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Aug
23
comment In Devarim 17:6, why does the Torah uses the term שְׁנַ֣יִם עֵדִ֗ים instead of שני עדים?
My pleasure, @DanF - I always appreciate an opportunity to engage with the Netziv's beautiful perush! He's actually fairly succinct, so if I get a moment I'll edit his full explanation into my answer.
Aug
22
comment Locating a copy of Sifra (Torat Kohanim)
Not true, unfortunately. I have that edition at home; it's beautiful, and it contains a lot of good scholarship, but it is incomplete. It only includes the first two sections of Sifra (Dibbura deChova and Dibbura diNedava), despite what many publishers are saying about it. I can only justify this on the basis of the fact that the companies selling this book have evidently never read it.
Aug
22
comment In Devarim 17:6, why does the Torah uses the term שְׁנַ֣יִם עֵדִ֗ים instead of שני עדים?
Hi DanF. I looked into this over Shabbos, and have added some more to my answer (based on the relationship between 17:6 and 19:15, and inclusive of mefarshim).
Aug
20
comment Performing a C-section in the Time of Chazal
@DoubleAA - If so, that would contradict Keritot 1:5, in which R' Shimon's opinion is that a woman who delivers by C-section is still obligated to bring a qorban on the 80th day after delivery. Even if we say that's hypothetical (since it is so unlikely that she would have lived so long), it does seem to presuppose at least that she wasn't already dying when they performed the procedure.
Aug
20
comment Performing a C-section in the Time of Chazal
@DoubleAA - that's how the Rambam understands it: "מה שאפשר להיות בזה שתהא האשה מעוברת משני וולדות ונקרע דופנה ויצא א׳ מהן ואח״כ יצא השני כדרך העולם ומתה אחר שיצא השני". But are you saying that in your opinion they never performed C-sections unless the woman was dying?
Aug
20
comment Online Mussar and Gemara Shiurim in Yiddish?
Thankyou - that's awesome. I wonder if there's software for stripping it of the echo? I don't want to be overly picky, but I am finding it a bit hard to differentiate his words from one another.
Aug
12
comment Was referring to a Jewish firstborn son as “____ bar [mother's name]” insulting in the first century?
Your quote doesn't make sense. The text was originally in Greek, but if translated into Aramaic it would look like this in English? Why not just tell us the scriptural reference, or how it appears in an English translation of the NT?
Aug
11
comment How would first century Jews in Judea have reacted to the Jesus Movement's messianic claims?
With respect, this sounds like a question for the History Stackexchange...
Aug
5
comment Bnei Akiva and zionism
Not an answer, but the movement was named by Avraham Kastenbaum. Maybe if you can find information about him, you'll find your answer. (Wikipedia has a Hebrew entry, but I haven't read it).
Aug
3
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.
Aug
3
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
Aug
3
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.