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comment What is the reason that the Torah uses a ן (final “Nun”) at the end of 2nd person plural verbs?
@DanF - with all of them, "§" means Section, followed by the section number and, where relevant, the sub-section (in that case, "m"). I had a very quick look at the link I sent you and it's quite different to my version at home. Since the PDF edition doesn't have an index, I couldn't find where the treatment of paragogic nun would be. I think you might need to find it in a library, I'm sorry to say.
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comment What is the reason that the Torah uses a ן (final “Nun”) at the end of 2nd person plural verbs?
@DanF - I did a quick Google search. This looks promising: archive.org/details/GeseniusHebrewGrammarPdf
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comment What is the reason that the Torah uses a ן (final “Nun”) at the end of 2nd person plural verbs?
@DanF - On the contrary, the second of those texts (Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar - aka "GKC") is extremely thorough. I've now provided fuller references, and added a third one for good measure. The first two are more comprehensive, but the third is more readable. Afraid I don't have any links, but if any of them are available online it would most likely be the second. (Which is not to say that it is, mind you).
Jul
31
comment Yeshivas of Modern Times
Firstly, everybody who studied in Volozhin had already spent thirteen-or-so years in heder, at a minimum, had already covered the gemara and certainly the Torah. Secondly, it was a feature of the Netziv's approach to learning that during his tenure, students also studied halakha. Thirdly, so far as only focusing on gemara in yeshiva is concerned, you mentioned both Telz and Slabodka. They were both mussar yeshivas. Have a look at Gil Perl's biography of the Netziv, and Shaul Stampfer's study of Lithuanian yeshivas.
Jul
28
comment What is “piggul”? A question on the Bartenura
Thankyou! That's a little embarrassing, since I actually thought that I'd checked the Tosafot Yom Tov, and I evidentally didn't look hard enough! Now that I do, I see that the Ahavat Eytan and Tiferet Yisrael comment on this too. The latter, incidentally, thinks that חוץ למקומו is a type of piggul. That still doesn't answer why it should be included here if it doesn't cause karet, but I'll see what the Ahavat Eytan has to say. In the meantime, I think your suggestion about a copyist's error makes good sense!
Jul
28
comment Reform Judaism as an avenue for Ethical Monotheism for gentiles
You might not need a source for the claim that Orthodoxy considers the Reform movement to be invalid, but that "Halakha" also considers it invalid?? Where does "Halakha" comment on the validity of the Reform movement? For that, you need a source.
Apr
29
comment Achieving greatness through torah study
Why the downvotes??
Apr
28
comment Was Delilah Micahs mother
@Danno - That's a lot of excellent information that you just shared - you should put it in answer!
Apr
24
comment The Gra finished the Torah?
IMHO, this question sounds a bit silly. It's one thing to say that the Gra studied every major text that he was taught to believe was part of "the masorah", but it's another to suppose that he thought that he had thus "finished", in a sense, with Torah altogether - that Torah is a closed, bound system that one could actually do a siyum on, rather than something of infinite breadth and scope.
Apr
15
comment Pronunciation of אַשְׁרֵי
@DoubleAA - I haven't listened to them, but my guess is that it might have something to do with the teamim: perhaps by trying to stress both the first syllable and the third syllable of אשרי in Tehillim 2:12, the one reading has inadvertently given it a sheva na?
Apr
13
comment Record of Disputation of Paris
Wrong text: Ramban's vikuach is of the Barcelona disputation.
Mar
25
comment Other Major Jewish Books Whose Authorship is in Dispute beside the Zohar
"The only major Jewish work whose authorship is in dispute"?? Sounds like a bold claim. In dispute by whom? In my experience, every single major Jewish work with scarcely an exception has its authorship in dispute, from the biblical literature through to the commentaries of individual rishonim. Maybe they mean that the authorship of the Zohar is disputed in yeshivish circles?? Because in academic circles, that's par for the course.
Mar
25
comment What is the longest word in Tanach?
I suppose that the shortest word is the one that Cain said to his brother, Abel, in Genesis 4:8.
Mar
23
comment Interpreting Abayyei's mnemonic in Megillah 31a
@GershonGold - very nice: that first one from Shtilei Zeitim especially! You don't want to put that down as an answer?
Mar
22
comment Source for the story about the Satmar Rebbe
Fantastic - thank you! Does "מתחדשים" refer to the "neologs"? I don't think I've seen that term before.
Mar
22
comment Source for the story about the Satmar Rebbe
@Fred - also, the passage you bring is interesting in that it applies this story with the opposite intention (ie: to show the foolhardiness of those who confuse these consonants, rather than of those who are displeased with their confusion).
Mar
22
comment Source for the story about the Satmar Rebbe
@Fred - that would be very interesting, given what the Yaavetz says in his siddur! (I asked another question about that here, in which I quoted the relevant passage.)
Mar
20
comment Picking and choosing Hashkafa
I'm not personally familiar with any obligation to pick a hashkafa in the first place. IMHO, building one on the basis of as much literature as possible is infinitely better than lifting one out of a book. And I think you'll find that's what both of the rishonim you've mentioned did as well.
Mar
20
comment May I let my web browser save my browsing session during Chol Hamoed?
Note that he also forbids typing on the computer in the first place, so it seems to be a moot point.
Mar
18
comment Locating a copy of Sifra (Torat Kohanim)
@Bachrach44 - Publishyoursefer provides an excellent service (and hebrewbooks.org is amazing), but I can't think of anything worse than needing to pore over a computer-generated scan of a 16th century publication when all I want to do is learn the midrash. Thanks anyway, but it's not what I'm looking for.