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May
12
comment How to increase the demand for kosher food?
...However, the title is misleading since the question does not mention any acceptability judgment about Hartfordians' practice.
May
12
comment How to increase the demand for kosher food?
@jake - I think it is certainly a question about Jewish life. It is a question of believers in Judaism matching practice to their belief. It could be a question about adult education or motivation.
May
12
comment Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?
I think xiaohouzi79 was referring to the Christian Bible. Otherwise why would there be reason to think there is a problem for a Jew to keep one around?
May
12
comment Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?
Is your first question regarding the Christian Bible? I.e. the canon that includes the Hebrew Bible as well as the gospels, etc.? Are you using the term "scripture" to refer to that and "Hebrew Bible" to refer to the original Hebrew version of the part subsumed in that canon in which Jews believe?
May
11
comment Bending at “s'lach lanu”
I was assuming the same and ascribing that logic to the people I've seen doing it. I just have never seen or heard it mentioned as an actual minhag.
May
11
comment Forms of Kashering a knife
. . . and thus the ground was expected to wipe off whatever particles were stuck to it.
May
11
comment How did Rambam eliminate “ben gilo” from the halacha?
@johny why - I don't think the discussion is one of justification for the act of visiting, but of the (metaphysical) results of such a visit, in discrete terms. Esoteric though it may be, this type of calculation should ideally remain separate from the person's motivation to visit.
May
11
comment words often mispronounced
Interesting points. But I don't understand the last one. What is the difference in meaning between "Hashem" and "Hasheim" (especially considering some don't differentiate in pronunciation between segol and tzere)?
May
11
comment Where's Piece Number 10?
Good point about how this answer only applies after the fact.
May
11
comment If I wear a synthetic and/or mesh garment with Tzitzis, will I fulfill the mitzvah of Tzitzis?
Ben, your question would best be expressed as a comment on the original question, or possibly as a question in its own right if you provide more specific information about the sources to which you refer.
May
11
comment Why are angelic icons not prominent in Judaism?
Many take even more serious exception to the annual poetic prayer for rain that mentions (addresses?) the angel "Af B'ri". (Job 37:11 mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt2737.htm)
May
11
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
If I understand correctly, the original meaning of the root is "facing" and the others are derivatives?
May
11
comment Internal Passive With Characteristic “u” Vowel
@Andrew J. Brehm - Yes, it is the passive participle. Biblical Hebrew didn't have much in the way of actual adjectives. However, it functionally serves what English speakers would consider an adjectival role and in later Hebrews came to be used as such.
May
11
comment Citation format for G'mara
Thanks! That's all well and good for the text of the g'mara itself, but what if I'm citing - for example - a Ri"f? Or better yet, a Tosefta?
May
11
comment Is mixed gender volleyball permissible?
Are there still "different sects" in Judaism? Do you have a printed source that reflects their doctrine as it pertains to this matter? What do you mean by "fight side by side" and what are you suggesting with that elided sentence? Please clarify your answer.
May
8
comment Meaning and pronunciation of יישר כחך
See here: mi.yodeya.com/questions/5991/words-often-mispronounced/…
May
8
comment Are Animal Crackers depicting non-kosher animals non-kosher?
@Chanoch - No offense, but in this instance doesn't "inherited from Yiddish" just mean misborrowed from Hebrew?
May
6
comment Kohain First questions
As far as #3, the above rules do not apply to the kohen's products, but to the kohen himself. Perhaps it would be another thing if Rav Shabtai Kohen and Rav David [Halevi] Segel were actually standing in line waiting to present their chidushim.
May
5
comment Nun in Ashrei- Psalm 145
Maybe because it is more common in T'hilim for chesed to be paired/paralleled with tz'daka than with ne'emanus. Not that I'm trying to argue for it, but it could make one lean toward the omission of one over the other.
May
5
comment Robot as a competent proxy?
I don't think a chatzer needs to be immobile by definition. What about a chatzer ham'haleches?