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.ויהי בארבעה ועשרים שנה ואני בתוך הגולה על נהר הדסן


Apr
4
comment Why identify personalities in midrash?
@DoubleAA, Wasn't sure. When in doubt, I go with with "who".
Mar
25
comment Is there a Jewish tradition of commentary on Genesis prior to Philo?
Is there a reason you didn't mention any of the Apocrypha (and Pseudepigrapha)?
Mar
18
comment Marrying a wife that is older than you?
Umm... The passage in Abarbanel that you linked to actually argues exactly the opposite of your conclusion. Abarbanel there argues that while Amram was quite old at Moshe's birth, Yocheved at that time was "only" fifty to sixty years old, making her very much his junior.
Mar
6
comment changing one's Hebrew name
Re the animal food: Likely R. Chaim was referencing the mishna on Shabbos 76a: "עמיר כמלא פי טלה".
Mar
5
comment What are the consequences of Vashti’s dual nature?
@Yitzchak, בערה בו is not a name, but rather a description. "בערה" = "his beast" (as in "ושלח את בערה" of Ex. 22:4), so that the full phrase "וחמתו בערה בו" means "his mother-in-law, his beast, was with him". This implies that one of Vashti's mothers was an animal that belonged to Achashverosh and that she happened to be with him at the time.
Mar
4
comment Why does the prefix She- appear in only Tehillim, Shir Hashirim, and Koheles?
The article that @RebChaimHaQoton cites to is illuminating: academia.edu/4055983/The_Grammar_of_and_in_Qohelet
Feb
27
comment Did Moses marry twice?
judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/8211/…
Feb
27
comment I need people from the Tanakh who represent “curiosity”, “impatience”, and “resignation”
@JudgeMental, The source for point 1 is the Zohar (link).
Feb
19
comment Spilling water from a full cup?
judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/3934/…
Feb
19
comment Commonly ommited from Arur Haman
+1. The Aruch Hashulchan is also bewildered by this (although he has the version:ארורים כל הרשעים ברוכים כל הצדיקים), which at least shows that Artscroll is merely following the practice of earlier siddurim.
Feb
12
comment When in history did Purim happen?
Also relevant and interesting, but not so current or accurate: Yashar's Mafteach el Megillat Esther
Feb
12
comment When in history did Purim happen?
seforim.blogspot.com/2013/02/…
Jan
22
comment Rabbinic understandings of non-Divine origin of Onqelos
@NoamSienna, See the update above. I'll see if I can find some more sources later.
Dec
3
comment Resource for learning Nach Yomi
a little bit relevant: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/26406/489
Nov
27
comment Ana B'choach - Private prayer or Sing-Along song?
@eramm, Thank you for your concern, and I will take your comment as a polite interest in how I justify not saying "Ana B'koach" while everyone else does. I am of German ("Yekkish") descent, and the German custom is to not say Ana B'koach (among other things, such as B'rich Sh'meih). That I don't say it is similar to an Ashkenazic person not saying the Sefardic additions to various prayers whilst attending a Sefardic shul, which is quite justified according to many poskim.
Nov
12
comment Can anyone help me find resources for the content and organization of a shul library?
+1 for "K'hasi"
Sep
14
comment Why did Yonah run away?
@JimThio, nevuah = prophecy; navi = prophet.
Aug
27
comment How old is the custom to eat dairy on Shavuos?
@HachamGabriel, you mean Vitry.
Aug
14
comment Aside from the days set aside for impurity, what exactly is a man allowed to do with his wife in regards to intimacy?
"The Torah states that if a woman experiences an usual flow, she needs to wait for it to end, and then count seven clean days." -- Actually, if we're calling dam nida the "usual flow", the Torah states (Lev. 15:19) that she merely needs to wait seven days total (assuming she's clean by the end of them). Only for the unusual flow (dam ziva) must she ever count seven clean days (Lev. 19:28).
Aug
9
comment Is the bracha pronounced “ha-MO-tzee” or “ha-mo-TZEE”?
@DoubleAA, That bothers me every single time I hear the song. Also "hu nosein leCHEM l'chol basar..."