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Aug
25
comment What is the point of vows, oaths, and pledges in light of Kol Nidre?
I remember reading in a Chumash - perhaps the Hertz one(?) - that it was created to nullify the forced oaths that were made during persecutions..when it was a choice between the oath and the bonfire..
Aug
20
comment Is there a historical, cultural, traditional, or scriptural explanation for the prevalence of Jews in the comedy business?
Well, in a recent PBS American Masters special on Mel Brooks, it had a vignette of President Obama saying something along the lines of "thousands of years of unrelieved suffering and lamenting would be too much, so for every 10 Jews, G-d made one of them crazy, so he could amuse the others ".
Aug
20
comment Are there books and / or online sources that discuss how the Talmud was compiled?
interesting!!...watched a couple of them so far..trying HARD to stay on track with his train of thought...One potentially dumb question: is there a reason for his mannerisms(rocking back and forth "shpilkies", as my sister says, voice pitch rising like the house is on fire), or are they just that, his individual mannerisms?
Aug
18
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Aug
18
comment Ḥaser form of writing “Jerusalem” in the Bible
Great source! Wish my Hebrew was better or there was at least a short summary in English of these fascinating multi-level answers that all interrelate so I could appreciate them!
Aug
18
comment May a person daven in a NYC subway car that has a smelly person sitting there?
@DanF - I wonder why Deblazio doesn't just kill 2 birds with 1 stone and hand out free cheese and Section 8 vouchers at the subway entrances...?
Aug
18
comment May a person daven in a NYC subway car that has a smelly person sitting there?
@DanF - Hah! ...can't wait 'till the next time I visit and plop down my ...2.50 or whatever it is now...since I'm sure the last MetroCards I used have expired...always loved it when the 4 or 6 elevated trains stopped between stations for indeterminate periods...or when they chased you off the train and onto a shuttle bus...just to climb more stairs to get back on the train...
Aug
18
comment May a person daven in a NYC subway car that has a smelly person sitting there?
@DanF - Well, it's been about 10 years since I lived with a subway stop within easy walking distance...but I DID use the system to commute in the late 70's/early 80's, when it was at its...most interesting...
Aug
14
comment May a person daven in a NYC subway car that has a smelly person sitting there?
IMHO, a probably crowded possibly smelly subway car isn't the most contemplative place to pray...isn't there a better place for davening in the subway system somewhere? maybe a quiet corner of a station? Then you can just distance yourself from a stenchmeister if they approach...
Aug
12
comment Curse on the Kennedys
@mevaqesh - when I clicked on the link it was definitely NOT a yeshiva! "Exposing the Judeo-Masonic Conspiracy"?!? I commented on it here because it was closest to your link, just a few comments up...
Aug
11
comment Curse on the Kennedys
@mevaqesh - have you taken a good look around that "here" site? I wouldn't consider believing ANYTHING on those pages...
Aug
10
comment I'm not sure if this is the right place . Last name Judah
Also, it says there are a few dozen biographies of members of the Judah family in the Jewish Encyclopedia.
Aug
10
comment I'm not sure if this is the right place . Last name Judah
Hi Stephanie! There's a great book by Dan Rottenberg called "Finding Our Fathers-A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy" that will help get you started. There's a list of surnames in the back - a couple of thousand - and for JUDAH it says there's a family in Newport, RI going back to the 1600's, a Russian family fm Grodno going back to the 1500's, also families fm Jamaica and Surinam. It says the American family is related to the Hilbert, Seikas, Hendricks, Jonas, Hart, Levy, Correa and Hays families. Also, the Russian Judahs are related to the Ioudich and Danovich families. Good luck!
Aug
9
comment Not approaching the Western Wall
I don't know how far away he stayed, but II Chronicles 27:2 says that King Jotham never entered the Temple. Since his father Uzziah was smitten with leprosy there, he might have thought he "was unworthy" to enter it...or afraid to...or just plain humble.
Aug
6
comment what is the source that Shadchan is an acronym of Sheker Dover Kesef Notel
...I thought they didn't outright lie but put "the best spin on negative attributes"...
Aug
4
comment what is the source that Shadchan is an acronym of Sheker Dover Kesef Notel
...sounds like the source is someone VERY disappointed with the match he got....
Jul
31
comment “hagEfen” or “hagAfen”? what is the reason behind the enunciation difference?
...I always heard it as "HaG'fen"-syllable starting w/the "g"
Jul
25
comment What to remove from a generic chumash to get only the letters as found in the torah scroll?
...sounds like differences between "full" and "defective" spellings of words between the editions of the Text. I wonder which edition Drosnin used...
Jul
17
comment Does a train conductor have to abandon his train if it is Shabbat?
What comes to my mind reading this is that if the conductor is Shomer Shabbos, he probably made his employer aware of this at hire, and they hopefully made/adjusted his work schedule accordingly.
Jul
15
comment Why does Orthodox Judaism not believe in the New Testament?
....to put it in a nutshell, ISRAEL was the Suffering Servant in those sections of Isaiah.