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Nov
2
comment Trustworthiness of “new” dishes
Good point about the stickers on high-end products. Now I'm also slightly less annoyed at those impossible to remove stickers.
Oct
10
comment Stuffed cabbage on Sukkoth
@SethJ Somehow I completely misread the first line of your question. I redact my comment.
Oct
5
comment Stuffed cabbage on Sukkoth
Might be a duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/3083/…
Oct
3
comment Business with Christians during their holiday periods
It seems easier in chu"l (outside of Israel), since the prohibition is only the day of their holiday. That doesn't answer the question, but it makes it more manageable in most cases.
Dec
8
comment If I injure a bug, should I kill it?
I would assume that we are talking about a level of injury that is truly a Tzaar. Even then, I've often seen non-domesticated animals with missing or broken limbs who seem to be able to get on easily. This beings to encroach on the same topics as deciding when or whether to end life support in that can one b certain that there is no chance of recovery? (Although Halacha holds humans above animals so the psak shouldn't be comparable, it's only that the ideas appear similar to me).
Dec
8
comment Are You Obligated to Vote a Question You Answer?
Is this a ploy to get a highly voted question?
Nov
22
comment Checking lettuce on Shabbos
The difference between the bug-lettuce scenario and the fork-table scenario is that in the former, the bug is undesirable, and is being removed from something desirable. In the latter, both the fork and table are desirable. At least, that allows for the second solution by @yydl. Unless you meant a single-use fork which will subsequently be disposed of, in which case I have the same question as you.
Oct
30
comment First it says everyone had their own language; but then it says all spoke one before being split
To put it another way, this might be implying that language did evolve in different directions before Babel, but that is not to the exclusion of a shared mode of communication between all of mankind. In that case, God's interference at Babel would have been to remove this common language, not necessarily to create many new ones. Although these are just my musings, a cursory glance at the psukim doesn't reveal any contradiction.
Oct
30
comment First it says everyone had their own language; but then it says all spoke one before being split
It is interesting the the first two use lashon while the second uses safah. Perhaps, while they used different tongues, they were still intelligible to one another.
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.
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 )?
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.
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
16
comment Etymology of the surname “Katz”
Looks like @Yahu's comments on this thread are relavent and good sources of Katz as an acronym.