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May
24
comment Can a Jew lose their Jewish Status?
On the phrase "status as being a Jew" - there are many things that define and qualify one's "Jewish status" that are incidental: what "abilities" or "privileges" a person has in performing certain functions in Jewish life and law. However, the rights that one accrues are at most secondary in terms of his essential "Jewish status", which is defined by his obligation to uphold the laws of the Torah (as they pertain to him). This does not change, regardless of what a Jewish person does.
May
24
comment Difference between jewish and zionist?
"(and the person did not convert to another religion)" - Are you implying that such a person would need to convert back if they wanted to be Jewish?
May
24
comment What practices are affected by a belief in demons?
Is that the same logic used by the Shibolei Haleket in saying azkaros before sh'mone esrei of ma'ariv "for protection"?
May
23
comment Talis Gadol for Unmarried Individuals
@jake - Coming right up.
May
23
comment Are “tzipor” and “tziporen” related?
Duly noted. Thanks!
May
23
comment Arba'a Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
They differ from one another by 244 years?
May
22
comment Talis Gadol for Unmarried Individuals
Good point. It needs explanation. Stay tuned for more.
May
22
comment Why is “Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch” spelled that way?
Are you suggesting the transliteration was done by someone who was unaware that that pronunciation is the rare exception to the rule and therefore forewent 'z'?
May
22
comment Lag BaOmer - Why Celebrate on the Yohrtzeit of a Tzadik?
@Curiouser - No, but the two events you mentioned (students falling victim to a plague and Rabbi Akiva moving to the south and taking on new students) are.
May
22
comment Shmuel Yosef Agnon's Nobel Prize Speech Audio?
@IsaacMoses - I suppose so. It's just not clear to me what "drush" as a genre refers to. Maybe somebody can write a tag wiki for it.
May
22
comment Lag BaOmer - Why Celebrate on the Yohrtzeit of a Tzadik?
@Curiouser - I believe that was written. . . in the g'mara .
May
22
comment Tish'a Ushloshim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
So I suspected. Add that infomation to the answer and I bet you'll get more upvotes.
May
22
comment Why is 'Rabbenu Tam' called Rabbenu Tam?
The ריב"ש linked makes it clear that at least his use of "תם" was an allusion to Ya'akov Avinu, albeit a good 150 years after ר"ת lived.
May
22
comment Division of Mishnayos in Pirkei Avos / Meseches Avos
Which sidur ?
May
22
comment Tish'a Ushloshim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
I know this is incredibly off topic, but which is the real Florida area code - 229 or 225? The real question is was this downvoted because the '239' of SW FL is not technically numerical but only a signifier, or because it was somehow judged to have less religious merit than necessary for the venue?
May
22
comment Division of Mishnayos in Pirkei Avos / Meseches Avos
There are more than two divisions of mishnayos in general (not limited only to Avos) and they are not necessarily divided along the sidur/independent sefer line. For example, the Ramba"m's division is famously different from the standard one, which is very often different from the divisions in the Vilna sha"s.
May
19
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
@msh210 - Literally it only means "a little..." which is a perfect translation for your utterance, and it is used more broadly as a polite way of declining things, always implying that there is a continuation of the sentence that would excuse it but not stating the excuse.
May
19
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
@msh210 - This is even less deceptive in Japanese! ちょっと...
May
18
comment Why is there a ה in “מוהל”?
This midrash is a pretty Hebrew source. Is there reason to believe it is either not the earliest?
May
18
comment Why is there a ה in “מוהל”?
How do you translate "himol yimol"?