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Jul
26
comment (How) was Tu B'Av observed as a matchmaking/singles-meeting event through history?
YS, LagBaomer bonfires and Tashlich are not in the Talmud, but everyone does them. Here's one that was in the Talmud, but then nobody did it? I suspect in communities with arranged marriages, why would this date (pun intended) be different than any other. Also the Mishna discussed pre-Destruction Jerusalem; was it limited to Jerusalem?
Jul
26
comment Tefilin and a toupee
I've heard that rabbis have -- if it would preserve someone's dignity -- told men to put Tefilin on at home, sans toupee, then go to shul and put them on again over the toupee.
Jul
26
answered Why did Hashem tell Moshe to look behind him when looking into Eretz Yisroel?
Jul
26
answered Tefillas HaDerech in populated areas
Jul
26
comment Shisha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
I heard it in English on his yutorah shiur on das torah. He referenced a Hebrew essay of his, I think it's available on hebrewbooks.
Jul
26
comment Shisha Veshishim - mi yodeya?
Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin has pointed out that in different places, Hazal blame: a.) the Romans b.) sin c.) incompetent Jewish leadership. He said that once there's an enemy and incompetent leadership, the natural course would be destruction; but we'd merit to protection from it if we were't sinning.
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.