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Dec
10
comment Correcting tav/sav
@DoubleAA - Because the poskim I looked at didn't all mention all three of those things. The Rama, for example, mentions vowels; the Shulchan Atzei Shittim (as brought by the Mishne Berurah) mentions trope, and the Arukh haShulchan (and the Bet Yosef) mentions shva nach/na and aspirants.
Dec
10
comment Does halakha count primates as “almost human”?
Note that some sources (such as the Yerushalmi) think that adnei hassadeh is a reference to people who live in the wild.
Dec
10
comment The Abolition of Vidui Ma'aser
Thank you, Moshe! Between you and Yishai, who commented on the post, I have a satisfactory answer to my two questions. Much appreciated :)
Dec
10
accepted The Abolition of Vidui Ma'aser
Dec
10
answered Correcting tav/sav
Dec
8
comment Does a Jewish wedding involve bridesmaids or groomsmen?
It probably depends on what you define as "traditional". I've been to more weddings than I could estimate, and a very large number of them (at which orthodox rabbis have officiated, at which the witnesses are kosher and at which all is done in accordance with halakha) have had groomsmen and bridesmaids. What they've not necessarily had is a best man.
Dec
8
comment Is Hashem 'involved' in everything that happens?
Outstanding answer (and +1), but your translation of Sefer haChinukh (which, for the record, might have been attributed to Rav Aharon of Barcelona by some, though certainly not by all) is off the mark. "Such an understanding is very far from intelligent"!? That's not what he says! He says that וזה הדעת רחוק הרבה מן השכל - that such a conception is far from comprehension. I have never seen anybody refer to an idea or a concept as "intelligent" or "stupid"; they refer to those who hold these ideas in such a fashion, and judge the ideas on how easily they are to be understood.
Dec
8
comment What was the name of Tzipora's mother?
In fairness, the rav is not being asked the name of Yitro's wife, but whether or not there is a source for that name. For all I know, the person asking the question has a name in mind and wants to know if it can be substantiated. I doubt that's so, but since he only asked for a source, the rav's answer that "it is not known" is a reference to the existence of such a source and nothing else. As such, it can't be used to demonstrate that "the name of אשת יתרו is unknown", as you have said.
Dec
8
revised The Abolition of Vidui Ma'aser
added 2 characters in body
Dec
7
comment What is the earliest source of the story of Serach bas Asher and the harp?
The author is wrong to claim that it must have originated in the 16th century. It is a collection of aggadot. Similar collections (like Leqach Tov, Sekhel Tov, Yalqut Shimoni, etc) are mixed bags of midrashim. Some of them significantly predate the composition of the text, and unless you check the manuscript tradition you cannot even be sure about when that was. The Meiri's "Beit haBechirah" was first published in the 18th century, but he wrote it in the 13th. Mekhilta deRebi Shimon bar Yochai was first published in the 20th century, but much of it is tannaitic.
Dec
7
asked The Abolition of Vidui Ma'aser
Dec
6
comment Babylonian Niqqud in Yemen
Sorry - I meant to say "Tanakh and mediaeval literature" (like Saadiah and the Rambam, etc). @Malper
Dec
6
comment Babylonian Niqqud in Yemen
I tried to find some information on that, but came up short. Material that I found on Yemenite printing practices (in Zion Zohar, ed. Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry) treated of secular Hebrew literature only. To the best of my limited understanding, the notation was only used with Tanakh anyway, in which sense writing would be the same as preserving.
Dec
6
answered Babylonian Niqqud in Yemen
Dec
4
comment Why isn't the Kabbalistic doctrine of Sefirot considered Shittuf if the Christian Trinity is?
FWIW, I think the only real difference between the two is that we know more about the kabbalah and so we understand that it is not (necessarily) polytheistic. Were we to be similarly well-informed about Christian theology we would arrive at the same conclusion there too.
Dec
3
revised Can one rely on Kol Nidrei?
Corrected a typo
Nov
26
comment “עם לבן גרתי”? Really? “עם לבן ברתי” maybe
Also, while what you have asked is a question on Rashi, there's a partial (?) duplicate here: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/4088/…
Nov
26
comment “עם לבן גרתי”? Really? “עם לבן ברתי” maybe
It's also absurd to suggest that he abstained from consuming the gid hannashe. And, for that matter, that he performed any mitzvot that require of one that he be a kohen. Or within the land of Israel. Or in the presence of kohanim. Or where there was a beit miqdash. If one is forced to assume that these other mitzvot were only observed in a spiritual/metaphysical/rhetorical manner, why not this one as well? (But it's a good question, seeing as Rashi nowhere says any of that, and seeing as this one involves a clear violation).
Nov
26
asked Original Nusach for El Male Rachamim
Nov
26
comment Midrash is Mikra?
You could make an interesting counter-argument to all this, by the way, from the Mishna, Nedarim 4:3. There it clearly differentiates between מקרא and מדרש.