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May
30
comment Is it possible to convert a Rosh of a Rabeynu Tam Tefillin into a rosh of a Rashi Tefillin?
Are you asking whether it is legal or whether it is physically possible/feasible?
May
30
comment Why is “Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch” spelled that way?
that is true of conventional English spelling (which actually has been artificially conventionalized to double final letters for at times unnatural reasons) but when it comes to transliteration from Hebrew, I believe the standard is to leave consonants singular unless marking a geminate for a dagesh. I have never, for example, seen שבת transliterated with a final 'ss'.
May
25
comment Is it actually forbidden to push a wheelchair outside of an eruv on Shabbat?
@YDK - Good question. One thing that occurs to me is that in the cane case there is no question of another's involvement. It is necessarily a one-person job. Why there is no need for a d'var mitzva I have no idea.
May
25
comment Is it actually forbidden to push a wheelchair outside of an eruv on Shabbat?
@jake - I have edited to include that clarification.
May
24
comment Why is Judaism not Racism?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/6076/are-europeans-edomites
May
24
comment Shortest word in the Torah
@Curiouser - Note the usernames.
May
24
comment Redistribution of refuge cities after expansion
Ramba"n on the spot says the mitzva took effect after the conquest, as you said, but does that not mean the immediate conquest in the time of Y'hoshu'a?
May
24
comment How can I make a long summer shabbat a delight?
@IsaacMoses - Yes, I suppose. There are rishonim who extend oneg to all kinds of things one gets pleasure from, but the principle I outlined can be applied to them too.
May
24
comment Pesach Sheni when Moshiach has just come
Could you explain what answer the Rebbe gives? I read the link and I don't see it.
May
24
comment How does an outsider know how to dress for a particular Orthodox community?
I bet this question would be well-served by an experience-based answer from a female and I strongly suspect that all of the suggestions so far (even the experience-based ones) have not been. @Females - Perhaps you can weigh in?
May
24
comment What practices are affected by a belief in demons?
@msh210 - As per your comment on the question, it looks like the exact opposite of @Ariel's answer would be valid as well. I.e. "We don't boil even numbers of eggs together."
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.