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Oct
30
awarded  Editor
Oct
30
revised Why do siddurim and Shulchan Oruch OC start with Shacharis?
In the context of this question "begining of the day" is an ambiguous question.
Oct
30
suggested approved edit on Why do siddurim and Shulchan Oruch OC start with Shacharis?
Oct
27
answered Is it idolatry to use the english word “God” to refer to Hashem?
Oct
25
comment Who was the King of Cheshbon (in the Torah)?
Not to be confused with the Mathemagician, King of Digitopolis
Sep
15
comment Why do people frequently change tunes toward the end of Lecha Dodi?
All hope is lost, and you have to wait until next Kabalat Shabbat to get another chance. Hopefully the Chazan will be wise enough to pick an old classic as his "switch-to" tune so as to minimize this possibility.
Sep
14
suggested rejected edit on Aluminum Pan Reuse
Sep
8
answered Why do people frequently change tunes toward the end of Lecha Dodi?
Aug
17
comment In regards to writing, can soda bottles be opened on Shabbos?
@tom smith, when you say "opening books with writing on it", are you referring to writing that is formed across the collected edges of the pages when the book is closed (e.g. this picture )?
Aug
12
answered Where is there a good online source to check how often a word appears in Tanach?
Jul
12
comment Which actions are prohibited even to save a life?
A distinction I read in @Peter Of The Corn's questions (which may or may not in fact be present) is that he's asking about saving someone else's life. Although I cannot think of any sources that distinguish between one's own life and that of another, it does have at least an intuitive difference in that making decisions about one's own life is universally agreed upon as one's right, whereas making decisions with regards to another's life feels like a situation where you must put their life first so long as it does not endanger any others' lives.
Jul
12
comment Review this map of B'rachaspace!
Is the inclusion of a "mi'deoraitah" space enough to make it clear the rest is "mi'derabanan"? (assuming that is the case)
Jul
6
comment Sale of kibbudim on shabbat / chag
Very interesting. Halacha's view of the non-saleability of intangibles would seem to have ramifications on the sale of intellectual property. But that's for another question.
Jul
6
accepted Sale of kibbudim on shabbat / chag
Jul
6
asked Sale of kibbudim on shabbat / chag
May
18
comment Escalator on Shabbos
A more recent development in the exciting world of escalator technology are sensor switches (3rd to final bullet) - if a specified amount of time has elapsed without a rider on the escalator it will either reduce it's speed or stop. When a new rider steps on the escalator, a sensor is triggered which then returns the escalator to normal operating speeds. This is both a safety and energy saving feature. However, from a use-on-shabbat point of view, I'd imagine this presents issues with the opinion cited above.
May
18
comment Etymology of the surname “Katz”
Thanks @Yahu. So it looks we have good chronological evidence for an actual acronym here. It's interesting that the earliest example we have (thus far in this thread) is the early 19th century. I suppose the question now turns to the general history or surnames/family names which is likely outside of the scope of of this site.* * If there is some difference in the history of surnames as they pertain to Jews, though, it is definitely a topic for another thread.
May
18
awarded  Scholar
May
18
accepted Etymology of the surname “Katz”
May
16
awarded  Teacher