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Aug
5
comment Sleeping on Food without a Bed
TV's link then says: "while you shouldn't store food under a bed, if you did put the food under a bed/etc. and someone slept there, most poskim allow you to eat the food." See the link for references.
Aug
3
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
Okay, 50 times the square root of 2 is about 70.7107. Do I round down, or up (and reuse this for 71?) Isaac, any interest in irrational-numbers-mi-yodeya?
Aug
3
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
Passing off the hard work, eh Isaac?
Aug
3
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
Bonus question, when this is all done: plot a diagram of which of these answers connect to other ones in some way.
Aug
3
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
"70 facets to the Torah" therefore becomes the title of this book: mi.yodeya.com/questions/2365/shivim-mi-yodeya/2393#2393
Aug
3
comment What are the oldest Jewish songs (tune plus words) that are still popular today?
Yes that's what I meant, based on the Cantor Goffin piece.
Aug
3
comment What are the oldest Jewish songs (tune plus words) that are still popular today?
Right; so a handful of tunes used in the davening -- e.g. half-kaddish before Shabbos musaf -- can be tracked clearly to the 1400s. What about non-davening songs? Zemiros, Ani Maamin, Shalom Aleichem, anything like that?
Aug
3
comment What are the oldest Jewish songs (tune plus words) that are still popular today?
If I'm not mistaken, he has evidence that the tune itself is very old, but how long has it been used specifically for Maariv? (I think he argues "oh the court musicians were Jews so we must have had it first" ... could be, could be not.)
Aug
3
comment What are the oldest Jewish songs (tune plus words) that are still popular today?
I've heard that the tune used at the Kotel may go all the way back, but that's a different tune than the one usually used in shuls. No?
Aug
3
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
Gematra of Yayin -- and also Sod.
Aug
3
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
Phew! Beat that!
Aug
2
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
As to answers on this question, we may have the Nesiim effect -- everyone figures they'll leave the easy answers to others, but that's really just a mask for laziness!
Aug
2
comment Shiv'im - mi yodeya?
I'm told the Netziv doesn't like this, and says that the 430 count is from when Avram turned 70 and things started changing in his life ... though the command to move to Israel wouldn't happen for another five years.
Jul
28
comment Shiv'a Veshishim - mi yodeya?
And if we're going with 67%, we hold bitul b'rov is just that, majority means 50.1% vs. 40.9%; but who is it that held you literally needed "chad b'trei", 67% to 33%?
Jul
28
comment Shiv'a Veshishim - mi yodeya?
Is it sephardim who say 3/4 instead?
Jul
27
comment Tefillas HaDerech in populated areas
Population. It's about "traveling outside the city", irrespective of risk. Tefilas HaDerech and Birkas HaGomel are uncorrelated; I think that last point is in the Igros Moshe.
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
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.