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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.
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comment Textual difference between Psukei DeZimra and Psalms 96
Just a guess, but I would imagine that different changes have different origins.
Apr
16
comment Is there difference between Jewish teachings and KJV Old Testement?
@Shokhet - I disagree; it just requires a knowledge of a non-Jewish translation. And of all non-Jewish translations, the KJV is the most well-known and well-read. Even if you are right (and I don't know that you are) that most people here won't be familiar with it, surely some of them will. There are far more obscure questions than this one on Mi Yodeya, and several that concern Jewish views of other religions. I'm voting to re-open it.
Apr
16
comment Is there difference between Jewish teachings and KJV Old Testement?
I fail to see how this question is "off topic" - seems very much on topic to me!
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.
Mar
17
comment Locating a copy of Sifra (Torat Kohanim)
@Matt - It's only important to me that it not contain other midrashim. I have no problem with its including a commentary, particularly if it's unobtrusive. Do you have a link for this product? My city only has the one seforim store, so an online source is preferable.
Mar
17
comment Following both Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam (mezuzah, sefer torah and tefillin)
I think you misread part of my question - my issue with Rabbeinu Tam's tefillin concerned his placement of the parchments horizontally, and had nothing to do with their placement relative to one another. The downvote was not from me, however: the information you have brought on sifrei Torah is very interesting!
Mar
16
comment Following both Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam (mezuzah, sefer torah and tefillin)
@DoubleAA - I see, but isn't the reason for the parchments being placed horizontal (acc. to RT) the same as his reason for placing the mezuzah horizontally - ie: that this is the way that the Torah was placed in the original aron? If so, my question still stands: why do we harmonise when it comes to the mezuzah (if the Maharil is correct, and that is truly the reason we do this) and not when it comes to other things? (I have deleted my final paragraph since it probably obscures my primary question; and you are right: it's not necessarily relevant).
Mar
12
comment When was the Meiri discovered?
@Nafkamina - I think (but am not 100% sure) that the Meiri on Avodah Zarah was first published in the middle of the 20th century and that, prior to the 19th century, nobody even referred to his views on gentiles. I wonder if it is specifically this part of the Bet haBechirah that the Chazon Ish was referring to? Because the rest of his work is quoted hundreds of times by a range of different sources (most frequently by Shittah Mequbetzet, but also - as you point out - by the Biur Halakha).
Mar
11
comment When was the Meiri discovered?
@ShmuelBrin - I don't know where this idea came from, that nobody studied or quoted the Meiri before the 18th century, but I hear it again and again and it's completely untrue... For just one piece of evidence to the contrary, see the Shittah Mequbetzet on Bava Qama 113a, which was written in the 16th century: hebrewbooks.org/… (second paragraph of second column)