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Jul
6
comment Is practicing Yoga against Torah?
As for that last part, is that to say that those ignorant of the philosophy should not be wary of the exercises?
Jul
5
comment Which mitzvah is repeated the most times in the Chumash?
I see. Given your analysis in the answer I will now reconsider the g'mara in context.
Jul
5
comment Shabbat Rosh Chodesh: Ata yatzarta
Very interesting idea! Does this explanation assume that both versions (Rosh Chodesh chol and shabas) were composed first, and then this one chosen for shabas because it includes that line or that the rest of the Rosh Chodesh shabas version was written around this line?
Jul
5
comment Alos Hashachar on a flight from Israel to Toronto
It seems to me that that document does not provide the time of alos hashachar on the desired day, but a recommendation of a program that will generate tables that do. The program, Chai Air Travel, generates information for specific flights here: chaitables.com/chai_air_eng.php . I believe it gives the result as 4:22am for the flight in question.
Jul
5
comment Are there any halachic issues with cut flowers grown in Israel?
"It is best to avoid Israeli flowers during and right after Shemitta." The linked source recommends avoiding Israeli flowers only if the laws of sh'mita have not been followed while growing and exporting them.
Jul
5
comment Alos Hashachar on a flight from Israel to Toronto
I am certain the answer to this question will depend on in what year the travel takes place.
Jul
5
comment hat and jacket during davening
This is a very interesting he'ara, but is it an independent answer or a comment on Ariel K's?
Jul
5
comment Different expressions for “permitted” in the gemoro and elsewhere
It is likely that the difference between the first two examples you listed is whether they appear in a Hebrew or Aramaic context. Generally a tana or early amora, speaking Hebrew, will use mutar, which is Hebrew, while most amoraim (not quoting one of the above), speaking Aramaic, will use shari, which is Aramaic. This is not to say there are not shades of difference in meaning between the words, just an observation.
Jul
4
comment Which mitzvah is repeated the most times in the Chumash?
. . . In fact, being mean to a convert is forbidden according to one opinion in the g'mara 46 times! (Baba M'tzi'a 59)
Jul
4
comment Which mitzvah is repeated the most times in the Chumash?
I'm not sure what the exact intention is of "be careful", but there are several times in the Torah that we are told things like "Do not rip off a convert". This was my first instinct in terms of answering this question as well, but how many times are those mentions actual mitzvos?
Jul
4
comment When did Avraham Avinu become Jewish
By "rejecting idolatry" do you also imply "accepting Hashem" in this case? They seem to be qualitatively different things.
Jul
1
comment Which part of שחרית would you identify as “prayer”?
@RCW Basically, yes. There are many types of prayer (13 according to one version of one midrash on D'varim 3!) and many of them comprise forms in which the pirkei T'hilim were written. Although not our own original words, we adopt the words of T'hilim to express our own spiritual purposes, which sometimes consist of requests, other times of descriptive praise, and yet other times of questions and stories, all of which can constitute prayer if utilized in the right way (such as the way Chaza"l laid out for us between Baruch She'amar and Yishtabach).
Jun
30
comment What does cantillation do to prayer's status?
@Dave That is just a placeholder in the unordered list of 3 items. I didn't want to throw off the calibration on my third answer.
Jun
30
comment Drunk person doing schechting
@SethJ Indeed Ramba"m did not make up that requirement either. It is brought down in the g'mara in Chulin and Gitin.
Jun
30
comment Drunk person doing schechting
In what sefer does this appear?
Jun
30
comment Which part of שחרית would you identify as “prayer”?
@msh210 Good point. I might have mentioned that I assumed the questioner was looking for more precision than the colloquialism. I will edit in a note.
Jun
29
comment Why is Chulin in Kodshim
To boot, your second paragraph alludes to the fact that the maseches, despite its name, pertains largely to ritual slaughter in general, rules of which apply to both the consecrated and the personal. So although the question is a good one and more than a pun, one need not assume that this book's placement in this context is a contradiction.
Jun
29
comment Exercises to prevent eyes tiring
If you wait long enough you can post the question here.
Jun
28
comment Why is the foreskin removed?
The word "still" in the title bears explanation, since there is no reference to temporal differentiation in the question. Also "in Judaism" is redundant, so I have edited it out. It is also not clear to whom "them" refers in the question. Please disambiguate.
Jun
28
comment Choking on a Fish Bone
@IsaacMoses Yup, that was the type I meant - in which, OR and MD are uniliteral.