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Jun
5
comment B'siyata D'shmaya or Baruch Hashem
@IsaacMoses But it is very consistent with the style of translation used by Unkelos and Yonasan ben Uzi'el, in which all references to God and His actions are stated indirectly - either as something else doing the action (such as shamayim) or the action being done in the proximity of (but not directly to) God. And we call those targumim.
Jun
3
comment saying “יתברך” when the שליח צבור says “ברכו”
I have always passively wondered this as well.
Jun
1
comment Is there a single syntactic class “פעיל” in Biblical Hebrew?
Interesting. I'll have to test a bunch (or all) of these to see how well they analogize to your examples. Thanks.
Jun
1
comment Shemona Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
"248 evarim (bones or something)" - They are body parts (loosely defined). It's a mishna in Ahalos.
Jun
1
comment Is there a single syntactic class “פעיל” in Biblical Hebrew?
Are you suggesting that the dagesh should be as important as a letter in terms of my not ignoring it? Good idea. Is the same true of the nikud? Re adjectives: An earlier version of this question had a very long background information section, including mention of the non-mappability of syntactic classes from Biblical Hebrew to English, but eventually simplified in hopes of clarification.
Jun
1
comment “Hayom yom X b'shabas” or “bashabas”?
Why does the "week" meaning require a definite article? Is it functioning there to indicate universal quantification (i.e. a reference to every week and not just this one)?
Jun
1
comment How a couple lines in Alenu fit the pattern
Also, thanks for the link. Rav Sa'adia Ga'on (I think) confirms the hypothesis I have always held that goye ha'aratzos is just a double plural and refers to a single land[mass].
Jun
1
comment How a couple lines in Alenu fit the pattern
So the entire first half could be 4-word clauses, with the exception of the prominent middle line, which breaks for emphasis, and one short clause (3 words) and one long one (5 words).
May
31
comment “Hayom yom X b'shabas” or “bashabas”?
@jake It's a small promotional one from the Ateres publishing house called T'filas Ya'akov M'shulam.
May
31
comment How a couple lines in Alenu fit the pattern
@IsaacMoses Thanks. The version I copied this from was missing a couple other words that I caught as well. Apparently there is more variation than I expected. And the one you point out might actually affect the answer.
May
31
comment Why do we Daven for יראת שמים / fear of Heaven?
Perhaps this fits well with the line quoted in the question, which requests that God provide us with the circumstances that enable yir'as Shamayim, and does not ask for it directly.
May
31
comment Closing abbreviation ושכמ"ה
@Dave You are correct. I find that paper (and practically anything by a certain one of its authors) eminently interesting and look forward to reading it. Thank you!
May
31
comment Closing abbreviation ושכמ"ה
That makes a lot of sense. I was also wondering about the name in the signature (and thinking about posting it as a different question if I couldn't find the answer). Thanks!
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?