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comment Cognitive meaning of כפר
Haha @msh210 I bet it does! My dad and I used to read that book for giggles as a kid.
Jul
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answered Cognitive meaning of כפר
Jul
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comment Is there a book that cross-references where the names of animals are mentioned in Tana"ch?
I've seen a few on my dad's bookshelf, I can ask him if you want. You can also just use a concordance if you're looking for a specific animal-word (i.e. kelev or yonah etc.).
Jun
2
comment What are your suggestions for learning Yiddish?
@msh210 I appreciate your concern but I'm not sure my answer isn't helpful — Yiddish is Yiddish (despite dialectical variations in spelling). For example, having taken only standard Yiddish, I can read the linked Forverts Hassidic Yiddish blog with no problem. If one wants to understand grammar and actually be able to read Yiddish texts, one needs a stronger foundation than just picking up a few words here and there.
Jun
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comment What are your suggestions for learning Yiddish?
@NoachmiFrankfurt fair enough. If there were a similarly prominent organization devoted to Hassidic Yiddish that I knew of I would have recommended it. I suspect that even despite the differences, our OP may have to learn 'standard' Yiddish and then adapt to Hassidic, rather than jump in at the get-go (sort of how I'm learning Moroccan Arabic but via MSA).
Jun
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answered What are your suggestions for learning Yiddish?
May
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comment Why doesn't Chabad read Ruth on Shavuot?
Jake — actually, like @allced mentioned, many North African and Mediterranean Sephardi communities have the custom of reading Ruth in public on Shavu'ot, separated for the two days — in fact I have a Turkish mahzor which has the reading for Ruth with an interlinear Ladino translation. For Shir haShirim, most of these communities read it in its entirety every Friday night so reading it on Pesah might seem unnecessary. :)
May
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answered The meaning of Trees
May
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answered Psalm of retaliation
May
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answered Is there a book / document that explains the proper use of kamatz katan in the Torah?
Apr
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comment Tune for Aishes Chayil
For all who are concerned: there's a cappella / sefirah-safe recording of Shenker's recording here: milkenarchive.org/people/view/all/561/Shenker,+Ben+Zion#/works/…
Apr
23
comment Mystical Practices within Kabbalah: Is There a “Ceremony of Remembrance”?
I second (third?) the recommendation for Aryeh Kaplan. As far as I know, while various Qabbalistic groups employed meditations, devotional poems, and mantra-like chanting, none of them ever developed a specific practice of bead use. Also you might be interested in this book on Hasidic spiritual practices: books.google.ca/books?id=l5hz_n-XGg0C.
Apr
20
answered What is Tikkun Leil Shevii?
Apr
20
comment A word seems to be written in an unusual way in Psalm 60,2
I second @GeminiMan's comment — I checked every TaNaKh I have on paper and online and all of them had the final mem. I suspect this is a typesetting error.
Apr
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comment eBay Judaica auctions
@NoachmiFrankfurt the story you're thinking of must surely be from this blog: lavlor.blogspot.ca/2013/05/auction-sefer-torah.html
Apr
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answered Machsor Tom. I - Prayer book?
Mar
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comment What is the difference between sephardi and ashkenazi rituals?
we independently wrote essentially the same thing! it's almost impossible to say anything this general, especially since the "ashkenazi-sephardi" binary is too simplistic to be useful. :)
Mar
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answered What is the difference between sephardi and ashkenazi rituals?