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Dec
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comment What is the most common way of indicating qere/kethib in the biblical text?
Most translations ignore the nuance entirely, and translate one or the other. To get the same effect, I'd like to see the Keri in strikeout, followed by the Ketiv. E.g. "you will betrothe a woman, but another man will [expletive in strikeout] lie with her."
Dec
2
answered Does killing a pest make a person unclean?
Dec
1
comment Should Ya'akov have married Rachel?
@Nic yeah from what we see in the verses, she's passive until doing the competition-for-kids thing. We would hopefully assume that she's okay with the whole thing when he's kissing her and offering labor to her father for her hand in marriage ...
Dec
1
comment Who asked Rav Moshe about capital punishment?
@SethJ it's well-known. The Gemara says they stopped the death penalty when the Sanhedrin was exiled from the Temple office; R' Aaron felt that meant no government could use capital punishment from that point on. I've heard this from his talmidim, and I believe also on a yutorah shiur ... but sorry I can't pinpoint a written source at the moment.
Nov
30
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Nov
30
comment Should Ya'akov have married Rachel?
@ThinkingSkeptically not really. Okay oops he married Leah, now what. Rachel is thinking, "I still want to marry Jacob, co-wife and all." Jacob is thinking, "I still want to marry Rachel, co-wife and all; plus I made that commitment to her." Again, given that people at the time were used to the co-wife relationship, going ahead and marrying Rachel seemed like the least-damaging resolution at the moment.
Nov
29
answered What are “the tokens of virginity”?
Nov
28
comment Origin of the common M'chalkel niggun
Argh! Now I can't get it out of my head!
Nov
28
answered how is a Jewish war leader dedicated?
Nov
28
answered Should Ya'akov have married Rachel?
Nov
27
comment Source for guest bed in Sedom as a parable for education
No I'm not the firsthand source. I've heard it quoted as such from both Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz and Rabbi Eli Fischer, if it helps. Would have to check with some talmidim or the like.
Nov
27
comment If a Cohen slept with non-Jews, may he marry a Jewish woman who has done the same?
Yup, Cohen status is something you're stuck with, you can't choose to relinquish it.
Nov
27
comment Rav Shlomo Wolbe and children
Not quite the same, but R' Yaakov Kaminetsky pointed to the Gemara about the "guest bed" in Sodom, where if you were too short they stretched you; too tall, they cut off your limbs; he said this was the state of our educational system. And R' Ephraim KiTov has an essay called "al chet shechatanu lefenecha bechinuch habanim" about shoving Gemara at kids who aren't ready for it.
Nov
26
answered May Conversative man “up-convert” to marry Orthodox girl?
Nov
25
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Nov
25
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Nov
25
revised arachin: dependance on age and sex
Added my vort on bar/bat mitzva
Nov
24
answered Which Tachanun should I say when davening in a minyan with a different Nusach?
Nov
23
answered In what case can a wine made from the “Fruit of the Vine” be kosher but not acceptable for kiddush?
Nov
23
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