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Jan
25
answered Anyone who says these people sinned is mistaken. For real?
Jan
25
comment Anyone who says these people sinned is mistaken. For real?
@ShmuelBrill "THAT LITTLE ACT"? If he sinned, and I'm not saying he did, lest I cross the Gemara and my own Sefarim get taken off the shelves (sorry, I couldn't resist), the sin was not LITTLE. I think you have to understand the Gemara in accordance with either Ibn 'Ezra or according to R' Breitowitz, as quoted by Shalom, in which the repentance was absolute and punishment was meted out, and therefore we don't have a right to bring up sins after the fences have been mended Bein Adam LeMakom. This is why Vidui is said silently except for the communal Vidui of Y"K.
Jan
25
revised Did Moshe see Paro's face again after all?
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Jan
25
comment Did Moshe see Paro's face again after all?
Unfortunately, neither the first nor the third of the above links really answers why Moshe "got it wrong". They answer why Pharaoh didn't kill him as he'd promised. The second, I think, is a good starting point for trying to understand it, but it takes some creative analysis. I'm still looking for that Shi'ur.
Jan
25
comment Did Moshe see Paro's face again after all?
And this: gtorah.com/category/sources/griz
Jan
25
comment Did Moshe see Paro's face again after all?
And Rashi's comments (available in English here): chabad.org/parshah/torahreading_cdo/v/ds
Jan
25
comment Did Moshe see Paro's face again after all?
See also: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/5030/5
Jan
25
comment Did Moshe see Paro's face again after all?
I heard a great Shi'ur by R' Menachem Leibtag, in which he discussed this. If I can dig it up, I'll post it. But I wanted to leave it in a comment so you can try to find it, too.
Jan
24
comment Baby boy's MOTHER as the sandek(et)
Who says a woman can't do circumcision? (I know I'm opening myself up here to attack; I'm just bringing some light to the situation, not saying it is permissible.) See here, where it seems pretty clear that it's not so clear: parsha.blogspot.com/2006/01/…
Jan
24
comment Baby boy's MOTHER as the sandek(et)
@Dave I strongly take issue with the idea that something that is not considered appropriate (even universally) out of a sense that it isn't quite Tzanua' is identical to "Peritzus". The latter is far stronger than that which falls outside of the bounds of the former.
Jan
24
revised Baby boy's MOTHER as the sandek(et)
Edited to stop the fight over semantics that is happening in the comments.
Jan
23
revised Bending truth to prevent bad feelings
Spelling, spacing.
Jan
23
comment Can I wash and say “please pass the salt”?
@Will at least the circles I used to travel in.
Jan
23
comment Which surnames are exclusively Kohanim's and why?
@Naftali I didn't realize that. I guess you need a certain number of points to see deleted answers. I vote to undelete for purposes of maintaining the information provided in the comments. In short, it seems the Azulay last name is not really associated with Kohen families, despite the fact that some have asserted that it is.
Jan
23
comment Can I wash and say “please pass the salt”?
As an aside, it totally baffles me when I see situations in which something's not right at the table (kids fighting, kids talking, people taking too long to wash, something missing at the table, etc.) and someone then very sternly uses monosyllabic Yiddish words ("Nu!!"), or even awkwardly, after several failed hand gestures, monosyllabic Hebrew words, as mentioned in the question (especially common - "Lo!!"), accompanied by wild hand waving, as if that is somehow better than calmly (or even angrily) speaking in English.
Jan
23
comment Can I wash and say “please pass the salt”?
@Will I should point out that there seems to be a missing word ("Ashkenazi") in between the words "observant" and "Jews" in your second sentence. Otherwise, I completely agree. I also very rarely use any actual words, even though it's completely permissible. I generally only speak when addressing small children who don't know about not the not-talking "rule".
Jan
23
comment Which surnames are exclusively Kohanim's and why?
@ZacharyK See the deleted thread below: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/12543/5
Jan
23
comment Which surnames are exclusively Kohanim's and why?
@msh210 odd, I can't think of a single Schwartz (and I know several, from different families as well - it is a common last name, isn't it?) who is a Kohen.
Jan
22
comment Why only beginning with the fourth plague is the exemption of the Jews mentioned?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13407/5
Jan
22
comment Critical Jewish analysis of the Ipuwer papyrus
@avi thank you!