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Jul
31
comment Source of appellation “Shimshon HaGibor”
Great sources, @BarUryan, thanks!
Jul
24
comment What's the halacha with regards to Maaser for a Baal Teshuvah?
R' Moshe Shternbuch has a responsum about this very question. I don't have time to summarize it, maybe someone else can volunteer...
Jun
19
comment Where does the tune for birkat hamazon come from?
I assumed that it was originally composed this way, as a hybrid song / chant, to make it more interesting for the kids to sing. Judging by the tune's wide popularity and appeal over the last half century, I'd say it was quite successful in that regard!
Jun
19
answered Where does the tune for birkat hamazon come from?
Jun
19
comment Where does the tune for birkat hamazon come from?
Just curious - how exactly does one go about implementing universal changes?
Jun
14
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May
28
comment List of oppressors of the Jewish people
@DoubleAA, you hit the nail on the head. I'd like to know whether this has ever been shown to be literally true. I think it's generally understood that way.
May
28
comment List of oppressors of the Jewish people
@Danno Try this link.
May
28
comment List of oppressors of the Jewish people
@SethJ Believe it or not, I did find someone who compiled at least a partial list: viewpure.com/9AOnACIWAsM :)
May
28
comment List of oppressors of the Jewish people
@SethJ - If a skeptic would ask you whether it's really true that throughout the history of the Jewish people, there was never a generation in which the Jews were left alone without someone trying to destroy them, could you provide any evidence to that effect? I know that I couldn't, at least not without some heavy-duty research. Hence my quest for a list.
May
27
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May
27
asked List of oppressors of the Jewish people
May
24
comment Shabbos and Yom Tov menus
Article relevant to the topic: torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5765/shemini.html (see second question).
May
23
comment Cicadas - once in 17 years
Re: your second point - classic "chicken/egg chakirah." Why do you assume that the cicadas were created as adults, rather than in some other stage of their lifecycles? IIRC, Maharil Diskin says that in general eggs came first!
Apr
29
comment Overhead projector on Shabbos?
Presumably the same question could be asked with regard to shadows -- is it permissible to hold an object in such a way that it casts a shadow in the form of letters or pictures?
Apr
26
revised Where did the sing-song chant that Jews often use while contrasting points come from?
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Apr
16
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
@NewAlexandria - not sure I understand the analogy. But if it's true, why shouldn't the same apply regarding, say, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's or MS etc.?
Apr
16
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
Why would calling it "the disease" make it disappear? Am I missing something?