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Jul
26
comment Why did Hashem tell Moshe to look behind him when looking into Eretz Yisroel?
Jeremy, look at the cantillation notes: "West-and-North; and South-and-East." Two pairs. But yes, that involves turning in between, it wasn't just a circle. Not sure why it is that way. There's probably someone who's commented on it.
Jul
26
asked (How) was Tu B'Av observed as a matchmaking/singles-meeting event through history?
Jul
26
comment Shisha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
Jerusalem is at roughly 35 degrees East; subtracting 66 that gives 31 degrees West. Conveniently, according to Wikipedia, "The Monchique Islet on Flores Island, located at 31° 16' 24" W is regarded as the westernmost point in Europe" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azore_Islands)
Jul
26
answered רָקִיאַע or רָקִיַע
Jul
23
comment Did any Achronim comment on the American Revolutionary or Civil Wars?
Certainly not politically correct for our modern ears, but fascinating nonetheless.
Jul
23
comment Chamisha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
How often can a shul keep track of stuff sitting in its office for a few weeks? Months? Years? Decades?
Jul
23
revised What are Israel's oldest known cultivated plants?
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Jul
23
comment Did any Achronim comment on the American Revolutionary or Civil Wars?
Fascinating; however, the fact that the Gaon's -- grandchildren or great-grandchildren I presume -- served in the Civil War (which side?) does not prove much about his views. People's grandchildren wind up in all sorts of different places -- even Bnei Brak!
Jul
23
comment Things we do not do because of Danger
Jeremy, which warnings? Like water left out overnight in places where poisonous animals may have been lurking? To the best of my knowledge those didn't make it into later straight-halacha sources (again, don't quote me Kitzur S"A). Or more accurately, that's not usually our situation today. Again, fish+meat is the weird one that was canonized into halacha.
Jul
23
asked Did any Achronim comment on the American Revolutionary or Civil Wars?
Jul
23
asked What are Israel's oldest known cultivated plants?
Jul
23
comment Can you drink a beer (such as Miller or Budweiser) at a bar?
Clarification: cognac absolutely needs a kosher certification. A few major brands of rum are okay without certification; see for instance star-k.com/cons-appr-liquor.htm
Jul
23
comment Eating Giraffe Meat
So as to "why it's not common practice", economics from one perspective or another; plus potentially those who are still halachically nervous -- again, that's economics.
Jul
23
comment Chamisha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
I've always wondered how often in Jewish history this actually happened -- 65 years of calm, prosperous, normal Temple operation.
Jul
23
comment Chamisha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
Is he saying Hallel (when we're focused on praising God, we don't get angry) or Hillel (the sage on whom people took bets if they could get him to lose his temper)? Though the mekubalim believe the proper spelling of Hillel is with a yud.
Jul
22
revised Things we do not do because of Danger
spelling
Jul
22
answered Can you drink a beer (such as Miller or Budweiser) at a bar?
Jul
22
comment Can you drink a beer (such as Miller or Budweiser) at a bar?
Rum is a sugarcane product and less of a kosher issue. Cognac is a form of brandy, a wine derivative, and thus is absolutely not kosher unless supervised!
Jul
22
answered Things we do not do because of Danger
Jul
22
revised Is the lemon slice added to a soda in many bars a problem kosher-wise?
Cut it down to clearer points