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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
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.
Apr
22
comment Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
אם קבלה היא נקבל, I guess. But aren't there 73 blemishes that invalidate a korban (Rambam, Issurei Mizbe'ach 2:1ff)? Granted that a couple of these apply specifically to female animals, but even after subtracting those, you have well over 22.
Apr
22
comment Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Or 3 years, according to the Gemara (Bechoros 8a).
Apr
22
comment Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
Nope, Oholei Torah (in Brooklyn). There were boys there who knew their way around Tanach pretty well.
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
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
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
comment Esrim - mi yodeya?
Mi Shemeis, actually (Bava Basra 156a).
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.