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comment Identifying a chasid
@DesertStar Clearly, I am not.
Sep
21
comment What is the most widespread Israeli Minhag?
@ShmuelBrin A study of Israeli customs would be awesome.
Sep
18
comment The Orthodox approach to R. Benamozegh's theology?
There is a little bit of information here, but you should try her if you're looking for authority on the matter.
Sep
5
comment What were the nine points of the pesak din of Michalowitz?
@user6591 Feel free to edit in your corrections! Are you sure about #3?
Aug
29
comment Do Chasidim avoid wearing ties?
File not found.
Aug
29
comment Can a yefas toar be Jewish?
You're not going to remove the upvote if you discover the sources do say it, are you?
Aug
26
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
I don't see it. I think we might be talking about two different things. But I guess if I really want the issue addressed I'll put it in a separate question.
Aug
26
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
To your first point, "die" vs. "deaded" doesn't bother me since death events' activeness inherently don't align grammatically and realistically. Given that the infinitive absolute "mos" frames the cognate accusative "yumas" in a way we simply don't do in English I can see altering it somehow strictly in the interest of precision to distinguish from "yumas" alone. "Death he shall die" perhaps, or even "dead he shall be deaded", but the addition of "surely" seems like an overstatement.
Aug
26
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
Do you have a source for "he shall surely die" being a translation?
Aug
26
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
Do you have a source for the "'emphasis' or 'certainty'" idea?
Aug
20
comment Giving to a “mission” collection
@Yishai I don't think it's a duplicate because this question is about supporting the act of collecting as a meritorious act, independent of its goal or purpose. I think it's an interesting distinction.
Aug
20
comment What does Kares actually mean?
Related but not so helpful: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/17377/3
Aug
20
comment Is there anything halachically or hashkafically wrong with installing reference computers in a Bet Midrash?
It sounds like the spiritual rav you spoke to might have an interesting answer to this. Did you press him on it?
Aug
20
comment Loshon hara against non-Jews?
Collective duplicate: 1+ 2+ 3+ 4 @user3949142 Kind of an ironic comment, no?
Aug
20
comment Do all Jews claim to be the actual bloodline descendants of The Ancient Israelites?
Regarding the actual question, the answer to whether all Jews from "Ashk'naz" and "S'farad" believe that we are descendants is obviously 'no', as long as you and your friends are in that group. Regarding what it takes to be a descendant, you reveal in the comments that you believe "we" have "little Yisraelite DNA". If this doesn't qualify for descendanthood then what does? And finally the question about whether the majority of population X believes something is likely impossible to ascertain. Please accept this friendly criticism and specify the question to make it more answerable.
Aug
17
comment meaning of words and tefillah
Also see the Mishna B'rura in 60:7, and Rashba on B'rachos 13a. They corroborate my previous comment.
Aug
15
comment What is the procedure for a Shiduch inside the Satmar community?
@PloniAlmoni If you have an experience based answer you are encouraged to post it.
Aug
15
comment Does wine bottle cut into a drinking glass need to be toveled?
Do you have a source for the equivalency of becoming a keli WRT t'vila and becoming a keli WRT m'lacha? I think there is a dispute between Rava and Abaye about this and that although we follow Abaye the rishonim discuss whether the comparison between the two realms of halacha actually constitutes and equivalency or not.
Aug
14
comment What is the meaning of the phrase לצאת ולבוא?
It has always sounded to me exactly like the English phrase "come and go", in all its hendiadic expressiveness.
Aug
14
comment meaning of words and tefillah
Mishna B'rura O.C. 60:11 says that one must know the meaning of the words of the first pasuk in Sh'ma. This specificity is based on the opinion of R. Me'ir in a 3-way dispute over how much of the first paragraph requires such intent. Elsewhere he says that the same applies to the whole first paragraph in the amida and might imply that it is also true of p'suke d'zimra.