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Dec
28
comment Card Counting Permissibility
@Shalom What do you mean by "believed to be all chance"? Whose belief is the significant one? The casino's? Would you have an obligation to inform them if they were running games susceptible to /gaming/?
Dec
28
comment paying for an apartment
I'm going on hearsay here, but I'm pretty sure that there are indeed varying practices in this regard - some in which an entire apartment is paid for, others in which contributions toward the apartment are made, and others still in which two apartments are provided (one to live in and one to hire out).
Dec
28
comment What does “the Talmud” mean in the Talmud?
@inSeattle You are still implying that there was a conventional body of work "Notes!" that any given text could be either "in" or "out of". If so, the work of Ravina and Rav Ashi was seemingly just to rubber stamp this preexisting thing. Is this really how it happened?
Dec
28
comment What does “the Talmud” mean in the Talmud?
@Yosef Quite interesting indeed.
Dec
27
comment Source for reciting all of T'hilim (Psalms)
@Barry I see that the מהרש"א there is dealing with the topic but I cannot find where he says this specifically. Could you point me in the right direction?
Dec
27
comment Mitzvos on which the only b'racha is birkas “Shehechiyanu”
@Isaac Moses That is a good question. I just wanted to experiment.
Dec
26
comment What are some examples of Jewish names?
@Moshe What do you mean by "occupations and locations"? Are you asking for any and all Jewish names, their meanings and origins?
Dec
24
comment Nittle Nacht Meaning
What Hebrew word means "to have been hanged"? Wouldn't that be להיתלות?
Dec
24
comment Availability of the S'dei Chemed
@Dave @Gershon Gold Together you have shown me the error of my ways. I thought there was only one field when indeed there are multiple and have therefore edited the question accordingly. Thanks!
Dec
24
comment The Meaning of Aishdas
"Is there anywhere stated that all the words in the Torah had to be of Hebrew origin?" This question presupposes a difference between "Hebrew" and "the language of the Torah", both of which - for the purposes of this discussion - could probably be more precisely conflated into "Lashon Hakodesh".
Dec
23
comment Where is the Sambatyon?
@inSeattle Meaning that it's imaginary? What is the deeper significance of his statement?
Dec
22
comment Where is the Sambatyon?
If there really is one, someone should go there and see if it holds by Rabenu Tam or the Gr"a and finally put the matter to rest.
Dec
19
comment Repeating Seder HaKitores
Wasn't the Gr"a among those who avoided saying it at all because of the חשש of חיסר אחת חייב מיתה?
Dec
19
comment (Av Harachaman,) sh'ma kolenu
@Yahu I wouldn't rule out confusion. Is it fair to assume that the presence or absence of "שמע קולנו" correlates 100% with נוסח?
Dec
17
comment Why Daniel is not Among the Prophets?
I think this is the idea Rabbi Dr. Leiman intended (in the linked שיעור in Shalom's answer).
Dec
16
comment Why did Moses raise the brass serpent in the wilderness?
@Ben Masada I don't think you are disagreeing with Alex in this case. His phrasing "beyond our understanding" was a) a paraphrase of Ibn Ezra's opinion rather than Alex's own, b) in reference not to one of the 613 מצוות in the תורה (which may be the antecedent for the פסוק you quoted in דברים), but to a one-time command to משה in the wilderness and c) among several other suggestions that in fact attribute rationales to the particular choosing of a snake and being raised high.
Dec
16
comment History of 10 Teveis
Duplicate: mi.yodeya.com/questions/4590/10-of-the-month-of-teves
Dec
16
comment Shnayim Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?
I forgot about that one. It was so, to borrow Dave's term, off my radar that I never even gave the question a second look, having never seen such a cat.
Dec
14
comment Cutting chala with a knife
@SimchasTorah The lengthy and speculative thread you linked mentions this issue several times but doesn't seem to arrive at any clear conclusions. Did you find any?
Dec
13
comment Cutting chala with a knife
@Jeremy The idea of a knife representing death and not life is the reason for covering or removing it after the meal, I believe. But many certainly maintain the practice of using a knife to cut their bread.