroom, when the child habitually soils the bed?
May
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comment According to Reform Judaism, should rabbis be allowed to have non-Jewish spouses?
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comment Holocaust Responsa of Rav Ephraim Oshry
Thanks, @DoubleAA. Those are on HebrewBooks too - unfortunately, it's the same low quality scan. (And, if you look in the first volume, you'll see that p8 is missing and p9 is included twice). But it helps to have some access to them, even if poorly.
May
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comment Holocaust Responsa of Rav Ephraim Oshry
Thanks, @joshwaxman. Unfortunately, this one doesn't appear to be available on Google Books, but your suggestion did inspire me to look around, and I've found cheaper options for self-publishing. I shall leave my question up, however, since I would still very much like to know if these books are currently being sold anywhere. Thank you.
May
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comment Holocaust Responsa of Rav Ephraim Oshry
They're really terrible for reading large PDFs. I tried. The best application (in my experience) is GoodReader on the iPad, but the iPad has a backlit LCD screen.
May
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asked Holocaust Responsa of Rav Ephraim Oshry
May
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comment What allowed Jews to change the way they pronounced words?
Maybe it's said somewhere in relation to the third mishna in Nedarim, or the first mishna in Nazir? (The ones that mention נזיק, נזיח, פזיח, etc...) Haven't found it so far, but am hesitant to commit too much time to this off the bat, in case you have a clue that might actually lead me somewhere else instead...
May
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comment What allowed Jews to change the way they pronounced words?
Seth J, I would love to see that source. Do you have any clues as regards where in the Bavli it might be? Do you know the general context? Do you recall any examples that the sugya brings (specific Aramaic words, etc)? Do you recall how they referred to different types of Aramaic? Minin? Sugin? Also, did they refer to the language as Aramit or Ashurayye?
May
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comment Who is the author of Tehilim 137?
The JPS Study Bible says that it was written by somebody who returned in the post-exilic period? That's interesting: scholarship that I have seen on the psalm has suggested an exilic origin, given that it ends without any indication of restoration.
May
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comment The reason Aaron's two sons died
Maybe a better way to ask this question would be to list your ten reasons and see whether or not anybody can provide you with the sources for all of them (assuming you don't know them already)? Here's an eleventh one for you: because they ate and drank while in the presence of God (Exodus 24:11).
May
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answered Halachot learned from gematria
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comment Is there a custom that the person who makes the siyum on the fast of the first-born should be a bechor?
I don't understand your final sentence - doesn't this story about Rav Elyashiv convey the opposite? That a rav would make a siyyum, despite not being a firstborn, so that firstborns could attend it? If anything, that proves that you don't need to be a bekhor in order to make the siyyum, but you seem to have concluded the opposite. Did I misread you?
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comment What are the 14 types of Jewish Years?
Not meaning any offence, but if you realised it halfway through writing the question, why did you upload the question?