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Jan
14
comment Obfuscation of Mei Raglayim in translation
@Fred Baruch shekivanta l'divrei Ba'er Hetev - bottom of #8.
Jan
14
comment Obfuscation of Mei Raglayim in translation
@Fred Well, it might simply be a clearer/better translation that way. Here is a reference to the Kolbo saying that mei raglayim was the name of a spring (lower right hand column).
Jan
14
comment Obfuscation of Mei Raglayim in translation
@Fred Yes, thank you. And I can't help but add that mei raglayim is itself a euphemism for, rather than the translation of "urine".
Jan
14
comment Obfuscation of Mei Raglayim in translation
I have read (looking for the location) that the substance referred to is not urine, but non-potable water that smelled bad and was known colloquially by that name. If so, it would explain sticking to the term, whose meaning would be more obscured by rendering it literally. The circumstantial support for this explanation is that the g'mara in Yoma specifically says that it must not be used because of its odor.
Jan
13
revised Obfuscation of Mei Raglayim in translation
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Jan
13
comment What does an olive press look like?
Also check out this: hadashot-esi.org.il/Report_Detail.aspx?id=1637
Jan
13
comment What does an olive press look like?
I have seen some good pictures of them - probably in this book: lehmanns.co.uk/tbnit-klim-civrim-vbiavrim.html . Here is a picture that gives you some idea of how the chambers worked: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c4/… . Also רע"ב on the spot gives descriptions of each piece.
Jan
12
comment Waving at a security camera on Shabbat
What is that a quote from? In situations where the security provided by the camera's functioning is of direct benefit to you Rav Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg prohibits intentionally feeding one's image to them (because the m'lacha done, which I believe was coloration, would be performed as a p'sik resha d'nicha le).
Jan
12
answered What is השמעת קול about?
Jan
12
answered How did Moshe know he was Jewish?
Jan
12
comment Wedding invitation Hebrew abbreviation
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34388/3
Jan
11
comment Value of Forgotten Torah
@msh210 I think "receive any reward" should be interpreted as "have any value", as the title implies. And @ ray, there is a letter in Igros R'iya in which Rav Kook reprimands his brother to review the whole chapter of g'mara he had learned ten times from start to finish or it would be as if he had never learned it. I don't have a copy handy.
Jan
6
revised Did Jewish Men Always Have Beards Throughout History
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Jan
4
comment What's wrong with singing together?
@Fred Are you implying that recital of Kel Adon is a mitva and that hearing it would somehow affect the obligated person's fulfillment thereof?
Jan
4
revised Maharal Diskin on Sefer Devarim
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Jan
2
comment Usage of the term Baali
You might be looking at Hoshe'a 2:18, in which "Ba'l", appears in parallel with the synonymous "Ish".
Jan
1
comment Candles by the amud
Close relative: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/47620/…
Jan
1
revised Is there an obligation to reattach a severed body part?
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Jan
1
reviewed Close Shadchanus in a broken engagement
Jan
1
revised Why do books say “ספר” on them?
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