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I'm a self taught programmer whose taken a break to go back to school and study Software Engineering. Currently, my main area's of interest are network programming and application level protocols, object oriented design and methodologies like Agile and TDD.


Apr
17
comment Minimum Number of Days before Hefsek Tahara: Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi
You wrote that practically speaking I probably wasn't going to run into a situation where my wife could make hefsek tahorah on the 4th day. Actually, it's quite possible for women to get a clean bedika by the end of the fourth day since they can make as many attempts as needed, and then as long as they don't have any discharge after that ( and can get clean bedikot the following seven days ) then it's not a problem to keep 11 days instead of 12.
Apr
7
comment sperm donation and p'ru ur'vu
@Shalom Is there a way I could chat with you privately on this subject?
Apr
7
comment sperm donation and p'ru ur'vu
Can someone answer the second part of this question, or should we maybe start a separate question for the issue of whether or not it is halachicly permissible?
Feb
13
comment Stealing from a non-Jew
@YaakovEllis Ah, I hadn't noticed that. That's the same thing I quoted in my answer, although I think your translation is better than mine. By the way, it's in Hilchot Genivah, not Hilchot Gezeilah v'Aveidah.
Feb
13
comment Stealing from a non-Jew
@YaakovEllis By the way, I marked you up, I just didn't accept the answer because I was looking for genivah, not gezel or oshek. I edited the question to make that clear.
Feb
13
comment Basis of Shulchan Aruch's ruling about tefilin on Chol HaMoed
Could you add a quote and or links?
Feb
12
comment Stealing from a non-Jew
While related, gozel and oshek are distinct from genivah, and for that reason are listed as separate halachot. It list's here who is a gonev: mechon-mamre.org/i/b201.htm#3 and here it lists who is a gozel: mechon-mamre.org/i/b301.htm#2 and who is an oshek: mechon-mamre.org/i/b301.htm#3
Feb
12
comment Stealing from a non-Jew
No, it's in there, it's just part of halacha 1, instead of being broken out as a separate halacha: mechon-mamre.org/i/b301.htm
Feb
12
comment Stealing from a non-Jew
By the way, you should never use the Vilna version, it's got thousands of mistakes in it, many very serious. Try the Mechon Mamre version, or one of the other corrected version which are available.
Feb
12
comment Stealing from a non-Jew
That's strange, I was sure I had seen it in Chukot Goyim, but maybe I was mistaken?
Nov
24
comment Was Potiphor a Eunuch?
@sam Is that from Sotah 13b?
Nov
24
comment Was Potiphor a Eunuch?
@MonicaCellio Apparently Onkelos also translates סריס as רבה in addition to translating כהן as רבה. That seems a bit strange to me...
Nov
24
comment Was Potiphor a Eunuch?
Interesting, but that wouldn't explain why the lord of the prison isn't described this way when the butler, baker and cup bearer are.
Nov
24
comment Source for Osnat's Locket
When and where was this written?
Nov
24
comment Was Potiphor a Eunuch?
Is there any further discussion or explanation there?
Nov
24
comment Does a fathers obligation to teach his sons a parnassah extend to his daughters too?
I'm not sure what you're say about women not earning a living in the past is accurate. We know for instance from the Cairo geniza that it was common for women to be employed in order to support themselves and their children while their husbands were travelling on business as these trips could last months or years.
Nov
22
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred That's the point of this post - some hold that it's totally forbidden, while others hold the exact same thing to be totally permissible.
Nov
21
comment SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
@Fred Could you provide a source for that? Because the text seems fairly clear and straightforward and as far as I know is understood by most if not all scholars according to it's plain meaning. It's one thing to say it's Daat Yachid or something like that, but quite another to try and say it doesn't mean what it seemingly clearly does mean.
Nov
14
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
@DoubleAA I think we probably agree here if I'm understanding you correctly. Basically, it seems that the vast majority of people in the vast majority of times and places prior to the Zohar layed tefillin with a bracha, although there were some exceptions here and there. If I can find time I'd actually like to work up a spread sheet with a table listing people, where and when they lived, they're opinion on current practice and they're opinion on historical practice ( if they had one ).
Oct
23
comment Laying Tefillin on Chol HaMoed Prior to the Shulchan Aruch
First, he's simply quoting the Rosh's view that this was always the universal practice. Take it or leave it I guess. According to the article,Ritva, who lived in Spain at the exact same time Meiri was living in Catalonia in southwestern France ( both were born about 1250 ), brings that the practice was to put teffilin and that some people put without a bracha because of the issue brought up by the Baalai Tosefot. Also, that seems to have been the explicit historical opinion of the Beit Yosef, and Altshuler brings other sources as well.