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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.
Jun
13
comment Getting married in age order
Does that simply mean that Rav Moshe does not hold of the minhag or does it mean he holds of it and has a very low threshhold for forgoing it?
Jun
13
comment Getting married in age order
". . .mention the verse from Lavan. . ." - Does this mean they cite it as the source of the minhag? Do we maintain other minhagim from the Lavan side of the family?
Jun
12
comment Shelosha Vachamishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
Also producible by n(n+1)/2, in which n = highest number in the series.
Jun
12
comment What is the reason for שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום?
@RCW I did not see anywhere an explanation for the unique arichus yamim but I saw the answer given by Alex (reenacting matan Torah) and the Ra'ava"n's answer (reenacting being in shul) to explain the 2+1 pattern.
Jun
10
comment Referring to Non-Jews
"Gentiles" can be ambiguous.
Jun
10
comment “Purchasing” Something Free on Shabbos
"item will be consumed in the store, or there's an eiruv" - If the former how did you get the coupon there? Just nitpicking.