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Dec
10
answered Shelosha Ve'arba'im Umeya - mi yodeya?
Dec
9
comment What size hex nut will properly fit a standard chanukah candle?
Isn't there a Gemara about how you can't fit an item of width X into an item with exact opening width X? If the candles are 3/8" and nuts are 3/8", I'm guessing something had to get squeezed a bit. I think the candles are also wider at the base.
Dec
9
answered Why is it called “Zos Chanukah”
Dec
8
comment According to the Rambam, what color would most of the tzitzis strings be if the garment was all techeilet?
He says any "dye" other than black; I assume leaving them white/natural is okay too?
Dec
8
accepted According to the Rambam, what color would most of the tzitzis strings be if the garment was all techeilet?
Dec
8
comment Zmanim accuracy before digital clocks?
As for watches of the night: that was something the culture took for granted, if you had overnight guard duty you took one of three shifts; it's not specifically a Jewish thing. (Judaism then said to use those times to coordinate your prayers.) So you could ask a historian how they measured them, probably by moon or stars or the like.
Dec
8
comment According to the Rambam, what color would most of the tzitzis strings be if the garment was all techeilet?
Don't give the krum-bagel-bears video guy any ideas ...
Dec
8
asked According to the Rambam, what color would most of the tzitzis strings be if the garment was all techeilet?
Dec
8
answered Explaining non-Jewish holidays to children?
Dec
8
answered Electric Menorah
Dec
8
comment “m'nora” on Chanuka
Some Sephardic Jews (Persians, I think) refer to the candelabrum itself as a "chanukah", as in "go light your chanukah." Similarly they refer to a mezuza scroll as a "shadai", "do you have a shadai on the wall yet?". I think you'd call these usages synecdoche?
Dec
8
answered Stripes on a Talis
Dec
8
answered The name of Adam, and his descendants
Dec
7
answered Fish Tank Menorahs
Dec
7
answered On the horn of an ox
Dec
6
comment Is Dreidel gezeilah?
@Chanoch, Beit Yosef rules like Rambam that many forms of gambling are prohibited because they're a form of theft (though not enough so to invalidate a witness). Beyond that, some poskim hold that Hazal went further and prohibited all forms of gambling as a safeguard; others say no. I don't know what Beit Yosef's opinion is on the second question, it's very possible he's lenient. Your question was about the first one and is certainly valid on its own, sorry for my interfering.
Dec
6
answered Zmanim accuracy before digital clocks?
Dec
6
comment How do scientists such as Natan Aviezer and Gerald Schroeder understand the fourth day of creation?
Fascinating. "Let there be illuminators fixed in the sky such that they separate between day and night, demarcating set times, days, and years." Didn't happen until they were fixed as they currently are.
Dec
6
accepted How do scientists such as Natan Aviezer and Gerald Schroeder understand the fourth day of creation?
Dec
6
comment Is Dreidel gezeilah?
@Yahu, thanks. Yes, I was figuring I mentioned it a few words after the Chasam Sofer (who died more than a hundred years ago), but yeah it was a stretch. Shlit'a would have been better.