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Nov
29
comment Which Yochanan Kohen Godol is in Al Hanissim?
Which what is what?
Nov
28
comment When do we say “Alenu L'shabe'ach”?
@Alex, but I think its inclusion in Rosh Hashana davening came first.
Nov
28
comment When do we say “Alenu L'shabe'ach”?
The same goes for מנחה and נעילה. But that is OK. They still both belong on the list.
Nov
28
comment When do we say “Alenu L'shabe'ach”?
According to this, you are not mistaken: books.google.com/…
Nov
28
asked When do we say “Alenu L'shabe'ach”?
Nov
28
asked What to look for in Chanuka flames
Nov
26
comment Shelosha Ushloshim Umeya - mi yodeya?
I like it because it points out the uniqueness of those two months' lengths.
Nov
26
answered Becoming Bar Mitzva on Chanuka
Nov
26
revised Avot keeping Mitzvot
Modified final bullet
Nov
26
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
Alex, isn't it difficult to argue that the physical boundaries within which the אבות lived constituted א"י before כיבוש? Anyway, I have edited that point to reflect the assumption that our learning out the proper שיעור from יצחק's tithing paradigm implies he was carrying out the מצוה and not simply "giving a gift".
Nov
25
revised Avot keeping Mitzvot
Modification to last bullet to alleviate unnecessary inaccuracy.
Nov
25
revised Avot keeping Mitzvot
Added bullet, encountered formatting issues.
Nov
25
revised Avot keeping Mitzvot
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Nov
25
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
Alex, thank you for giving this answer. I think it is clear from the משנה - and even clearer from the תוספתא (see bottom here: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=20419&st=&pgnum=372 and next page: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=20419&st=&pgnum=373) - that the discussion here overlaps between the physical and the spiritual. For our purposes though, I believe it is necessary to distinguish between the two and you have done just that.
Nov
25
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
Indeed I meant to say that we need not assume they kept any מצוות that are only obligatory for members of the nation that received the תורה at הר סיני and entered the land. (I am only avoiding the term "Jew" because its meaning is unclear in a discussion this far back in history. And I therefore apologize for my anachronistic use of "ארץ ישראל".) Additionally, the רמב"ם (I believe, although I am still looking for the source) explains that the מצוות kept by אברהם אבינו were those which can be arrived at logically, based on the observable world.
Nov
25
comment What information do Hebrew pronouns carry/express?
The question isn't phrased as well as it could be. Thanks for jumping in anyway! You are addressing the pragmatic needs of a translation - accuracy and expressiveness. But the other half of my question is exactly how much of the meaning "I said" is encoded in the word "אמרתי". Does the verb really include the pronoun "I" or does it only agree with it?
Nov
24
asked What information do Hebrew pronouns carry/express?
Nov
24
answered The Absolute Unity of G-d
Nov
24
asked Do Chasidim avoid wearing ties?
Nov
22
answered Yaakov Marrying Two Sisters