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Jul
3
comment Why is Bil'am not surprised that his mule is talking to him?
@DanF When he wakes up in the morning the second time, that is actually waking in the dream. Everything with the journey and the donkey is part of the dream. At the end of that sequence, Hashem commands him to "Go!", at which point he finally actually does, and in the next pasuk Balak hears him coming.
Jul
3
comment Online English Rashi (Talmud)
The public are working on it over at Sefaria!
Jul
3
comment Why Choose Talmud Bavli For The Daily Study
I believe you are correct in implying that the volume of Mishna taught in school is not meant to be comprehensive, but it is probably designed to give the student the tools to continue studying Mishna independently. Daf yomi, on the other hand, is something usually engaged in by adults, presumed all the more competent in their independent learning after getting Mishna under their belts in their youth.
Jul
3
comment Why Choose Talmud Bavli For The Daily Study
I'm pretty sure the answer to this historical question will turn out to have been heavily influenced by the answer to your other historical question about why so much emphasis is placed on G'mara learning. In fact, you show that you believe they are closely related as well by using the insufficient study of Mishna in school as part of your argument regarding learning G'mara on one's own time.
Jul
3
comment Why do Yeshivos learn Talmud Bavli so extensively?
I second @Matt's recommendation, especially chapter 3, to answer the question "what makes G'mara more worthwhile than other halacha texts?" It is parallel to an amazing discourse in אורות הקודש by Rav Kook in which he explains how halacha and agada are inextricably linked.
Jul
3
comment How are nazir and sota connected?
@DanF There are certainly roots that are both Hebrew and Aramaic that appear in Tana"ch.
Jul
2
comment How are nazir and sota connected?
To clarify, I made up "swear off". The question is only about the mode of the imperfect י in this case, not the lexical value of the root ז.ר.
Jun
30
comment The new book about the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l
Same here @Tatpurusha. In fact, he has been praising all 2 or 3 of the recent biographical works on the Rebbe.
Jun
29
comment What word has the highest numerical value in Tanach?
biblewheel.com//GR/GR_Database.php?SearchBy_Gematria=1500
Jun
17
comment Which benchers have the harachaman for the state of Israel?
Just being pedantic about syntax.
Jun
17
comment Which benchers have the harachaman for the state of Israel?
You mean Birkon Koren?
Jun
17
comment Yichud with surveillance cameras
One of those makes the distinction explicit. The other does not. The answerers seem to all but ignore it, and it is not clear that it has any bearing on the question here. Perhaps a comprehensive answer to any one of the three would address that difference.
Jun
16
comment What is a Parzuf?
chabad.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380804/jewish/…
Jun
16
comment Yichud with surveillance cameras
Dupe: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/5287/3 And dupe: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1482/3
Jun
15
comment Can one run a surveillance Camera on Shabbos?
Please explain the bar mitzva part of the question. Why would surveillance of such an event be different from that of any other occurrence?
Jun
8
comment Learning Kabbalah & Yeshiva World
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/37284/3
Jun
1
comment Why does almost every pasuk in Megillat Ruth start with a vav?
There is not. But there is a good paper about the distribution of pasuk-initial-וs, which I am having trouble locating. In direct answer to your question, someone suggests that the letter ו stands for אמת and its abundance in Rus owes to that trait's prominence therein.
Jun
1
comment Why does almost every pasuk in Megillat Ruth start with a vav?
Most p'sukim in Tana"ch start with a vav. The overwhelming majority of p'sukim in the Torah start with a vav, with the numbers declining overall from beginning to end. Additionally, the presence of opening vav_s is often explained by association with the presence of narratives. _M'gilas Rus is largely narrative. But see the comment of Rada"k on the first word of Y'hoshu'a.
May
27
comment The meaning of Trees
Hi Steven Cohen, and welcome to mi.yodeya! This is a very open-ended question and could be improved by adding some specificity. Do you have particular reason to believe that this class of objects bears some distinct meaning (as opposed to people, cities, other plants, to name a few)? Are you referring to symbolic meaning, function, semantic role, or something else as the elusive meaningful binding thread?
May
26
comment Kadish at the end of Davening
I believe the cited Shevet Halevi says it is just incidental that it is even called kadish yasom and that this is what was done by the K'sav Sofer - and presumably by the Chasam Sofer before him.