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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".
Jun
14
comment Origins of איל משולש and Vilna Ga'on's bathroom math
Can't claim to remember what I meant by "well-known fact", but there is an interesting insight into the Vilna Ga'on's views on the study of science in this post onthemainline: "...to the extent that one lacks in understanding the sciences, he will lack 100 measures in understanding the Torah, because the Torah and science are intertwined."
Jun
14
comment Answering Atheist about Torah miracles
Indeed it was the Gr"a who explained it allegorically. Cf.
Jun
13
comment Kiddush Levanah - Saying Aleichem Sholom with the other person?
Interesting diyuk in Artscroll versions.
Jun
13
comment What was the dietary source of calcium in Talmudic times?
I don't know too much about medicine, but now I understand why you categorized it that way.
Jun
13
comment What do I need to know in order to properly have an aliya?
Every time I glance at this question it reads in my mind as "What do I need to know in order to properly make aliya?".
Jun
13
comment What was the dietary source of calcium in Talmudic times?
Medicine? Why medicine?
Jun
13
comment What is the Yetzer Harah?
Very important philosophical dichotomy - internal yetzer vs. external yetzer. This goes a long way in answering its relationship to satan as well (according to Resh Lakish), which must be external.