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May
1
comment How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
Caveat emptor?
Apr
15
comment What evidence is required to declare someone a Shituki or the like after the fact?
What evidence is required to declare a person a sh'tuki during their lifetime? If you have this information I think adding it to the question would improve it nicely.
Apr
15
comment “Biur Sheimot Kodesh ve-Chol leha-Rambam” Authentic?
Very interesting. How did those proofs (especially 3, 5 and 6) get past Rav Kasher?
Apr
11
comment Why did nachshon jump first?
Moshe was not a member of Y'huda. How do you know he was in front? The amud anan/esh was guiding them l'enei kol Yisra'el after all.
Apr
6
comment The “Chok” Status of Kohanim Drinking Before the Service
By the way, check out the Sefer Hachinuch's entry on para aduma. Many people explain the reason for that mitzva. Not all of them do so after describing how hard it was for others to figure out.
Apr
6
comment Is there a minhag or halacha to avoid kashering vessels for Passover and to only use new vessels
Is it possible to have a source that there is no such minhag?
Apr
6
comment T'chum shabas maps?
I guess you're implying that by definition the majority of people don't live/hang out near the edge of town, so aren't interested in producing such maps. Because for those people, 2070 amos is not really that long at all, especially for those living outside the Silver Spring-Brooklyn axis.
Apr
1
comment T'chum shabas maps?
I always thought the mishnayos made it sound like you only invoke a rectangle for an individual's t'chum, not a city's. Also, I also wonder how the rectangle is drawn. Aligning with cardinal directions? Magnetic fields? Smallest/largest fit with rotation? Accounting for curvature of the Earth or not? It might be negligible for Bet Shemesh, but if we considered, let's say, large swaths of India, it would probably start to matter. But I digress.
Apr
1
comment T'chum shabas maps?
So you would answer the question "yes". . . Aaaand my "arbitrary angles" hypothesis (comments above) is usually wrong.
Apr
1
comment T'chum shabas maps?
@IsaacMoses What yishuvim are popular for the cartographically inclined? I would look there first.
Apr
1
comment T'chum shabas maps?
I had in mind the unique cartographic circumstances - in any medium. Often mapmakers have to tread lightly when drawing up political boundaries when/because they don't correspond to physical structures, but in this case there is also the technical challenge of 2,000 ama projection at arbitrary angles from often nebulous population clusters. Ayen od
Mar
23
comment Has there ever been an expert system (i.e. computer program) developed for answering simple halachic queries?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6008/3
Mar
11
comment √-1 - mi yodeya?
+1 for reading logs!
Mar
8
comment When and how was the Shulchan Aruch accepted
Extremely similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25729/3 + judaism.stackexchange.com/q/29324/3
Mar
7
comment Why are there not metalworking avos m'lachos?
Maybe I misphrased that. I understand that the total is 39 and that was the definition חז"ל were seeking, but it does not appear they were optimizing for fewest אבות per activity, as exemplified by בורר and friends. So the question of why these specifically didn't make the list. Also, please note that my question is explicitly limited to the latter opinion in the operation vs. construction debate.
Mar
7
comment Why are there not metalworking avos m'lachos?
@IsaacKotlicky Please see my last paragraph. It does not appear that Chaza"l were optimizing for number of avos. Can you write your answer up as an answer with a source? If that part of your premise undermines my assumption it could be the right answer.
Feb
8
comment Changing “shlit”a“s to ”za“l”s?
The 9th volume of Igros Moshe has some "שליט"א"s in the original (no parentheses) followed by "[זצ"ל]"s.
Feb
8
comment What is the origin of using tombstone symbols?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9464/3
Jan
24
comment Who knows of a online siddur that is not vocalized?
To add to (or subtract from) this question, I wish there were a completely unembellished text of the t'filos from start to finish - i.e. no special encoding, no formatting, no titles, no nothing, for various kinds of cutting, pasting and processing. Ideally, menu selection would allow insertion or omission of special seasonal/optional words. Anybody have one of those? Is this a separate question?
Jan
11
comment Chasidic Sefarim on the Moadim
In case you are interested, the S'fas Emes does address rosh chodesh sometimes, particularly when it falls out on shabas. I don't have a good copy in front of me, but I believe there is one in חשון תרל"ג or תרל"ה, and at least one in the appendix in the back of B'reshis. I wouldn't be surprised if it comes up on shabas Chanuka as well. Also, Imre Emes follows a very similar pattern.