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Jan
1
answered Hebrew Pronunciation- Sephardic Ashkenaz
Jan
1
comment How to practice when 2 customs collide
As a resident of Bet Shemesh, I would like to point out that the recent events have absolutely nothing to do with customs or halacha. It is solely and completely an issue of one not-so-small group trying to meticulously control everything about anyone else. I would think that their completely non-halachic actions would make that clear to anyone, even without having to delve into what they're actually saying - which, for the record, has even less to do with halacha.
Dec
28
comment Davka, Mamash, and B'Emet
eh, that might be a literal translation, but it loses the particular "feel" of the word. That's why its a popular word even in Hollywood...
Dec
26
comment Davka, Mamash, and B'Emet
Davka is often also used as "in spite", "to spite", and "despite". Even though those are not really equivalent... "Davka" is one of those uniquely Israeli words that dont translate well to other cultures, like chutzpa.
Dec
24
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
so, you're saying that you're allergic to women....? Would probably not go over so well with some people... (re the peanuts comment)
Dec
22
comment Why are a couple words in Ma'oz Tzur different in some sidduriim?
There are a bunch of other words that are slightly different, most likely small changes in transcription over history...
Dec
20
comment Pronunciation of חשמונאי
Huh. I had thought that it was well established that the ancestor's name was Chashmon, however when I went looking for a source I discovered that I was mistaken - as @alius said, this is disputed. I can't speak to his research, but I am/was familiar with different set of conclusions... Consider this retracted, while I do some more research...
Dec
20
answered Pronunciation of חשמונאי
Dec
17
comment Jewish Grand Festival
+1, it would probably make sense to add 9 Av to the 2nd category, no?
Dec
16
comment Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?
"Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?" - Not if you're a man! :)
Dec
14
comment Fish Tank Menorahs
Wow, I impressed myself - I remembered almost all of that correctly! (except the sources - thanks)
Dec
14
comment Fish Tank Menorahs
@Mark right, that's what I meant by "if they do go out, you have to light again", but I was not 100% sure about that. In any case, you would only know that after they get blown out, that retroactively you did not do a proper lighting. That said, if you dont put them in the box, but by some fluke they dont blow out, you're good anyway.
Dec
14
answered Fish Tank Menorahs
Dec
13
comment Train ticket not collected: destroy?
I would think that the last phrase should be reversed - if it's a private concern, you paid for a service you recieved; however, in the case of government-owned, you are already subsidizing the service, regardless, and in most cases the payment for the service is more of a toll, rather than actual payment-for-service.
Dec
7
comment If sleeping suffices for “ad d'lo yada”, why drink?
This seems to me to be a good reason not to drink - look at this other guy, he got smashed and look what happened!
Dec
7
answered If sleeping suffices for “ad d'lo yada”, why drink?
Nov
20
comment Why do divorced or widowed women still need to cover their hair?
For the record, there are also opinions contrary to this.
Nov
12
comment Is there a best time to make aliya?
In most industries, hiring is a year-round thing, with a couple of exceptions: summer is often a low point, with a lot of hiring managers on vacation; as is Chagim time (till well after Sukkot), and around Pesach also. Also anything related to government/public sector (which, in Israel, is most jobs) tend to have a different pattern towards the end of the year (mid-November till January), though sometimes this can be in both directions. Obviously, some industries are different - e.g. teachers, which are obviously tied to the school year (but not always directly).
Nov
12
revised When and why did the black velvet yarmulke become the standard for some communities?
Limited the assumption for "standard"
Nov
6
comment What are good resources to find jobs for those contemplating Aliya?
+1, several times over. That said, it still really does depend on field, location, etc.