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Nov
12
comment Riddle: Aruch Hashulchan. Chanukah story missing a word
It also happens to be more technically correct from a geographical standpoint -- the "people led by Antiochus" certainly followed Greek culture, but themselves were from Syria. But your point about censorship certainly adds to it.
Nov
12
comment relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im
There's some discussion about how most of the Cohanim returned from Babylon to Israel with Ezra and Nechemiah, but very few Leviim did. I always wondered if that was related ...
Nov
9
comment Is Telemarketing Prohibited by Jewish Law?
yydl, yes, Tradition is subscriber-only. Occasionally they'll put some articles up for free.
Nov
5
comment Tree is it Eitz or Illan
Audio. I think it's this one? yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/705528/…
Nov
5
comment Tree is it Eitz or Illan
(From yutorah shiur of his on spelling names in Gittin.)
Nov
5
comment Tree is it Eitz or Illan
R' JD Bleich has said that Ilan is Aramaic not Hebrew (unsurprising it wound up in the Mishna); he goes so far to then state that "Ilana" is a non-Hebrew name and is properly spelled אילנא, just like "Lisa" would be ליסא, the ending-with-heh-for-feminine is only for authentic Hebrew names.
Nov
4
comment What was the earliest use of the Rambam's language in Shmita V'Yovel in support of kollel study?
Makes sense. That's why I'm including the links, but not their arguments (other than perhaps any bias implied by my translation).
Nov
4
comment What was the earliest use of the Rambam's language in Shmita V'Yovel in support of kollel study?
Isaac - see links. I don't want this question to become a flamewar about who's right, just when this was first cited.
Nov
3
comment How do those rabbis opposed to the RCA (“Rabbi Willig's”) prenup feel about the Nachlas Shiva document?
From context, I'm pretty sure the language here was a euphemism for a Get.
Nov
3
comment Lighting candles Motzei Shabbos
I once stopped by the Breitowitzes on a motzei shabbos and they had candles lit, "for shalom bayis", also. (I think it was two.) It does impart a more serene feeling on what can be a hectic catchup-on-work-and-dishes-and-phone-calls-and-kids-sleepovers time.
Nov
1
comment Primacy of Rash"i
Yahu, you got it. Thanks!
Oct
25
comment Achad Asar Umeya - mi yodeya?
Or, "111 is the gematria of the way 'kava' is pronounced."
Oct
22
comment Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
Isaac: done! Good idea.
Oct
22
comment Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
For a start on the halachic discussion, see Rabbi J David Bleich's article: torahmusings.com/2010/06/new-periodical-tradition-431.html and surrounding discussion regarding shooting a hijacked airplane. Rabbi Bleich concludes that it's prohibited; a.) not sure everyone agrees b.) not sure if he's taking into account the halachic distinction for war c.) not sure if that case is completely analogous to ours [can't put my finger on it yet].
Oct
22
comment Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
Gershon, this article discusses an international-law perspective, not one of halacha.
Oct
22
comment Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?
Gershon, please give us the link and a brief summary, not copy-pasting the whole article.
Oct
22
comment Chickpeas (Arbes) at a Shalom Zachor
The sefer Edut L'Avraham -- Sheruta D'tzaluta, a collection of (pre-WWII Hassidic?) customs on lifecycle events, sounds like it's lentils not chickpeas. Anyone ever heard that?
Oct
22
comment Is watching via webcam valid for cholov yisroel?
Again -- some Israeli hechsherim today allow it. Currently the American ones don't.
Oct
21
comment Yissachar - Zevulin Torah business partnership
Same author as Shu"t Yaskil Avdi?
Oct
21
comment How does paying a Mohel work?
Probably a combination of exchange rates, and rabbi supply and rabbi demand.