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Jun
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answered What are your suggestions for learning Yiddish?
May
30
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
27
answered The meaning of Trees
May
23
answered Psalm of retaliation
May
23
answered Is there a book / document that explains the proper use of kamatz katan in the Torah?
Apr
30
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
17
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
17
answered Machsor Tom. I - Prayer book?
Mar
24
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
24
answered What is the difference between sephardi and ashkenazi rituals?
Feb
27
answered What does this sentence mean?
Feb
2
revised Argaman - What color is it?
"Ashkenazis" is no excuse to cite a verse incorrectly
Feb
2
suggested approved edit on Argaman - What color is it?
Feb
2
answered Argaman - What color is it?
Jan
26
comment Peh at the end of a word
Wow! A new fact to add to my Biblical trivia. It's more common with kaf (e.g. וַיֵּֽבְךְּ + inflected forms), and of course happens with tav all the time (e.g. אָתְּ and associated verb forms). The only word I know with final dalet degusha is the plant נֵרְדְּ in Shir haShirim. It doesn't happen (to my knowledge) with bet or gimmel.
Jan
26
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Jan
24
comment What are the symbols of the 12 tribes?
Maybe... Or maybe that interpretation of halakha was developed later. Or maybe the midrashic imagination is not concerned with halakha. There are many possibilities here. ;)