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comment מרדכי = Mord'chi?
Good point. Although the Teimanim didn't suffer the dislocations other segments of Jewry did, it does seem odd that they would have a better memory of that German Rishon than German Jews. It makes one wonder if their pronunciation is an artifact of the Arabic influence.
Apr
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comment מרדכי = Mord'chi?
Here's another example: Rav Shamshon Refael Hirsch. According to our two Frankfurter Yekkes, both of whom spent their childhood and teenage years in Frankfurt (and who endlessly point to this or that in the Roedlheim Machzor), the Hebrew name is Shamshon, not Shimshon, and that's how he was called to the Torah. Why? Because that was his name, period.
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answered מרדכי = Mord'chi?
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comment מרדכי = Mord'chi?
Great! Now I know why Syrians call it Sebbeth instead of Shabbat.
Apr
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comment Does cooking kitniyot in a pot render it non-kosher-for-Passover for Ashkenazic Jews? If so, why?
Exactly. But after the fact, it's not a problem at all, because we rely on the biggest leniencies possible in bittul of the flavor of Kitniyos.
Mar
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answered Does cooking kitniyot in a pot render it non-kosher-for-Passover for Ashkenazic Jews? If so, why?
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comment Wearing a Kittel at the Seder
Isaac, thank you for your welcome, Isaac, and Rafi for your kind words. Yahu, thank you. I think that publishing is no longer the best way to disseminate knowledge. With search engines and the ability to print out whatever you want, I don't think that books matter anymore- except for very mentally taxing work, for which I find a physical book much easier to work with. Also, I need to remain mostly anonymous for a while.
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comment Wearing a Kittel at the Seder
I am the author of the blog referred to by Simchas Torah. Yahu commented that he should summarize what I wrote so that people can decide whether to follow the link. I have to say that generally, my posts are not summarize-able, and in this case in particular, summarization is completely impossible. For better or for worse, they are not sound bites.