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Apr
25
answered when are the 'extras' (simanim) eaten at the seider, eggs and pomegranate?
Apr
17
answered Why repeat עקיבא נחמתנו?
Apr
14
comment Why did Esther have to become queen and be forced into adultery?
The text of the gemara states explicitly otherwise
Apr
14
comment Why did Esther have to become queen and be forced into adultery?
The gemara you reference, Megillah 13A, is rather explicit that it was a wife, and that "bayit" in this case means a wife. Thus, to quote from what you linked to: "A Tanna taught in the name of R`Meir: Read not 'for a daughter' [le-bath], but 'for a house' [le-bayith]. Similarly it says... But the poor man had nothing save one little ewe lamb, ... and it grew up together with him, and with his children... and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.(21) Because it lay in his bosom, was it like a daughter to him? Rather what it means is like a wife; so here, it means a wife."
Apr
13
comment Where can I get the full set of Shadal's commentary on the Torah?
Actually, Rabbi SD. Here is his rabbinic ordination: onthemainline.blogspot.com/2012/11/…
Feb
22
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Jan
28
comment Is there a source for a man not addressing his wife by her first name?
jokes4us.com/kiddiejokes/oldcouplejoke.html
Jan
24
comment Why is תורה sometimes written תורת?
good point! I was thinking horses rather than zebras for what the questioner was asking, though.
Jan
21
answered Why is תורה sometimes written תורת?
Dec
30
comment Which manuscript of the Mishna did the Bartenura check?
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Dec
30
comment Which manuscript of the Mishna did the Bartenura check?
Davkanit, meaning that it is of Davka (precise, intended) quality, I would think.
Dec
27
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Dec
20
comment Wordplay concerning the Ayin and the Aleph in Gemara
Not sure. But maybe maasarot first Perek second Mishnah, hate'einim misheyavchilu ( one is obligated to tithe figs when they begin to ripen) where if you transpose the bet and Chet you get misheyachvilu, when they are chovel ( injure ) someone. Would need to see if a Gemara makes that switch and joke.
Dec
8
revised Aren't wigs counterproductive?
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Dec
8
answered Aren't wigs counterproductive?
Nov
6
comment Why is the shalshelet trope (cantillation) note always at the beginning of the verse and always followed by a psik?
see my answer on this, related question. judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/15475/…
Oct
15
comment Do Jews pray to deceased forefathers?
sounds good. from my perspective, a survey of the different positions is fine, so long as it is clear that there is a machloket in the matter and what the mainstream approaches are and mean.
Oct
15
comment Do Jews pray to deceased forefathers?
Ok, for what I am saying, see eg Bach Y.D. 217 that Calev only prayed to hashem, not to the Avot. That is, rishonim and acharonim interpreted chazal in different ways than you are assuming, and so we should not then interpret away the clear conclusion based on those interpretations and say there is no machloket on the matter.
Oct
15
comment Do Jews pray to deceased forefathers?
No, we don't assume Mishnah brurah meant something else. We rather understand that Mishnah brurah is saying a conclusion briefly, where he is aware of the great volume of rabbinic literature explicitly discussing the meaning of those purportedly contradictory statements of chazal.