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Jan
9
comment Start of the Upsherin ceremony
@msh210 That is possible, though in truth it seems to me that a lot of those lines have been blurred - e.g. Uman has become the trip du jour far beyond the boundaries of Breslavim - as such it might be hard to tell where it comes from, so yeah I might be wrong on the true origin. Either way, it's become "popular" as a result of the same fashion of adopting Breslov and Chassidish minhagim....
Jan
8
answered Start of the Upsherin ceremony
Jan
7
comment Was Darius Jewish?
Third possiblity, though he was halachically Jewish, he was not raised as such, and did not consider himself Jewish (possibly even not known it). This is still not a problem with the Gmara, since he had no "Jewishness" about him.
Jan
2
awarded  Civic Duty
Jan
1
comment How to practice when 2 customs collide
@YDK thank you, I understand that you were not asking specifically about Bet Shemesh, I just wanted to make it clear. So, out of curiosity, how far has this news spread??
Jan
1
comment Hebrew Pronunciation- Sephardic Ashkenaz
@YDK as I said, there are a few exceptions to the correctness of the Sefardi pronounciation. Also, I never said that one should necessarily leave one's parents' tradition, I merely said this was more correct (though, now that you mention it, in most cases I would think that it is better to do what is correct and not perpetuate one's parents' mistakes...)
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.