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Nov
18
comment How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
Dave, agreed. Just trying to be (too) clever.
Nov
18
comment How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
Sefer HaChinuch says you need to know "al-handasa."
Nov
18
comment How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
לא ניתנה תורה למהנדסים. I think the Arabic "al-handasa" meant geometry, and Hebrew eventually picked up the word as "engineering." See Sefer HaChinuch on לא תונו איש את עמיתו, a good Jew needs to know geometry so he can buy/sell land by its actual area, even if it's not shaped like a rectangle.
Nov
18
revised How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
avenues run 29 degrees east of north
Nov
18
asked How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?
Nov
17
answered Midrash/Medrash
Nov
17
revised Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?
caps to identify movements
Nov
16
comment Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?
And there's some medrish about the merit of Sarah ... that her descendant Esther would reign over 127 states; something like that? Can anyone help here?
Nov
16
answered Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?
Nov
15
answered 9 Posukim in Kriyas Hatorah
Nov
12
comment Riddle: Aruch Hashulchan. Chanukah story missing a word
It also happens to be more technically correct from a geographical standpoint -- the "people led by Antiochus" certainly followed Greek culture, but themselves were from Syria. But your point about censorship certainly adds to it.
Nov
12
comment relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
There's some discussion about how most of the Cohanim returned from Babylon to Israel with Ezra and Nechemiah, but very few Leviim did. I always wondered if that was related ...
Nov
9
answered Yom Kippur havdalah
Nov
9
answered relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
Nov
9
answered What is the rarest Haftarah?
Nov
9
comment Is Telemarketing Prohibited by Jewish Law?
yydl, yes, Tradition is subscriber-only. Occasionally they'll put some articles up for free.
Nov
5
revised Veal and Kashrus
Clarified
Nov
5
answered Veal and Kashrus
Nov
5
comment Tree is it Eitz or Illan
Audio. I think it's this one? yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/705528/…
Nov
5
comment Tree is it Eitz or Illan
(From yutorah shiur of his on spelling names in Gittin.)