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Jun
15
comment Can one run a surveillance Camera on Shabbos?
Please explain the bar mitzva part of the question. Why would surveillance of such an event be different from that of any other occurrence?
Jun
8
comment Learning Kabbalah & Yeshiva World
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37284/3
Jun
8
revised Hallel and Pseukei DZimra
edited tags
Jun
1
comment Why does almost every pasuk in Megillat Ruth start with a vav?
There is not. But there is a good paper about the distribution of pasuk-initial-וs, which I am having trouble locating. In direct answer to your question, someone suggests that the letter ו stands for אמת and its abundance in Rus owes to that trait's prominence therein.
Jun
1
comment Why does almost every pasuk in Megillat Ruth start with a vav?
Most p'sukim in Tana"ch start with a vav. The overwhelming majority of p'sukim in the Torah start with a vav, with the numbers declining overall from beginning to end. Additionally, the presence of opening vav_s is often explained by association with the presence of narratives. _M'gilas Rus is largely narrative. But see the comment of Rada"k on the first word of Y'hoshu'a.
May
29
revised Medicines v. Spices on Shabbos
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May
27
comment The meaning of Trees
Hi Steven Cohen, and welcome to mi.yodeya! This is a very open-ended question and could be improved by adding some specificity. Do you have particular reason to believe that this class of objects bears some distinct meaning (as opposed to people, cities, other plants, to name a few)? Are you referring to symbolic meaning, function, semantic role, or something else as the elusive meaningful binding thread?
May
27
revised The meaning of Trees
edited tags
May
26
comment Kadish at the end of Davening
I believe the cited Shevet Halevi says it is just incidental that it is even called kadish yasom and that this is what was done by the K'sav Sofer - and presumably by the Chasam Sofer before him.
May
26
comment What is mainstream Chabad's view on Elokists?
+1 for the paragraph "There is no test..."
May
26
revised What is the original halachic source for a woman covering her collarbones out of modesty (tznius)?
Typos
May
26
comment Why shva nach when it should be a chataf patach?
And don't forget "לאסור אסר"!
May
25
comment How are there arguments over how God works?
Can you give an example of an argument of the type you describe?
May
25
reviewed Close Psalm of retaliation
May
25
comment Psalm of retaliation
94?
May
25
reviewed Close Source for Immersion after Biblical Niddah
May
25
comment Numbers in Numbers - always round
Possible dupe? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38507/3 (Same answers, differently directed question.)
May
25
revised Numbers in Numbers - always round
Added tags, typo.
May
23
answered How soon do you have to make an asher yatzar?
May
22
revised Can a surgeon operate on his father
Organized information (somewhat) and resolved typos.