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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

Jun
11
comment Answering amen to a post-nightfall mincha
But there's no chiddush in each berachah (or even in one of them), which is needed to make it a tefillas nedavah (Orach Chaim 107:1).
Jun
11
comment Why did Aharon request that Hashem declare Miriam pure?
@DoubleAA: yeah, it looks like I misunderstood; Kesef Mishneh understands it as you do.
Jun
11
comment facing east in the bes hamikdash
@DoubleAA: they may not have needed to. There was a paroches in front of the kodesh hakodashim, and another one on the door of the ulam, which is what they were standing in front of.
Jun
11
comment Published Ladino version of Meam Lo'ez?
Beis Eked Sefarim - a bibliography of sefarim printed until 1950 - lists various editions, though the last ones (in Hebrew characters, at least) seem to have been at the end of the 1800s. R. Aryeh Kaplan, in his introduction to Bereishis, mentions an edition of most of Bereishis in Latin characters, done by a Spanish university in the 1960s; whether it was continued, I don't know.
Jun
11
comment Why did Aharon request that Hashem declare Miriam pure?
@DoubleAA: right, but the point is that perhaps now there was no michyah and no white hair, but then by the time she is inspected years later, one or the other of those has developed. (If neither of those develops within two weeks, nor does the nega spread, then the person is tahor - Rambam, Hil. Tum'as Tzaraas 1:10-11; also, if it was declared tamei and then the hairs or michyah went away, then that particular spot can never again become tamei, even if they recur - ibid. 4:8 - whereas if she was never examined yet, the kohen would find those and declare her tamei.)
Jun
11
comment Was it ever the norm for children to get married?
@HodofHod: possibly. The Gemara (Sanhedrin 69b) offers that as one reconstruction of the events, with the other being that she was a year older. (In Yusteni's case, though, she actually bemoans the fact that she could have been married three years earlier!)
Jun
11
comment Language of a ketubah for marriage
Note that this is hardly a new issue nowadays; in Geonic times and later, few people spoke Aramaic either (which is why the later Geonim and early Rishonim wrote a lot of their works in Arabic).
Jun
11
comment Ban on Shabas fasts derived from lechem hapanim?
I'm not sure that this commentary is from R. Yaakov Emden, actually; I don't see these zemiros at all in the first edition of his siddur. (The printers of the later editions, published under the name Beis Yaakov, added a lot of material from other sources; in their introduction they list some - but not all - of these. The Eshkol edition distinguishes them by printing all of the additional material in a different typeface; I'd have to look there to see which one they use for this.)
Jun
11
comment Sh'kalim, Kinim, Midos in daf yomi
@msh210: very likely Bomberg's staff found it that way in the manuscripts they used. (The Munich manuscript of Shas, as well as other manuscripts - they can be viewed here - do contain these masechtos, although not in the same order.)
Jun
10
comment Reading secular books on shabbat?
Acharon acharon chaviv? :)
Jun
10
comment Was it ever the norm for children to get married?
For a non-Jewish example from the time of the Gemara, see "Yusteni the daughter of Asverus son of Antoninus" (Niddah 45a), who claimed to have been married at 6 and borne a child at 7. (Although the Gemara raises the possibility that she was lying.)
Jun
10
comment Shiv'a - mi yodeya?
@AdamMosheh: Megillah 14a.
Jun
10
comment What is the original halachic source for a woman covering her collarbones out of modesty (tznius)?
@SAH: seems that it applies across the board - Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 90:26 states that the same rules apply to Shema and to prayer.
Jun
10
comment Kevias Ittim Vs. the General Mitzva of Talmud Torah
R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi, in his Hilchos Talmud Torah (3:4), seems to be saying that they are the same obligation - based, as you said, on והגית בו יומם ולילה - and that therefore, "in extreme circumstances, when one is extremely preoccupied and doesn't have free time to study even one chapter," then the morning and evening Kerias Shema are enough to fulfill that injunction.
Jun
8
comment Mesorah exchange between communities
Indeed, too, see Chullin 62b-63a for a list of such pairs - though perhaps there the similarity is in names rather than appearance. Also note that there the Gemara endorses variant customs as to whether to eat certain birds, depending on whether the peres and ozniyah - which they resemble - are local species.
Jun
8
comment Mesorah exchange between communities
@DoubleAA: and what happens if in the new location there is a species that resembles one from the old country but is in fact unrelated? The Wikipedia article on "convergent evolution" gives a bunch of such examples, and it's not too farfetched to suppose that in some such cases one member of the pair is kosher and the other is not. (continued)
Jun
8
comment Mesorah exchange between communities
It is possible that the reason may indeed be that the mesorah from one area isn't necessarily transferrable to another. Consider the statement in the Gemara (Chullin 62a) that a bird having one kosher characteristic (and which is not dores) is kosher, because the only non-kosher birds of which this is true are peres and ozniyah, and those "aren't in settled areas." Now, suppose that a Jew winds up in one of those places, sees a peres or ozniyah, doesn't recognize them as such, and eats them on the basis of his mesorah!
Jun
8
comment Why did Pharaoh try to kill Moshe?
Not only that, but it meant that Moshe was thereby siding with the Jewish slaves against the king (where the original state policy of enslaving them was precisely because the Pharaoh of that time feared that they might revolt - Ex. 1:10). It's even quite possible that Pharaoh had realized by that time that Moshe was of Semitic stock (albeit perhaps not that he was Jewish), which would make him all the more dangerous an enemy.
Jun
7
comment Eclipse of the moon, bad sign for the Jews
@DoubleAA: I don't know that sunspots were all that well known either (though Wikipedia says that they are mentioned by Theophrastus).
Jun
7
comment Why is there so much space and matter,etc. in the universe?
@bcholbeisineeman: my point was that if those Jews had lived, they would have had descendants who might have been tzaddikim. Anyway, though, ultimately צדיק ורשע לא קאמר - Hashem doesn't decide in advance who will be a tzaddik and who a rasha; so He may well have had to create 310 worlds for each potential Jew (or perhaps even every potential human being).