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accepted French and Italian are Related: Linguistic Knowledge in the 12th-14th Centuries
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asked French and Italian are Related: Linguistic Knowledge in the 12th-14th Centuries
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comment Can a person sell their portion in heaven?
I'm assuming that this was inspired by this article.
May
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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.
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awarded  Nice Question
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revised Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
I translated מעמץ properly, instead of referring to it in a circuitous manner.
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comment Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
Thank you! That's exactly the sort of information I was looking for.
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accepted Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
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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.
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comment Why were cows so Important and preferred as sacrifice over other animals in Bani Israel?
@DoubleAA, indeed! In fact, if you factor into consideration the frequency of libations as compared to the meaty part of the tamid, you might even say that vine > ovine > bovine.
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asked Killing somebody with the keys to the synagogue
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comment Why were cows so Important and preferred as sacrifice over other animals in Bani Israel?
There's no relationship between the metzora, the yoledet, the zav(ah) and being poor. Also, birds are brought by the nazirite in the event that s/he becomes impure. That has nothing to do with poverty either. Nice answer though, although a source for any of it would be nice. And you should note that sheep are offered far more frequently than any other type of animal as well, their being used for the tamid.
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comment Why were cows so Important and preferred as sacrifice over other animals in Bani Israel?
Lambs were slaughtered far more frequently than bovines were.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.