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May
1
comment How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
Caveat emptor?
Apr
20
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
15
comment What evidence is required to declare someone a Shituki or the like after the fact?
What evidence is required to declare a person a sh'tuki during their lifetime? If you have this information I think adding it to the question would improve it nicely.
Apr
15
revised What evidence is required to declare someone a Shituki or the like after the fact?
Clarified question, added tag
Apr
15
comment “Biur Sheimot Kodesh ve-Chol leha-Rambam” Authentic?
Very interesting. How did those proofs (especially 3, 5 and 6) get past Rav Kasher?
Apr
11
comment Why did nachshon jump first?
Moshe was not a member of Y'huda. How do you know he was in front? The amud anan/esh was guiding them l'enei kol Yisra'el after all.
Apr
6
comment The “Chok” Status of Kohanim Drinking Before the Service
By the way, check out the Sefer Hachinuch's entry on para aduma. Many people explain the reason for that mitzva. Not all of them do so after describing how hard it was for others to figure out.
Apr
6
comment Is there a minhag or halacha to avoid kashering vessels for Passover and to only use new vessels
Is it possible to have a source that there is no such minhag?
Apr
6
comment T'chum shabas maps?
I guess you're implying that by definition the majority of people don't live/hang out near the edge of town, so aren't interested in producing such maps. Because for those people, 2070 amos is not really that long at all, especially for those living outside the Silver Spring-Brooklyn axis.
Apr
1
comment T'chum shabas maps?
I always thought the mishnayos made it sound like you only invoke a rectangle for an individual's t'chum, not a city's. Also, I also wonder how the rectangle is drawn. Aligning with cardinal directions? Magnetic fields? Smallest/largest fit with rotation? Accounting for curvature of the Earth or not? It might be negligible for Bet Shemesh, but if we considered, let's say, large swaths of India, it would probably start to matter. But I digress.
Apr
1
comment T'chum shabas maps?
So you would answer the question "yes". . . Aaaand my "arbitrary angles" hypothesis (comments above) is usually wrong.
Apr
1
comment T'chum shabas maps?
@IsaacMoses What yishuvim are popular for the cartographically inclined? I would look there first.
Apr
1
comment T'chum shabas maps?
I had in mind the unique cartographic circumstances - in any medium. Often mapmakers have to tread lightly when drawing up political boundaries when/because they don't correspond to physical structures, but in this case there is also the technical challenge of 2,000 ama projection at arbitrary angles from often nebulous population clusters. Ayen od
Apr
1
asked T'chum shabas maps?
Mar
28
revised Beginning a comprehensive study of Moreh N'vuchim
edited tags
Mar
27
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
23
comment Has there ever been an expert system (i.e. computer program) developed for answering simple halachic queries?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6008/3
Mar
13
revised Where is the land of Sinim?
Added counterexample.
Mar
11
comment √-1 - mi yodeya?
+1 for reading logs!
Mar
9
answered Where is the land of Sinim?