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Mar
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comment Can you attend Purim dressed like Hitler?
ditto ray's comment...just not a good idea. Haman's plans were stopped before being put into action. If only Hitler's were, also...we'd have a new holiday for 80 years now..instead of Yom HaShoah..
Feb
19
comment Why did Rabba have to get up to kill Rabi Zeira?
...hahahaha good way to teach the vav vowels - Three Stooges style! I can just imagine Moe Larry n Curly learning their vowels this way...
Feb
15
comment Metal Kulmus for Sifrei Kodesh?
@Noach mi Frankfurt Thanks! I always wondered what the actual Torahs were written with way back when. The Letter of Aristeas says that the Law-one of the Temple copies- was written in letters of gold(which is against halacha I think?), so way back when they might've used gold pens for gold leaf ink...then again, there's probably a fair amount of "artistic license" in the Letter...
Feb
15
comment Metal Kulmus for Sifrei Kodesh?
...so a gold nib calligraphy pen would be ok then?!??
Feb
11
comment May a Jewish actor remove his kippah in order to play a non-Jewish character?
@sabahillel - Interesting - something transparent, like a dried spray can be used as a kippah?!? Do they make transparent plastic kippahs?
Feb
10
comment Is vaping prohibited?
@Fred - ....surprise, surprise, surprise...anything run through the lungs besides air on a daily basis seems to me to be a bad idea...
Feb
7
comment Is vaping prohibited?
Good question, IMHO... The smoking question is covered by judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/10513/…, but vaping? I think the "crux of the biscuit"(Thanks and RIP, Frank!) is that it's still a nicotine delivery system, and nicotine use is an addiction, and thereby harmful to the person's behavior, at the least, and their health, at the most. Also, propylene glycol, alias antifreeze, is probably NOT the best substance to put into your system on a daily basis, but nobody(like the FDA)has shown it to be a killer yet, so it's still the vapor of choice in the market.
Jan
29
comment Was Rachav A Harlot (Prostitute)?
thanks for clearing that up...like I wrote, I don't know too much about the official stuff..I guess there's differently defined levels of "bad person"..it just sounded wrong, because saying bad things about a bad person-- who might be thinking about teshuva and "turning a new leaf" -- wouldn't help inspire him to do the right thing "aaah, they say I'm an evil bast-d anyway, might as well keep on keeping on..."
Jan
29
comment Was Rachav A Harlot (Prostitute)?
"..whenever there is the opportunity to say bad about a bad person we will."?!? I'm far, far, far from a halacha expert, but doesn't that part of the "basic idea" go against some Lashon Hara rules/guidelines?
Jan
28
revised What is the oldest manuscript of Torah Shebaal Peh?
hopefully made the 1st sentence smoother
Jan
28
revised What is the oldest manuscript of Torah Shebaal Peh?
added dr to s reif's name added current location
Jan
28
answered What is the oldest manuscript of Torah Shebaal Peh?
Jan
27
comment Are there any jokes in the Geonim or Rishonim?
...well if Rashi had an allergic reaction to something he'd be a rashy Rashi....(moan)...n R David Kimchi starting a revolution would be a radical RaDaK...(more groans)...
Jan
27
comment Kissing Back of Hand
...and it looks like someone "asked the Rabbi" pretty much the same question, but the sources listed at the bottom don't clarify what part of the tradition they're the source of: ohr.edu/ask_db/ask_main.php/155/Q1
Jan
27
comment Kissing Back of Hand
It sounds to me like an age-old custom....there's the Wiki for "hand kissing" and a Jewish version that has some good stuff: jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/9354-kiss-and-kissing
Jan
27
comment Are there any jokes in tanach?
@CashCow - I don't know how the halacha treats the situation, but good question relating to the scenario... Jacob was betrothed "officially" to Rachael, it seems, so the switch for Leah...complicated things. Maybe later the Rabbis would've nullified the first marriage because of the deceit? I'm aware that there's an opinion(at least) that our forbears kept the Torah even before it was given, but this obvious violation of Vayikra 18:18 is an exception to that idea...
Jan
26
comment Are there any jokes in tanach?
@Cash Cow - How so? Because Leah and Rachael were Jacob's first cousins?
Jan
15
comment Do I make a bracha on smelling marijuana?
"Marijuana doesn't smell good, by itself" - you might've been smelling skunkweed...
Jan
12
comment How should an Orthodox Jew respond to questioning by Conservative/Reform Jews?
I was just looking at the question and answer so far, and yes, there's plenty of variance in specific observance points among the non-Orthodox that can be listed...well, not forever, but for quite a while... but the first thing ANY non-Orthodox Jew is going to notice when he steps inside an Orthodox synagogue for prayer is that his wife and daughters are going to be separated from him...so, in answer to the question, the Orthodox guy would start with "Well first of all, your wife and daughters pray on the other side of a barrier or in a separate gallery"..
Jan
11
comment What is shiduchim?
The situation you describe CAN be other than "pure lust" - have you ever seen Buster Keaton's "Seven Chances" or (by Jews)The Three Stooges' "Brideless Groom"? "Hold hands, you lovebirds!"