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Jun
23
comment causeless hagomel
@IsaacMoses - It's not necessarily clear that "lo sisa" is a real concern in the case of unnecessary b'rachos. See, for example the Ra"sh on Kidushin 30b, commenting on the opinion of Rabenu Tam in Tosafos s.v. "d'lo". (Anyone know a good linkable text of the Ra"sh)?
Jun
23
comment What happened to the Jewish practice of using burial caves?
The question, then, is whether this practice is part of the 90% or not. It cannot be that enabling "the person to become part of the earth" accounts for 10% of all of hilchos k'vura. Can you cite a source for these two assertions?
Jun
22
comment Taking a Shower after the Mikvah
@Shalom - It is not a universal consensus that a[n unqualified] shower suffices for men either.
Jun
21
comment What is the “Kos Shel Ikrin,” a potion that renders one infertile?
@msh210 I kind of assumed it meant 'roots', but I was basing that on instinct alone.
Jun
19
comment Eating fish on Shabbos
+1 Comprehensive!
Jun
19
comment Last Posukim in the Torah
I believe Ibn Ezra says Y'hoshu'a wrote the last 12 - i.e. from when Moshe went up the mountain.
Jun
19
comment Why Yehoshua **Bin** Nun and not Yehoshua **Ben** Nun
"Is there anyone else in Tanach who is referred to as Bin Nun?" Wouldn't that have to be one of his siblings? There are other things in תנ"ך referred to as bin other things, such as the kikayon plant in Sefer Yona (4:10) and the evildoer punished by lashes in Jewish court in D'varim (25:2).
Jun
16
comment דילמא == Dilemma?
With all due respect to the Professor, doesn't he have a tendency to non-etymologically Hebraize/Judaize word derivations? I have read criticisms of his dictionary for exactly this, which are supposed to be countered by Sokoloff's.
Jun
16
comment דילמא == Dilemma?
I don't take credit. It is a rumor I've heard more than once though. Would you say Jastrow's attribution there is sufficient evidence that it is indeed a false cognate?
Jun
16
comment who spoke in Bamidbar 12:1?
@msh210 Indeed it is. I meant equal on the other axis.
Jun
16
comment who spoke in Bamidbar 12:1?
@Yitzchak - The mahpach may be hard to see on "Miriam", but it's there and it's a m'chaber at the same level of the hierarchy as the pashta on "v'Aharon".
Jun
15
comment Answering Multiple People Saying Kaddish Out-Of-Sync
@msh210 Aren't they then synchronized?
Jun
15
comment Etymology of the surname “Katz”
@ArielAllon If there is such a pattern I think this author would be either very interested to hear about it or have already disproved it.
Jun
15
comment Shabbat in the arctic
I think this is definitely a special case of the other question, in which case I recommend altering the title to read "Shabbat in Barrow".
Jun
15
comment Reliable Ask-a-Rabbi Websites
. . .In selecting one's rav, one considers the degree of comfort one will have in asking for practical advice from that person. If that threshhold is reached for most questions, but not all, then it behooves the person to find a rav who is both expert and comfortable in the neglected area, without violating the aforementioned instruction.
Jun
15
comment Reliable Ask-a-Rabbi Websites
Before we get carried away with resorting to innovative methods of eliciting p'sak I think the emphatic pronoun in the question deserves some elaboration. Although this whole discussion is based on the famous words of Y'hoshu'a ben P'rachya to "make yourself a teacher", my understanding is that we interpret this directive practically as allowing for (or preferring) making multiple decisors for oneself - to pertain to particular areas of expertise. . .
Jun
15
comment Beginning a comprehensive study of Moreh N'vuchim
"might want to start with a more "exciting" middle section" - This is the type of information I am looking for. Is there a systematic reason to do so other than excitement?
Jun
15
comment Shiluach haKen and character
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1120/…
Jun
14
comment Asking Questions on StackOverflow on Erev Shabbos
@msh210 "reading a local copy (on your monitor)" probably has the same laws as watching TV. Also, somewhat related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/2671/…, judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1184/…
Jun
14
comment What is the “Kos Shel Ikrin,” a potion that renders one infertile?
@jake Assuming they are the same roots in the baby-protecting amulet according to Rash"i ("תלי קמיע - של עיקרין") in Kidushin 73b I think it should be "ikrin".