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Jun
29
comment How do different scholars define “aggadah”?
Excellent answer - thank you so much!
Jun
10
comment Sources for the world being round in the Gemara
I haven't looked it up, but just from what you copied here of the tosafos I don't see it as difficult? "The world is spherical, as it says in the Yerushalmi: Alexander the Macedonian ascended on high until he saw the earth like a ball and the sea like a platter. The 'sea' refers to the ocean that encompasses the entire earth".
Jun
10
comment Sources for the world being round in the Gemara
This is a good answer (and +1), but it would be greatly improved if it featured a translation into English. Especially of the passage in the Yerushalmi, since that's the part that best answers the question that was asked.
Jun
9
comment Why are there no fish korbanot?
Note that it's only domesticated land animals that are brought as offerings (בהמות). Wild animals (חיות), like deer, are not. The birds that are brought are also domesticated species (doves), and wheat is a domesticated grain. It stands to reason that all fish could have been excused on these grounds too, there being no species that might have been considered anything but wild.
Jun
8
comment Jewish headstone abbreviation
@sam - FWIW, that's a shewa nach.
Jun
8
comment Why is Shekalim in the Bavli?
Nothing wrong with what you've said, but it doesn't answer my question. I know that every masekhta is included in Shas Bavli, but the only one of those masekhtas to feature the Yerushalmi is Shekalim. Why?? I don't accept the suggestion that you made (that it makes Seder Moed more "complete"), since as you pointed out yourself this only raises a question on why they weren't included for Seder Zeraim.
May
30
comment Lubavitcher Rebbe on the Shoah
Very interesting - thank you! Unless "1972" is a typo, perhaps it was republished eight years later? It's hard to imagine that Prof Bauer could have made so glaring a mistake in two separate articles and not have been corrected by any of his respondents.
May
27
comment Would time travel be assur/mutar?
Another interesting ramification of this is whether or not you can pasken like somebody before they existed. If you went back to the 15th century, could you still hold like the Mishna Berurah?
May
27
comment How are there arguments over how God works?
Your question doesn't make sense to me. "Unlike darshaning a pasuk, in which multiple versions are all valid, God either works in one way or another". Sure, but what if we only know how God works from pesukim??
May
26
comment Is the Maharshal's list of differences between Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi complete?
For what it's worth, the book that you have cited is not by the Maharshal: it's by R' Menachem Mendel Hochstein. Only the final three pages are by the Maharshal, comprising a list of differences between Babylonia and the land of Israel in both custom and law. It appears to be complete, although R' Hochstein doesn't cite its source and I've not yet found it in any of the Maharshal's writings.
May
23
comment The Chozeh Mi'Lublin prioritizing dveikus over kriyas shema
I think that this is the passage you're referring to.
May
21
comment Why are tractates arranged in descending order of size?
@Yehuda - can you give me an example of this? I'm not familiar with the gemara ever doing that...
May
21
comment Are there any historical Bibles entirely written on parchment?
Can you please include the reference in Hilkhot Sifrei Torah?
May
21
comment No longer prostrating after tefillah - sources?
Thank you, Yishai - that's very helpful. I am leaving this question open for now, in order to encourage more responses, but +1.
May
20
comment Page numbers in sefarim
Really? Not for me, for some reason... I must be one of the lucky few :)
May
20
comment Rashi on Righteous Kings: Omissions
In a way, this question is asked by the Rashash (R' Shmuel Strashun), although he doesn't answer it. He points out that Rashi (Sukkah 45b, sv. יותם בן עוזיהו) declares Yotam to have been completely righteous, to have exemplified the mitzva of honouring one's father and of having been possessed of greater humility than any other king. He notes that Rashi doesn't mention Yotam here (Yevamot 63a), but doesn't suggest why.
May
20
comment Page numbers in sefarim
Note that this entire article can be found here - in case you want to add a hyperlinked reference.
May
19
comment Tanach with grammatical text analysis
If the analysis that you're looking for is strictly grammatical, what difference does the publisher's religion make??
May
19
comment Maybe God lied?
Perhaps this question can be rephrased... Are you asking for a source within the Torah that God is not deceitful, or are you asking for a source outside of it that the Torah is true?.
May
19
comment What is the Pilpul method of learning?
Thank you, @Matt! Your familiarity with a broad array of literature is most impressive, and I appreciate you sharing these references (as I likewise appreciated you sharing some on another of my answers a little while back). Regarding the Netziv, could you please tell me which of the introductions to Sheiltot you are referring to? I have a version open in front of me, and I see one titled קדמת העמק and another titled פתח העמק. My guess is that you're referring to the former, but I'm not sure.