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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
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.
Jul
14
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
@DataGirl - ahhh! thanks for the clue. "as if"! I HOPE there's some reaching out and blessing from Above!
Jun
24
comment Version of the Tanach that pre-dates Jesus
@mevaquesh - The article itself is online in the Members section of the BAS' site here: members.bib-arch.org/… I think you can order an updated version of the book(I suspect you might REALLY enjoy it!) in the Store part of the site, and it's probably on Amazon. I found mine used somewhere a while ago.
Jun
20
comment During the time when the Sanhedrin was primarily Sadducees, would the average citizen that believed in the Oral Law have to listen to them?
@HaLeiVi - Josephus specifically says that the Sadducees were running everything during Alexander Jannai's reign.
Jun
20
comment Version of the Tanach that pre-dates Jesus
Also please note - The Biblical Archaeology Society's book "Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls"(a collection fm BAReview)has an article by Frank Moore Cross "The Text Behind the Text of the Hebrew Bible" that explains how most of the DSS can be grouped into three text types: the one that became the Masoretic Text, the one that that became the Samaritan Text, and the one resembling the Septuagint. There's a lot more elaboration in the article, but that's one of it's main points.