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revised Is there a reputable (i.e. accredited/approbated) resource (for English) to use for learning the Talmud/Rishonim independently, beyond a translation?
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comment Is the name Kadesh a verb, and is Kodesh the proper way of spelling it?
Kadesh in Hebrew is a verb. Transliterations can be tricky things, though. In Aramaic, however, or possibly another Semitic language, it's possible that the vocalization is something that would resemble "K-a-d-e-s-h" when transliterated into English. But, as @Scimonster said, there's nothing wrong with a name that is in verb form. A good many Jewish names are verbs or not actually grammatically correct anyway.
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revised Rabbi Nosson Finkel and angels
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May
22
comment Extraterrestrial Sacrifices
That wouldn't transform this answer into a higher quality answer, nor the question into a higher quality question. Edits to each would do that.
May
22
comment Extraterrestrial Sacrifices
Unfortunately, although you may be right, this answer is less valuable than the question (which is valuable only for entertainment and wild speculation).
May
19
revised Kissing a Sefer Torah as it passes
Fixed typo.
May
19
comment Kissing a Sefer Torah as it passes
"And some have written that we bring the young children to kiss the Torah in order to educate them and excite them about Mitzvot, and such is the custom." I wish that were more widely understood.
May
17
awarded  Nice Question
May
13
comment Biblical Prohibition of Breaking Shabbos/Shabbat
I don't believe "Meizid" would apply, since that generally assumes rebellious intent. If you know it's prohibited, and you decide you're going to do it anyway, particularly if you have been warned and have responded defiantly, that would be a Meizid. If you think you probably shouldn't, that's not quite the same thing.
May
13
revised Re-reciting morning Berachoth
Clarified, got rid of some stream of consciousness.
May
11
comment Is one allowed to get a job where no minyan could be found?
@bondonk, this question is about Minyan. I think the question applies, though, far beyond just a locale with no ready Minchah Minyan. It could be a subset of whether someone can move to a city with a Minyan at all.
May
8
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@Gary, well I think we agree. If you're a Talmud minnow, I don't know where that places me, but I feel like, maybe, a Talmud goldfish to Double AA's Talmud tuna.
May
8
revised Earliest sources for the hot-rock method of hagalah
Changed title to match the question.
May
7
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@DoubleAA, you're being too literalist with my words. If I must clarify my words for someone of your JLLy and English experience, either I have failed to communicate properly or you have deliberately refused to interpret my words as they were intended. I lean towards the latter here. But for the sake of, heck, no reason I can think of really, I will try to explain: I have attended many Torah classes, delving into Halachah about YeHareg VeAl Ya'Avor, either as the primary subject or a secondary point, that have cited RaMBa"M's opinion and indicated that it is authoritative.
May
7
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
And @GregoryMagarshak. Learning Halachah is part of what we do. I am confused by your confusion, Double AA.
May
7
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@Gary, are you commenting on my comment, or answering on my behalf to DoubleAA's comment?
May
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comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
I think that the question could be made stronger. Basically, as written, it asks, "There is a law to become a martyr for certain things; if you don't fulfill that law, have you violated it?" I have to support @DoubleAA's comment, even though I would like to see answers to this question.
May
6
comment If you don't give up your life, are you liable?
@DoubleAA, I've been taught by many teachers, all of them Ashkenazim, who have cited this as authoritative. It could be that, since martyrdom scenarios have, sadly, been very relevant throughout Jewish history, whereas capital punishment meted out by Beith Din has not, most authorities (in my experience) seem to accept the RaMBa"M's view (possibly as a way of not further frightening/worrying a terrorized community), although some have taken (at least academic) license to be strict.
May
4
comment Is there an issur to put cold water in a kli rishon on Yom Tov?
I would think your question boils down (no pun intended) to whether or not this is considered cooking.
Apr
30
comment Tashlumin for a woman who usually doesn't daven
Not an answer: I think you just answered your own question.