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Sep
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comment What does, 'A wandering Aramean was my father' mean in Dt 26:5?
That's a Midrashic interpretation. It's not actually grammatically correct. There's a very good vort on this for later. The OP's translation is actually grammatically correct. See both RaShBa"M and Ibn 'Ezra.
Sep
3
comment Why should A Capella music be allowed during Sefirah/Three Weeks?
@double, Danny, that's why I asked my question. It's not the only reason, but it seems that most people assume it doesn't count as live because it was prerecorded, even though it's producing sound now.
Sep
2
comment Why should A Capella music be allowed during Sefirah/Three Weeks?
He's referring to recorded music. I suggested in my question that perhaps that counts as an instrument. He is saying that that was not directly addressed by anyone prior to Edison. You are saying it's a fact that it is an instrument. On what basis?
Sep
2
comment Why should A Capella music be allowed during Sefirah/Three Weeks?
@DoubleAA, misquote? "(3). Recorded music. Obviously you will not find Poskim before 1877 dealing with that issue. The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. (Source: WP)"
Aug
29
comment What is the difference between a Sephardic and Ashkenaz eruv?
Mishnah Berurah (ad loc. 23): (כג) וי"א שכל שאין ששים רבוא וכו' - סבירא להו דגם לזה בעינן דומיא דדגלי מדבר שהיו ששים רבוא ואף שהיה שם עוד ערב רב ונשים וטף לא חשבינן אלא מה שנמצא בכתוב בפירוש. ולענין הלכה מדעת המחבר דכתב דעה זו רק בשם י"א משמע דלהלכה לא ס"ל כן ומ"מ אין בנו כח למחות ביד הסומכין על דעה זו דדעה זו ג"כ לא דעת יחידאה היא כמו שכתבתי בביאור הלכה וכן צדדו כמה אחרונים וכל בעל נפש יחמיר לעצמו ועיין בסימן שס"ד במשנה ברורה סק"ז ובביאור הלכה כאן ושם:
Aug
29
comment What is the difference between a Sephardic and Ashkenaz eruv?
@DoubleAA, it's not, strictly speaking, but Sepharadim are more uniformly against it, and Ashkenazim are more generally supportive of it.
Aug
28
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Aug
28
answered What is the difference between a Sephardic and Ashkenaz eruv?
Aug
27
comment Source for saying Shir Hama'alos but not Al Naharos Bavel
I would venture to guess that it has a lot to do with Jewish elementary schools teaching children bentching starting with "Baruch", and kids being exposed at home to bentching on Shabbath starting with "Shir". That is, if your observations are correct. When you observe people bentching, are they bentching out loud? If not, do you generally sit close enough to them to hear them? If you do, does that creep them out?
Aug
26
comment Hugging a crying close friend of the opposite sex?
@DoubleAA I hear, but if it is not Derech Hibah, I have a hard time seeing how it would be comforting. Unless you are saying that Derech Hibah is to be narrowly defined, which (I think) would be quite a Hiddush.
Aug
26
revised Hugging a crying close friend of the opposite sex?
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Aug
26
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
@waf for "surely" I refer you back to the article.
Aug
26
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Aug
26
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
(@WAF, or, perhaps, "dead he shall be deaded," is better?)
Aug
26
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
@WAF, the article to which I linked renders it, "he shall surely be put to death." A rabbi of mine back in high school used to insist that we translate things precisely, even if the translation made no (or little) sense; he wanted us to demonstrate that we understood the parts of the word we were translating. In his parlance I would render it, "he shall surely be deaded." Does that satisfy?
Aug
26
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Aug
26
comment How does punishment in the World to Come make sense?
@yez, I know the RaMBa"M says differently, but one would think that if one's intellect is one's soul, it would be cognizant of itself, no?
Aug
26
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Aug
25
reviewed Looks OK Singing too loudly in shul
Aug
25
reviewed Looks OK What was the name of Rachel and Leah's mother?