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Jan
13
comment What does an olive press look like?
I have seen some good pictures of them - probably in this book: lehmanns.co.uk/tbnit-klim-civrim-vbiavrim.html . Here is a picture that gives you some idea of how the chambers worked: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c4/… . Also רע"ב on the spot gives descriptions of each piece.
Jan
12
comment Waving at a security camera on Shabbat
What is that a quote from? In situations where the security provided by the camera's functioning is of direct benefit to you Rav Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg prohibits intentionally feeding one's image to them (because the m'lacha done, which I believe was coloration, would be performed as a p'sik resha d'nicha le).
Jan
12
comment Wedding invitation Hebrew abbreviation
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34388/3
Jan
11
comment Value of Forgotten Torah
@msh210 I think "receive any reward" should be interpreted as "have any value", as the title implies. And @ ray, there is a letter in Igros R'iya in which Rav Kook reprimands his brother to review the whole chapter of g'mara he had learned ten times from start to finish or it would be as if he had never learned it. I don't have a copy handy.
Jan
4
comment What's wrong with singing together?
@Fred Are you implying that recital of Kel Adon is a mitva and that hearing it would somehow affect the obligated person's fulfillment thereof?
Jan
2
comment Usage of the term Baali
You might be looking at Hoshe'a 2:18, in which "Ba'l", appears in parallel with the synonymous "Ish".
Jan
1
comment Candles by the amud
Close relative: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/47620/…
Jan
1
comment Why do books say “ספר” on them?
@Yishai Interesting. As I said, I would be happy with statistical nondisconfirmation of the null hypothesis as well.
Jan
1
comment Why do books say “ספר” on them?
@msh210 I will add some examples of #1:former and #2:yes.
Jan
1
comment Why do books say “ספר” on them?
@msh210 Please note that a nondisconfirmation of the null hypothesis by comparison to the general book population would satisfy me as an answer. But it doesn't seem to be the case. See above.
Jan
1
comment Why do books say “ספר” on them?
@Yishai Most books have titles. The vast majority of the time they manage to convincingly represent themselves as books without explicit reference to the word "ספר" in the title. . . Here is one example, but they abound. Compare a title which is otherwise just a topic example against one which is meant to be a "catchy title" and therefore not need that (example).
Jan
1
comment Why do books say “ספר” on them?
msh210 - well, it's in the tags, but I am editing accordingly. Shokhet - I think your instinct aligns with my hypothesis #4. Are you sure "Chinuch" would sound bad (aside from the arrogance factor) if you hadn't heard of the existing book? Think of books with generic names like "Cryptography" for an analog. @Yishai - My question is not about the meaning of the word but its function. Why after all, do some books need the phrase "book by the title of..."?
Jan
1
comment When and why did the custom that a Nidda hides from the public that she is a Nidda start
@Shalom Isn't the whole point of eating "al taharas kodesh" all about the way you eat? I think we see from the discussions in the g'mara that officially a person's tahara is not affected even when they impose this stringency on themself.
Jan
1
comment Two brachos one mikvah
@msh210 That is my uninformed assumption. If so, I suspect once again that Ani Yodeya intended to simplify things as much as possible, and not to violate conventional entailment.
Jan
1
comment Two brachos one mikvah
@msh210 Presumably to simplify the case since the wording of the b'racha may have had to change if you'd only had one to begin with.
Dec
31
comment Was the Golden Calf associated with a particular deity?
And speaking of implicit assumptions about the egel, these answers are very relevant: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34379/3 judaism.stackexchange.com/q/35818/3
Dec
31
comment Was the Golden Calf associated with a particular deity?
Timmy McDonald, that link is an essential part of the question because it is the assertion made in that book that you are questioning. In fact, it could probably be rephrased as "is the association in this book valid?" rather than "is the calf associated with a deity?", which does not provide as much information.
Dec
31
comment Was the Golden Calf associated with a particular deity?
@Matt It is also about Torah. The question assumes the debatable premise that the egel was intended to be worshipped as a god (cf.) and wishes to know if it was a particular preexisting god.
Dec
31
comment Was the Golden Calf associated with a particular deity?
Hello Timmy McDonald and welcome to mi.yodeya. The second part of your question is a separate question, and one I do not understand. Can you provide a reference for the name Egeliah?
Dec
30
comment Is a Gentile allowed to store his/her chometz in your fridge during Pesach?
Seems at least better than doing the same with one's own chametz in a standard chametz-selling transaction.