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Feb
6
comment Yichud with someone who can't have an erection
I would assume that there would be plenty of "other forms of physical contact that might be ossur between these 2 people", which don't require him to have an erection. Unless your question is dealing with a specific case (in which case, I would advise that you CYLR), it might be better phrased in such a manner that the man in it is completely incapable of performing any activity with the woman that would be defined as ervah.
Feb
2
comment Why does Onkelos translate “לֹֽא יוּכַל” as “לָא יִכּוֹל” rather than “לֵית לֵיהּ רְשׁוּ”
Why do you say that in both verses it means the same thing? Surely the difference between them should be enough to indicate that while Rashi might have thought they both meant the same thing, Onkelos did not.
Jan
31
comment Why is Shekalim in the Bavli?
Thanks, @ba. The article he quotes from On The Main Line is very informative, though his answer itself is flawed. He mentions the geonim including this masekhta because it was cheap to print, though the geonim lived centuries before Gutenberg. The blog post that he links to mentions the same information, but from the 16th century. I'm happy to go with that.
Jan
31
asked Why is Shekalim in the Bavli?
Jan
31
comment Is every mishna mentioned in the Bavli?
Thanks, DoubleAA. Direct and to-the-point! (I checked, and have since found other mishnayot around that one that also go unmentioned).
Jan
31
accepted Is every mishna mentioned in the Bavli?
Jan
31
asked Is every mishna mentioned in the Bavli?
Jan
31
revised Mishnayot in the Bavli
Breaking a question into two
Jan
31
comment Mishnayot in the Bavli
Mesoret haShas is good if the Shas is your object of study, but not if your object of study is the Mishna. For that, you could use Mesoret haShas in order to compile such an index, though it would take a long time, and it would require you to go through the entire Bavli. I would rather target a particular mishna, then see everywhere in the Bavli (and Yerushalmi) that the sages refer to it.
Jan
31
answered Which Talmudic source for Ḥanukah is the real source?
Jan
31
asked Mishnayot in the Bavli
Jan
31
comment Clairvoyant Powers
I think the issue here hinges on precisely how he's doing this. Certainly, some people might say that he's a fraud (even if he's a well-intentioned one), and that such tricks amount to "magic" and are, therefore, unreal. By others, however, there is a custom of seeking advice from such individuals. Similar powers are often attributed to Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, for example, and this is no different (practically speaking) to the advice that hasidim receive from their rebbes. For that reason, I think that some may dislike it, but none will be able to say that it's actually wrong.
Jan
31
comment Why don't we distribute Ma'aser Rishon or Ma'aser 'Ani nowadays?
Unless I am mistaken, the only reason that people have ever been careful about Maaser Rishon is because it contains Terumat Maaser within it. Were it not for that, there would not be a problem with eating food from which it had not been taken. I believe that this principle underscored Rabbi Yehoshua's (?) taqanah, which itself underscores the procedures of Masekhet Demai. If you are dealing with produce today, which has had both terumah and terumat maaser removed from it, there's no actual need to also remove maaser rishon.
Jan
31
revised What's the Source for Jerusalem and Sepphoris Having Larger Measuring Units?
Fixed the decimal in the first paragraph (I'd written 1.4 instead of 1.25)
Jan
31
answered What's the Source for Jerusalem and Sepphoris Having Larger Measuring Units?
Jan
31
revised What's the Source for Jerusalem and Sepphoris Having Larger Measuring Units?
Corrected the reference to Bemidbar (from ט to טו)
Jan
30
comment What's the Source for Jerusalem and Sepphoris Having Larger Measuring Units?
Thanks, that's a good clue! Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the earliest source, but something that is familiar with it. I'll see if I can use that information to go back further.
Jan
30
comment Haredi clothing
Thanks for your answer, but I think there's more to it than that. I've also seen pictures of rabbonim wearing grey - such as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, for example, who had a grey hat in Berlin. It may have been, for many people, a sign of status (after all, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was not the Lubavitcher Rebbe when he was in Berlin), but it's now become so mainstream that to dress otherwise is to leave the community. Thanks for your contemporary examples of trends in Bnei Brak!
Jan
30
comment Haredi clothing
No, that's not true. In "black and white" videos, black still appears as black and white still appears as white; for everything else, there are shades of grey. You can compare the jackets and hats to the pants, which are frequently black, and see that they are of a lighter colour. You are right, it could be hot pink, but I doubt it :)
Jan
30
asked Haredi clothing