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May
18
comment Does “ki” have four meanings or one?
I guess "convergence" was a poor choice of word. What I had in mind was actually a series whose values are "attracted" to a certain curve, thus approximating it on average, but don't actually converge to it.
May
17
comment Can you sell your sins?
Are you asking about selling a sin or selling a punishment?
May
17
comment Can you recommend an alternative outer talit bag?
"It doesn't necessarily have to have been designed to be a talit bag." - How many upvotes would the recommended product need to change its status from "not מיוחד" to "מחיוד" for its legal qualification as a barrier from the outside world?
May
17
comment The Fanatic Badge
Now we're having a discussion about what belongs in the meta-discussion. . .
May
17
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
This added layer of consciousness of one's actions in this realm is exactly why rabanan added such prohibitions and arguably is something that should be recognized, not avoided.
May
17
comment Why is techeles not universally accepted?
@JoeinAustralia - Does that logic persist for a wool garment with wool strings or do we say lo palug rabanan?
May
17
comment Mezuza on an elevator?
Was it on the right (implying the elevator is a subordinate storage room) or the left (implying a corridor to the next room)?
May
17
comment Does “ki” have four meanings or one?
@YaakovEllis - Hypothetically if Rash"i intended the second option, how would his explanation look any different? It seems to me it could be identical, making it a difficult test case.
May
17
comment Why are women unclean longer after giving birth to a girl?
Isaac, why have your glottal stops turned into hyphens? Uh-oh!
May
16
comment Shmuel Yosef Agnon's Nobel Prize Speech Audio?
Speaking of "midrash", can someone merge "drush" with "midrash" unless there is some good reason to keep them separate? Thanks!
May
16
comment Meaning of the a word in an magen david
It is also the 3/m/s/participle for "appoint" in Aramaic.
May
16
comment Etymology of the surname “Katz”
How did you link that text?
May
16
comment Etymology of the surname “Katz”
While you're there, check out this unsubstantiated note on wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
May
16
comment Where can I find a chart of the Mishna Yomit (daily Mishna learning)?
google.com/…
May
16
comment Drinking Water During “Shalosh Seudos”
@msh210 - I think there are (possibly Lubavitch?) grounds to say that the third meal contains some aspect of three separate meals within it. I do not have a source. And I think @Tzvi is essentially to the point anyway, but l'hagdil Torah...
May
15
comment Meaning of the a word in an magen david
+1 for correspondence with a post on onthemainline (onthemainline.blogspot.com) from a few years ago, which includes an 18th c. sketch of a magen David with the characteristic letters in the points, sharing a panel (implying some relationship?) with a m'zuza whose casing clearly reads the 3 letters you suggest. In fact, the ד even looks broken at the exact spot that would make it appear as a ו or a ז next to a י!
May
15
comment Meaning of the a word in an magen david
@Dave - One's enough, rare as it may be. Especially considering the popular monogram style of last initial in the middle (4.bp.blogspot.com/_7p2ZcQPaYTw/SXqc7TqWvbI/AAAAAAAAHEU/…) since a last name would be the most likely of the 3 to begin with ו. This is of course, continuing down the path of wild speculation without the benefit of a picture.
May
15
comment Hebrew Grammar: How did Nif'al end up as the passive/reflexive of pa'al?
Sorry about that. You could try your local univesity library. . . or email me separately.
May
15
comment Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?
I stand corrected.
May
13
comment Hebrew Grammar: How did Nif'al end up as the passive/reflexive of pa'al?
An interesting (if unpopular) hypothesis is advanced in this paper regarding passive-counterpart-בנין drift and what the proto-system should have looked like. jstor.org/pss/1515901 I would summarize it as an answer but I haven't read it since back when I studied "Bible" and read German.