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May
20
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
20
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
20
asked Holocaust Responsa of Rav Ephraim Oshry
May
20
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
20
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
20
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
18
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
16
answered Halachot learned from gematria
May
11
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?
May
9
comment Have there ever been inter-faith debates between Jews and Muslims?
Actually, @Ali, that's a different one! The one from your article is in the 18th century; the article I shared concerns a debate in the 13th.
May
9
revised Have there ever been inter-faith debates between Jews and Muslims?
Disambiguated a passage
May
9
answered Have there ever been inter-faith debates between Jews and Muslims?
May
8
comment Are there any halachic authorities which relate to the non-mechitza, pre-1967 prayers which were held at the Kotel?
Actually, the mechitza was built in the 1920s.
May
8
comment Do you get credit for unintentional mitzvot?
Rav Nissan Kaplan of Mir Yeshiva has a couple of excellent shiurim on this issue. His conclusion is that some mitzvot, if performed not for the sake of the mitzvah, can actually be aveirot. You can here Part One here: ravkaplan.dafyomireview.com/cdd/Halacha/5771-Halacha/…, and you can hear Part Two here: ravkaplan.dafyomireview.com/cdd/Halacha/5771-Halacha/….
May
8
comment Invalidating women from the priesthood and from terumah
I don't think so - the continuation of 7:5 is to the effect that those who are unfit to enter the congregation are פוסל - but that's not inclusive of divorcees and chalutzot.
May
8
asked Invalidating women from the priesthood and from terumah
May
8
comment Reasons for divorcing a woman (sourcing a chiddush)
Feel free to duplicate, @msh210 - I looked in certain of the major peirushim (Tosafot Yom-Tov, Melekhet Shlomo, Tiferet Yisrael, the Rambam and the Rav of Bertinoro), but didn't see anything. I wasn't really expecting to either: like I say, this sounds more recent to me. It reminds me of chiddushim that I've heard attributed to the Brisker Rov (and R' Yonasan Eybeschütz, come to think of it), but wouldn't know where to start.
May
8
comment Is a child believed (neman) for halachos in regards to himself?
Is it weird that every time I see the word "believed", I keep reading it like it rhymes with בדיעבד?
May
7
comment Do permanently unmarried women need to go to the mikvah?
For people who are interested, the relevant part of the responsum above is on the following page, and commences with ומה שנפלאת איך לא תקנו טבילה לפנויה.
May
7
comment Do permanently unmarried women need to go to the mikvah?
Thank you, Double AA. It's a bit early for me to use that as a basis for post-SA halakha, but that at least shows me that the Rivash held this way, and that there's apparently nothing in the literature that precedes him to lead one to a different conclusion. In the event that somebody else can give me a fuller answer, I may end up accepting theirs instead, but this has answered my question for now. Thank you.