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Nov
28
comment When to light the Shamash when lighting Menorah?
I came to the conclusion of your last possibility as well due to the physical constraints that definition imposes.
Nov
28
comment Resource for dotted letters in Nakh
בראשית טז:ה יח:ט יט:לג לג:ד לז:יב במדבר ג:לט ט:י כא:ל כט:טו דברים כט:כח ש״ב יט:כ ישעיהו מד:ט יחזקאל מא:כ מו:כב I think I got this from here.
Nov
27
comment Why wasn't the Torah given to klal Yisroel as a DVD?
Re the second point, the whole תורה could be stored in a couple kB. The potential for encrypted messages is orders of magnitude greater on a DVD (easily 10GB)
Nov
19
comment why does the chazzan stand for the entire davening?
Are we specifically talking about Ashkenazim?
Nov
17
comment What is the problem with writing שט as a number?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10682/3
Nov
8
comment Are there any minhag and customs specific to Czech Jews and have they been documented?
+1 for casting the spotlight on the הנהגות ומנהגי פלוני genre.
Oct
27
comment Years and years and years of Yishmael
The question is asked by comparison of Sara to Yishma'el (no mention of Avraham) in Zohar (on the spot) and the answer given is that Yishma'el repented. This is after the discussion of Sara's years being in 3 groups of "days" to emphasize how they were all good.
Oct
15
comment Halachic Approaches to Utilitarianism vs. Deontology
There is a very interesting midrash about a conversation between Yocheved and Amram about whether it is worth having children in a time of threat to the lives of male infants at the expense of possibly sentencing the same to death.
Oct
15
comment Halachic Approaches to Utilitarianism vs. Deontology
@ArielK It would be a duplicate if this question were asking "can any ends justify all means?" but it is asking for sources on a larger debate over consequentialism and whether the results of our actions dictate the value/goodness of those actions.
Oct
11
comment What is the font with points in the middle of the letters called?
|product-recommendation|?
Oct
8
comment Rambam Tzitzith: 7 or 13 chulyoth?
@CharlesKoppelman Strange, isn't it?
Oct
6
comment Who first described the grammatical distinction of vav ha-hipukh v. vav ha-chibur in Tanakh?
Ibn Janach listed 36 senses/uses of the letter ו. Several of each of these two categories are included.
Oct
6
comment Answering 'Amen' to Birkas Kohanim during regular Shemonei Esrei (Chabad Nusach)
I realize it's not necessarily indicative, but birkas kohanim is one of the very few b'rachos mandated by the Torah, so one might expect it to be included in "most blessings" whose recitation calls for interruption. Also, I believe there is a note on Rav Soloveitchik's practice regarding responding to birkas kohanim in general in the Koren (Soloveitchik) machzor.
Oct
4
comment Can a woman ever wear a prayer shawl?
Do you have a source for the recommendation to wear it in private or is it just sensible advice?
Oct
2
comment “He'amur” rather than “ha'amur” in K'dusha introduction?
Doesn't it depend on the quality of stop in between the "e" and "a"?
Sep
25
comment Issues of Tumah vis a vis non-Jewish human remains
@Fred Good summary. Rav Moshe (can't find where) explains the words of Shulchan Aruch more leniently.
Sep
25
comment “He'amur” rather than “ha'amur” in K'dusha introduction?
@DoubleAA People speak with sounds, not dots. I would transcribe it something like [hɛʔʌmʊɹ].
Sep
24
comment Ibn Ezra vs. Hachamim in Regards to Piyyutim
There is some relevant information in this shi'ur (linked elsewhere on the site). Try around 4:40, briefly around 8:01, then primarily starting with 24:25.
Sep
24
comment ALL Names of God
@msh210 Better late than never I hope. Thanks for the help!
Sep
23
comment What's a good beginner-friendly collection of aggadah in English?
I know several people who have found Me'am Lo'ez (in various languages) quite beginner-friendly.