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Sep
23
comment Drinking water on Yom Kippur
We try to avoid questions about personal halachic decisions here.
Sep
23
comment Oops, I just missed the siyum for Fast of the Firstborn
I've been at a (rabbinically endorsed) siyum where they didn't even serve food...when I asked they said you should eat sooner rather than later.
Sep
16
comment Must Rosh HaShannah Simanim be Eaten in a Certain Order?
@msh210 Yet people who eat the simanim before the meal, even after hamotzi, do day berachos because they are not part of the meal.
Sep
13
comment Why dip the challah in salt?
See: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/13726/2246
Sep
13
comment Why dip the challah in salt?
Good question! It has to do with the fact that sacrifices all had salt on them I believe
Sep
10
comment Why is the mitzvah of Shofar on Rosh Hashannah for hearing the sound and not for blowing the shofar?
Do you want to know how do we know, or truly why?
Sep
10
comment Why is the mitzvah of Shofar on Rosh Hashannah for hearing the sound and not for blowing the shofar?
@MonicaCellio and yet for Megilla we say "al mikra Megilla" but for shofar "liahmoa kol shofar".....
Sep
8
revised In Sifra, what's the difference between a 'perek' and a 'parshata'
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Sep
8
revised In Sifra, what's the difference between a 'perek' and a 'parshata'
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Sep
8
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Sep
8
comment At what age should we start teaching the distinction between Midrash and Text?
@avi Good wording, because I would suggest you do not want to say "Oh, that's just a midrash".
Sep
8
answered In Sifra, what's the difference between a 'perek' and a 'parshata'
Sep
6
comment What is the proper protocol for breaking a shidduch?
Why is this a Jewish question per-se?
Sep
6
revised What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?
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Sep
6
comment What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?
@ahnnyoung sorry -i meant noun. I'll edit my answer and see if that helps.
Sep
3
comment What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?
@ahnnyoung I don't think that's really relevant....obviously they are related, but one does not directly descend from the other. The Lexicon brings the verb הלל, and it's conjugations...but הילל is amount, not a verb so there is no "descent", at least how I understand your question. The Lexicon cross references the Assyrian "mustilil" if that helps...
Sep
3
comment What conditions require accepting the Messiah
@Daniel Well, if it's not clear, then how can we be blameworthy?
Sep
3
revised What conditions require accepting the Messiah
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Sep
3
comment What conditions require accepting the Messiah
@Daniel "what conditions are there (if any) that require the Jewish people to accept someone as the Messiah and that they would be blameworthy if they don't?" So this clearly explains the conditions, and since we have a clear source that provides the conditions, I think that implies we would be making a mistake, ie not following the Rambam, ie be blame worthy of we don't believe in him.
Sep
3
comment What conditions require accepting the Messiah
@Daniel well, if he meets the descriptions Rambam describes and we choose to ignore it, why wouldn't we be blame worthy?