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Apr
15
comment The luxury of murex trunculus indigo
I don't think that subspecies were necessarily intended here (such that it would be a different min). Rather, same species but the effect of the environment. Or if genetic, not necessarily would Chazal have considered these halachically a different min, such that it would not be deemed Chilazon and techelet. (However, the color variation might well have been a reason that aristocracy might not have gone for it, since they would not be able to target the precise hue.) but why think black? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_blue
Apr
14
answered The luxury of murex trunculus indigo
Apr
9
comment Targum on Obadiah 1:3 a Reference to Rome?
yes, I saw the vocalization. I wouldn't put much stock in it, because (a) that sort of vowel shift is easy for a copyist to change, and (b) 'haughty' and 'on high' are shades of meaning from the same root, so even if accurate, this would just be evidence of a ruma meaning 'on high'. Assuming that this is the literal translation used consistently by Tg Yonatan, then moving to 'Roman' in one particular instance seems a stretch. Other places to look are מלכים ב פרק יט פסוק כ"ב פסוק כ"ג, ישעיהו פרק כב פסוק ט"ז, and so on. It appears approx 46 times and really the Targum for each should be checked
Apr
9
answered Targum on Obadiah 1:3 a Reference to Rome?
Mar
11
comment Is old matza kosher for Pesach?
Yes. In the original box
Mar
11
revised Is old matza kosher for Pesach?
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Mar
11
comment Is old matza kosher for Pesach?
Pretty close, and this will be slightly helpful, but I am looking for a Rabbinic source that would convince them and not be dismissed. By Rabbinic I don't mean a website from Star-K, but something like Shulchan Aruch, or Aruch Hashulchan. I realize that this may be so obvious as to not be mentioned in sefarim...
Mar
11
asked Is old matza kosher for Pesach?
Mar
9
comment Rabban Gamliel says we must mention moror at the seder. Is it just a word association?
This btw in response to your children's question, such that, aside from any derasha on Zeh,this pasuk itself works for r gamliel to require mention of the pesach and its reason.
Mar
9
comment Rabban Gamliel says we must mention moror at the seder. Is it just a word association?
That is, the pasuk says זֶבַח פֶּסַח הוּא לַיהֹוָה אֲשֶׁר פָּסַח עַל בָּתֵּי בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּמִצְרַיִם בְּנָגְפּוֹ אֶת מִצְרַיִם וְאֶת בָּתֵּינוּ הִצִּיל
Mar
9
comment Rabban Gamliel says we must mention moror at the seder. Is it just a word association?
If course it gets its name from an etymology! It isn't random. Hedging the specifics of the etymology (by using perhaps instead of a bold assertion) doesn't remove the the etymology, which is clear. Perhaps in its merit, perhaps in God's behavior at the time of the korban.
Mar
9
comment Rabban Gamliel says we must mention moror at the seder. Is it just a word association?
sure it is pass-over-ly. it is called the korban pesach not because of any pun but because Hashem skipped over the houses, perhaps in its merit.
Mar
9
answered Rabban Gamliel says we must mention moror at the seder. Is it just a word association?
Mar
4
comment If my teeth are extracted, are they conisder shaimos?
not in jest: books.google.com/…
Mar
3
answered Hur in Ki Tisa - You only live twice?
Feb
22
comment Speaks during kaddish
Where did you see the quote?
Feb
20
reviewed Approve Removing Tefilin before Mussaf
Feb
20
answered Zohar and Maharal on the soul and face
Feb
19
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Feb
12
comment Why did Avraham wait to have a bris?
It is an answer. First the classic answer. Then the link to several answers. Then an answer of the same form that someone more earnest than me could offer based on sevara and the maharsha, with 3 years as expressing the idea of as early as possible. Finally, a meta answer that these approaches are ill advised because the question is founded on a shaky premise.