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Jan
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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.
Dec
29
comment Is there a penalty under the law for attempted adultery?
Does the need for atonement entail punishability "under the law"?
Dec
29
comment Is there a penalty under the law for attempted adultery?
Does the need for atonement entail punishability/penalty "under the law"?
Dec
29
comment Do we have any proof (Biblical or other Judaic) that current-day Arabs have lineage from Yishma'el?
Hello Ariel Baradarian and welcome to mi.yodeya! Your answer would be greatly improved by citing and quoting your sources, which could make it subject to the analysis/disclaimer in Yishai's answer.
Dec
28
comment Source of various versions of Haamek Davar
Can you link/paste an example? Do the publishers of the versions give any manuscript information?
Dec
28
comment How did 70 souls give birth to millions in a few generations?
Please note too the Tana whose opinion is that Ya'akov had twice as many children as are listed at each birth. . . and other opinions that accord with it explaining how the number 70 (or 66) is just the immediate family but there were more spouses and relatives around as well. I believe the Torah itself alludes to this fact.
Dec
28
comment Fasting on shabbas 10 Teves
Regarding the premise of universality, see e.g. here, but more to the point, the source itself takes the d'rasha for granted apparently (top line and previous page).
Dec
28
comment Ancient Triennial Cycle Today
See here for a description of the practice in question, including super cool wheel-shaped reconstructed calendars.
Dec
28
comment Fasting on shabbas 10 Teves
Isn't the answer right there in the Beis Yosef? Rav David Avudarham(?) wrote that the source psauk for this fast uses the word "b'etzem" just like that of Yom Hakipurim. So, by fiat (g'zeras haKasuv) it must be observed on the given date.
Dec
24
comment Can a person (or cat) be both alive and dead at the same time? (Schrödinger's paradox)
What does it mean to have the status other than to have a legal ramification?
Dec
24
comment Can a person (or cat) be both alive and dead at the same time? (Schrödinger's paradox)
Do you have in mind legal ramifications other than the one you linked? Is there reason to believe that the general answer to this question is not covered by the generalized parts of the yibum question's?