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comment Why are large Jewish communities not picking up and moving to Israel?
Opinion-based question?
18h
comment “Hello” and “sincerely” when writting letters
@DanF, I didn't take this question to be asking whether it is strict protocol
19h
comment Can you say Bircat Hagomel after certain “dangerous sports”
@TRiG good point. Especially considering all the news lately about head injuries from football. But it could be that whether or not to say the bracha depends on how dangerous the activity seems rather than on how dangerous it is
Jul
24
awarded  Pundit
Jul
16
awarded  Yearling
Jul
16
comment What is the “Minimum” of beliefs to be considered Orthodox?
@babyseal observance is simply the best way we can estimate how much to trust someone because we have no way of telling what they believe
Jul
11
comment Why do we have the rule of “Nasog Achor”?
Try saying EloHEY KHEsef fast
Jul
11
comment Why do we have the rule of “Nasog Achor”?
It's because it's hard to say a word with the accent on the last syllable followed by a word with the accent on the first syllable. Evidence: This only happens when the trop on the first word is not a pause.
Jul
11
comment Why are the blessing(s) preceding the Haftarah printed and chanted with trope notes?
It is one blessing at the beginning of the haftara, not two. There are two type of brachot. They are "long brachot" and "short brachot." Long brachot start and end with baruch ata Hashem. The most famous example is the first bracha of shmoneh esrei. A "short bracha" is one that only consists of baruch ata Hashem, blank. Sometimes when there are multiple long brachot in a series, the opening baruch is eliminated in the second and subsequent ones. Examples include most brachot in shmoneh esrei and the second and third brachot in birkat hamazon
Jul
5
comment Children's Names
Also, just so you know, if you want to address another user with a comment, start your comment with an @ sign followed by that user's name. That way, they will get a notification that you are writing to them. The reason I am not doing that for you is because we are commenting on your question, so you receive a notification even if I do not type @BenKCohen
Jul
5
comment Children's Names
See the comment that I posted on that answer. In general, it is always best if you can give an answer with a source. Sometimes an answer with a little bit of original research is OK, but you should be basing it on something that is recorded somewhere. This website is anonymous. We don't know who you are, so we have no reason to trust you (or anybody else here) unless they site their sources.
Jul
5
comment Is it possible to become a tzaddik?
This question asks about becoming a tzadik. Maybe when a person is born, he is already either a rasha, a beinoni, or a tzadik.
Jul
5
comment Children's Names
Hello BenKCohen. Welcome to Mi Yodeya! We hope you'll stick around to contribute to and enjoy the site! Just so you know, this question will likely be closed soon (it might not happen until after Shabbat is over in the United States and more people are checking out the site) because we generally do not accept opinion or open-ended questions. I hope you'll check out the How To Ask page to find out how to properly form a question on this site so that you can continue to contribute here in the future!
Jul
3
answered Marriage and Menstruation
Jul
3
comment Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli
@user613 Ok. done.
Jul
3
answered Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli
Jul
3
revised Why didn't Eliyahu Hanavi reveal himself to me?
added 159 characters in body
Jul
3
comment How can Eliyahu say that almost no one in the market has a share in Olam Haba?
uncharacteristically? I would say Eliyahu is pretty characteristically harsh.
Jul
3
comment Messianic Jew and Wine
This is a question of halacha lma'aseh. Not just what it says in the gemara
Jul
2
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Two seforim being taken out