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Jan
19
comment Oops, I just missed the siyum for Fast of the Firstborn
This happened to me, and I fasted. After the fact, a non-practicing rabbi (ie., he had Semichah, and had even written a Sefer, but worked professionally as an attorney) told me he believed I could have partaken of the meal, as that was the main point - ie., it is a Se'udath Mitzvah, whether I heard the words of Torah or not.
Jan
19
comment Oops, I just missed the siyum for Fast of the Firstborn
@DannySchoemann, you mean except for the first sentence?
Jan
14
comment Ethics of survey studies with a false premise
@DanF what if it's a psychology student? Or a sociology student? Or a political science student? Or an education student? Surely these (and many other) fields can gain from understanding human reaction to certain stimuli ("Free Junk! Buy now!").
Jan
14
revised Ethics of survey studies with a false premise
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Jan
14
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Jan
13
comment Ask a gentile to switch labors?
@IsaacMoses, I mean, it's from last May, so yeah. Now. But it just seems like an awfully specific case. I'm not entirely against the question, and I know msh210 is not using MY for Pesak. Still, it just hit me the wrong way.
Jan
13
comment Ask a gentile to switch labors?
This strikes me as very Pesak-y. Can we reformulate it, perhaps to ask what the outer limits are of Amirah?
Jan
11
comment Pronunciation of God's Name in the Bach
I really enjoyed reading this answer, but I don't fully understand it (or the comments on the question that are similar). What does "sounds like a Tzeirei" mean? I don't pronounce Sheva (aka schwa) Na' that way. I don't know anyone that does, actually. In fact, my college professor for Arabic, whose PhD was in Aramaic, argued that a Sheva Na' should be pronounced like the 'u' in the English word "urge", and not like the 'i' in "hit" as most do (nor as the 'e' in "egg", as this pst seems to recommend - if I've understood you correctly). Can you clarify?
Jan
11
comment Chain of tradition for stories/parables told by Rashi
(Granted, the Gemara kind of drops us into the middle of a scene with no context whatsoever, but still: why/how does Rashi provide the explanation he does?)
Jan
11
comment Chain of tradition for stories/parables told by Rashi
@DoubleAA, another example brought above.
Jan
11
comment Chain of tradition for stories/parables told by Rashi
@Matt, how about Gittin 17a? This is way out of left field: שקלה לשרגא. שיש לפרסיים יום איד שאין מדליקין אור באותו יום אלא בבית ע"ז שלהן
Jan
8
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Jan
7
comment Does one violate the Torah prohibition of tormenting a widow if she has remarried?
+1. I edited it, because I believe it's more a prohibition against treating someone in her position poorly, rather than actually torturing her (though, surely, torture would be prohibited as well). Do you have a source for your assertion at the end?
Jan
7
revised Does one violate the Torah prohibition of tormenting a widow if she has remarried?
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Jan
6
revised Must a man seek 100 rabbis' permission again to take another “second” wife?
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Jan
6
revised Must a man seek 100 rabbis' permission again to take another “second” wife?
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Jan
5
comment Arba'a - mi yodeya?
Can you please provide a source?
Jan
5
comment Arba'a - mi yodeya?
A source would be great here.
Jan
5
comment Arba'a - mi yodeya?
Ch"M is also the fourth Tur. +1 (I'd +4 if I could).
Jan
5
comment Arba'a - mi yodeya?
A citation would be great here.