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Feb
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comment Why are identical words pronounced differently at certain locations of the Shema?
Based on all of my Tanakh's and my extensive Siddur collection of various nushaot, there is no question that msh210 is absolutely correct.
Feb
19
comment Concept that time is a spiral
@Double AA, Nice to see you too! The spiral is an analogy: On the one hand, it is circular; on the other, as one moves within it, he never hits the exact same moment. There is a significance to where one is within the repetitive cycles of time, yet it never is exactly the same experience. Think of Avraham Avinu celebrating Pesach. At that point of the year, the internal ideas and the spiritual emanations that are shined upon us, they are the same that were there since Creation. Pesach Mitzrayim just happened to be the year that History/Mankind actually experienced it.
Feb
19
comment Concept that time is a spiral
@DoubleAA, think of the word "Shanah"-"year". As a verb it means both to change and to repeat. The ancients (gentiles) had either a linear sense of time, meaning that it is an infinite continuum of moments that have no relationship to each other, except for that fact that one comes after another; or, others held that time is a loop and what has happened before will just happen again. The former held that all is by chance; the latter, that all is preordained fate. Neither addresses Mankind's role within time.
Jan
22
revised Arba'a - mi yodeya?
Corrected terminology
Jan
22
revised Arba'a - mi yodeya?
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Jan
22
comment Double Yud as G-ds Name
@DoubleAA, The Pahtach in the Sheim Adnus. You said the vowelization of the Tetragrammaton is borrowed directly from the Shem Adnus . . .
Jan
22
comment Are Europeans Edomites?
@user345 Upon further investigation I found a source (Nachmanides) that states that the Roman's were originally descended from Yafet. However, he then explains that the Edomites who had entered the Holy Land and had adopted Judaism and then early Christianity, then brought Christianity to Rome. They intermarried with the Romans and eventually Christianity was adopted by most of Europe. He seems to intimate that the ideology of Edom, as embodied in Christianity, as well as the fact that Edom married into Rome, is why we refer to Rome (and perhaps Christianity?) as Edom today.
Jan
22
comment Double Yud as G-ds Name
@DoubleAA, so where did the Pahtach disappear to?
Jan
22
comment Did Yitzchak not Fulfill the Mitzvah of “Be Fruitful and Multiply”?
@DoubleAA , You proved the point exactly: The Torah would not give an obligation to someone to do something not within his control to accomplish: Oneis Rachmana Patrei. Patrei=no obligation.
Jan
22
comment In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?
Rav Moshe was answering a query from a questioner about the U.S. in his first Teshuvos on the issue and later on he answered regarding a school in Toronto. His P'sak described the American system of Dairy farming in particular and the standards of the USDA. He clearly applied the same reasoning to Canada in that later teshuva. He never commented on the English/European/Levantine/Asian/or African systems of Dairy farming, if they have any uniform regulated system. The source is that there is no source for a heter on any other system.
Jan
22
comment Understanding Shabsai Tzvi
He was known (according to Scholem's sources) as a Talmid Chochom in Rav Chagiz's yeshiva in Yerushalayim. He was considered respected enough to represent the Kehilla of Yerushalayim when he was sent on a mission to Egypt, to collect funds for them.
Jan
22
revised Kosher Electric Shavers
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Nov
20
comment Sources for Jewish Education system today
I took a break from studying for finals. I'm almost done with the first semester of my first year of law school.
Nov
20
answered Sources for Jewish Education system today
Nov
11
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
17
comment Kosher Electric Shavers
It's good to be back!
Jun
17
answered Why pray for Y'hoshua and not Kalev?
Jun
17
comment Why hold the second loaf unwrapped?
If your custom on Friday night is that you place the one you plan to eat on bottom, you can get away with all ten fingers holding the bottom one with the top one resting on top. But on Shabbos day, it would be awfully difficult to lift the top challah with all ten fingers and lift the bottom challah at the same time.