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Jan
30
comment What is the basis for eating in someone's house without a kashrut certificate?
@joshuafox That is because of 'Eid Ehad. If you don't think someone has reliable 'Eiduth you should not eat in their home.
Jan
27
comment Does Joshua 8:34-35 disprove oral law's existence?
A better translation of Kara might be to proclaim.
Jan
27
comment Does participating in Torah discussion websites fit into the spirit of Torah sheB'al Peh?
@jake "Virtually every Jewish home contains a set of the Talmud." HaLevai.
Jan
27
answered Does Joshua 8:34-35 disprove oral law's existence?
Jan
27
accepted Kiddush BeRov 'Am
Jan
27
asked Kiddush BeRov 'Am
Jan
27
comment Dolphins in the Sea
I also just verified the claim made in that blog post that dolphin in Arabic sounds very much like Tachash. It is دخس, which would be pronounced as Dachas (Arabic 'S' and Hebrew 'Sh' are cognates, just like Tzadi in Hebrew is replaced with 'Ayin in Aramaic). So you've got a word in Arabic that means dolphin that sounds like Tachash, and a word in the Torah with no known translation, and scholars trying to figure out for centuries what it means. Someone put it together and everyone ran with it. That's my assumption (and that blogger's, I think).
Jan
27
comment Dolphins in the Sea
Your question says sea, so I'm basing my comment on that. It's also widely thought to be that way. I think that if you're discussing a sea that was miraculously split and wondering why there were dolphins in said sea, it makes sense to assume that it was a sea (the one the average person thinks it was) in which, in fact, dolphins do live. But see Gershon's answer about it being a modern fable, not a Midrash.
Jan
27
comment Dolphins in the Sea
@GershonGold That hasn't stopped people from translating it that way, though, which could be the source for the folktale.
Jan
27
answered Dolphins in the Sea
Jan
27
comment Dolphins in the Sea
First of all, according to several tourism websites, dolphins are, in fact, indigenous to the Red Sea. If you assume that that was the sea that was split (cf. judaism.stackexchange.com/a/11614/5), then that would explain what they were doing there. I don't know about the Midrash, however.
Jan
27
comment Should you greet a non-jew after washing netilat yadayim?
You might also clarify what the non-Jew has to do with it.
Jan
27
comment Should you greet a non-jew after washing netilat yadayim?
Can you explain why you think these are your options? As opposed to just responding like normal and continuing what you were doing?
Jan
27
comment Hypnosis in Halacha
@hachamgabriel See Alex's comment above yours.
Jan
26
revised Milk After Fowl
Edited title
Jan
26
revised Splitting Sefira Mourning Practices According to Rav Moshe Feinstein
edited the title to fit the question better
Jan
26
comment What does “Comp.” at the end of a posuk's translation mean?
It's actually at the beginning of the Pasuk. I don't know what it means. I agree with @avi, that it looks like it was added by the computer code rather than the translator.
Jan
26
revised The Plague of Darkness
spelling
Jan
26
revised Are בישול on Shabbos and בישול of Meat and milk the same?
Edited title: Fixed typo and added "Are"
Jan
26
comment Anyone who says these people sinned is mistaken. For real?
Courtesy tag @jake as well. See my comment above.