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Oct
31
comment Why are the names of some mitzvos changed to from “al” or “lo” to “bal”
Isn't "because we speak Aramaic" a sufficient answer (at least for some values of "we")?
Oct
31
comment Why are the names of some mitzvos changed to from “al” or “lo” to “bal”
בל is an Aramaic synonym for אל. I assume it is related to Hebrew בלי and בלתי. Page 170
Oct
27
comment Is there a “5 second rule” for foods becoming non-Kosher?
+1 because that's what I was going to say! (I think I only know the famous stuff, so this is literally the only halacha I have ever heard from that source.)
Oct
19
comment How to advise your barber
@Shokhet It doesn't say what not to do.
Oct
12
comment Should a married woman cover her hair in the succah?
Does she cover her hair in her back yard?
Sep
29
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
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.