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May
22
comment Division of Mishnayos in Pirkei Avos / Meseches Avos
There are more than two divisions of mishnayos in general (not limited only to Avos) and they are not necessarily divided along the sidur/independent sefer line. For example, the Ramba"m's division is famously different from the standard one, which is very often different from the divisions in the Vilna sha"s.
May
19
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
@msh210 - Literally it only means "a little..." which is a perfect translation for your utterance, and it is used more broadly as a polite way of declining things, always implying that there is a continuation of the sentence that would excuse it but not stating the excuse.
May
19
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
@msh210 - This is even less deceptive in Japanese! ちょっと...
May
18
comment Why is there a ה in “מוהל”?
This midrash is a pretty Hebrew source. Is there reason to believe it is either not the earliest?
May
18
comment Why is there a ה in “מוהל”?
How do you translate "himol yimol"?
May
18
comment Does “ki” have four meanings or one?
@YaakovEllis - The numbers were an expression of the metaphor for the relationship of the words I had in mind when I used "converge". But I'm not sure I'm making it any more clear at this point.
May
18
comment Why is there a ה in “מוהל”?
I like where this is going. Are there examples in Biblical Hebrew? Is מ.ל then the same root as נ.מ.ל?
May
18
comment Where and when is the earliest attestation of the word “mohel”?
@IsaacMoses - Man, that was faster than I could say, "let me go get that link."
May
18
comment Why is there a ה in “מוהל”?
Granted. Please elaborate here.
May
18
comment Why is there a ה in “מוהל”?
@msh210 - The י.ה.ל hypothesis is not perfect and kal is more simple an explanation than hif'il, which necessitates mysteriously dropping the מ, but (a) some imperfects in hif'il have a tzere rather than a chirik (such as the jussive) and (b) in the source parasha there are several instances of the hif'il to describe what Avraham did. As you mention, it is quite problematic no matter which way you slice it and I probably should have just left Occam's Razor alone.
May
18
comment Why is the atara on a tallis always the same design?
Zalman Shachter-Shlomi, when he made the now-world-famous rainbow talis for the B'nei Or attributed correspondences to the s'firos to each stripe's color and width. It's on his website. For standard black and white ones there is at least significance in the sense of being able to identify the talis with its manufacturer/place of origin based on the stripes.
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!