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revised Did Rembrandt really get the 'mene, mene' inscription in his painting of Belshazzar's Feast wrong?
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Apr
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answered Did Rembrandt really get the 'mene, mene' inscription in his painting of Belshazzar's Feast wrong?
Apr
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comment Did Rembrandt really get the 'mene, mene' inscription in his painting of Belshazzar's Feast wrong?
I thought the rumor was that Rembrandt had consulted with Menashe ben Israel on this
Apr
29
comment how do you empty mikveh?
Please clarify your question and underlying assumption.
Apr
28
answered Was the Mishkan Built on Shabbat?
Apr
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accepted Are tefillin supposed to be removed before a bris (circumcision)? If so, why?
Apr
27
comment Restaurants with hechsher for locusts
If I recall correctly R' Ovadiah Yosef z'l said that even if your custom is not to eat them, they don't treif up your dishes, and there was a restaurant that was therefore exploring the option -- is that Eucalyptus?
Apr
22
comment What was the earliest use of the Rambam's language in Shmita V'Yovel in support of kollel study?
@Mefaresh thank you! He uses it in support of the phrase "with zero hishtadlut". (Mind you, Rabbi Horwitz secluded himself for a lengthy period.)
Apr
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accepted What was the earliest use of the Rambam's language in Shmita V'Yovel in support of kollel study?
Apr
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comment Why do women wear ponytail elastics on Shabas?
You mean you see women wearing them outside an eruv, right? (The whole "outside an eruv" concept will seem outdated to many younger readers here.)
Apr
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answered Which insects are not kosher?
Apr
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comment Early Sources that Charity Should Optimally Support Torah
I heard from a rabbi I highly respect that the Ramban writes that the purpose of the institution of maaser kesafim (tithing income) was to help Torah scholars. I'd have to search for the actual quotation.
Apr
17
comment Witnesses and the Ketubah
@Yoni agreed the best thing is to do one ceremony the right way. But plenty of non-observant people do all sorts of halachically sub-optimal things. If they insist on a non-halachic ceremony at the big party (e.g. without kosher witnesses), then the least-bad option may be to give them a quick, quiet halachic ceremony the day before.
Apr
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comment Witnesses and the Ketubah
@msh210 if someone asks "can I use milk for my dalet kosos?" ... the underlying assumptions of the question had some things needed addressing.
Apr
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comment Witnesses and the Ketubah
@DanF NO. They go to the rabbi's office and have kesubah, ring, chuppah. Halachically they are married. Then they go have a big party because they want a big party.
Apr
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answered Witnesses and the Ketubah
Apr
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comment וְהִתְקִין לוֹ מִמֶּנּוּ בִּנְיַן עֲדֵי עַד Is the translation of מִמֶּנּוּ **His** very self or his very self?
Standard reading: "God made Adam, and then from Adam the woman who is a building for eternity." Sacks' reading: "God made humanity, and ... [thus?] a building for eternity. Yeah that's a bit of a stretch. (Note that other denominations change the blessing to "Who made us" for gender-neutrality.) Note, however, that the Chizkuni already says the translation of "Adam" is "human."
Apr
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comment What is considered a Safek?
@DanielMoskovich fascinating but I don't think so. If the average human being doesn't KNOW with normal senses that A will cause B, then if he does A on Shabbos and B occurs, that's not called "thoughtful labor" (mileches machsheves). Using my normal human senses, I can't tell whether this bench will dig a hole. Contrast to checking my wine for spoilage or lettuce for bugs -- it's something I certainly could do, but the halacha says I'm not obligated to do so if the probability is sufficiently low. And the Talmudic precedent for that seems to be an objective one.
Apr
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comment What is the hallachic definition of randomness?
@IsaacMoses entirely correct. I'm simply saying that our definition of randomness is defined by human senses. The question of whether you can rely on randomness to allow a situation of "I want X -> I push a button -> I visibly, tangibly get X" is a different one. (Rabbi Heinemann's "Sabbath mode" oven, for instance, has a random delay from when you push the button to when the heat increases, but even then the increase is not directly visible to the naked eye.)