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Sep
21
comment Which Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was it who was martyred?
I guess another possibility is that Raban Shimon fled to Yavneh with his son Gamliel, and upon arriving in Yavneh, retired and gave the post to Gamliel. If so, when Raban Yochanan ben Zakai asked for Raban Gamliel, did he imply "and his retired father", or did he feel he could only ask for one person, so he chose the current nasi? The period was filled with difficult questions.
Sep
21
comment In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
R' Yahu, some Chasidim don't accept R' Moshe's heter as halacha, and some are machmir as chumra. (Am I mistaken?) My impression was that basically all Litvaks in America accept the heter at some level, just often demand to be machmir as a chumra. Have you heard otherwise? I occasionally hear of those who require chalav yisrael dishes too, but this seems rare enough. Regardless: in practice, the rabbinates of the UK and the Netherlands feel that the heter applies there as well (at least if you're in a pinch).
Sep
21
accepted What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Sep
21
comment What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Yahu, I like the Google bookclip! Alex, neat idea just taking the jpg! I've added in the Hebrew text here (sans vowels) to make it more searchable; but I think all three ways to do it are good.
Sep
21
comment What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Woops. Psalms 42:6, see for instance mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt2642.htm
Sep
21
comment What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Addressing your own soul in the feminine; interesting. (As done in <a href="mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt2642.htm">Psalms 42:6</a> and elsewhere.) I knew there had to be some variant texts out there!
Sep
21
revised What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
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Sep
21
comment Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
"Lo suchal lizboach es hapesach", and Onkelos translates "leis lach reshu" ...
Sep
21
comment Which Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was it who was martyred?
Fascinating; though when I hear that Rabbi Yishmael uttered the Name and ascended to Heaven, I'd assume that was the Rabbi Yishmael who had served in the Temple. But not necessarily.
Sep
21
asked If the “ten martyrs” didn't happen together, did the punishment-for-Joseph story happen? When?
Sep
21
comment How important is it for everyone to revolve the bima 7 times on Simchas Torah?
Or maybe it was just vis-a-vis hoshana rabba? I'll see if I can find the mp3 blineder.
Sep
20
asked Which Raban Shimon ben Gamliel was it who was martyred?
Sep
20
comment Sleeping Tumah Transfers
I think the Rambam is quoted as saying we wash when waking up to a day of service of Hashem, just as kohanim wash when starting their Temple service. Again, wouldn't transmit tumah.
Sep
20
comment What should a chazan do if he has theological problems with the congregation's text?
That was my impression; anyone have any sources or other material on this?
Sep
20
asked How important is it for everyone to revolve the bima 7 times on Simchas Torah?
Sep
20
asked What should a chazan do if he has theological problems with the congregation's text?
Sep
20
asked What's the best rewording of “midas harachamim aleinu hisgalgli” for those uncomfortable with it?
Sep
20
comment Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
Of course, the Starbucks actually has a hechsher on their mix. I'd still be curious if there's anyplace vegan enough you could rely on an "unhechshered" chocolate; but YDK's answer gives me only 11,000 locations in the USA ... nebuch ...
Sep
20
accepted Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
Sep
20
comment Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?
Wow, talk about too easy ...