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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
revised List of oppressors of the Jewish people
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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?
Apr
15
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
The Hebrew Wikipedia article on [Israeli] Haredi slang mentions the Hebrew version of this: he.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Apr
15
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
@msh210 - if they were following her example, they wouldn't talk about the illness at all, even using generic terms.
Apr
15
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
@DoubleAA - you know what I mean... I think...
Apr
15
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
@msh210 - this goes beyond "al tiftach"; people won't say the word even when referring to someone who's already ill, or even in innocent contexts.
Apr
14
comment Why do people call cancer the machalah?
@DoubleAA - In Chassidic / Yeshiva communities it is basically a universal convention to refer to cancer as "the machlah" (the disease) or "yenna machlah" (that disease). Even when writing in English, they will often call it "the dreaded disease" rather than use the c-word.
Apr
9
comment הוא is he? Or is it?
@DoubleAA - sounds interesting. Do you know of any other examples of such usage?
Apr
9
asked הוא is he? Or is it?
Mar
29
awarded  Necromancer
Mar
29
revised Why do music tapes and CDs warn about playing on Shabbos?
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Mar
29
comment Why do music tapes and CDs warn about playing on Shabbos?
@WAF - Yes, I thought of that... maybe the LR saw an MBD album and liked the "do not play on Shabbos" bit. But the other way around seemed more reasonable.
Mar
28
answered Why do music tapes and CDs warn about playing on Shabbos?