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May
4
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
@AL can you link to some of the extensive evidence?
Apr
25
comment Why is the seder “beseder” (in order)?
@DoubleAA not only it's post facto, but these titles were probably given sometime later by someone that just tried to remember it all...
Apr
25
comment Why is it customary for Jews to grow beards?
@msh210 If so it's called in English then be it. In Hebrew, OTOH, I humbly disagree with Wikipedia that translates Isralite as בן ישראל. It's explicit that an Israelite is also called ישראלי, as in בן האשה הישראלית. And there are well many examples in Orthodox Jewish literature for that, and it's also used in everyday Hebrew in Israel (I should know...).
Apr
22
comment Why is the seder “beseder” (in order)?
Well, the different seder parts have a nice rhyming: Kadesh uRchatz - Karpas Yachatz, Magid Rachtza - Motzi Matza etc.
Apr
3
comment Chametz u'matza?
crackers? [.15]
Apr
3
comment Is it a mitzvah to save someone from execution by Beth Din?
@RabbiMichaelTzadok see Rambam Shoftim 15:1: אם מת בו יצא ואם לאו רגימתו בכל ישראל שנאמר יד העדים תהיה בו בראשונה להמיתו ויד כל העם באחרונה
Apr
3
comment Is it a mitzvah to save someone from execution by Beth Din?
@RabbiMichaelTzadok read the seifa of the verse (I cited it wholly): ויד כל-העם, באחרונה. That explicitly relates those other people.
Apr
3
comment Is it a mitzvah to save someone from execution by Beth Din?
If you think I should bring an explicit source for this being not-a-mitzva or a felony - I think that the stark thought, the hava amina, that one should "save" an evicted person's life from a lawful death sentence, is so illogical that there isn't necessariliy such a source.
Apr
3
comment Is it a mitzvah to save someone from execution by Beth Din?
And the second proof is from the Braita in Sanhedrin.
Apr
3
comment Is it a mitzvah to save someone from execution by Beth Din?
@RabbiMichaelTzadok isn't Devarim 17:7 enough?
Mar
26
comment “גוט שבת, גוט שבת”
Well, saying it once, you don't really mean it, do you? So you say it again as in: "no, really, do have a good sabbath!"
Feb
20
comment How does Rashi knows that Shimshai safra is Hamman's son?
It's an important detail, since saying that Shimshai is related to Haman, shows that Haman has a longer negtive history than described in Megilat Esther. Also, I read somewhere that the Igeret Shimshai has written was the reason for Mordechai to be in Shushan in the first place - Mordechai tried to deny it in front of Achashverosh.
Feb
20
comment How does Rashi knows that Shimshai safra is Hamman's son?
preferrably Tanach, if exists. Otherwise, it's probably messora and Tanaim or Emoraim is fine.
Dec
19
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
@msh210 and it does seem the biggest explanation ahead of time. Except that everybody knew it when Adam was created... Doesn't that also count as a scientific fact (back then)? :)
Dec
19
comment What is it with the donkeys all over Parashat Mikeitz?
However, I think that your answer applies also for (1) the donkeys might have been mentioned to imply that they bought a large amount of food, which is essential for their families; and for (5) if it weren't mentioned that the donkeys were also sent with the brothers, we could have thought that Yossef has confiscated them (Egyptian rulers probably weren't famous for their generosity).
Dec
19
comment What is it with the donkeys all over Parashat Mikeitz?
+1 this well answers (3). Yet a complete answer would either answer all 6, or include some overall donkeys insight :). Thanks for the answer.
Dec
17
comment How did Yosef showing his circumcision prove anything?
I think the second answer of Tzeida Laderech has an additional important detail. After all, Yossef has married Osnat Bat Poti Fera, which is apparently an Egyptian. I assumed that it's OK since she was converted (as Menashe & Efraim are certainly considered Israeli), but I saw here that the Targum Yonatan explains that Osnat was actually _Dina_m Yaakov's daughter.
Dec
16
comment Can Isaiah 11:2 be used a basis for the belief that the king messiah will be a prophet?
gzera shava is something that's passed by tradition. The rational analogy you refer to is called binyan av.
Dec
12
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel +1 for the bother and the long way you went through with me and all the relevant references you brought (I think I cannot accept the answer though).
Dec
11
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel Thanks. 1+2) Oh, you're right. I misunderstood. But, still, how come Maharasha says Esav calmed down and Rivka has sent Devora to tell him about it, if at the end of the 22 years Yaakov was still afraid? 3) Where is it exactly in Be'er Sadeh? (thank you for many books here I didn't know of).