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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:
4h
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.
2d
comment Why is Ko Ko from the Mikado wearing tzitzit?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about nothing at all related to Judaism. Ask the costume designer at the Australian Opera.
2d
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?
2d
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.
2d
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
@waf for "surely" I refer you back to the article.
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
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
25
comment How does punishment in the World to Come make sense?
@Yishai Personal observation and the fact that there exist atheists.
Aug
25
comment How does punishment in the World to Come make sense?
@dovid that's nice.
Aug
25
comment How does punishment in the World to Come make sense?
@naf no, my question is as stated above.
Aug
25
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
@DanF, I don't. Sorry.
Aug
22
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
@MosheBaron, that is a very different question than the one you have written above. I suggest leaving this one as-is (since there are now two reasonable answers) and redrafting a new question that is clearer about what you seek to know.
Aug
22
comment What does Mot Umat mean?
@IsaacMoses, does this question fall out of scope if the answer is simply a translation (even though the question assumes a possible philosophical answer)?
Aug
22
comment Is this true that Elijah and Elisha didn't perform any miracle to help Jews?
I challenge that this entire question is irrelevant, as the job a prophet is not to perform miracles, but to be the messenger of G-d to the people, and the interlocutor on behalf of the people to G-d. In other words, you may (still) be asking the wrong question. You might ask, simply, what was so special about those individuals who received personal miracles?
Aug
21
comment What's the difference between wasting seed and having marital relations without the possibility of conception?
It's only circular bc the premise in the question is faulty. I was commenting, however, in follow-up to your comment exchange with @ani, not on your answer directly.
Aug
21
comment What's the difference between wasting seed and having marital relations without the possibility of conception?
@AniYodeya, Yishai, perhaps better limited as "Halachically valid purpose".
Aug
21
comment What's the difference between wasting seed and having marital relations without the possibility of conception?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8255/5
Aug
21
comment What's the difference between wasting seed and having marital relations without the possibility of conception?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/16052/5