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Dec
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asked Would the rabbis who prohibit all gambling and lotteries prohibit a no-lose lottery?
Dec
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comment Is Dreidel gezeilah?
There are actually two questions: is it considered theft (based on how you read the various gemaras of asmachta); and is gambling altogether prohibited as a blanket prohibition, even if you somehow got out of the asmachta problem, based on the mishna in shabbos about lotteries. The latter is R' Ovadya Yosef [shlita]'s opinion.
Dec
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comment Is Dreidel gezeilah?
Tosfos' opinion is that the problem is conditional obligations at a later, point in time. What can be done instead is if all the players put the money in a pot and each takes acquisition of the pot, as of now, should they win.
Dec
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answered Bonim Talmidei Chachamim
Dec
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answered Is Dreidel gezeilah?
Dec
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comment Babylonian Jewry and Chanukah
The other chilling possibility is if the Diaspora communities at the time decided they would "sit out" the conflict between Hellenist and Hasmonean; even after Antiochus moved in, once they'd decided not to take sides, they wouldn't take sides. I certainly hope this wasn't the case, but it's a scary thought.
Dec
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comment Babylonian Jewry and Chanukah
See Pesachim 3b; Rabbi Yehuda ben Beseira is unable to make it from Netzivin (now Nusaybin, Turkey) to Jerusalem. I think some of the commentaries there suggested geopolitical barriers.
Dec
2
asked Are there any brands of mustard powder (flour) that are kosher for Passover for Sephardim?
Dec
2
revised Gemarah Shabbos -Chanukah Connection
kedushas zman > kedushas makom
Dec
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comment Gemarah Shabbos -Chanukah Connection
@Jeremy, either if she'd rather they light one for both of them, or even if they light their own, she'd rather do it at the same time as her husband. If she'd prefer her husband light earlier and she'll light later, that's certainly fine too.
Dec
2
comment “Ad shetichleh” or “ad shetikaleh”?
msh210, "shuk" is "marketplace." Not "shok."
Dec
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comment Calculating shabbat candle lighting time
@Dave, we treat the 18 as buffer zone, but those into chumra-of-the-month club would point to the Yereim, who holds halachic sunset is 18 minutes before what we call sunset. Was his opinion 18 absolute minutes or relative minutes? I don't know the material well enough (but it's based on the whole discussion of how many miles the average person walks between sunrise, sunset, dusk, etc.)
Dec
2
comment Does the person who lights the Chanuka candle at Shul make a Shehechiyanu the first night if it's a Friday?
It appears there was a separate enactment to light in shuls. (Heard from Rabbi Welcher.) Separate mitzva, separate bracha.
Dec
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answered Gemarah Shabbos -Chanukah Connection
Dec
2
answered Torah versus Chukei Ritzonecha
Dec
2
comment Donut and its deeper significance
It is a nice chance to remind people that we eat "sufganiyot", little spongy things; the Mishna talks about a baked good called "sufgenin", "spongy things."
Dec
2
comment Donut and its deeper significance
Does anyone, anywhere indicate that there is a deeper connection? I don't think the donuts thing is that old a custom!
Dec
2
answered Why doesn't Al Hanisim Mention the Miracle of the Oil?
Dec
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revised What is the greatest number of pages (daf) you can go in the Babylonian Talmud without encountering Abayei or Rava?
Added word metric
Dec
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answered Calculating shabbat candle lighting time