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Feb
25
comment Origins of איל משולש and Vilna Ga'on's bathroom math
@Gershon Gold - What does "האיל" in that line mean? Was he a ram? I was assuming it was also a play on the Vilna Ga'on's first name, אליהו.
Feb
23
comment P'sak halacha by AI?
"It doesn't work with pattern matching, which is what's needed in psak." Have you seen the pattern recognition literature? They are working on that too. (Just one example: ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=4767034) How do you know that siyata diShmaya or at least intuition cannot be simulated given sufficient processing power and time?
Feb
22
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
+1 for the second part of the question about the choices disposably mobile Jews make regarding places to live. Is the first part not just a special case of rasha v'tov lo, or "why do good things happen to bad people?"?
Feb
21
comment words often mispronounced
I'm not clear on exactly what you mean by "pronounced wrong simply because that's how people think they should be pronounced". Are you specifying that the mistakes have to be due to whim or that they have to be due to conviction? Does it matter if people have divergent convictions depending on context? (The first divergence that comes to mind is between colloquialism and Torah reading of the "same" word.)
Feb
14
comment What sort of covering is required for Challa and cake while making Kiddush?
Can you cite a source for the need for covering being based on embarrassment rather than a combination of halachos regarding b'rachos precedence?
Feb
14
comment Hakaras hatov vs. hoda'a
If I understand your answer correctly, hakaras hatov is a component of hoda'a. Is that correct?
Feb
13
comment Hakaras hatov vs. hoda'a
What do you mean by "strict translation"?
Feb
7
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
@msh210 @Yahu @Alex Duly noted.
Feb
7
comment Putting on tefillin late
Any good sources?
Feb
7
comment Putting on tefillin late
Hello Yonatan Hillel and welcome to mi.yodeya! Thank you for your detailed answer providing an additional perspective on the matter. Consider doing one or both of the following: Clicking the Register link at the top of the page to enjoy all of the benefits of the mi.yodeya user experience and giving your answer even more teeth by providing sources for finding this information.
Feb
6
comment Moshe's name is missing
Kudos for pointing out that Moshe is mentioned in the first word of the parasha.
Feb
6
comment Yosef Mokir Shabbos
What is the question? It would probably be helpful if you punctuated the sentences.
Feb
3
comment Meforshim Nick"names
This one always sticks out in my mind. I think the ר"ן routinely abbreviates רמב"ם this way and that I've noticed it in several editions.
Jan
28
comment 400 Years in Egypt (?)
It is also evident in the context of the original havtacha in B'reshis 15:13. Link: tora.us.fm/tnk1/jdl/MefarsheyTanach001-15.htm
Jan
28
comment 400 Years in Egypt (?)
He seems to do so in Sh'mos 6:20, in calculating the genealogical timeline of the Amram-Moshe-Aharon family. Link: tora.us.fm/tnk1/jdl/MefarsheyTanach002-06.htm
Jan
27
comment Tzar Balay Chaim- Killing Pests?
As Anonymous Chasid answered below, your question was "Are you allowed..." and since ליכא איסור כלל, the answer is "YES".
Jan
27
comment The Absolute Unity of G-d
א-להים (or אלהים for the profane meaning) is clearly grammatically plural, based on its agreement with plural adjectives and its declension for possessives. In all cases it follows the grammatical pattern of a plural. The Ibn Ezra I cited (as well as Rash"i, Ramba"n, Or Hachayim, et al.) understand it this way. The putative singular of the word would be א-לוה, which is attested plenty of times in תנ"ך. It is related to (but not equivalent to) א-ל.
Jan
27
comment Muktzeh Because its assur for me
@SimchasTorah No, I took the liberty of applying his rule regarding things that are אסור לאכילה ומותר להנאה to your cases.
Jan
27
comment Alarm clock handling on Shabbos
@SimchasTorah I have edited my answer to clarify that there is no prohibition of touching things due to shabas . There may be objects touching of which is prohibited (like the mizbe'ach for example) but not because of the day of the week.
Jan
26
comment Is being vegan “kosher”?
"a vegan diet might pose a problem of bugs" - I am not sure that I understand veganism correctly, but shouldn't it preclude eating bugs?