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Sep
23
comment How do I understand Bava Metzia 1:6?
YEZ- can you please edit your answer to remove all pronouns? This is one of the reasons I got confused in the first place!
Jun
9
comment Why the vast difference of opinion about the age of the Universe?
edit: "scalar inflation field" -> "scalar-tensor inflation field" in light of the recent BICEP2 results
Dec
19
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
@msh210: like I said, it's a bit of numerology. I guess you have to think of some unique naming system, so permutations of the alphabet seems as good as any.
Feb
24
comment How did the moon shrink?
Yes, if the moon were at the L2 Lagrange point, it would always be full, while if it were at L1, it would always be new. While it is impossible to remain exactly at these points, since they are dynamically unstable, we have put satellites around L2 in special "halo orbits" that are relatively stable.
Feb
6
comment What to do with the candles during Havdalah
My favorite explanation is that it hearkens back to Adam and Eve, who were given "kitonet or," which is darshened as "clothes of light" but there is also a medrash that says they originally were covered in hard armor scales like fingernails, and after the cheit we given the soft skin we have today. By inspecting our fingernails, we are reminded of the first Shabbat and Motzei Shabbat.
Dec
21
comment When do you say a beracha on a minhag?
I agree, but that doesn't warrant a down-vote, but I think rather a non-vote.
May
17
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
I agree with Jake and Yaakov. Isn't there a Torah prohibition against lying?
May
17
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
of COURSE you are wearing a hat!
May
17
comment Where's Piece Number 10?
welcome to one of my favorite websites. Did you get the hat tip from BP? -JDS
Feb
28
comment Is Rashi really pshat?
I had always felt that Rashi was more into drash, and Ramban was the pshat-focused commentary.
Dec
30
comment Hagala for a new pot
btw, I would like to use this opportunity to say Sultam pots are fantastic! We have a whole set and they are still in great shape after 7 years.
Dec
28
comment Davening on Plane Zmanim
very cool site!
Dec
28
comment Lego on Shabbos
in view of a number of similar active questions, it may be worth reminding everyone of the message in red print at the top of this page. For questions like this, one should always consult their own Rav.
Dec
27
comment Nittle Nacht Meaning
so if shabbos is doche nittle nacht, when are we supposed to rip all the toilet paper we need for the year?
Dec
27
comment May a Katan (minor) perform Melachah (“work”) on Shabbath?
I've also heard it is violating the positive mitzvah of chinuch. I have seen cases where a parent will not ask their own child to do something, but have a different adult ask them. (although it sounds like this is also a problem!)
Dec
22
comment 12 hours to the day, 12 hours to the night
definitely related to the lunar cycles: 12 months gives 12 constellations in the annular cycle, which also cross the sky every night. Except the 12 constellations take 24 hours to go around, so I'm off by a factor of 2 somewhere... eh, astrology and astrophysics are both order-of-magnitude estimates.
Dec
22
comment Why Does Hashem Bless Us Like Efraim And Menashe?
re: 1) I thought that really was Yissachar and Zevulun. 3) +1 I like!
Dec
21
comment Segula Pitum Ketoret on Klaf
great question--I have seen that a lot recently and never remembered to ask!
Dec
21
comment Eclipse of the moon, bad sign for the Jews
Interesting answer, but I am personally not much convinced by the odd combination of mazal and science. To a certain extent, I think this is at the root of the recent controversies with R. Slifkin and the authority of Chazal.
Dec
20
comment Apologetics for marriage at 3 years old
corrolary: is a gioret from before 3yrs old (e.g. adopted) still considered a gioret (vs betulah) for purposes of ketubah?