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comment How could the Jews have been sure the Golden Calf wasn't actually G-d?
@Fei23 that's possible, but the text doesn't say. It also raises the question of why Aharon would listen to the demands of the erev rav if they acted alone.
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comment How could the Jews have been sure the Golden Calf wasn't actually G-d?
@user6591 oh, along the lines of making a vessel for the "god" to dwell in, so they made the idols but thought their gods would then inhabit them? Perhaps I took the question too literally.
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comment Are there unnecessary words in torah?
Could you clarify your answer with an edit? What you said (and attributed to Rambam) is that one who denies that anything in torah is from God is a kofer etc. But that's not what I asked; I asked about unnecessary words. Your conclusion ("by definition that means every word is essential") is what I didn't follow. It's still a little opaque to me; my failing, I'm sure, but you can only fit so much into a comment. Explaining it in the answer proper is better. Thanks.
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comment Are there unnecessary words in torah?
I don't follow your logic. One could hold that every word came from God but that some of them aren't needed.
Apr
28
comment How Do I Know If it's a Hebrew Leap Year?
@user6591 see my edit; does that help? If not, please ping me in Mi Yodeya Chat.
Apr
27
comment How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
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Apr
27
comment How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
@DoubleAA this might be a dupe of the first one (though I don't care about the published edition, only the translation being used -- i.e. I don't care about book vs digital for this question). This answer there helps me.
Apr
27
comment How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?
@DoubleAA (latest comment) well, if some translators have known philosophies in this area, that would be one way. Or if it turns out that everybody's somewhat inconsistent about this and so I should always compare A, B, and C, that would be an answer. I have a question, not an answer. :-) (In this case, for example: I see no et to mark a direct object and the dispute among some meforshim is about nikkud, which isn't original. So even though I know some Hebrew, I don't know how to translate this without help.)
Apr
27
comment What does, 'A wandering Aramean was my father' mean in Dt 26:5?
This question came up at my seder this year (pity I hadn't yet seen this answer!) and somebody said that Ibn Ezra challenges the midrashic interpretation on the grounds of grammar and he's in the "wandering Aramean" camp, not the "sought to destroy" camp.
Apr
17
comment Timeline of the 10 plagues in exodus?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/36570/472
Apr
15
comment How to say Mi Yodeya's version of Echad Mi Yodeya in hebrew
I think the OP wants the numbers too.
Apr
13
comment What to do with kiddush cups that are too small?
Could it have come from a kiddush fountain set, maybe?
Apr
12
comment What are the minimum required sections of the Hagadah that must be said?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. That those three are required doesn't mean that they're the only things that are required. Rabban Gamliel didn't say that this is sufficient, just necessary.
Apr
7
comment Can you acquire land merely by using it?
@DoubleAA Soncino English translation. (They sometimes transliterate technical terms instead of trying to translate them; this was a case of that.) Their daf text isn't pointed.
Apr
7
comment Can you acquire land merely by using it?
@sabbahillel that's how it was spelled in the translation I was working from. Thanks to both of you for the correction. (I don't have a pointed text to check vowels against. I failed to be diligent in checking the first letter.)
Apr
6
comment What's the procedure for seeking a psak?
@DoubleAA very closely related. crmdgn, are you asking how to find a rabbi to be your rabbi when you have these questions, or are you asking how to get one-shot answers (where ask-the-rabbi sites might come into play)?
Apr
6
comment What's the procedure for seeking a psak?
@DanF I don't see why not. We don't give p'sak, and we can't help a person figure out which local rabbi he should consult, but the general process for doing this seems no different than any of our other how-to/community-oriented questions.
Apr
3
comment Shalom Aleichem — “shuvchem” instead of “tzeitchem”?
@msh210 thanks. Do you jam the extra word into the melody or modify anything else to make room? Or have a melodic variation, like repeating a musical phrase?
Apr
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comment Shalom Aleichem — “shuvchem” instead of “tzeitchem”?
@DoubleAA interesting -- pretty sure I've never heard that verse. The one I'm talking about is the Debbie Friedman one (mentioned on that WP page), though I've heard it via oral transmission. (I don't want this question to be about Debbie Friedman in particular; I'm trying to validate or refute a claim about her source and we can't ask her.)
Mar
28
comment Is the soul tied and can one break that tie?
@Eagel you asked about wives and husbands. If you meant to ask about non-marital connections you should have done so. (Do not edit to do that now, as this answer already exists and is upvoted.) If you take a little more time and care in asking your questions you can avoid some of these issues.