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Jul
13
comment Do lost items belong to someone's heirs?
In this tribute, R' Moshe Taragin tells a story about R' Aharon Lichtenstein, ZT"L, holding onto a pair of Tefillin for over 50 years, in the hopes of finding their owner.
Jul
9
comment Why is the Jewish Population so small?
Thomas, welcome. I think that much of this answer is speculation. The numbers are suspect as well, unless you've got a source to support them.
Jul
9
comment Why is the Jewish Population so small?
@mevaqesh we may have fundamentally different understandings of the Midrash and/or the question. If you don't like my answer, feel free to downvote it.
Jul
9
revised Why is the Jewish Population so small?
Grammar
Jul
9
comment Why is the Jewish Population so small?
@mevaqesh What's your point?
Jul
7
comment Extent of Martyrdom Requirements in the Face of Anti-Religious Laws
Baking a cake or arranging flowers for a same-sex marriage probably does not rise to that level. Officiating might, but even there the officiant isn't actually effecting Kiddushin, as Kiddushin cannot be effectuated in that circumstance. All it would be, in essence, is writing a(n Halachically) meaningless document and conducting a(n Halachically) meaningless ceremony. And in the case of such coercion, the penalty would seem to be civil, and it would be met with a strong communal defense and support. In other words, I don't think a single service provider would become a martyr.
Jul
7
comment Extent of Martyrdom Requirements in the Face of Anti-Religious Laws
Arguments for eating meat on Yom Tov notwithstanding, at least there the counterargument can be made that not everyone must eat meat, and people can therefore refrain. Berith Milah, however, is an instance in which Shev VeAl Ta'aseh does not solve anything.
Jul
7
comment Extent of Martyrdom Requirements in the Face of Anti-Religious Laws
I have to concur with Avrohom Yitzchok's interpretation of Halachah 3. If, however, Berith Milah were prohibited by statute, as was attempted in a municipality in California recently, that would be an issue of Shmad, more so than, say, banning Halachic Shehitah, where you would have an option of just eating vegetarian.
Jul
2
revised Throwing Out Bread
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Jul
2
comment ב (bet) mi yodeya (the pronunciation)?
And the Arabic speakers I know are kind of split, depending on their country of origin.
Jul
2
comment ב (bet) mi yodeya (the pronunciation)?
Actually, most Spanish speakers I know pronounce ב like בּ (the way you say Arabic speakers do).
Jul
2
comment Is there any way a pious jewish man can have many women legally and halacally?
First of all, when you ask about legal issues, you're probably taking the question out of scope for Mi Yodeya.
Jun
29
comment What else could have come out of Yiftach's house?
"He would become like a kohen or levi"? How would that work?
Jun
29
comment What else could have come out of Yiftach's house?
This seems like quite a sophisticated layout. What is this supposition based on (could it be begging the question - that is, could it be an assumption that allows a "safe" interpretation of the Yiftah episode)? Also, if this is (at least somewhat) correct, could a commoner afford this type of home? I seem to recall a theory that the typical homes in that age/region were one or two rooms, not four.
Jun
26
comment coffee “Elite” from Israel
@Yishai, I stand by my answer. I think it may even say on the package that it is micro ground.
Jun
26
comment coffee “Elite” from Israel
I also don't believe the warning is new, but I may be mistaken about that.
Jun
26
answered coffee “Elite” from Israel
Jun
26
comment In Kiddush Levana, what does the phrase עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת לַעֲמוּסֵי בָטֶן refer to?
It sounds like the moon is the one carried in the womb. What does that have to do with Bnei Yisrael?
Jun
26
revised Is there any significance to someone's non-Hebrew calendar birthday?
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Jun
26
comment In Kiddush Levana, what does the phrase עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת לַעֲמוּסֵי בָטֶן refer to?
I totally don't get it. Maybe this is a problem with the translation? Does it make sense to you?