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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
30
comment Shemona Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
I use Tanach Plus, actually. But I try to stick to things that I already knew of (and just need to refresh my memory); it wouldn't really be fair to use it to get rep points for things that I never learned before.
Apr
30
comment Shemona Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
True, and now that you mention it, I think I've also seen someone who relates it to the 28-year cycle that Jeremy mentioned.
Apr
29
comment Dovid haMelech and Amalek
Maybe because the original owners probably already had yi'ush (gave up hope of recovering the items)? Also, remember that some of the spoils were originally from the Philistines; the argument about how to divide them may have been specifically about those (whereas the ones that identifiably belonged to Jews were what David sent to the various Jewish towns - vv. 26ff). Yet another possibility: the "wicked men" who claimed that the stragglers shouldn't get any of the spoils (v. 22) may have been arguing that those people should be penalized by losing what would otherwise rightly be theirs.
Apr
28
comment Shisha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
And also of Lamed, Mem, Samech, and Pei (and maybe also Tes), since each of them is composed of a Chaf and a Vav.
Apr
28
comment Shabbos Zmiros author
The "Yisrael" here (for Kah Ribon, at least; not sure about Yom Zeh) is R' Yisrael Najara, a prominent Kabbalist.
Apr
28
comment Shabbos Zmiros author
"Otherwise unknown authors," yes. Do you know anything about Chaim Yitzchak, for example, besides the fact that he wrote this zemer? Whereas the Ibn Ezra or the Arizal are known for more than just these compositions.
Apr
28
comment Why masechet “Beitza”?
True, but then (quite aside from the fact that fewer people are familiar with Seder Taharos than with Seder Moed), none of the masechtos of Taharos are named for specific pure items; they're named either for things that can be tamei or tahor (Kelim, Yadayim, etc.) or for things that are indeed tamei (Negaim, Zavim, etc.). Whereas in Moed, for example, you've got Rosh Hashanah, which is named for a specific Yom Tov.
Apr
28
comment Why masechet “Beitza”?
I know, I was responding more to Jeremy's original question.
Apr
27
comment Why masechet “Beitza”?
I call it "Beitzah" (and similarly for the item on the Seder plate). I don't think the word has the same (improper) resonance it used to - maybe in the plural, but not in the singular.
Apr
26
comment Non-Jew's marriage obligation
I don't know if your edit is correct. Rambam (Hil. Issurei Bi'ah 14:21) states that halachah does recognize "ishus" (a marital status) between non-Jews. It is true, based on the words "be'ulas baal," though, that this doesn't go into effect until they actually cohabit (Rambam, Hil. Melachim 9:7), unlike in a Jewish marriage where this state is entered upon at kiddushin.
Apr
26
comment Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
I think this must have been one of the ones that everyone figured, "well, it's so obvious - surely someone else is going to put it up!" :)
Apr
23
comment Shelosha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
The Vilna Gaon, hm? Maybe I should change my Gravatar to the Baal Hatanya's picture! :)
Apr
23
comment Shelosha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
From here: findanalaskacruise.com/alaska-glacier-cruise.php. Alaska is one of the states I haven't been to yet, but would like to. :)
Apr
23
comment Shelosha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Thanks! You can change it using Gravatar. (Incidentally, Isaac, the name - and the link - are wrong on the Tips page.)
Apr
23
comment Shelosha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
You beat me to it! I was thinking of the same thing.
Apr
23
comment Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
I had a chance to look this up in Midrash Rabbah Hamevuar this morning. (By the way, the correct citation is Vayikra Rabbah 34:1.) He cites three explanations: (1) it excludes the ones where the second "ashrei" just amplifies the preceding one (32:2, 84:6, and 144:15b); (2) it counts only the ones referring to positive deeds (so it excludes 127:5 and 137:8-9); or (3) it counts only the ones referring to individuals (so it excludes 33:12, 89:16, and 144:15a-b - though I'm not clear about that last answer, since that leaves us with 21).
Apr
22
comment Non-Jew's marriage obligation
Same is true of R' Achai's position. His wording is: דמחייבין דבית ישראל למינסב נשי ואולודי בני ומיעסק בפריה ורביה... אפילו גוים מפקדי אפריה ורביה. So he seems to be drawing a clear distinction: Jews have a dual obligation, to marry and to have children, but non-Jews have an obligation only to do the latter. The implication, then, is that they needn't marry for this purpose; having children out of wedlock would satisfy their basic halachic obligation.
Apr
22
comment Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Now that I think of it, maybe he's taking the Rambam's list of 23 blemishes that apply specifically to animals (the other 50 are common to both korbanos and Kohanim), and subtracting the one (#12 on the Rambam's list) that applies only to a female animal.
Apr
22
comment Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Interesting, because I count 25 times. I wonder which three the Midrash is excluding from the enumeration?
Apr
22
comment Electric Appliances and Mikva
Are you sure about that? I thought I recall seeing somewhere that it has to be something that is "maaseh uman" - that only a craftsman would be able to fix.