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Jun
28
comment Why can't All Cases be Solved with a Drink?
@msh210 I was thinking international diplomacy, but same idea.
Jun
28
comment Choking on a Fish Bone
Shouldn't there be a CYLMD caveat in there somewhere? If the assumption is that this question is one in their realm, then it is off-topic for us. If not, then all it needs is a well-placed tetraliteral as a reality check.
Jun
28
comment Choking on a Fish Bone
+1 Great answer!
Jun
28
comment Is the Tower of Babel discussed in other Jewish texts?
Welcome to Judaism.SE and thanks for your informative answer! It looks like the asker is looking for older sources than those (Although that detail doesn't appear in the question, it is indicated in the comments.), but they by most accounts qualify as legitimate Jewish sources nonetheless.
Jun
24
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
@JoelSpolsky I don't claim to know anything about that midrash, but grammatically the pattern "פו לבר ולבר" should mean that the first argument is distributed, meaning "פו לבר ופו לבר", as in this list of karbanos.
Jun
23
comment Named a male by mistake with a female name
@jutky - Isn't this the simplest solution in any case? That is, to cancel the shem arisa by never using it, even when the child is a baby?
Jun
23
comment The Ushpizin Esrog-Lemon Case
Why is this different from any case of destroying someone else's produce with misplaced good intentions?
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.