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Mar
3
answered Recommendation for beginner's Aramaic language book
Mar
2
comment Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai, or Josephus?
"To assume they are both complete fabrications seems extremely unlikely as well". Really? Why? I can understand why you might have a religious motivation to believe one of them true, but I see no reason as to why, historically, either one of them has to be.
Feb
23
comment Did the Lubavitcher Rebbe ever state why he didn't visit Israel?
I have no source, but I have heard it said that the reason he never gave an explicit reason for not going was so as to not be motzi shem ra on his father-in-law, who visited Palestine (1934) but who left it to live in Poland.
Feb
20
asked Correcting one's father or one's rav when he is leyning
Feb
18
comment Did any of the early Rabbis encounter Mohammed?
Possible dupe? judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/26720/…
Feb
18
answered When in time did the Jewish people get sold to Greacans, according to Joel?
Feb
18
comment Why do people put wine in their pockets at havdalah?
Your comment appears to have answered your own question: "for parnassah and other segulos".
Feb
17
comment Would a space fish be kosher?
I have no source for this, but I would suspect that the answer would depend upon whether or not the fish's habitat can be halakhically considered a "sea" or a "river", or whether those terms denote bodies of water on earth. If its habitat is neither a sea nor a river, then the answer may be "yes", irrespective of whether or not it has scales and fins (cf: Rambam, Maakhalot Assurot 2:17).
Feb
16
comment Can a parent “victim” forgive a child due the death penalty?
Why would this be different to any other victim choosing to forgive their assailant?
Feb
16
answered Punctuation of Genesis 22:14
Feb
13
comment Rava and Rabbah? Differentiating between two (?) amoraim
@shokhet - sorry, my title was an allusion to the fact that there were more than just two people with those names! I definitely don't think they were both the same person (though I've no doubt that sometimes copyists got confused - I think there's some variation in the manuscript tradition).
Feb
11
asked Rava and Rabbah? Differentiating between two (?) amoraim
Feb
11
comment How to pronounce the name שימי
Good question; a look at Alfred Kolatch's Masters of the Talmud: Their Lives and Views shows me that he lists about a dozen amoraim named Shimi (one of whom is Shimi bar Abba) and one named Simi - Simi bar Abba, in fact. Seder haDorot notes the existence of two named שימי בר אבא, but says nothing about the pronunciation.
Feb
9
revised The use of tsere yod in Psalm 2:3
Corrected the spelling of מוסרותימו
Feb
6
comment Teshuva where Rambam says he forgot a Gemara
@Yishai - I agree, and was a bit disappointed when I read the passage as well. I'm short on time here, so I uploaded it anyway, but I'll have a proper look after Shabbos and see if there's not another letter to the sages of Lunel. If this is the one to which everybody is referring, I agree that it's somewhat nondescript.
Feb
6
revised Teshuva where Rambam says he forgot a Gemara
added 89 characters in body
Feb
5
answered Teshuva where Rambam says he forgot a Gemara
Feb
5
comment What Other Terms, Besides “Korban,” Mean Sacrifice in Some Form or Another?
In order to understanding sacrifice better, I think you're much better off looking into the different types of offerings, rather than the different words for generic ones. To that end, maybe start with Masekhet Zevachim?
Feb
5
comment Becoming a “stubborn and rebellious child” - a question on Tosafot Yom Tov
As I understand the phrase (which appears a dozen-or-so times in Seder Zeraim), "מעשר שני והקדש שלא נפדו" means maaser sheni that has not been redeemed or heqdesh that has not been redeemed - and not something that is both maaser sheni and heqdesh at the same time. Are you suggesting otherwise?
Feb
4
asked Becoming a “stubborn and rebellious child” - a question on Tosafot Yom Tov