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Apr
22
comment failed sale of chametz
That was a successful sale, not a failed one.
Apr
22
comment words often mispronounced
@Yahu - The סעודה שלישית --> shalashudus shift has at least one more step in between, involving a shift in meaning, possibly with deep mystical roots (i.e. the 3rd meal actually comprising 3 meals).
Apr
22
comment Sefiras HaOmer - if you know that you will miss a day
In fact, that shi'ur contains some great analysis that is relevant to answering the original question as well, including an interesting chidush by Rav Zevin and another one by Rav Soloveitchik.
Apr
22
comment Sefiras HaOmer - if you know that you will miss a day
@Gershon Gold - The story is about Rav Breuer, and comes up around 10 minutes in to this shi'ur by Rav Willig: yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/711258/…
Apr
21
comment Baal Teshuva Minhag
David Perlman, hello and welcome to mi.yodeya! Thank you for the useful contribution to the question of determining minhag. Does every place have a mara d'asra and can such a term be applied across geographical bounds to include all members of some familial lineage?
Apr
18
comment Ulterior motives on a Q&A site
@Daniel ben Noach - Nope! My priorities in asking are enumerated pretty well by its tags.
Apr
17
comment Ulterior motives on a Q&A site
I was thinking of the same midrash! I wonder how far one can take this judgment of inappropriateness.
Apr
17
comment targum to Ex. 32:27
You mean g'var thrice then enash.
Apr
17
comment Why bother with n'vi'im?
@Alex +Check for the combination of answer and comment.
Apr
17
comment Why bother with n'vi'im?
@Alex - I was referring to a hypothetical granting of n'vu'a to everyone as a means to the end, but I understand your point more clearly now. Thanks! @Yahu - Thank you very much for the recommendation. I will be sure to pass it on to the questioner.
Apr
17
comment Why isn't eating milk with chicken kosher?
Hello srr, and welcome to mi.yodeya! Thanks for your interesting symbolic answer. It would be enhanced and enriched by a citation to a print source. Also consider receiving all the benefits of being a fully-registered mi.yodeya user by clicking Register at the top of your page.
Apr
15
comment why half-believe the Torah?
Maybe I was distracted by Isaac Moses' comment and addressed its concern more than the question.
Apr
15
comment Why do/did Jews sacrifice animals?
1. The Ramba"n also stresses the transformative power of sacrifices in terms of expiation of sin and redemption of the individual. 2. Bonus: The awesome Meshech Chachma cited in the article references electricity in explaining the connection between people and Hashem.
Apr
15
comment What is better to do on Shabbos HaGodol?
Shloshim yom achar hachag sho'alim v'dorshim b'ofi hachag?
Apr
15
comment Sheva Brachos Seder
@Gershon Gold - Shabas and yom tov should suffice. See Even Ha'ezer 62:8.
Apr
14
comment Marror and Chazeres on the seder plate
The Tosafos I referenced explains that the mishna used that term specifically to indicate that even if the only vegetable available was one suitable for maror one would still dip twice in order to inspire the children's questions.
Apr
13
comment Tzlach - source of name?
Are you sure the Tzlach doesn't have a book of responsa known as Noda BiYehuda? Just kidding. The Dagul Mer'vava wrote both!
Apr
12
comment Why isn't “Adam” a traditional Hebrew name?
Lots of Jareds these days too.
Apr
8
comment Why bother with n'vi'im?
After thinking a little about it, I think the question would still be a good question for Ramba"m: If everyone attains the capability of נבואה, why doesn't Hashem just tell them all the נבואה rather than telling one of them and having him tell the others? Alternatively, addressing Ramba"m's premise: Why did Hashem make the bar so high for figuring out what He wants if it is expected of all people?
Apr
7
comment Avot keeping Mitzvot
Rav Moshe (cited elsewhere in this discussion) uses the logic that if Avraham was observing mitzvos then his sons and successors Yitzchak and Ya'akov probably were as well.