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comment Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?
@mekubal, my impression was otherwise. (Acc. to wikipedia, beet sugar didn't happen until the 1500s.) I'm not sure what they were doing with dates in the time of the Talmud (paste? Juice?). But there's a reason that the word "sugar" in Hebrew is its Latin cognate -- ancient Hebrew had no word for it, only "dvash" for anything sweet.
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comment Apples and Rubia
@mekubal, you mean people aren't saying a bracha rishona on them? That's really weird. Or they say bracha rishona on them before hamotzi, then assume they'll be covered by birkat hamazon.
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comment Apples and Rubia
My impression, based on this, is that the definition of "fruit" vs "vegetable" here is a culinary one, not halachic. So strawberries for dessert get ha'adama; avocado in your salad doesn't get ha'etz.
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comment Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?
Um, they were foods available 1500 years ago in Iraq that had Hebrew or Aramaic puns? (At the pshat level. It's certainly possible there's something deeper going on.)
Sep
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comment Simanim are eaten when?
Why after hamotzee? I assume because usually we do kiddush then hamotzee. It sounds from the Gemara like this isn't some spooky ritual thing, rather, eat these foods as part of your meal! (If I said "we eat turkey on Thanksgiving", would anyone think they take one sliver of turkey, then sit down to their meal of falafel?) As for why night and not day, night is the first meal of the new year, so most auspicious time for starting things off. Then second night ... we do everything just like first night. (And we usually have leftovers ... and why not?)
Sep
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comment What is a good way to make one's website inaccessible on Shabbat?
Why? For those who are machmir like R' Heinemann's opinion before he retracted it? mi.yodeya.com/questions/2671/is-it-a-malacha/2673#2673
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comment Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?
Woops I slipped usually I reference Tanach by English names: Leviticus 2:11.
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comment Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?
Vayikra 2:11, "kol mesikas pri karuy dvash." I believe "kol minei mesika kruyin dvash" occurs in Rashi on Shas as well, but can't place it off-hand (maybe in Arvei Pesachim?) But regardless -- they didn't have refined sugar in Talmudic times.
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comment Apples and Rubia
My understanding is that's understood as normal practice; fresh fruit is dessert, but salad and other vegetables are part of the meal. Then again, my Rosh Yeshiva has a different mesora -- he makes a ha'adama on the carrot on top of his gefilte fish!
Sep
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comment Which rabbi was it who checked a person's identity by asking where he sat in shul?
I'd heard it as the Vilna Gaon too (I believe on a Rabbi Frand tape), but then heard someone else tell the story about a different rabbi, so I was asking around. Should we have a different tag for "litvish story" or "famous rabbi story"?
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asked Which rabbi was it who checked a person's identity by asking where he sat in shul?
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asked What's wrong with using “Adoshem” for the name of G-d when singing?
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answered Simanim are eaten when?
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answered Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?
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answered Apples and Rubia
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accepted What is it about pigs that's so despised vs. other non-kosher animals?
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comment Sheimos in newspapers and parsha sheets
I think the above article suggests double bagging only for items that are secular with some Torah content. My impression is that other poskim might allow double-bagging in broader cases as well, but I can't cite anything offhand.
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revised Sheimos in newspapers and parsha sheets
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answered Sheimos in newspapers and parsha sheets