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May
12
asked The Effect of an 18- or 6-Hour Day
May
11
accepted Earliest time for dawn: a question on Kehati
May
11
asked Earliest time for dawn: a question on Kehati
May
11
answered what does the hebrew word chavivus - חביבות - mean
May
9
comment Why was Boaz obligated to make yibum to get the field
I must be missing something important, since I don't see any reference to yibbum in the book of Ruth. Boaz marries Ruth as an extension of his acquisition of her husband's field (Rashi, Ruth 3:9), and the only reason that the closer relative removed his shoe is because "such was the custom concerning the redemption [of fields]" (Ruth 4:7), and not because of chalitzah. Since neither Boaz nor the nameless fellow who preceded him were the brother of Ruth's dead husband, I don't see how the laws of yibbum would have anything to do with her marrying either of them. Am I overlooking something?
May
9
comment How Should I Pray When Alone?
Re: the attributes of mercy, if you're referring to what's said in Tachanun, a person praying on his own cannot recite that passage in a prayerful fashion, but can still read it - with te'amim, and as though he is reading it from the Torah.
May
8
comment Is oral intercourse permitted according to halacha?
@Yishai - I only mentioned asking one's rabbi because this was stated earlier in the thread, as an alternative to asking it here. Somebody who simply wants to know (תורה היא וללמוד אני צריך), but who doesn't have the background that enables them to consult sefarim - how should they go about it?
May
7
comment Learning before Davvening
@preferred - Where does the gemara say that?? It mentions the need to pause before davening in Berakhot 32b (from the mishna on Berakhot 30b), but I see nowhere that it precludes spending that time learning.
May
7
comment What is the Hebrew for “Codes”?
Thanks, Paquda - I've heard that designation too, but always understood it to refer to the authors of all halakhic literature and not just to the authors of the codes. (After all, פוסקים is a participle and refers not to the books themselves but to the people who wrote them).
May
7
comment Did the Men of the Great Assembly Canonize Tanach?
@DoubleAA - My mistake! I retract that final paragraph, and shall have to re-evaluate what I had been led to believe... I'd not seen those sugyas before, and spoke without knowing.
May
7
revised Did the Men of the Great Assembly Canonize Tanach?
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May
7
comment What is the Hebrew for “Codes”?
Thanks, Shmuel, but I think you'll find that both of those words denote the form of a legal manuscript, bound together into the form of a book (as the Morfix page explains), rather than its content. Even if they're etymologically related, they no longer refer to the same thing. What's more, both words have entered the Hebrew language in recent years. The rabbinic Hebrew word for the physical codex was כרך, now used to denote a single volume.
May
7
accepted What is the Hebrew for “Codes”?
May
7
comment What is the Hebrew for “Codes”?
Thanks, Yoni - that description makes sense! (Interesting that they include Mishna Berurah as a code, rather than as a peirush on a code, but I guess its status in that regard is debateable). I also haven't seen anybody refer to the Rambam's MT as ספר פסק הלכה, but it wouldn't seem so strange to me if they did...
May
7
answered Rambam in the Original Judeo Arabic
May
7
comment What is the Hebrew for “Codes”?
@DoubleAA - there's no way to differentiate codes from teshuvot? I would think that "ספרי הלכה" would apply equally to Shaagat Aryeh, Sefer Ben Ish Chai and the Tur...
May
7
asked What is the Hebrew for “Codes”?
May
5
comment Where is הגר? The country, not the person
Very nice! This also appears in the Targum to 1 Chronicles 5:10 (although note that Jastrow understands it to be a reference to the inhabitants of Hagra, an Arabian district).
May
5
comment Is there a prohibition against being a hypocrite?
There's nothing "hypocritical" about inconsistency. Hypocrisy is telling people to do one thing while doing another thing yourself. Doing something haphazardly or uncommitedly is only hypocritical if you berate others for those same shortcomings.
Apr
30
asked How do different scholars define “aggadah”?