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Apr
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comment Why read about Rashb"i's death at a memorial ceremony?
The text is here: he.wikisource.org/wiki/… And a description of it here: daat.ac.il/encyclopedia/value.asp?id1=2054
Apr
1
comment Why read about Rashb"i's death at a memorial ceremony?
@Shalom - I am searching for the text or a citation, but meanwhile I assume it is whatever they are selling here: rashbbi.com/…
Mar
29
comment Chodosh - where does it apply?
I can't help but note that this is a machlokes tana'im here: hebrewbooks.org/shas.aspx?mesechta=20&daf=37&format=pdf
Mar
27
comment Copula insertion in “Jewish American vernacular English”
Is there such an analogous pattern in Yiddish?
Mar
27
comment Sefiras HaOmer - earliest time to count
Who says it has to be after sh'ki'a? hebrewbooks.org/shas.aspx?mesechta=1&daf=27&format=pdf
Mar
25
comment Asher Yotzar - What type of Bracha is it?
Is there any reason to believe a b'racha of the form of asher yatzar would be a birkas hamitzva? I heard a shi'ur once that the context of the text of the prototype for the b'racha, where it appears in maseches Nida relates it to giving birth and it may therefore be linked to shevach and especially hoda'a.
Mar
25
comment Is there a single syntactic class “פעיל” in Biblical Hebrew?
@Dave - Thanks for the link. It looks like the definition I am looking for. Do all of the words listed (even the ones I assume to be nouns) fit Gesenius' definition? I shortened the question in an attempt to make it more clear.
Mar
24
comment What's the earliest source/discussion on green beans being “kitniyot” (prohibited legumes) on Passover?
@Isaac Moses - Google Books has it as 1948. books.google.com/…
Mar
24
comment What is the meaning of the inscription on the back of a m'zuza?
Interesting, but why write Hashem's name out there at all?
Mar
24
comment Wearing a Kittel at the Seder
Not having a copy of the הגדה in question, I was taught in the name of that same נצי"ב that it was specifically the one bringing the קרבן (one per חבורה) who would wear special clothing and therefore only the "leader" (or exactly one other person perhaps) wears one in modern times as well.
Mar
22
comment Two Matzos at the Seder
@SimchasTorah - Do we have an existing standard of not considering answers mipi sh'mu'a answers?
Mar
21
comment Mordecai: Esther's uncle?
The m'gila also calls her his dod.
Mar
17
comment What is the earliest source that mentions Gematria?
How do you know גימטריאות there means calculating numerical values of words?
Mar
16
comment What is the earliest source that mentions Gematria?
Are you asking for the earliest source to use the word גימטריא to refer to literal-numerical calculations based on the spellings of words or the earliest source to refer to גימטריא, which is almost certainly a transliteration of the Greek word for geometry? (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometry)
Mar
1
comment Jewish king outside Eretz Yisra'el
Does the Tosafos linked in the question agree with the Ramba"m?
Mar
1
comment Is Rashi really pshat?
Benyomin, interesting answer! Would you care to expand upon it, citing a source or some examples?
Feb
25
comment Anyone know anything about Shlomo Kluger Yeshiva?
Heschel, welcome to mi.yodeya and thank you for your additional (first-hand?) details to expand on this question. Consider registering your account fully by clicking "Register" at the top of the page.
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?"?