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Aug
31
comment What is it about pigs that's so despised vs. other non-kosher animals?
Yeah I remember it from Little Medrish Says, but that doesn't say much ...
Aug
31
comment Shoresh starting with “Vav”?
I wonder if R' JD Bleich would hold you spell "Varda" ending with an aleph [for transliterating non-Hebrew] and not a heh [for Hebrew] because it's not Biblical; that's his opinion about "Ilana."
Aug
31
comment Shoresh starting with “Vav”?
Is it used Biblically as a verb? (E.g. tav, which in Paleo looked like an X, means "mark", both as a noun and verb, Ezekiel 9:4.)
Aug
31
comment Shoresh starting with “Vav”?
Meaning "hook", I assume? (The vav in Paleo-Hebrew [ksav ivri] does look like a hook.)
Aug
30
comment Arba'a Ushmonim - mi yodeya?
What fast is this?
Aug
30
comment Can too many decorations render a sukkah invalid?
So if I put a blanket directly underneath my schach (assume the rain could get through it) -- or a bugnet -- is that still kosher?
Aug
30
comment Can too many decorations render a sukkah invalid?
What if it's like a fancy hanging beaded chain that is hung vertically from the schach? (Okay probably less than a foot long, but what if ...)? Does the same apply if I'm hanging lights from my schach?
Aug
27
comment Can a 9 year old do Yibbum?
If I'm not mistaken, if there was a huge age gap, they would generally recommend chalitza anyhow ...
Aug
27
comment Arba'a Ushmonim - mi yodeya?
No. "shakula" means "losing a child"; it could refer to death or burial. In this case, they were both buried on the same day.
Aug
27
comment Arba'a Ushmonim - mi yodeya?
Nice. Really nice.
Aug
27
comment Why aren't any of the main American brands of chewing gum kosher?
Good idea Isaac. Just sent them an email.
Aug
27
comment Arba'a Ushmonim - mi yodeya?
I wonder if Mesopotamian Caterers offered an AARP discount. :)
Aug
27
comment Brochos on Desserts
Mekubal, do Sefardim refer to the brachot as "eitz, adamah, hakol"? That's cool! We Ashkenos call them "haeitz, haadamah, shehakol." As usual, you're using gramatically correct nouns; we're just lifting words out of context.
Aug
27
comment Brochos on Desserts
There's a Rabbi Frand tape all about the frozen-liquid controversy; I don't know what he concludes, but I picked "yes bracha" for the quick answer above.
Aug
27
comment If a pig was genetically modified to chew its cud, would it be kosher?
On a camel, hyrax, or hare, you mean ...
Aug
27
comment what is the longest masechta?
Downloaded the texts from mechon mamre, and wrote a computer program to count everything.
Aug
26
comment what is the longest masechta?
So at least I'm not the only one who heard the debunked Brachos rumor ... I wonder where it came from.
Aug
26
comment Shelosha Ushmonim - mi yodeya?
I'd heard it suggested that Moshe and Aharon each reached identical spiritual levels; however, Aharon was 3 years older and thus had 3 more years to do it. So Moshe's spiritual growth rate was higher.
Aug
25
comment Tachanun on Yahrtzeit
The general custom is to omit Tachanun in an avel's house; if the avel goes to shul instead, it wouldn't surprise me to apply the same concept. But that's very different (I think?) from a yahrtzeit of a tzadik several hundred years ago.
Aug
24
comment Shnayim Ushmonim - mi yodeya?
Any guess what about its construction that would need 80-something people?