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Nov
25
comment Meaning of the phrase “Tzur Chevli B'eit Tzarah” near the end of Adon Olam
@Yishai, Thanks. We do not know who the author is, and we certainly do not have any original manuscripts that we know were written by the author's hand. We would only be able to judge from any existing manuscripts that have vocalization, and those that do have a segol. I'm sure there are plenty of genizah manuscripts that include Adon Olam, and if they find any with a patach, surely we'd find out about it eventually.
Oct
31
comment Halachot of Lashon Naki (clean speech)
@Emetv'Shalom, Clearly we have different ideas about the nature of halacha. Something can be wrong or inappropriate conduct without being halachically forbidden. (Think Ramban's naval b'reshus haTorah.)
Sep
8
comment ראש וראשון לכל דבר שבקדושה
Zvi and @DoubleAA, This seems plausible. Very interesting though how it became such a popular quote (Google it and you'll find it in all types of haskamos and introductory remarks) given that it's not even a direct quote.
Sep
8
comment Ezekiel 16:4: לֹא הֻמְלַחַתְּ — what practice does this describe?
@SethJ, Ok. I have finally taken out the Gill source, because I can see that it offends some of our users (including yourself). [I still maintain that John Gill's Exposition can be a valuable resource at times.]
Aug
21
comment Woman with 2 wombs in regards to pidyon haben
@DoubleAA, It certainly does sound like two cervices. Also, from the ways he says "צריך לבדוק" makes it sound like it's something that's not so easy to see externally, which I would imagine two vaginae would be, though I'm not so sure.
Aug
18
comment Do religious Jews generally believe the serpent of Gan Eden was Satan?
@user3949142, What is your point? We can argue forever about what the Rambam himself did or did not believe, but the fact remains that Moreh Nevuchim is an authoritative source, and the fact that the Rambam included this in this book means that he deemed it acceptable, regardless of whether he secretly did not believe it.
Aug
8
comment Unusual pronunciation of “Mol” in Devarim 1:1
@DanF, You're welcome. Mazuz's writings are not available online and, as far as I know, difficult to find outside of Israel.
Jun
30
comment Does God continually (re)create the physical world?
relevant: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7639/…
Jun
12
comment When Tana“ch uses the phrase ”until today" what does it mean?
II Kings 17:22-23: וַיֵּלְכוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּכָל-חַטֹּאות יָרָבְעָם אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לֹא-סָרוּ מִמֶּנָּה. עַד אֲשֶׁר-הֵסִיר יְהוָה אֶת-יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵעַל פָּנָיו כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר בְּיַד כָּל-עֲבָדָיו הַנְּבִיאִים וַיִּגֶל יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵעַל אַדְמָתוֹ אַשּׁוּרָה עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה
May
20
comment Belief that a dead man will be the Messiah - Kfira?
@Yishai, Including the Abarbanel who believed that Moshiach would come from the dead?. This is untrue; Abarbanel believed no such thing necessarily. Please see Ch. 5 of Gil Student's book linked to above for clarification.
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.