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May
15
comment Meaning of the a word in an magen david
+1 for correspondence with a post on onthemainline (onthemainline.blogspot.com) from a few years ago, which includes an 18th c. sketch of a magen David with the characteristic letters in the points, sharing a panel (implying some relationship?) with a m'zuza whose casing clearly reads the 3 letters you suggest. In fact, the ד even looks broken at the exact spot that would make it appear as a ו or a ז next to a י!
May
15
comment Meaning of the a word in an magen david
@Dave - One's enough, rare as it may be. Especially considering the popular monogram style of last initial in the middle (4.bp.blogspot.com/_7p2ZcQPaYTw/SXqc7TqWvbI/AAAAAAAAHEU/…) since a last name would be the most likely of the 3 to begin with ו. This is of course, continuing down the path of wild speculation without the benefit of a picture.
May
15
comment Hebrew Grammar: How did Nif'al end up as the passive/reflexive of pa'al?
Sorry about that. You could try your local univesity library. . . or email me separately.
May
15
comment Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?
I stand corrected.
May
13
comment Hebrew Grammar: How did Nif'al end up as the passive/reflexive of pa'al?
An interesting (if unpopular) hypothesis is advanced in this paper regarding passive-counterpart-בנין drift and what the proto-system should have looked like. jstor.org/pss/1515901 I would summarize it as an answer but I haven't read it since back when I studied "Bible" and read German.
May
13
comment Where does the Sefer HaChinuch discuss geometry/“Handassa”?
This site answers 'yes': freeweb.hu/etymological/AEDweb.htm
May
12
comment connection of obligation to keep mitzvos and sexual maturity
Nice! And thanks for the link to קונטרס התפלה.
May
12
comment facing east in the bes hamikdash
@msh210 Exactly.
May
12
comment Bending at “s'lach lanu”
@Monica Cellio - Well, only in the cases when I've asked them afterward. I am assuming based on those people intentionality in the others.
May
12
comment First Jerusalem Eruv
Strictly speaking, isn't this a comment and not an answer? Expected: Year. Found: Obviation of question.
May
12
comment facing east in the bes hamikdash
Only because of kol pinos she'ata poneh..., which I was under the impression applied there. That is the part I don't have a written source for.
May
12
comment facing east in the bes hamikdash
It is brought down somewhere that in all of his circuits of the mizbe'ach he only made right turns. For the two sprinklings on four corners the mishna says he started in the SE and ended in the SW, so it must be that he was walking sideways around it, with his right shoulder leading his left one. This would necessitate sometimes having the kodesh hakodshim to his back. But while on the mizbe'ach might not count and I don't have a source.
May
12
comment Is there “Torah Inerrancy”?
See also: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/124/…
May
12
comment How did Rambam eliminate “ben gilo” from the halacha?
@Joe in Australia - Ah, you make a good point. Thanks for clarifying.
May
12
comment How to increase the demand for kosher food?
...However, the title is misleading since the question does not mention any acceptability judgment about Hartfordians' practice.
May
12
comment How to increase the demand for kosher food?
@jake - I think it is certainly a question about Jewish life. It is a question of believers in Judaism matching practice to their belief. It could be a question about adult education or motivation.
May
12
comment Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?
I think xiaohouzi79 was referring to the Christian Bible. Otherwise why would there be reason to think there is a problem for a Jew to keep one around?
May
12
comment Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?
Is your first question regarding the Christian Bible? I.e. the canon that includes the Hebrew Bible as well as the gospels, etc.? Are you using the term "scripture" to refer to that and "Hebrew Bible" to refer to the original Hebrew version of the part subsumed in that canon in which Jews believe?
May
11
comment Bending at “s'lach lanu”
I was assuming the same and ascribing that logic to the people I've seen doing it. I just have never seen or heard it mentioned as an actual minhag.
May
11
comment Forms of Kashering a knife
. . . and thus the ground was expected to wipe off whatever particles were stuck to it.