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Jan
28
revised What is the oldest manuscript of Torah Shebaal Peh?
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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!"
Jan
11
comment How should an Orthodox Jew respond to questioning by Conservative/Reform Jews?
Another key point of difference, in my opinion, is that only the Orthodox synagogues have a mechitza, or otherwise separate men from women while praying.
Jan
11
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Jan
10
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Jan
9
comment Moshe and the Egyptian - Justifiable Homicide?
Also, it says the Hebrew was "of his brothers". Maybe it was Aaron or another close relative that was getting beaten? Seeing THAT would probably provoke anger, IMHO.
Jan
9
comment Moshe and the Egyptian - Justifiable Homicide?
The sequence of actions - seeing the beating, scanning the area for witnesses, killing the guy - seems rather quick to me...like a flush of anger. He didn't(at least with the info given)stop, cheerfully call out "Hey, why you beatin' on that Hebrew like that?", and then only strike and kill the guy after he ignored Moshe and just kept on beating the Hebrew.
Jan
9
revised Moshe and the Egyptian - Justifiable Homicide?
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Jan
9
asked Moshe and the Egyptian - Justifiable Homicide?
Jan
1
comment Milk-free cheese: Is it kosher? Parve?
...I second that, Charles - milk, parve or plastic spongy mass...yum!
Dec
31
comment Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai, or Josephus?
@user6591 - thanks! If I knew more about the chazal part of it, at least enough to flesh out the theory,I would....
Dec
31
comment Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai, or Josephus?
@user6591 - not exactly exactly, but pretty close...the dates are listed in his Wiki entry, but other sites have slightly different dates: his War was the first one, published around 75-78, during Vespasian's reign. Antiquities was published in Domitian's last year 93/94, and his Life was last, around 99/100.