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Graduate of Beis Medrash Oholei Torah and "Seven Seventy"; now a בעל הבית with ריחיים בצוארו but still trying to be עוסק בתורה

Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
OK, then, "twenty-one are the days when we recite the complete Hallel with a berachah" - see mi.yodeya.com/questions/1047/is-yom-haatzmout-a-chag/1054#1054 .
Apr
21
answered Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
In my yeshivah days, the joke went: Q. What do Tehillim, Mishlei, and Iyov have in common? A. In Tehillim, it's often difficult to see the connection between one chapter and the next. In Mishlei, it's often difficult to see the connection between one verse and the next. In Iyov, it's often difficult to see the connection between one word and the next!
Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Here's a relevant citation: books.google.com/… and subsequent pages. Apparently both forms are pretty common throughout Tanach.
Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
You can always use this as a new answer for "Esrim - mi yodeya?". :)
Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Although... Yeshayah has the same thing, so it's really 20 books. (In some Tanachs, you'll see at the end of each of these sefarim, יתק"ק סימן - an acronym for ישעיה, תרי עשר, קהלת, קינות.)
Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Yahu: the Ashkenazi vs. Sefaradi difference is probably indeed because of the local difference in the vernacular; in Spanish, after all, you say "veintiuno." As to English - if the change from "four-and-twenty" to "twenty-four" is because of how we read the Arabic symbols, then how come, for example, German - which uses them too - puts the units first?
Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Shalom: Even with pure numbers, not necessarily. We find חמש וששים שנה (Gen. 5:21,23) and חמשה וששים... שקל (Num. 3:50), but ששים וחמש שנה (Is. 7:8). – Alex 0 secs ago
Apr
21
answered Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Apr
21
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Yahu: not necessarily. It is true that in Sefiras Haomer we use the form "units+tens," but Magen Avraham 489:5 comments that really it should follow the form used in the local vernacular (he also cites Yoma 55a in this regard, where there is a similar discussion about how the Kohen Gadol counts the sprinklings on Yom Kippur). In Yiddish the units are indeed placed first, and that is probably why indeed our siddurim have it in this form; but after all, in English we put the tens first.
Apr
20
answered Non-Jew's marriage obligation
Apr
20
revised Esrim - mi yodeya?
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Apr
20
answered Esrim - mi yodeya?
Apr
20
answered Esrim - mi yodeya?
Apr
20
comment Esrim - mi yodeya?
Mi Shemeis, actually (Bava Basra 156a).
Apr
20
answered Choices before birth
Apr
20
comment Choices before birth
"Fight" is a strong term, maybe, but Avos 4:22 (4:29 in some editions) does say that "against your will you are born," and Bartenura there explains that the neshamah is in fact taken forcibly from On High and placed into the womb.
Apr
20
answered Shavuos, why celebrate?
Apr
20
comment Shavuos Versus Simchas Torah
The Golden Calf was forty days after the Giving of the Torah, no? So yes, on Shavuos - and for a while afterwards - we were complete tzaddikim (see Shabbos 146a: "פסקה זוהמתן").
Apr
20
answered Tish'a Asar - mi yodeya?