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May
12
revised “Masekhtot Banayikh”: The Origins of an Expression
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May
12
comment “Masekhtot Banayikh”: The Origins of an Expression
Amazing find - thank you! I've just checked, and this is brought in the name of the Gra in another source too: Imrei Noam, by R' Hayim Mikhal Levensohn of Volozhin, published in Warsaw, 1899.
May
12
accepted “Masekhtot Banayikh”: The Origins of an Expression
May
12
asked “Masekhtot Banayikh”: The Origins of an Expression
May
12
comment The Effect of an 18- or 6-Hour Day
@DoubleAA - that's very similar! But since that question asks only about Shabbat (and hasn't yet received an answer), I'm inclined to leave mine as it is...
May
12
comment Who wrote Chaar Hatsioun?
In the absence of any further description, the fact that "it is about halakha in general" makes another book with the same title an equally likely candidate: Sha'ar haTziyon, by R' Hayim Yaakov ben Tzvi (first printed in 1757). Maybe you'd like to add that to your answer?
May
12
comment The Effect of an 18- or 6-Hour Day
I am open to changing the wording of this question if it looks too psak-oriented, or if the list of questions should be shortened.
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
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revised Did the Men of the Great Assembly Canonize Tanach?
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May
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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
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accepted What is the Hebrew for “Codes”?