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Jul
5
comment hat and jacket during davening
This is a very interesting he'ara, but is it an independent answer or a comment on Ariel K's?
Jul
5
comment Different expressions for “permitted” in the gemoro and elsewhere
It is likely that the difference between the first two examples you listed is whether they appear in a Hebrew or Aramaic context. Generally a tana or early amora, speaking Hebrew, will use mutar, which is Hebrew, while most amoraim (not quoting one of the above), speaking Aramaic, will use shari, which is Aramaic. This is not to say there are not shades of difference in meaning between the words, just an observation.
Jul
4
comment Which mitzvah is repeated the most times in the Chumash?
. . . In fact, being mean to a convert is forbidden according to one opinion in the g'mara 46 times! (Baba M'tzi'a 59)
Jul
4
comment Which mitzvah is repeated the most times in the Chumash?
I'm not sure what the exact intention is of "be careful", but there are several times in the Torah that we are told things like "Do not rip off a convert". This was my first instinct in terms of answering this question as well, but how many times are those mentions actual mitzvos?
Jul
4
comment When did Avraham Avinu become Jewish
By "rejecting idolatry" do you also imply "accepting Hashem" in this case? They seem to be qualitatively different things.
Jul
1
comment Which part of שחרית would you identify as “prayer”?
@RCW Basically, yes. There are many types of prayer (13 according to one version of one midrash on D'varim 3!) and many of them comprise forms in which the pirkei T'hilim were written. Although not our own original words, we adopt the words of T'hilim to express our own spiritual purposes, which sometimes consist of requests, other times of descriptive praise, and yet other times of questions and stories, all of which can constitute prayer if utilized in the right way (such as the way Chaza"l laid out for us between Baruch She'amar and Yishtabach).
Jun
30
comment What does cantillation do to prayer's status?
@Dave That is just a placeholder in the unordered list of 3 items. I didn't want to throw off the calibration on my third answer.
Jun
30
comment Drunk person doing schechting
@SethJ Indeed Ramba"m did not make up that requirement either. It is brought down in the g'mara in Chulin and Gitin.
Jun
30
comment Drunk person doing schechting
In what sefer does this appear?
Jun
30
comment Which part of שחרית would you identify as “prayer”?
@msh210 Good point. I might have mentioned that I assumed the questioner was looking for more precision than the colloquialism. I will edit in a note.
Jun
29
comment Why is Chulin in Kodshim
To boot, your second paragraph alludes to the fact that the maseches, despite its name, pertains largely to ritual slaughter in general, rules of which apply to both the consecrated and the personal. So although the question is a good one and more than a pun, one need not assume that this book's placement in this context is a contradiction.
Jun
29
comment Exercises to prevent eyes tiring
If you wait long enough you can post the question here.
Jun
28
comment Why is the foreskin removed?
The word "still" in the title bears explanation, since there is no reference to temporal differentiation in the question. Also "in Judaism" is redundant, so I have edited it out. It is also not clear to whom "them" refers in the question. Please disambiguate.
Jun
28
comment Choking on a Fish Bone
@IsaacMoses Yup, that was the type I meant - in which, OR and MD are uniliteral.
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?